Swine Flu not yet losing steam
On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) reported that 40 countries have officially classified 8,829 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. Mexico has reported 3,103 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 68 deaths. The United States has reported 4,714 laboratory confirmed human cases, including four deaths. The stage 5 alert issued by WHO continues to be in effect. The United States has not surpassed Mexico in the number of confirmed cases.
Disaster readiness training coming to Dalhart
Judicial survey shows CASA volunteers make a difference in a life of a child
A new survey states that judges rely heavily on the opinions of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) when hearing cases about abused and neglected children. “I am gratified but not surprised at the results,” said Ann Bookout, Executive Director of CASA 69. “CASA volunteers represent the best interest of foster children in court,” added Bookout. “CASA volunteers are everyday people that step forward to help judges make the very difficult decisions and speak up for the best interest of the child in court. The volunteers get to know the child and talk to everyone involved in that child’s life from doctors to teachers to parents.”
Let freedom ring
Because Memorial Day is a national holiday and most people have that day off from work, it may be tempting to sleep in late and let the day pass without taking a brief moment or a few minutes to stop and honor the men and women who the day honors. Many will fire up the grill and cook hamburgers and hotdogs as Memorial Day is often thought of as the official start of the summer season. Others will take advantage of a day to catch up on errands, get some late spring cleaning done, shop, or even sleep. Whatever the plans are for the day, some time should be set aside to pay reverence for each and every soldier and sailor that has lost their life in order to preserve American freedom.
Flushing Out Cancer
You will see the soon to be infamous “purple potty” placed in various yards around Dalhart. The Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District’s Relay for Life team put their minds together and come up with the “purple potty” as their way to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Why a purple potty?
District 1 4-H Fashion Show sends teens to state competition
Teens from throughout the Panhandle are headed to state competition after winning their respective contests at the annual District 1 4-H Fashion Show, held April 18 at Bushland High School.
City Council swears in members
Four members of the Dalhart City Council and the Mayor were sworn in at the Council’s meeting on Tuesday, May 12. Receiving the Oath of Office were incumbent Councilmen Jim Chandler, David Bierbaum, Phillip Hass and newly-elected Councilwoman Lola Barrow. Mayor Kevin Caddell was sworn in as well. Out-going Councilwoman Mary Belle Lopez was given a marble clock in appreciation for her four years of service on the Council.
AWOL Marine arrested in Dalhart
Two men wandering near 4th Street and Highway 87 were stopped on Monday morning, May 11th. The stop was the result of suspicious behavior detected by Lt. Darin Davis of the Dalhart Police Department. As Lt. Davis and his partner, Officer Roberto San Miguel approached the men, the men split up from one another and hurriedly moved in opposite directions.
Open Arms Therapy needs your help!
It was recently brought to our attention that there may be an opportunity for Open Arms Therapy to win a large metal Mueller building that could be used to facilitate the therapeutic riding center.
Laureate Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met
Laureate Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met at the home of Anita Ralston, Tuesday May 5th, at 7:00 p.m. with Mary Reynolds as co-hostess. President Anita Ralston called the meeting to order leading members in repeating the opening ritual. The high-light for the evening was to celebrate with Mary McCarty and Dorothy Chaloupka the Golden Circle Ritual for their membership in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for 50 years.
Meet Your Neighbor
You’ve seen him around town! He’s the “Census Man,” aka Rev. Chalmer Wiegman. He’s a newcomer to Dalhart but not to the Panhandle. Chalmer was raised on a farm near Claude and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1960. From there he began his college career at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma and Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City.
CASA has grand opening of new offices at courthouse
The Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, saw a need for more space for supervised visitation for children in the custody of Children’s Protective Services, CPS. CASA asked the ladies of Eta Upsilon Sorority to consider taking on a project to remodel space at the Dallam County Courthouse.
Two Dalhart teachers take retirement
By Judi Wiegman
Auto thieves arrested and suspected narcotics dealer jailed
On Tuesday, May 12th, just as lunch began, Lt. Darin Davis with the Dalhart Police Department was dispatched to the Sands Motel located on Highway 54 East. A disturbance occurred at the motel regarding the unauthorized use of a motel room and the owner of the motel called police.
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Students honored at high school
Tammy Stamps, Health Career Promotion Coordinator with AHEC and Cindy Bryant, teacher, presented awards to the students in the AHEC I course on Tuesday, May 12th. The course is a health sciences education course offered as an elective and requires the completion of nine modules of study. Each student is required to give 50 service hours to a local health related business.
Murder at the malt shop solved
Members of the Dalhart Junior High School drama class solved a murder mystery Thursday evening, May 7th. The murder occurred in a 1950’s malt shop in Craig Sodaro’s play entitled “The Nifty Fifties Malt Shop Murder.” Director and drama teacher, Kathryn Bassett, guided the 6th, 7th and 8th graders through a stellar performance.
Central United Methodist School receives a visit
The school recently received a visit from Micah Hanbury and his reptile friends. This is Mrs. Kathy Claborn’s kindergarten with Micah Hanbury and Bulma, an albino Burmese Python.
Post Master retires
Dalhart’s Post Master, Pam Dixon, retired from the United States Postal Service at the end of March, after serving as Post Master since 2004. Pam accepted an opportunity for early retirement from the USPS, after 25 years of service overall.
Disaster readiness training coming to Dalhart
The Red Cross is seeking individuals to take part in training in Dalhart and become a disaster action team (DAT). A disaster action team (DAT) consists of Red Cross volunteers who are trained, empowered and prepared for immediate response in the event of a disaster. DAT members are not generally policemen, firemen, or members of the city’s emergency response teams. In case of disaster emergency responders already have important jobs to do and could not serve in the capacity of a Red Cross DAT member.