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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
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
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.
As It Turns Out
…and we like it that way!
Congratulations to the XIT Directors, past and
present, to their wives and everyone else who worked so hard to on the
73rd XIT Rodeo and Reunion. Because of previously scheduled travel
arrangements for Luca Bella, Nick and I were unable to stay long, but I
can’t tell you how much I enjoyed riding in the parade and sharing that
experience with Luca. It was gracious of The Texan to allow us to
represent it. Luca was absolutely thrilled and so was I. The crowd was
wonderful! It was great to see so many old friends and greet new ones.
Many, many thanks to all of you on the parade route; neither Luca nor I
will ever forget it.
Red Cross mobile emergency shelters
The Texas Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross announced on
August 14th that 100 DID, an economic development non-profit company in
Moore County, is preparing three vans to be presented to the Texas
Panhandle Chapter, American Red Cross for the purpose of storing and
transporting emergency shelter materials.
Mosquitoes still menacing area
Mosquitoes have remained in the area throughout the summer. A
relatively mild winter and greater than average summer rains has made
it easy for mosquitoes to flourish. People who are suffering from the
annoying itch of mosquito bites signal the need to spray insecticide by
contacting the city offices.
Mazzio's recognizes kids
On Saturday, August 15th, over 100 kids and their parents joined
Mazzio’s to celebrate “It’s All About Kids Day”. Activities included a
jumper, games provided by Liberty Baptist Church, face painting, and
balloons. Dalhart Police Dept. was on hand to let the kids get inside
the police cars. They also gave a demonstration with Miranda. Dalhart
Fire Department brought out a rescue unit and demonstrated some of
their equipment for the crowd.
Dalhart defeats Caprock
Tuesday night the Lady Wolves showed what they are capable of after
an on/off performance at the Randall Tournament this past weekend.
Dalhart hosted the Caprock Lady Longhorns, winners of the silver
bracket this past weekend at the Cool in Boomtown Tournament at
Taking that first step
I was reading in the book of Joshua this morning about the Jordan
River crossing. The Israelites could see the Promised Land from where
they were camped, but they had a huge problem; the river had to be
crossed. If that was not bad enough, it was flood season and the water
looked fierce and menacing. Those waiting to cross had been told the
story of the “parting of the Red Sea” forty years before; but few had
experienced it. Remember; the older generation who crossed the Red Sea
died in the desert because of their unbelief.
Ask The Lawyer
"His ex-wife told me that because he committed suicide, his Will is not good and his property must go to his children because they are his next of kin."
Students and faculty gear up for 2009/10 school year
As summer draws to a close students are getting ready for the new school year. DISD faculty and staff have been back to school for a week preparing for the arrival of students. The new school year brings several changes to the high school and junior high campuses. Students at the high school have a revised dress code, and both campuses are changing to an eight-period school day. All campuses in the district are transitioning to a flex schedule.
Release your inner wolf
The crowd goes wild. Purple and Gold streamers unite in cheering their team to victory. Each patron has the war paint of the wolf emblazoned upon their cheek; ready to fight for victory. Victory that illuminates when determination, hard work, preparation, and talent culminate together; it is a hard combination to beat. A wolf pack united promises success, and for this coming season that is what Dalhart is cheering for.
PSF announces layoffs will continue through the year
Rumors have been swirling through town about the closing of one of our areas largest employers, Premium Standard Farms. Premium Standard Farms is a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. PSF was founded in 1988 with the aim of creating a standardized method to produce premium pork. To accomplish this endeavor, the company decided to pursue full vertical integration, a first for any pork producer in the United States. Premium Standard Farms was the second largest pork producer and the sixth largest processor in the United States until acquired by Smithfield Foods in 2007.
Julius Purnell earns 30-Year Certificate
Julius E. Purnell, Soil Conservationist, received a certificate for the completion of 30 years of service from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service formerly the Soil Conservation Service.
Get your clown on
Brightly colored overdone make-up, big shoes, balloons, laughing,
and lots of people; either the makings of a Tammy Faye Messner party,
or in this case a clown contest that is both great fun for kids and
adults alike. Bank of America hosted its annual clown contest
coinciding with XIT on Thursday August 6th. Turnout for the event was
fantastic with children bedecked in their varied costumes of clowns
ranging from rodeo clown to “super clown” attire.