Well done good and faithful servant
Shortly after 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 25th, members of the United States Army marched toward a charter plane at Ingram Airfield. Their task was to accept the body and casket of Sgt. David A. Davis, United States Army, in preparation of his homecoming to Dalhart. The wind rushing by was the only sound heard, along with the voice of one soldier calling cadence as the soldiers placed the casket into a white hearse. From the moment Sgt. Davis was taken from the aircraft, until his arrival at Horizon Funeral Home, more than five miles away, a hero’s greeting was tendered by friends, family and strangers who were determined to honor Sgt. Davis as he made his way through Dalhart.
XIT Secondary School offers far more than discipline
The XIT Secondary School has often been labeled the school for troubled or disobedient students. And it is true that students do attend the XIT Secondary School after attempts to cure behavioral problems at DHS or DJHS have failed. Students also attend the XIT Secondary School once they are involved in a criminal case. But what the school offers is more than policing of students who do not attend Dalhart’s other schools. The XIT Secondary School offers students the opportunity for success in many areas that they have previously or consistently failed.
Dalhart Christian Academy - See You at the Pole
We had “See You at the Pole” Wednesday, September 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. in the courtyard of First Baptist Church. Wayne Porter came and talked to the students and prayed with them as well. He reminded them about the freedom that we get to have in this country, the flag stands for freedom, and he also told them a little bit of background on the flag and what the stars and stripes stand for. He read to them the words of the Star Spangle Banner and went over who wrote the song and what was going on during the writing of the song. He then led them in a prayer praying for our families, schools, country and freedom.
Council to pursue property purchase
The Dalhart City Council deliberated in executive session on two items at their Tuesday, September 22 meeting. The council then reconvened in open session to take action on these two items.
Council members voted to pursue the purchase of the Homfield property, and voted to allow the city attorney and city manager to retain counsel in the matter of DeMots vs. the City of Dalhart.
Boston woman to run through Dalhart
On her way from Boston, Massachusetts to San Diego, California is 23-year-old Katy Visco. Katy’s trek began on March 29th and is scheduled to end in December when Katy arrives in San Diego. The more than 3,000-mile run brings Katy right through Dalhart on September 28th, and she’ll meet with local kids and members of track teams while she’s in Dalhart.
Six-year-old boy rescues younger sister, but mother dies
The mother of two young children was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident just three-quarters of a mile from the family farm. The heroic and miraculous actions of her six-year-old boy just moments after the accident likely saved his younger sister’s life.
Hero returns home for last time
Even those who have not been personally affected by the loss of a loved one to war have been moved to show their appreciation for a debt that may never be repaid. The City of Dalhart mourns the loss of a young man born and raised here, who graduated from Dalhart High School and who has tragically lost his life serving his country as a member of the United States Army. His loss occurred on Saturday, September 19th, as he lay sleeping in his bunk in Afghanistan, halfway around the world.
I have been challenged by readers to go a step further with the respect issue. Other issues of respect, or should I say disrespect, have come to my attention. What about graffiti all over town, deliberate trashing of our parks and the blatant disrespect of young people for older citizens? These are common and degrade our community.
Booths, food, fun, and did I mention food?
Saturday’s Annual “Keep the Shine on Denrock” Downtown Block Party was a huge success. Attendance for the event was impressive, with a myriad of booths and vendors to provide something for everybody. Children also had plenty of things to keep them occupied from pony rides to gaming booths complete with prizes. Bouncers provided enjoyment for the younger attendees, and for the older kid in all of us there was a water polo challenge.
Caprock kicks the Wolves
Friday night was another incredible night of football at Memorial Stadium with both teams trading punches. In the end Caprock kicked a 28-yard field goal with 11 seconds left on the clock to break a 20-20 tie and win the game 23-20 over the Golden Wolves.
Hartley home provides comfort in last days
Hartley is the home for a new and innovative facility that provides end of life care. The home strives to create an environment for patients and their families that include both medical and spiritual aspects. The home is sponsored by Holy Family Ministry Center and is made possible due to the generous donations of time, materials, labor and money from the community. The Holy Family Ministry Center sits adjacent to the home and both are within sight of the Divine Mercy Prayer Gardens.
Generosity saves treasured Merry-Go-Round
In a recent article, Dalhart City Manager Greg Duggan sadly spoke of vandalism that has diminished the value of Dalhart’s beautiful parks. Many of the parks have been built or upgraded during Duggan’s 21-year tenure over the city.
After the article ran that detailed the damage done to several pieces of playground equipment, picnic tables and the pier at the fishing pond, one Dalhart based company responded with vigor. Les Taylor Drilling, a hydro resources company, contacted Duggan to say that while business was a little sluggish, they would be very happy to pick up the broken Merry-Go-Round from Veterans Memorial Park, also called the 7th Street Park, for repairs and at their own expense.
Alliance Irrigation held their ribbon cutting
2009 Hartley County 4-H Achievement Banquet
The Hartley County 4-H Achievement Banquet was held on Friday, August the 28th, at the Rita Blanca Coliseum. Kids from all over Hartley County attended the 80’s themed achievement banquet and lock-in. The members, and even adults, dressed up to the past and awards were given for the best 80’s costume. Kristen Schniederjan was voted best dressed followed by Bailey Been, and Breeley Elliott.
State Senator speaks to constituents at high school
State Senator Kel Seliger made a trip to Dalhart on Wednesday, September 9th. The Senator represents the 31st state district of Texas, which encompasses the Texas panhandle all the way down to Midland-Odessa. The auditorium at Dalhart High School was the backdrop for the Senator’s discussion that began at 2:00 p.m. Area residents and students poured into the auditorium to hear the Senator deliver a casual message, followed by an open discussion. Mayor Kevin Caddell introduced the Senator.
Corn picker pays visit to Dalhart
Corny the corn picker, a restored John Deere implement has arrived in Dalhart for a corn picking demonstration set for later this month.
Alan Siebert farmed in Dalhart from 1977 to 2006, retired and moved to East Texas. Shortly after his move he began restoring antique tractors. He has restored four tractors; a 1940 G John Deere, a 1949 VAC Case, a 1953 Ford (Golden Jubilee) and a 1953 John Deere 60. He has three more waiting in line.
Seeking a pony rider that can eat jambalaya
A lot of planning, a great line up of food vendors, entertaining game booths, and a list of interesting vendors promises for a good time at this year’s block party. The city and Chamber of Commerce have put a lot of effort into making Saturday’s 9th Annual Keep the Shine on Denrock Downtown Block Party bigger and better than ever!
Firefighters and area residents filled the boot
The annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign undertaken by the nation’s firefighters was held in Dalhart on Labor Day Weekend, September 6th and 7th. The fundraiser creatively raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the weekend that Jerry Lewis holds his annual “Jerry’s Kids” telethon.
Employees introduced at school board meeting
The Board of Trustees held a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 15th. The meeting began with the introduction of new personnel, and personnel who are not new, but in new positions within the district. All principals for the district were in attendance to personally introduce those new employees that were able to attend and who work at their schools. The largest group of new personnel is employed at Dalhart Elementary School. After the introductions the board took a brief break to allow the board members to meet the new DISD personnel.
First National Bank sponsored the September Dalhart Senior Center Luncheon
First National Bank sponsored the September Dalhart Senior Center Luncheon. The luncheon was held during the lunch hour at the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center on September 11, 2009.