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Dalhart pictorial postmark here soon
By Robin Scott
Mail carriers and recipients alike have an opportunity to join in on an event occurring in 52 panhandle counties, including Dallam and Hartley. The Texas Plains Trail Region and the Postal Service are partnering together to do a pictorial postmark in the county seat of 52 counties in the Plains Region. The TPTR began visiting the 52 post offices in those counties on January 6th and the endeavor will last until December 29th.
Lady Wolves bring home second place finish
The Lady Wolves varsity softball team participated in their second tournament in two weeks bringing home a second place finish. “The Panhandle Showdown,” a three day tournament, was held in Amarillo. Seventeen teams participated, traveling from Dalhart and Borger, south to Lubbock, and west to El Paso, which provided three teams. In the tournament, two 2A teams and three 3A teams participated with the remaining twelve either 4 or 5A.
XIT Rural Telephone to host 59th Annual Membership Meeting
The XIT Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. has scheduled its 59th Annual Membership meeting of its rural landline telephone members for Wednesday, March 10th. The meeting will be held at the Rita Blanca Lake Coliseum. Rural landline members’ and invited guests’ registration will begin at ll:00 a.m. and will be followed with a luncheon catered by Bar H Steak House. Again, this year, members and invited guests will be treated to a sit-down dinner served by XIT’s management and employees. Serving will begin at 11:45 a.m.
Second Annual March Madness strikes Dalhart
By Robin Scott
The National Collegiate Athlete Association (NCAA) Basketball Championship occurs during March and early April of each year and offers an opportunity for fun and a chance to win a prize. The 64 teams competing in the championship provide the excitement for March Madness and area merchants and individuals add to it by cheering on a particular team.
How long does it take to walk across Texas?
By Robin Scott
It may sound crazy to actually walk the 1000 miles across the great State of Texas, but many are planning to do just that, so to speak. What they will do is walk, and walk, and walk, each week. People all over the area are joining the Walk Across Texas and everyone in Dalhart and the surrounding area is invited to take part in this event.
Run-off election set for Dallam County Commissioners
By Robin Scott
Voters made their way to the polls in both early voting and on Election Day and the results are in. Two contested Dallam County races and one contested Hartley County race in the Republican Primary were settled, and all Republican candidates for the November General Election are now known.
Cargill Cares gives Dalhart Fire Corps big boost
The recently organized Dalhart Fire Corps received a much-needed
donation from Cargill Cares on Monday, February 22nd. The donation
comes just in time for the members of the Fire Corps to plan
fundraising events to support the organization’s endeavors.
Third Annual Friday Night Fish Fry
February, 26th the third annual “Friday Night Fish Fry” took place at the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center.
The center would like to express its gratitude to Judge Ronnie
Gordon and Hartley County Officials for sponsoring the Friday Night
Fish Fry once again this year. For the past six or seven years now
Judge Gordon and Hartley County Officials have sponsored a February
fundraiser meal and this year they chose to sponsor the Friday Night
Fish Fry. We are glad to have Judge Gordon and Hartley County
Officials agree to sponsor the event for a second year in February.”
Ask The Lawyer
I heard that women in Texas could always own property
Question: I heard that women in Texas could always own
property, and has there ever been a law in Texas that stated that when
a father died all of his property would go to his first son?
Answer: Many of the laws adopted by the State of Texas at its
inception came from the Spanish Common Law rather than the English
Common Law. That included a woman’s right to own property. At the
time Texas entered the Union, it was the only state to grant women
property rights from the very beginning.
Citizen of the Year nominations accepted
By Robin Scott
The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2009 Citizen of the Year. This year, the Chamber of Commerce has also added two additional awards, and seeks nominations for those as well. The recipients for each award will be announced at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet scheduled for April 8th.
According to Kristine Olsen, Chamber of Commerce President, “Since 1950, the Chamber of Commerce has honored a local citizen by selecting them as the Citizen of the Year.” As in years past, the general public is asked to submit nominations for Citizen of the Year. Olsen noted, “A nominee may be from an organization or someone from the community at large.”
Nominations turned into the Chamber must be in writing and include the reasons why the nominee should be considered for Citizen of the Year. The submission should also include the nominee’s accomplishments, community service, or other merits of the nominee.
In addition to the Citizen of the Year award, the banquet committee voted to add two additional awards for this year’s banquet. Olsen stated, “The first award is for Agriculture Family/Person of the Year to recognize those in the Agriculture Industry for their accomplishments, stewardship and the things they do to make a difference. The second award is for Volunteer of the Year to recognize those in the community for their contributions to enhancing the quality of life and well-being of our community.”
The winners of each award are selected by the Chamber of Commerce Award Nomination Committee. Olsen stated, “The selection will not be made on the basis of the number of votes any one recipient receives and the final selection will be made by a Chamber of Commerce Award Nominating Committee.”
The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 19th. Nominations may be mailed to the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce at P. O. Box 967 or delivered in person to the Chamber at 102 E. 7th Street. Nominations may also be faxed to 806/244-4945 or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nomination forms are available at the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.dalhart.org.
Food Check-Out Week celebrated
The cost of food in America remains affordable. According to
the latest statistics compiled by the Agriculture Department’s (USDA)
Economic Research Service, American families and individuals currently
spend, on average, just under 10 percent for their disposable income
Denise Baumert students hold recital
Friday evening, Feb. 26th, a music recital was held for the guitar
and piano students of Denise Baumert. The program for the night,
entitled “Super-Awesome Music Recital” was a true statement. All kinds
of music, in many different styles, were performed by the students and
teacher. We had music from 5 year old John Taylor of “Old McDonald” on
piano, to rockin’ out on guitar with Samantha Todd’s intro. To “Wanted
Dead or Alive”. Classical piece “Fur Elise” by Lea Baumert, to
country’s “Grandma’s Featherbed” by Kali Dennis, and to Elvis’ “Love Me
Tender” on guitar by Julie Patton.
Channing ISD recognized for excellence
Screams fill the room as students huddle around Mrs. Ziegler. The
Yearbook Yearbook is in and the Channing yearbook has gone national
again. “Holy cow! It felt wonderful to get into the Yearbook
Yearbook,” Junior Mackenzie McLain said. “Last year we got a mention in
it, but this time we got our work put in it. Everyone can see what we
did and it’s great. It means that we did a good enough job that it gets
to join the group that’s considered the best.”
Snow storms alleviate drought, but put strain on livestock
The Dalhart area was blanketed in snow by numerous winter storms
that dropped more than thirty inches of the white stuff throughout
Dallam and Hartley Counties over the past month.
For the first time since 2007, the Texas Panhandle has left
behind its drought status. In fact, weather experts are reporting that
only seven percent of the country – an abnormally low percentage – is
still facing drought conditions.
Republican Primary tomorrow
Dallam and Hartley Counties are ready for Tuesday’s Republican
Primary. Three candidates in the Governor’s race hope to become the
Republican choice for the November election. Governor Rick Perry,
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Tea Party Activist Debra Medina have
been campaigning heavily for months and in recent days, television
commercials for Perry and Hutchison have run nearly non-stop.
Meet the candidates
69th Judicial District Judge
unopposed incumbent Ron Enns
The sitting Judge for the 69th Judicial
District, Ron Enns, is a lifelong resident of Dalhart. He has served
as District Judge for nearly 20 years. This year he is running
unopposed in the Republican Primary and General Election.
Local support for “POP - Power of the Purse” felt nationwide
This month marked an important event for panhandle residents that
also offered an opportunity to have a little fun while making a real
difference in the lives of women throughout the world. The Amarillo
Civic Center Grand Plaza was the setting for the first annual “Power of
the Purse” or (“POP”), fundraiser. Hosted by Community Connections, a
group of advocates for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health,
this fundraiser was held to benefit the new national Infant Risk Center
being established in Amarillo.
Brazen robber threatens bank, schools
It was about 10:45 a.m. on Friday morning when as yet
unidentified man, estimated to be in his early 30s handed a teller at
The First State Bank of Boise City a note demanding money.
The note, as of yet unreleased, purportedly threatened to set
off bombs in the bank and the Boise City Elementary and High Schools if
the teller didn’t empty her money drawer. The teller complied and the
man, visible on security cameras exited the bank.
Send a cookie overseas
Buying Girl Scout cookies is pretty easy to do because they are so
enjoyable. Each year when Girl Scouts all over the United States begin
to make the rounds to family, friends, neighbors and businesses,
everyone waits with great anticipation for a bite of their favorite
cookie. The cookies conjure up all sorts of great memories for those
who eagerly await their annual arrival.
Hooray for Hollywood
The residents at Legacy Assisted Living and their guests enjoyed
a “Hollywood” Banquet Thursday evening, February 18. A black stretch
limo was parked under the portico, indicating the arrival of VIPs and
celebrities. The living area and dining room were decorated with
pictures of movie stars (mostly from the 1940’s and 50’s) and lots of
glitter. Dining tables had silver and gold sprays and vases of
beautiful red roses. There was a “Legacy Wall of Fame” with the name
of each resident on a gold star. The guests entered through the
foyer, which resembled a movie theater lobby and had a bright red
popcorn wagon, reels of film and colorful posters advertising coming
attractions. One side of the living area represented the lobby of the
Beverly Hills Hotel, with half columns and large silver vases of palm
fronds. The other side had a make believe theater, complete with
velvet rope and seats in front of the screen.