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Fear steals our Faith

    I have been enjoying my early morning “Bible time” on my swing when I give God a chance to speak to me from His Word.  For several mornings I dwelt on the story of the children of Israel and their “desert” wanderings before the Promised Land became home.  Ironically, on Sunday evening, Pastor preached on this very subject and I was even further enlightened.

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    Friday August 14th marks the day that Ronald McDonald, the “Chief Happiness Officer” for McDonald’s Corporation, will make a visit to Dalhart.  Children of every age are invited to meet Ronald at the Rita Blanca Pavilion beginning at 6:00 p.m.

    KXIT Radio personality Jesse Torres will broadcast live from the Pavilion during Ronald’s visit.  The celebration also marks the 30th Anniversary of the McDonald’s Happy Meal.  The event promises an evening of fun, games, popcorn and cotton candy.  Ronald will provide a magic and musical show and he plans to invite children from the audience to participate.  Children will have an opportunity to win prizes too.

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   The Dalhart Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy sponsored the 32nd annual Joe Nisbett XIT 5-K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, August 8th 2009 and Occupational Health co-sponsored the event.  All proceeds from the run go directly to benefit the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center and the Senior Center would like to express its gratitude for the generosity of the sponsors in this event.

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    Twenty-four Hartley County 4-H members attended County Camp at the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood, on July 13-16. Camp experiences included canoeing, archery, riflery, and swimming. In addition, campers were introduced to outdoor environmental education and instructed in the process of setting up a campsite. The challenge course this year featured a 40 foot climb up a cargo net and descent via a zip-line.

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    Members from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Schools have chosen Stratford as the first site to receive telemedicine technology through Project CHART (Children’s Healthcare Access for Rural Texas).

    Texas Tech’s F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health and Human Services received a $6.77 million grant from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to fund Project CHART, which will consist of 30 sites throughout West Texas that will provide telemedicine services specifically for rural children enrolled in Medicaid.

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One of the biggest events of the 20th century, World War II was the broadest and most destructive war of all time.  It divided nations, redefined international alliances, devastated populations, ethnic groups, and economies; and ushered in the era known as the Cold War.  From 1941 to 1945 Americans, particularly Texans rallied to supply unprecedented levels of manpower and equipment all the while making great sacrifices to support the wartime effort.

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The dissipating jingle of spurs, departing trailers, and the fading sight of western bedecked individuals all illustrate that XIT has come and gone.  The 73rd XIT Rodeo and Reunion had a great crowd this year, paying tribute to the 73-years-strong XIT spirit.  

The story of the infamous XIT ranch lingers, even though the rodeo and high school reunions have ended; the bands that displayed their talent at the rodeos’ nightly dances have packed up and left, and now the rodeo grounds have once again fallen silent.

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    A group of ten girls from Dalhart, Amarillo and Snyder completed their summer basketball playing July 11-12 in Amarillo. The team, Xtra Degree, participated in seven basketball tournaments this summer. They played a total of 35 games over 3 ½ months. Dalhart team members and their last completed grade in school include: Karley White - 8, Brynn Dunham - 9, Shelby Taylor - 8, Jordan Banks - 10, Kassidy Lenz - 8, Jeana Sybesma – 9, and Jennifer Quint – 8; team member from Snyder: Skylar Morris - 10; and team members from Amarillo: Lexi O’Hair – 8, and Elizabeth McDaniel - 8. The team was coached by WTAMU Lady Buff Megan McLain.

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    While reading a new book, I came across a phrase that made me stop and think: “History hovers.” I love history; so much so, that I am often accused of not living in the present. We’ve all heard, “History repeats itself,” but the idea of history “hovering” sounds as though it waits, just out of sight, until an opportunity presents itself to land and replay a past performance.

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    Colten Hicks, Dalhart, Texas, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

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    Texline is a small community just northwest of Dalhart, but the communities’ interest in one another is large.  Texline’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue is made up of community members who work full time in other careers, but respond to the call of duty when the alarm goes out.  They each give their time to their community willingly and soon the department will have a new facility.

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    Frontier Fuel Co., a sales agency with Pioneer Hi-Bred, has donated a $1,000 scholarship to Corlee Priestley at Dalhart High School.  Frontier Fuel Co., was awarded this scholarship money for its dedication to customer-focused activities throughout the year. 

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    Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples paid a visit to Dalhart on Friday, touring Hilmar Cheese Factory, holding a public reception at the Coliseum, and riding in the Grand Entry of Friday’s XIT Rodeo.  Commissioner Staples made a promise in his first term as Texas Ag Commissioner to visit all 254 counties of Texas.  Staples first term focus has been on “connectivity between rural and urban/suburban communities, promoting the state’s agriculture/livestock economies, public food safety, school nutrition programs, rural Texas jobs, and fairly enforcing the state’s weights and measures laws including calibration of gas station pumps.” 

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Jamie Coleen Frazier was crowned as the 73rd XIT Rodeo Queen Saturday evening at the XIT Arena.  Warm weather, enthused fans, and a great day for rodeo made the Queen’s Contest enjoyable.    

Jamie is the 16 year old daughter of Joel and Donna Frazier.  She is the granddaughter of the late Neal and Jessie Petty and Sarah Jo and the late JD Frazier.  Jamie will be a junior at the Dalhart High School this coming year, where she is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class holding a GPA of 3.769.  Hobbies of Jamie’s include team roping, basketball, golf, and playing with her nephew, Ethan.  Jamie is an active member the United States Team Roping Association, AQHA, and Sub Debs.  Among Jamie’s many accomplishments, she was Little Miss XIT and a competitor in the United States Team Roping National Finals.  Upon completion of high school, Jamie plans on attending Texas Tech University and majoring in medicine.

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    Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured in your lap…”

    Antioch Baptist Church was established in September of 1958.  Two pastors served the church in those early days. In 1971, Rev. F.L. Sledge moved from Bovina, TX with his wife and nine children to become the pastor.  He has faithfully carried out this role for 38 years.  He is the longest tenured pastor in Dalhart.  His first wife, the mother of his children, died in 1991. Three of his children have also died. He remarried, and in 2008, his second wife also went to be with the Lord. Pastor Sledge has four men serving beside him in the ministry as associates; a son, a son-in-law, a grandson, and a friend.  Together, they serve a congregation of 30 members.  

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 What a legacy!

Last week I went to an estate sale.  As I stepped into the trailer where the precious 90-year-old grandma lived, my memory drew me back to Michigan and thoughts of my own precious grandparents whose company I enjoyed until they were 90. What a legacy!

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Wild Rides and Big Dreams

    When I read the theme of this years’ parade I thought of the original XIT cowboys.  They couldn’t possibly have dreamed that we would celebrate them and their work like this. There are as many kinds of wild rides as there are big dreams, and those cowboys who shivered through winters and sweated out summers on the long and narrow XIT, surely had plenty of both.

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    Please be aware of the following changes to the DHS dress code as you prepare to do your shopping.  The updated DISD handbook will be on the DISD website soon at (www.dalhart.k12.tx.us).  Please review the handbook to make sure you are aware of these changes. 

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    City slickers and city dwellers have long embraced urban gardening, growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants in kitchen windows, in planters on the patio or a small patch of earth in the backyard.  The need for urban gardening began with a couple of beliefs.  One belief was that “organic” and “pesticide free” lent itself to better tasting food and healthier eating.  Another belief was that a beautiful garden can exist on a rooftop and in containers, and that space should not be a determining factor, but only a measurement for the size of the garden.  Whichever belief leads one to buy potting soil, seeds and a trowel and fork set, or a combination of both, urban gardening has evolved to an American past-time and is no longer a passing trend.

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    Big city lights, the hustle and bustle, and great entertainment venues made big city living awesome, but something was missing; most simply home.  As the lines of a famous song go, “the glitz and glamour are nice, but there is no place quite like home.”  I never realized how true that iconic lyric is.  It has been three years, and I now return to Dalhart, fully knowing the unmatchable allure of home.