2009 DHS Valedictorian receives Governor’s Award
Jasmine Bohlender was named Valedictorian for the 2008/09 school year for Dalhart High School. She accomplished many scholastic achievements during the school year as well. One accomplishment was taking first place in the U.I.L. statewide competition in accounting. Governor Rick Perry personally gave the top students winning U.I.L. competitions awards in June, but Jasmine was in New Guinea on a mission-training trip.
Council postpones rezoning vote
A zoning change from R-1 Residential to Special Use for zero-line lots was again tabled at the Dalhart City Council’s meeting this past Tuesday, August 25. There have been several residents in the area who have written letters in opposition to this zoning change, which would be in the area of Yucca and Denrock. State law requires that if at least 20 percent of the residents in the affected area oppose the zoning change, then 75 percent of the entire council must vote in favor of the zoning change proposal for it to occur.
OAT benefits another local youth
Destiny Lucas is 5-years-old and attends Dalhart Elementary School. She has already endured many challenges in her life. Amanda Lucas gave birth prematurely to Destiny on August 6, 2003 at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo. She was born weighing 1 pound and 14 ounces and she was 13 inches long.
Dalhart holds Fritch scoreless in opener
Couch Young always builds his team around his defense, which would bend but not break Friday night, but it was the offense that was on display at Sanford Fritch, as the Golden Wolves outgunned Fritch 38-0 to open the season. On a beautiful night for football in the Panhandle the Wolves opened the scoring with a 7 yard touchdown run by Adrian Ruiz to take the early lead 7-0 after the extra point by Zinsan Puttick. The Golden Wolves defense held Fritch on a 4th and 5 attempt and took over on downs near the end of the first quarter, but could not score again. In the second quarter Zinsan Puttick kicked a booming 52 yard punt from deep in Dalhart territory and Adrian Ruiz knocked the ball loose from Fritch and the Wolves took over with great field position.
The début of Hillside Christian Church
Hillside Christian Church, dubbed the “portable church,” will début in Dalhart on Sunday, August 30th. (It is portable because all of the equipment for the church is being housed in two large trailers that will be moved to the new High School auditorium each Sunday to conduct the 10:30 a.m. service.)
Mud Bog results and winners
The 13th Annual XIT Mud Bog was held during the 73rd XIT Rodeo and Reunion and saw many exciting results. Each participant was scored on either their overall distance, if their vehicle became stuck, or their overall time if they finished the course. Each competitor was judged on the better of two runs. Kurt Haschke reported that only one vehicle suffered a blown engine, one with a broken axle, one flat tire and one starter that went out.
Is a traffic signal needed at 16th Street and Highway 87?
On Thursday, August 27th, just as students were leaving the high school for lunch, a wreck occurred on Highway 87 at the 16th Street intersection. The location has been a hot spot for motor vehicle wrecks, and Thursday’s crash brought out the Dalhart Fire Department, Dalhart EMS, Texas Department of Public Safety, Hartley County Sheriff’s Office, and the Dalhart Police Department.
Football Season has arrived
It’s that time of year, when a young man’s fancy turns to “football.” This is the time of year that almost every male looks forward to – the brisk chill in the air; the sound of helmets crashing into each other; and the whistle of a coach, calling the end to a play or suggesting that you better start running. Now that the final scrimmage is behind the Wolves, the season can begin in earnest.
On July 14th, friends gave birth to Jordan Brook Fox in Ft. Worth, TX. The birth was especially exciting to her parents after they recently experienced a stillbirth and several miscarriages. But frail little Jordan was not without problems. In the first five days of her life, she had six surgeries all involving issues with her tiny heart. The Fox family remained strong and hopeful as little Jordan began to respond. But on Friday, August 21st tiny Jordan’s struggle ended when the decision was made to remove her from life support. Kim and Joel held her in their arms and said their goodbyes.
Excitement is growing
Two events have brought new life to the Dalhart Church of the Nazarene.
Casa de Oracion (House of Prayer) began to hold services in the Dalhart Church on Sunday afternoon, August 23rd. Thirty people attended the first service conducted in Spanish by Rev. Arnulfo Rodas from Amarillo.
Bank of America donates to the Dalhart Senior Center
Bank of America donates to the Dalhart Senior Center
Ask The Lawyer
“Am I supposed to mark the eggs I sell by grade and size, and how do I go about learning how to do that correctly?”
Question: I raise chickens and use their eggs for personal use. If my chickens lay a lot of eggs, then I try to sell the extra ones that my family and I do not use. I’ve been selling eggs that way for a couple of years. Usually, the same people buy eggs from me. One lady that bought eggs from me said that she heard that I’m supposed to mark the eggs with their “grade” before selling them. I never heard of that before, although I know that when I go to the store I see that eggs are sold by grade and size. Am I supposed to mark the eggs I sell by grade and size and how do I go about learning how to do that correctly?
Area schools get underway
The school zones were busy with students, parents and vehicles on Monday. A few drivers were pulled over for a reminder to slow down during the school zone hours, but for the most part, traffic ran as smoothly as expected. Parents are encouraged to follow the flow of traffic when picking up and dropping off children. Parents are also asked to make a note of their children’s teachers’ conference periods when needing to speak with any of the area teachers. Each teacher has designated time for conferencing with parents, so that the school day remains uninterrupted.
15th Annual XIT Antique Tractor Show and Pull
Wayne Speer, Secretary and Treasurer of the XIT Antique Tractor Association, described the 15th Annual XIT Antique Tractor Show and Pull as, “Another good year.” The annual event occurs during the XIT Rodeo and Reunion celebration and is highly anticipated.
Dalhart man dies in one-vehicle accident
On Saturday, August 22nd at approximately 4:00 p.m., Central Dispatch received a report of a one-vehicle accident on FM 3110 between Dalhart and Texline. The driver of the vehicle was killed in the accident.
Sheriff Bruce Scott with the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fatal car crash. He stated on Monday, “I would not have responded to an accident that DPS was already handling except that we learned there was a fatality. I picked up Justice of the Peace Judge Rita Little and drove her out there. She pronounced the driver dead at the scene.”
Channing gets a cowboy church
The dilapidated former Cayce Grocery store on Highway 385 in Channing has received a facelift. In four days, the building was changed from a run-down eyesore to a church.
Dedicated men and women from all walks of life, with a talent for building, came from several towns in Texas to be part of God’s plan; to rebuild the store into a church called Saddle Mountain Cowboy Church. The facility was dedicated on Saturday, August 22, 2009.
Animal Control Officer stays busy
Joe Hockaday, the City of Dalhart’s Animal Control Officer responds to calls from city residents regarding any animal that is out within the city limits of Dalhart. Calls include anything from a lost dog, loose cattle, snakes, mischievous raccoons, stray cats and horses out of their pins to visiting travelers whose pet has become lost.
Another area employer closes doors
It has been said many times that “when it rains, it pours.” That undeniable saying seems fitting to the conundrum of the downturn in the economy and how it has affected local business. While many businesses are still managing and a few are even prospering, several businesses have fallen prey to an ever declining market. With the imposing closing of Premium Standard Farms, cutbacks at several local businesses, and most recently the closing of Clayton Cattle Feeders it does seem that the rain has turned into a downpour.
Steele speaks to parents at high school
On Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m., a meeting for parents was held at Dalhart High School. The purpose for the meeting was to inform parents of high school students about necessary forms to get completed, the change to an eight period day and other changes, the dress and cell phone policies, and compliance with Title I.
Retired Army Vet serves as PA for Texline Health Clinic
The communities of Texline and Dalhart are benefiting from the experience of a retired Army Physician’s Assistant who travels back and forth to each community providing medical services. Cindi Schuler and her family arrived in Dalhart in January of 2009 after Schuler retired from the United States Army. Her experience and education are assets to both communities.