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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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