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Ag Commissioner visits Dalhart
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.”
73rd XIT Queen Crowned
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.
Building on a firm foundation
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
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.
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!
As It Turns Out
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.
Dalhart High School Dress Code Changes for 2009-2010 School Year
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.
How does your garden grow?
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.
Returning home to an even better Dalhart
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.
Coon Memorial Home crowns XIT King and Queen
Coon Memorial Nursing Home held its annual crowning of the XIT
King and Queen on Tuesday, August 4th. Festivities began at 10:30 a.m.
in the lounge of CMH, which was filled to capacity with residents,
family, friends, and XIT officials.
Each 73rd XIT Rodeo and Reunion Director was introduced. They
each let everyone know what tasks they were individually responsible
for this year. The directors include Andrew Banks, Greg Batenhorst,
John Foley, Marty Galloway, Tommy Parker, Scott Simmons, Chad Strafuss,
Travis Taylor and Troy Valdez. Also attending were the 72nd XIT Queen
Laramie Wing, 73rd XIT Queen candidates Jamie Coleen Frazier and
Rebecca Richardson, the newly crowned Little Mr. XIT Stratton Potter
and Little Miss XIT Dylan Moore. The directors and other XIT officials
make an impressive entry into any event, with their starched white
shirts and cowboy hats.
Lowest score determines ranking for entire district
Results from the Texas Education Agency 2009
District Accountability were released on July 31st and are available to
the community online or by visiting the school administration
Dalhart Elementary School ranked Exemplary, the
highest possible rating. Dalhart Intermediate School ranked the second
highest rating with Recognized. Dalhart Junior High School received
the lowest ranking with Academically Unacceptable. Dalhart High School
and the XIT School both ranked Acadmically Acceptable, the third
Dalhart football and volleyball begin two a day practices
The Dalhart Wolves football and Lady Wolves volleyball teams began
two a day practices on Monday. Both teams will be looking to repeat or
better last years district record. The football team went 4-1 in
district while the Lady Wolves were 10-0. Early Monday’s practice did
not include freshmen who will meet with coach Young in the afternoon to
pick up equipment. There were close to 60 players working out on the
field during the morning practice gearing up for their first scrimmage
against WT High in Stinnett on the 15th of August.
Historic hotel closes doors
Gleaming crystal chandeliers, historic accommodations, sumptuous
cuisine, and most recently locked doors. The Historic Eklund Hotel in
Clayton, New Mexico has fallen prey to declining tourism. The hotel,
restaurant, and bar closed its’ doors at the end of April. The hotel,
a famed piece of the Old West including a saloon with bullet holes in
the tin ceiling was constructed in 1892, and underwent an extensive 2.3
million dollar renovation just five years ago.
XIT Junior Rodeo 2009
A Muddy arena, beautiful weather, wild stick horses, and varied
aged youth decked in full western regalia promised for a memorable day
for all who attended the 2009 XIT Junior Rodeo. The true western spirit
was alive and well at the XIT Arena Saturday morning as reigning XIT
Queen Laramie Wing rode through the arena displaying the XIT Colors.
Little Mr. XIT Dylan Moore and Little Miss XIT Stratton Potter joined
in the pursuit and were transported through the arena waving to all
Welcome to the 73rd XIT Rodeo & Reunion
On behalf of the Dalhart Texan, we would like to welcome all
visitors of the XIT Rodeo and Reunion to Dalhart. You are about to
experience a city and a celebration like none other. A community and
celebration that are both long steeped in both history and long run
heritage of the true western spirit.
The Dalhart Senior Citizens Center Coffee Reception in honor of Volunteers
The Dalhart Senior Citizens Center held a Coffee Reception on
Wednesday, July 29th recognizing the centers Volunteers. The reception
began at 10:00 a.m. in the Center’s gathering room with coffee, fresh
fruit, pastry and certificates of appreciation were presented to all
Boy Scout Troop 101 heads out
On Monday, July 13th Dalhart’s Boy Scout Troop 101 headed for the
mountains. After last year’s very successful canoe trip to Arkansas,
the guys decided to head to Colorado to bag some 14,000 foot peaks.
Rest days were open to fly fishing. Leaving Dalhart at 5:30 a.m. the
troop traveled the mountains west of Creed Colorado. Eleven hours in
the vehicles left the scouts with lots of pent up energy. They needed
that energy the next morning when Scoutmaster Christopher Joens led
them to the top of Handies Peak.
World War II Historical marker unveiled in Dalhart
The Texas Historical Commission in conjunction with the Dallam
County Historical Commission, the City of Dalhart and Hartley County
will dedicate an official Texas Historical marker commemorating the
historical significance of Dalhart Army Air Field during World War II.
La Rita Melodrama: Great Family Fun
As everyone eagerly anticipates Dalhart’s XIT season, many cast
members are perfecting lines for this year’s La Rita melodrama, “The
Local dairy receives Supplier of the Year award
Executives from The Kroger Company (www.kroger.com; NYSE: KR) and
Select Milk Producers, Inc. visited the Dalhart area Thursday to
present Natural Prairie Dairy Farm and the dairy’s employees the
prestigious Kroger’s Supplier of the Year award.
Changes in tradition
Tradition dictates that change comes slow for the XIT Rodeo and
Reunion in Dalhart. They have been serving up the street parade,
rodeo, dances, and free feeds for years. But, the XIT Directors who
put on the event are always trying to make the experience the best it
can be. Under the leadership of President John Foley, there are
several big and very positive changes for attendees during the 73rd
Annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion on August 6, 7, 8.