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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.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Colten Hicks, Dalhart, Texas, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

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    Texline is a small community just northwest of Dalhart, but the communities’ interest in one another is large.  Texline’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue is made up of community members who work full time in other careers, but respond to the call of duty when the alarm goes out.  They each give their time to their community willingly and soon the department will have a new facility.

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    Frontier Fuel Co., a sales agency with Pioneer Hi-Bred, has donated a $1,000 scholarship to Corlee Priestley at Dalhart High School.  Frontier Fuel Co., was awarded this scholarship money for its dedication to customer-focused activities throughout the year. 

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    Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples paid a visit to Dalhart on Friday, touring Hilmar Cheese Factory, holding a public reception at the Coliseum, and riding in the Grand Entry of Friday’s XIT Rodeo.  Commissioner Staples made a promise in his first term as Texas Ag Commissioner to visit all 254 counties of Texas.  Staples first term focus has been on “connectivity between rural and urban/suburban communities, promoting the state’s agriculture/livestock economies, public food safety, school nutrition programs, rural Texas jobs, and fairly enforcing the state’s weights and measures laws including calibration of gas station pumps.” 

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Jamie Coleen Frazier was crowned as the 73rd XIT Rodeo Queen Saturday evening at the XIT Arena.  Warm weather, enthused fans, and a great day for rodeo made the Queen’s Contest enjoyable.    

Jamie is the 16 year old daughter of Joel and Donna Frazier.  She is the granddaughter of the late Neal and Jessie Petty and Sarah Jo and the late JD Frazier.  Jamie will be a junior at the Dalhart High School this coming year, where she is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class holding a GPA of 3.769.  Hobbies of Jamie’s include team roping, basketball, golf, and playing with her nephew, Ethan.  Jamie is an active member the United States Team Roping Association, AQHA, and Sub Debs.  Among Jamie’s many accomplishments, she was Little Miss XIT and a competitor in the United States Team Roping National Finals.  Upon completion of high school, Jamie plans on attending Texas Tech University and majoring in medicine.

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    Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured in your lap…”

    Antioch Baptist Church was established in September of 1958.  Two pastors served the church in those early days. In 1971, Rev. F.L. Sledge moved from Bovina, TX with his wife and nine children to become the pastor.  He has faithfully carried out this role for 38 years.  He is the longest tenured pastor in Dalhart.  His first wife, the mother of his children, died in 1991. Three of his children have also died. He remarried, and in 2008, his second wife also went to be with the Lord. Pastor Sledge has four men serving beside him in the ministry as associates; a son, a son-in-law, a grandson, and a friend.  Together, they serve a congregation of 30 members.  

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 What a legacy!

Last week I went to an estate sale.  As I stepped into the trailer where the precious 90-year-old grandma lived, my memory drew me back to Michigan and thoughts of my own precious grandparents whose company I enjoyed until they were 90. What a legacy!

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Wild Rides and Big Dreams

    When I read the theme of this years’ parade I thought of the original XIT cowboys.  They couldn’t possibly have dreamed that we would celebrate them and their work like this. There are as many kinds of wild rides as there are big dreams, and those cowboys who shivered through winters and sweated out summers on the long and narrow XIT, surely had plenty of both.

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    Please be aware of the following changes to the DHS dress code as you prepare to do your shopping.  The updated DISD handbook will be on the DISD website soon at (www.dalhart.k12.tx.us).  Please review the handbook to make sure you are aware of these changes. 

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    City slickers and city dwellers have long embraced urban gardening, growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants in kitchen windows, in planters on the patio or a small patch of earth in the backyard.  The need for urban gardening began with a couple of beliefs.  One belief was that “organic” and “pesticide free” lent itself to better tasting food and healthier eating.  Another belief was that a beautiful garden can exist on a rooftop and in containers, and that space should not be a determining factor, but only a measurement for the size of the garden.  Whichever belief leads one to buy potting soil, seeds and a trowel and fork set, or a combination of both, urban gardening has evolved to an American past-time and is no longer a passing trend.

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    Big city lights, the hustle and bustle, and great entertainment venues made big city living awesome, but something was missing; most simply home.  As the lines of a famous song go, “the glitz and glamour are nice, but there is no place quite like home.”  I never realized how true that iconic lyric is.  It has been three years, and I now return to Dalhart, fully knowing the unmatchable allure of home.

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Coon Memorial Nursing Home held its annual crowning of the XIT King and Queen on Tuesday, August 4th.  Festivities began at 10:30 a.m. in the lounge of CMH, which was filled to capacity with residents, family, friends, and XIT officials.  

Each 73rd XIT Rodeo and Reunion Director was introduced.  They each let everyone know what tasks they were individually responsible for this year.  The directors include Andrew Banks, Greg Batenhorst, John Foley, Marty Galloway, Tommy Parker, Scott Simmons, Chad Strafuss, Travis Taylor and Troy Valdez.  Also attending were the 72nd XIT Queen Laramie Wing, 73rd XIT Queen candidates Jamie Coleen Frazier and Rebecca Richardson, the newly crowned Little Mr. XIT Stratton Potter and Little Miss XIT Dylan Moore.  The directors and other XIT officials make an impressive entry into any event, with their starched white shirts and cowboy hats.

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    Results from the Texas Education Agency 2009 District Accountability were released on July 31st and are available to the community online or by visiting the school administration building. 

    Dalhart Elementary School ranked Exemplary, the highest possible rating.  Dalhart Intermediate School ranked the second highest rating with Recognized.  Dalhart Junior High School received the lowest ranking with Academically Unacceptable.  Dalhart High School and the XIT School both ranked Acadmically Acceptable, the third possible rating.

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    The Dalhart Wolves football and Lady Wolves volleyball teams began two a day practices on Monday. Both teams will be looking to repeat or better last years district record. The football team went 4-1 in district while the Lady Wolves were 10-0. Early Monday’s practice did not include freshmen who will meet with coach Young in the afternoon to pick up equipment. There were close to 60 players working out on the field during the morning practice gearing up for their first scrimmage against WT High in Stinnett on the 15th of August.

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    Gleaming crystal chandeliers, historic accommodations, sumptuous cuisine, and most recently locked doors.  The Historic Eklund Hotel in Clayton, New Mexico has fallen prey to declining tourism.  The hotel, restaurant, and bar closed its’ doors at the end of April.  The hotel, a famed piece of the Old West including a saloon with bullet holes in the tin ceiling was constructed in 1892, and underwent an extensive 2.3 million dollar renovation just five years ago. 

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    A Muddy arena, beautiful weather, wild stick horses, and varied aged youth decked in full western regalia promised for a memorable day for all who attended the 2009 XIT Junior Rodeo. The true western spirit was alive and well at the XIT Arena Saturday morning as reigning XIT Queen Laramie Wing rode through the arena displaying the XIT Colors. Little Mr. XIT Dylan Moore and Little Miss XIT Stratton Potter joined in the pursuit and were transported through the arena waving to all attendees.