Fire Chief has personal experience with fire-starting battery charger
Dalhart Fire Chief Curtis Brown recently became aware of the potential dangers of battery chargers when a battery charger for his digital camera caught fire in his home. The fire occurred while Chief Brown was resting from an all night fire. The fire was caught early, but the possibility of fires occurring in homes within the area led him to comment about the subject.
Rain, an almost forgotten occurrence
Rain is defined as the condensation of atmospheric water vapor into drops heavy enough to fall, making it to the surface of the earth. I felt that I needed to brush up on the definition. In recent times, we have not gotten to hear its soothing pitter-patter on the roof, smell its clean refreshing scent, or see the wonders it can do to our dry mother earth in our locale. However, most recently our plagued abstinence of rain has been broken.
Dalhart Fire Chief gives thanks to area agencies
Late Tuesday evening, July 14th a fire broke out at the Beck Ranch, located about 30 miles southwest of Dalhart. The fire began at approximately 7:00 p.m. and ultimately didn’t succumb to firemen until July 15th. The Dalhart Fire Department responded to the fire, which quickly grew. Assistance rolled in from the Sedan Fire Department in New Mexico and the Texline Fire Department. The firemen worked through the night to battle the blaze that consumed 920 acres.
City Council: To Patio, Or Not To Patio?
The first reading and a public hearing were held regarding Ordinance 2009-22, which would change the zoning on lots owned by David Lowe from R-1 Residential to Special Use for the purpose of building zero lot line patio or garden homes. The zoning change would increase the number of lots from four to six. Plans presented by Lowe show a 30’ wide paved street with curb and gutter that would be paid for by Lowe and deeded to the city as a public street. The plans also call for burying all utilities in that area.
High-tech surveillance, attentive citizens and stupidity lead to arrests in burglary
In the late hours of Wednesday, July 30th, the Dalhart Police Department responded to a burglar alarm sounding in the 500 block of West 7th Street. At the same time, the owners of B&B Liquor Store, Harold and Carla Meyers, received telephone calls on their cell phones notifying them that the alarm was going off at the store. When the Meyers arrived at the store, just six blocks from their home, they discovered three police squad cars and four officers were already on the scene of what appeared to be an attempted break in.
Community Connect receives 2009/10 funding
Sylvia Renick addressed the Board of Trustees at the regular meeting of the board held July 21st. She made a request for continued funding for the Community Connect community education program. She updated the board on the program’s successes in the past year and her expectations for the coming year.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I rented a house in town on a one-year lease. At the end of the lease I gave notice to my landlord that I wanted to stay in the house and renew my lease. My landlord replied that the house was purchased in a foreclosure sale and that it would be up to the new owner. I contacted the new owner. I expected to hear that he was glad a tenant wanted to renew their lease, but he said that I would have to move because he was not going to lease the house to anyone but had bought it for his son and son’s family to move into. He told me I have to be out by July 31st.
Advanced Placement Chemistry in DHS future
At the regular meeting of the Dalhart Independent School District Board held Tuesday, July 21st DHS Chemistry teachers, Melissa Ritchey and Lori Beckner, gave a presentation regarding Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry and their recent completion of training. The training gave each of them a better understand of the requirements necessary to get an AP Chemistry course on the schedule at DHS.
Stratton Potter and Dylan Moore named Little Mr. and Miss XIT
The 2009 Little Mr. and Miss XIT winners were named at the pageant held on Saturday, July 25th. The XIT Corral was set up in the sanctuary of the First Christian Church on Denver. The event brought out approximately 200 family and friends to cheer on the contestants.
Magic Performed for Dallam- Hartley County Libraries Summer Reading Club
On Wednesday the 22nd of July Michael Turner, son of Dr. and Mrs. Matt Turner of Dalhart, performed a variety of magic for the Dallam-Hartley County Library summer reading club.
High Country Clinic Hosts Intern
High Country Community Rural Health Clinic LLC has hosted a current Texas Tech student for the past six weeks for an in depth on the job internship that provides valuable experience to the intern in regards to the working and operations of healthcare in a rural area such as our own. Kelly Rueda, a Canyon native, will be completing her internship on Tuesday and will be graduating August 15th from Texas Tech as a Physician Assistant.
Meet Your Neighbor
Jennifer is a newcomer to the area having grown up in Tulia. On June 14, 2008, she married Jake VanBeek of Hartley, owner of VanBeek Trucking. Jennifer studied graphic design at WT and took her photography classes online with a New York studio.
3 Js Graphic Design and Photo Studio ribbon cutting
3 Js Graphic Design and Photo Studio held their grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday, July 24.
“On the Road Again” Channel Ten Summer Celebration
There was no shortage of enthusiasm as the Channel 10 crew rolled into town to visit Dalhart, the fourth Panhandle town on their “Summer Celebration” tour. They will long remember being treated by the area Chamber of Commerce to a delightful “chicken fried” steak dinner at The Loose Caboose!
Stop clicking that pen and other annoying habits
The repeated click of a ballpoint pen, tapping of a pen, or jingling keys in a pocket can become quite distracting. Why people engage in annoying habits is a mystery, but all people have some habit that likely annoys those around them or even cuts off proper communication completely.
Wind-powered high security data center
In a July 16th press release, Jerry Patterson, Commissioner for the Texas General Land Office, announced that an agreement was reached with Baryonyx Corporation to lease approximately eight acres of land in Dallam County. The land is a part of the Permanent School Fund land and will house a highly secure computer server facility. Baryonyx is a Houston-based corporation.
Teacher raises likely to receive approval
The Dalhart Independent School Board held a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 21st. Many items were on the meeting’s agenda. Of particular interest was the discussion regarding teacher raises for the upcoming school year.
Stimulus funds US Hwy 87 improvements
Paul Braun, Public Information Officer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) provided information recently regarding improvements to US Highway 87 southeast of Hartley to the city limits of Dalhart. The project is scheduled to get underway as soon as weather permits.
State of Texas Elk’s Drug Awareness Poster Contest
The Dalhart Elk’s Lodge is very proud to announce the following area students that placed in the State of Texas Elk’s Drug Awareness Poster Contest. We appreciate each and every student that participated.
Balee McKay, 3rd grade student from Channing, placed 3rd in the State receiving a $125.00 savings bond from the State Foundation as well as a $50.00 bond from Dalhart Elks.
Eta Upsilon Sorority sponsored meal
Friday, July 17th ETA EPSILON Sorority sponsored the Dalhart Senior Center July fundraiser meal and the center would like to express its gratitude to the sorority and all of its members for sponsoring the meal. It was a pleasure working with each of the members and the seniors enjoyed their enthusiasm and all of the effort that they put forth to help the center out with the July fundraiser meal.