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Ask The Lawyer
Question: I’m planning to keep my son out of school on the day
that President Obama is speaking to children via CNN and the Internet.
I do not want my child to have to listen to the speech. If I take my
child out of school on that day, does he have to be counted absent?
Isn’t there some rule that states that a parent may take their child
out of school for religious or political beliefs or something?
Wolves maul Tigers, 24-0
Last week the offense was on show in Fritch, this week the defense
took the starring role, holding Guymon scoreless and limiting the
Tigers to 62 yards of total offense. The Wolves could never quite get
the passing game established on a consistent basis, and the huge
Oklahoma linemen kept the Dalhart running game in check. The Wolves
were able to move the ball in the first half, but were not consistent
and failed to score on several opportunities. The game was very
exciting and proved to be a great learning experience in preparation
for homecoming next week against Childress.
DHS announces Homecoming King and Queen candidates
Students at Dalhart High School collectively nominated eight
classmates as the 2009/10 candidates for Homecoming King and Queen.
The eight were selected as those students who received the greatest
number of votes with each class nominating one set of seniors as their
As It Turns Out
Merrily we mow along
Last weekend I got to mow. You read that right, I was allowed to mow.
I like mowing, the smell of fresh cut grass, and the instant
gratification of seeing something finished and made tidy. I have
written before about how much I like to operate machinery and
equipment, and the bigger, the better. My ears perk up at purring of a
well oiled engine and as it turns out we have a whole arsenal of lawn
equipment. The problem is I seldom get the opportunity to use any of it
and the reason for this is that my husband also likes to mow and he
regards mowing as part of his domain – just like the smoker.
Keep Dalhart parks a treasure
Dalhart is home to several beautiful parks that are designed for
all ages to enjoy, hold family reunions and picnics, school picnics, or
just to sit and relax. Five parks are neighborhood parks open to
everyone, and three additional park areas and a fishing pond are
located at Lake Rita Blanca. All of Dalhart’s parks are the product of
many years of hard work and dedication to not only have them built in
the first place, but to maintain them on a daily basis so that
residents, visitors and travelers may use them for an hour or even an
entire day or overnight.
Stabbing at XIT Ranch Motel leaves two wounded
In the late night hours of September 2nd, members of the Dalhart
Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety were dispatched
to the XIT Ranch Motel located on Liberal Street. Police quickly
discovered that an altercation involving a knife was the reason for the
emergency 911 call for help.
$97,500 grant for improvements at Lake Rita Blanca
Dalhart City Manager Greg Duggan announced Wednesday, September 2nd
that the city has received a $97,500 grant from the Texas Parks and
Wildlife Commission for improvements to lengthen the trails at Lake
Rita Blanca. The money is approximately 80 percent of the anticipated
cost for the project with the remainder being supplied by the city and
counties with in-kind labor and equipment.
Hillside Christian Church—Dalhart Campus, part
of the Hillside Church in Amarillo, began meeting for morning worship
on Sunday, August 30, 2009.
Signs line Spirit Trail toward the parking lot
of the new high school where the church is holding its “Gathering” at
10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.
65th Annual Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Rodeo
BOYS RANCH, TX — (August 12, 2009) Cal Farley’s will host the 65th
Annual Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch Rodeo on Labor Day weekend, September
5th and 6th. This year’s event is sponsored by PMG, J. Lee Milligan,
Inc., and Luther King Capital Management.
Hartley firefighters host annual fundraiser
Members of the Hartley Fire Department and EMS held their annual
fundraising cookout on Saturday, August 29th. The event that began at
6:00 p.m. brought out approximately 300 people who enjoyed the meal and
visiting with friends and family.
Winner of the Week
Robert George receives his prize money as the winning contestant of
the first week’s football contest. He got nine out of ten correct with
a tie breaker of 50. The annual contest that lasts through the
football season is sponsored by First National Bank. Entrants are
reminded to print their name on the form and include their daytime
phone number so that they can be notified if they win.
City purchases new track loader
The City of Dalhart has acquired a brand new track loader from
Warren CAT located in Dalhart. The track loader was delivered to the
city by James Peoples, P & P Trucking of Dalhart. The Street and
Sanitation Department for the city will use the new loader out at the
Ask The Lawyer
“Can my child get a ticket for being out past curfew even if he is on his way home?”
Question: Can you explain to me about the curfew laws. What
aged children are required to be in by a curfew and what times do they
have to be in? Also, does it mean that they must be on their way by a
certain time, or already home? Can my child get a ticket for being out
past curfew even if he is on his way home?
2009 DHS Valedictorian receives Governor’s Award
Jasmine Bohlender was named Valedictorian for the 2008/09 school
year for Dalhart High School. She accomplished many scholastic
achievements during the school year as well. One accomplishment was
taking first place in the U.I.L. statewide competition in accounting.
Governor Rick Perry personally gave the top students winning U.I.L.
competitions awards in June, but Jasmine was in New Guinea on a
Council postpones rezoning vote
A zoning change from R-1 Residential to Special Use for zero-line
lots was again tabled at the Dalhart City Council’s meeting this past
Tuesday, August 25. There have been several residents in the area who
have written letters in opposition to this zoning change, which would
be in the area of Yucca and Denrock. State law requires that if at
least 20 percent of the residents in the affected area oppose the
zoning change, then 75 percent of the entire council must vote in favor
of the zoning change proposal for it to occur.
OAT benefits another local youth
Destiny Lucas is 5-years-old and attends Dalhart Elementary School.
She has already endured many challenges in her life. Amanda Lucas gave
birth prematurely to Destiny on August 6, 2003 at Northwest Texas
Hospital in Amarillo. She was born weighing 1 pound and 14 ounces and
she was 13 inches long.
Dalhart holds Fritch scoreless in opener
Couch Young always builds his team around his defense, which would
bend but not break Friday night, but it was the offense that was on
display at Sanford Fritch, as the Golden Wolves outgunned Fritch 38-0
to open the season. On a beautiful night for football in the Panhandle
the Wolves opened the scoring with a 7 yard touchdown run by Adrian
Ruiz to take the early lead 7-0 after the extra point by Zinsan
Puttick. The Golden Wolves defense held Fritch on a 4th and 5 attempt
and took over on downs near the end of the first quarter, but could not
score again. In the second quarter Zinsan Puttick kicked a booming 52
yard punt from deep in Dalhart territory and Adrian Ruiz knocked the
ball loose from Fritch and the Wolves took over with great field
The début of Hillside Christian Church
Hillside Christian Church, dubbed the “portable church,” will début
in Dalhart on Sunday, August 30th. (It is portable because all of the
equipment for the church is being housed in two large trailers that
will be moved to the new High School auditorium each Sunday to conduct
the 10:30 a.m. service.)
Mud Bog results and winners
The 13th Annual XIT Mud Bog was held during the 73rd XIT Rodeo and
Reunion and saw many exciting results. Each participant was scored on
either their overall distance, if their vehicle became stuck, or their
overall time if they finished the course. Each competitor was judged
on the better of two runs. Kurt Haschke reported that only one vehicle
suffered a blown engine, one with a broken axle, one flat tire and one
starter that went out.
Is a traffic signal needed at 16th Street and Highway 87?
On Thursday, August 27th, just as students were leaving the high
school for lunch, a wreck occurred on Highway 87 at the 16th Street
intersection. The location has been a hot spot for motor vehicle
wrecks, and Thursday’s crash brought out the Dalhart Fire Department,
Dalhart EMS, Texas Department of Public Safety, Hartley County
Sheriff’s Office, and the Dalhart Police Department.