80’s theme to kick off the Relay for Life Event
On Friday, June 26th, the Relay for Life event will be held at Memorial Stadium. This event is held to honor and support survivors of cancer. There are many activities planned beginning with an opening ceremony at 7:00 p.m.
Throughout the evening and night until the “rooster crows” at 7:00 a.m., the events will continue. Tickets can be purchased throughout the evening for the quilts that will be raffled off.
U.S. Troop-a-Thon June 25th
Move America Forward, an organization based in Sacramento, CA and dedicated to providing U.S. Troops overseas with care packages, is holding a Troop-A-Thon on June 25th. The event may be viewed online for free. The organization is planning to meet its goal of sending the largest shipment of care packages to U.S. Troops in history.
Lightning strike causes fire that consumes 12 acres
Lightning is blamed for a fire on Wednesday, June 17th. The fire broke out just as thunderstorms began entering the Dallam and Hartley Counties area. The Dalhart Fire Department was dispatched to the scene with three units and the fire was quickly contained.
Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association, Inc. reports year-end results
Sales for Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association, Inc. for the year ending February 28, 2009, were $97,472,370.24 which was a decrease from last year by $10,652,927. Net savings before taxes for the locally owned Cooperative were $3,348,688. Since Dalhart Consumers is owned by its customers, the Cooperative owners benefit from the Cooperative positive financial performance.
Dallam 4-H rifle team competed
The Dallam 4-H rifle team competed at the District 1 4-H rifle match May 23 in Amarillo at the Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club. Competitors were Hayden Wilkerson, Gerret Boer, Glenna Duden and Mitchell McMurry. Kelly McMurry was their coach.
Jersey Worlds Combine in 2009 tour coming to Dalhart
Dairymen and women from across the United States and around the world will be visiting numerous dairy facilities in the Dalhart area on June 23rd and 24th as part of the Jersey Worlds Combine tour.
The tour highlights advancements of Jersey cattle in dairy production and provides a networking venue for Jersey cattle breeders and dairymen.
Cherie Bayer, director of development for the American Jersey Cattle Association said, “We will all celebrate the grand success the Jersey breed has earned in recent years. Here in the U.S.A. and around the world, statistics will show the Jersey has never before been so profitable and so popular with breeders and dairymen alike.”
Premium Standard Farms continues reduction in sow operations
On Friday, June 19th, confirmation came that Premium Standard Farms, through its parent company, Murphy Brown, L.L.C., that PSF is taking measures in Dalhart to continue its sow reduction that began more than a year ago. All other operations at PSF in Dalhart will continue in effect; however the sow herd reduction will lead to job cuts and layoffs.
Water main repaired on Denver
The Dalhart Water Department diligently began repairs to a broken water main on Wednesday at the intersection of Denver and 7th Street. The repairs continued on Thursday, June 18th, and completion is expected before the weekend.
Assistant City Manager James Stroud stated on Thursday that the lines beneath the intersection are several years old. A two-inch water main under the intersection has had several repairs in the past. The city hopes to replace all of the older two-inch lines.
RAC evaluates mass casualty preparedness at CMH
Several staff members of Coon Memorial Hospital and EMS participated in a simulated disaster on Tuesday, June 16th. The drill took place in the emergency room area of the hospital and was overseen by an evaluator for the Regional Advisory Council, RAC. The afternoon simulation was brief, but the skills practiced were invaluable.
Gaskill, Pharis & Pharis sponsored June Senior Meal Hamburger cook-out
Gaskill, Pharis & Pharis sponsored the June Senior Meal Hamburger cook-out. The meal was held during the lunch hour at the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center on Friday, June 12. The afternoon luncheon cook-out was a success with beautiful weather, which made the event a perfect day!
DISD to make a decision on bank for loan next week
The Dalhart Independent School Board has accepted bids from local banks for a $750,000 loan. At Tuesday’s regular school board meeting, June 16th, no decision was made as to which bid to accept. A revision letter will be delivered to each bank specifying the district’s needs more clearly. All banks will be requested to submit new bids and the board will meet again on Monday, June 22nd for a special meeting to make a determination.
Water jetting signals end of the line
The Water Department is near the end of the project that upgrades the city’s water system with a complete overhaul. The upgrade has caused periods of inconvenience for residents on the north side, but in the long run, the new and improved system will be better for everyone.
Three arrested for burglary
The Dalhart Police Department arrested three individuals on Friday, June 12th. The arrests stemmed from two separate burglaries that had occurred in Dalhart just days before.
Silage truck destroyed by fire
A silage truck became engulfed in flames on Saturday, June 6th. The fire that began at approximately 11:30 a.m. was confined to the trailer and occurred near CR O in Hartley. At the time of the fire, the silage truck was empty and not carrying a load.
Carter Anderson participated in first Christian Skate Demo
Carter Anderson participated in his first Christian Demo last weekend in Wichita Falls, with Luebcke, where he entertained and inspired over 500 people with his God given talents. Carter has also entered several armature skate contests and has had success, winning first and second place at two area contests within the last month, taking home new skate boards, bearings, wheels and apparel for his efforts, all the while promoting a love of God.
So many stories may be told about a father. Stories about the love of a father, the loss of a father, the guidance and inspiration a father provided or about how a father’s life was transformed because of his love of his child. The story of my father shaped whom I am and is shared here.
Lightning Safety Awareness Week
In a press release dated June 17th, the National Weather Service announced it will join weather service offices around the country in participating in the 9th Annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week Campaign the week of June 21 through 27th. Events occurring during the week that Dalhart residents may want to take advantage of include attending the Dillas game in Amarillo and visiting the TxDOT Travel Center on I-40.
PBS coming to Dalhart
Producer Julie Dunfey with Florentine Films in Walpole, New Hampshire is planning a visit to Dalhart on Tuesday, June 23rd. Her trip is scheduled to research the dust bowl and speak with survivors. She will also visit the XIT Museum, the Dallam/Hartley County Library, The Dalhart Texan and other areas in the northwest panhandle that she anticipates will provide information useful to the project.
A Day for Dad, June 21st
Father’s Day is celebrated in more countries around the world than you may think. And, it is celebrated mainly on the 3rd Sunday in June.
Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington is credited with the idea of a special day for dad. While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, she was moved to tears remembering how she had been raised by her father.