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.
Fiddlers compete at annual contest
The 14th Annual Fiddlers contest was held at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Seventh Street after the “Wild Rides and Big Dreams” parade on Saturday, August 8.
District discusses solutions to deficit in state revenue
The Dalhart Independent School Board held a regular meeting on August 13th at the Dalhart ISD Central Office. The meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m. Numerous items of interest were on the evening’s agenda.
Franco’s work: A testament of humble talent
With all things XIT, the inner artist came alive for many as they partook in the three nightly receptions honoring XIT Museum’s featured artist Manuel Franco. The open house for the museum drew quite a crowd of both local residents and XIT Rodeo attendees.
Western heritage demonstrated
This year’s XIT Parade was both memorable and enjoyable. A tree-lined, 100-year-old street dotted with American flags, horses, antique cars, bands, and filled with joyous people. What could be better? Attendees of all ages enjoyed the festivities. From a little boy, with a mesmerized gleam in his eye; to an old-timer with that same distinctive gleam, it was an enjoyable time for anyone of any age.
Golden times, great people, good food
Free food! Who could pass that up? With XIT came the all familiar free feeds that XIT Reunion is famous for. From the juicy watermelon feed, succulent pork chop feed, to the world’s largest free barbeque, there was no shortage of food or good times.
Tax-Free Weekend nearing
Hectic crowds, overwhelming checkout lines, restless children, pillaged piles of clothing and school supplies; what could make this all worth while? Of course, Tax-Free Weekend. For many families with school aged youth, the tax-free weekend offers savings in these trying economic times. While you may have to weigh the savings versus a migraine headache, if you have children and are looking for ways to save, Tax-Free Weekend fits the bill.
City Council proposes tax rate
The Dalhart City Council voted to propose a tax rate for fiscal year 2010 of $0.3333 per $100 valuation at Tuesday’s regular meeting. It should be stressed that the city council did not approve this rate; it is proposing this as the 2010 tax rate. The actual tax rate will be set after hearings have been held to get information from the public about the tax rate. The proposed rate is the same as last year’s rate, but will increase revenue to the city due to an increase in property valuations. Because of the higher property valuations, this is considered a tax increase, even though the rate has not changed. By state law, approving the tax rate has to be done as a record vote by the council. Voting yes on the proposed tax rate were Chris Bell, Zelda Lang, Mark Brown, David Bierbaum, Kerry Miller and Fidel Olivarez. No member of the council present at the meeting voted against the proposed tax rate.
City urges residents to spray yards
Dalhart City Manager Greg Duggan is urging Dalhart Residents to spray bushes, shrubs, trees and other vegetation in their yards for mosquitoes. Duggan said he had swarms of mosquitoes in his yard, but after he sprayed a garden-hosed dispensed insecticide, he only found one the next day.
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.
Ronald McDonald to visit Dalhart
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.
32nd annual Joe Nisbett XIT 5-K and One Mile Fun Run
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.
Twenty-four Hartley County 4-H members attended County Camp
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.
Stratford selected as first telemedicine location for Texas Tech’s Project CHART
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.
WWII Historical Marker unveiled
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.
Wild rides honored, big dreams realized
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.
Xtra Degree plays summer basketball
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.
As It Turns Out
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.