A lifetime experience with music
Members of the Dalhart Golden Wolves band had a fantastic fall season. Under the direction of Rick Ball and Allan Gregory. The fall season included home games with marching band performances, pep band and competitions. The remainder of the semester will include a Christmas concert and getting ready for the Five States Band and district competition.
Chamber of Commerce getting Dalhart in the Holiday spirit
The twinkling lights being draped around trees at Memorial Park signify that Christmastime is near. Kristine Olsen, Chamber of Commerce President, coordinates the decorating and lighting ceremony each year. This year’s festivities are scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Each year, Olsen ensures that thousands of lights frame the park and gazebo and line Denrock Avenue. The Christmas Season is officially underway once Santa turns on the park display with his magical powers.
Wild Blue Country thrilled audience in Dalhart
The sound from the DHS Auditorium on Sunday, November 15th was spectacular by most accounts. Area residents received a rare treat as the United States Air Force Academy Band ensemble Wild Blue Country took the stage at 3:00 p.m. before a crowd of nearly 300.
DISD receives highest rating in financial integrity
During the regular meeting of the DISD school board, Business Manager Delbert Dodds and Superintendent David Foote presented the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas Report (FIRST Rating) status detail for 2007-08 to the trustees of the board. The report lists all indicators and ratios that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) uses to determine rating of every school district within the state of Texas.
Black Friday means red ticket deals for shoppers
The traditional day each year for once in a lifetime deals on merchandise, including everything from toys to electronics, is the Friday following Thanksgiving and dubbed “Black Friday,” the official opening day of the Christmas shopping season. The present day meaning of Black Friday has been around since the 1960’s and infers that merchants go from being in the “red” to in the “black.”
Hartley teacher sentenced by jury
On Tuesday evening, November 17th, a Hartley County jury sentenced Ronald Alvin Thompson, age 56, on two felony counts. Thompson was arrested on July 6th after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with two students from the Hartley School District.
A time to Remember, A Time to Cry Out…
Abraham Lincoln spoke these words; “It has seemed to me fit and proper that the gracious gifts of the most high God be solemnly, reverently and graciously and gratefully acknowledged.”
Reviewing the wonderful things God has done for us and given us is not only healthy; it is grounded in God’s Word. “Remember His wonders which He has done, His marvels and the judgments spoken by His mouth.” Ps 105:5
Jotting Judi’s books inspired by true stories
Readers of the Dalhart Texan enjoy the writing of a local author of children’s books when she writes her weekly column. Judi Wiegman, who pens the Jotting Judi column, has writing talent far greater than what readers get pleasure from each week. She is also an author of children’s books. To date, eight of Wiegman’s children’s books have been published, and she has recently been commissioned to begin her ninth.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I loaned someone about $5,000 two years ago. The person was supposed to pay me back within two years, but has never even made an effort to pay any of the money back. I have made phone calls and written letters, but can’t get any response from the person. I was thinking about hiring a collection agency to go after the person because I know that they have a better chance of receiving the money for me than I do. Is that my best option?
A weekend of fun and reminiscing
Dalhart High School honored all of its past graduates at an All School Reunion held in October. More than 500 alumni registered for the festivities and several traveled from great distances to join in on the fun.
“Edna’s Light” Christmas Program 2009
The Dalhart Ministerial Alliance is pleased to announce that the Edna’s Light Christmas Basket Adoption Program is in full swing. The program benefits families in the community that feel they will need help with Christmas gifts for their children. Applications may be picked up at Panhandle Community Services, located in the Dallam County Courthouse, week days from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Completed applications should be returned to Panhandle Community Services no later than 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24th.
Lady Wolves basketball starts
The Lady Wolves basketball team began their season yesterday in Stratford with both the JV and Varsity teams seeing action. The team returns five players from last year’s team which went 14-15 overall and 2-8 in district. First year coach,
Third-graders given thousands of words
Each year, the Dalhart Rotary Club provides every third grade student in Dalhart with a brand new dictionary. Rotary Club members visit Dalhart Elementary School, Dalhart Christian Academy and St. Anthony’s School to hand deliver the dictionaries to each student.
Pink scooter soon to scoot through town
The United Supermarket’s raffle in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month was drawn on November 1st and one very excited Dalhart resident was the lucky recipient. Patrons of United had the opportunity to fill out raffle tickets throughout the month of October and also to get a close up look at the scooter, which was on display at the market as well.
Dalhart area community education on the rise
By Robin Scott
The 44th Annual National Community Education Day is Tuesday, November 17th. This year’s theme is “Community Education on the Rise,” and a four-day long conference is scheduled in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference allows community education colleagues to connect with one another and share information and resources.
Community Connect, the source for community education in Dalhart, is definitely on the rise and is offering several classes that begin soon, all designed to facilitate the learning and participation of adults and children. Education through Community Connect includes both traditional classroom settings and classes offered online.
The Community Connect program began as enrichment then added a G.E.D. and English as a Second Language course. This past year, they also began to offer online classes. Participants may enroll in everything from knitting to software application instruction. Sylvia Renick, Director of Community Connect in Dalhart, noted, “There truly is something for every person.”
Community education in the Dalhart area is sponsored by the City of Dalhart, Dallam and Hartley Counties, the Dallam/Hartley Counties Hospital District and DISD. Everyone living in Dallam and Hartley Counties are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Another great advantage of community education in Dalhart is that DISD provides classrooms, resources, such as copiers, and utilities. DISD is always more than willing to assist Ms. Renick each semester. Coon Memorial Hospital allows groups to use the Legacy living room for knitting. Some courses have been held at the Senior Center as well.
One exciting new course coming soon will teach participants more about using Facebook. The course will be taught by Robin Scott, columnist and writer for the Dalhart Texan. Renick stated, “Ms. Scott realized that she was answering a lot of questions about Facebook for area residents and thought that teaching a course might be well received and beneficial.”
For online courses, Community Connect has contracted with ed2go, an online course provider for community education. Each course lasts for eight weeks, providing participants with the opportunity to complete weekly lessons via the Internet. The addition of the ed2go course this past year has opened up the amount and the variety of classes that are available to people.
During this same week is the 88th annual American Education Week (AEW) which begins Sunday, November 15th and runs through Saturday, November 21st. The week spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great. The National Education Association’s annual tagline, Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility, reflects the Association’s calling upon America to provide students with quality public schools so that they can grow, prosper, and achieve in the 21st century.
Visit www.ncea.com for more information about community education. To register for a course or for more information, visit www.dalhartcommunityeducation.org. Questions may be emailed to Ms. Renick at email@example.com or call 244-7818 and leave a voice mail. Information about ed2go may be found at www.ed2go.com. For more information about daily activities during American Education Week visit www.nea.org.
Council awards bed tax funds
Six local entities will share funds from the City of Dalhart’s Occupancy Tax. The tax is commonly referred to as a “bed tax” because it is collected by motel operators from their customers and sent in to the Texas Comptroller. The comptroller then sends the cities their part of the tax. The money can only be spent on projects that bring in people from out of town. The six entities that will receive funding are LaRita Theatre, Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce, XIT Museum, Dalhart Senior Citizens Center, XIT Rangers and XIT Rodeo and Reunion. The action was taken at the council’s meeting on Tuesday, November 10. Each entity had a representative speak to the council about how the funds would be spent and provided budgets for the expenditure of the funds.
Marlee Reynolds signs with CSU
Marlee Reynolds gave her Dad one of the best birthday presents ever when she signed to play volleyball for the Colorado State Rams in a ceremony held at Dalhart High School. The signing took place in the high school auditorium on Thursday, November 12th. Marlee’s parents are Jim Bob, and Thedra Reynolds, her grandparents are Theo and LaRue Mayo and Jimmy Reynolds. Marlee also has a sister, Alexan, who is a sophomore at Texas A&M University. Alexan was also a good basketball player for the Lady Wolves.
Discs flew at grand opening of Rita Blanca Disc Golf
Last Saturday, November 7th, a beautiful clear warm day, brought out scores of people anxious to throw a disc at the brand new Rita Blanca Disc Golf Course. The lunchtime opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was a welcomed event for “Frisbee” enthusiasts.
And the trumpet played
The flashing lights of Hartley County’s new Sheriff’s K-9 vehicle set the Annual Veterans Day parade in motion on Wednesday, November 11th. Hartley County Sheriff Franky Scott and Deputy Chanz Fowler, along with K-9 Ella were just the beginning of an exciting parade.
The XIT Rangers organize the parade each year, which travels down Denrock from 2nd Street across 7th Street and ends at Veterans Memorial Park. The Rangers ride in the parade as well and are always a welcome presence in parades and ceremonies in the area. The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce assisted the Rangers in making this year’s event successful.
Feed a friend, receive a pie
Leaves are turning yellow, orange and red and falling from the trees, and snow has already flurried through the area. Pumpkins rest on porches and the fast approaching holiday season has become more evident. In less than a fortnight, turkeys will bring friends and family together. Tables will bear turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole and all of the trimmings that make family holiday gatherings special. One local business has found a way to add to the festivities while helping others who are not quite so fortunate during the holiday season.