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DISD Superintendent David Foote offered the invocation, which was followed by the introduction of coaches.  The coaching staff for the 2008-2009 school year included Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Stephen Young,  Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant Football and Track Coach Joey Read, Head Boys’ Basketball and Head Golf Coach Dustin Klafka, Head Girls’ Basketball and Head Cross Country Coach Renvy Smith, Head Volleyball Coach and Track Assistant Chris Smith, Head Tennis Coach, Assistant Football and Assistant Basketball Coach Matt Walker, Head Softball Coach and Assistant Football Coach Ryan Jackson, Head Track Coach and Assistant Football Coach Trevor Scott, Head Powerlifting Coach and Assistant Football Coach Oscar Murga, Assistant Volleyball, Basketball and Track Coach Stephanie Watson, Assistant Football, Powerlifting and Track Coach Corey Elrod, Assistant Volleyball, Basketball and Track Coach Audrey Hurley, Assistant Softball Coach Chad Dovel, Assistant Football, Basketball and Baseball Coach Michael Royal, JH Volleyball and Track Coach Chele Saavadra, JH Coordinator and JH Football and Varsity Baseball Coach Kendall Cotton, JH Football, Track and Basketball Coach Terrill Amburn, JH Football, Basketball and Track Coach Russell Conrad, JH Track, Volleyball and Basketball Coach Megan Frische and JH Cross Country, Basketball and Track Coach Leigh Ann Lay.

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Teens from throughout the Panhandle are headed to state competition after winning their respective contests at the annual District 1 4-H Fashion Show, held April 18 at Bushland High School.

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You will see the soon to be infamous “purple potty” placed in various yards around Dalhart.  The Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District’s Relay for Life team put their minds together and come up with the “purple potty” as their way to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Why a purple potty?

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Because Memorial Day is a national holiday and most people have that day off from work, it may be tempting to sleep in late and let the day pass without taking a brief moment or a few minutes to stop and honor the men and women who the day honors.  Many will fire up the grill and cook hamburgers and hotdogs as Memorial Day is often thought of as the official start of the summer season.  Others will take advantage of a day to catch up on errands, get some late spring cleaning done, shop, or even sleep.  Whatever the plans are for the day, some time should be set aside to pay reverence for each and every soldier and sailor that has lost their life in order to preserve American freedom. 

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A new survey states that judges rely heavily on the opinions of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) when hearing cases about abused and neglected children.  “I am gratified but not surprised at the results,” said Ann Bookout, Executive Director of CASA 69.  “CASA volunteers represent the best interest of foster children in court,” added Bookout. “CASA volunteers are everyday people that step forward to help judges make the very difficult decisions and speak up for the best interest of the child in court.  The volunteers get to know the child and talk to everyone involved in that child’s life from doctors to teachers to parents.” 

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The Red Cross is seeking individuals to take part in training in Dalhart and become a disaster action team (DAT).  A disaster action team (DAT) consists of Red Cross volunteers who are trained, empowered and prepared for immediate response in the event of a disaster.  DAT members are not generally policemen, firemen, or members of the city’s emergency response teams.  In case of disaster emergency responders already have important jobs to do and could not serve in the capacity of a Red Cross DAT member.

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On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) reported that 40 countries have officially classified 8,829 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu.  Mexico has reported 3,103 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 68 deaths. The United States has reported 4,714 laboratory confirmed human cases, including four deaths.  The stage 5 alert issued by WHO continues to be in effect.  The United States has not surpassed Mexico in the number of confirmed cases.

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The open house held at Sandy Trails Farm on May 16th was both an end and a beginning.  It was the end of nine years of planning, and building a “state of the arts” meat facility.  It was the beginning of providing quality meats for sale to the public—born, raised, processed and sold on the family farm four miles west of Kerrick.

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Valedictorian - Jasmine Lea Bohlender - 4.429 GPA

Jasmine, the daughter of Rod and Linda Bohlender, has attended school in Dalhart from K-12.  Her first six grades were spent at Dalhart Christian Academy and from 7th to 12th grade she attended Dalhart Public Schools.
Both her brother and sister were Valedictorians of their senior classes, 

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You’ve seen him around town!  He’s the “Census Man,” aka Rev. Chalmer Wiegman. He’s a newcomer to Dalhart but not to the Panhandle.  Chalmer was raised on a farm near Claude and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1960.  From there he began his college career at Southern Nazarene University in Oklahoma and Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. 

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Laureate Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority met at the home of Anita Ralston, Tuesday May 5th, at 7:00 p.m. with Mary Reynolds as co-hostess.  President Anita Ralston called the meeting to order leading members in repeating the opening ritual.  The high-light for the evening was to celebrate with Mary McCarty and Dorothy Chaloupka the Golden Circle Ritual for their membership in Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for 50 years.

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It was recently brought to our attention that there may be an opportunity for Open Arms Therapy to win a large metal Mueller building that could be used to facilitate the therapeutic riding center.

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Two men wandering near 4th Street and Highway 87 were stopped on Monday morning, May 11th.  The stop was the result of suspicious behavior detected by Lt. Darin Davis of the Dalhart Police Department.  As Lt. Davis and his partner, Officer Roberto San Miguel approached the men, the men split up from one another and hurriedly moved in opposite directions. 

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Four members of the Dalhart City Council and the Mayor were sworn in at the Council’s meeting on Tuesday, May 12. Receiving the Oath of Office were incumbent Councilmen Jim Chandler, David Bierbaum, Phillip Hass and newly-elected Councilwoman Lola Barrow. Mayor Kevin Caddell was sworn in as well. Out-going Councilwoman Mary Belle Lopez was given a marble clock in appreciation for her four years of service on the Council.

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The Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, saw a need for more space for supervised visitation for children in the custody of Children’s Protective Services, CPS. CASA asked the ladies of Eta Upsilon Sorority to consider taking on a project to remodel space at the Dallam County Courthouse.

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The school recently received a visit from Micah Hanbury and his reptile friends.  This is Mrs. Kathy Claborn’s kindergarten with Micah Hanbury and Bulma, an albino Burmese Python.  

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Members of the Dalhart Junior High School drama class solved a murder mystery Thursday evening, May 7th.  The murder occurred in a 1950’s malt shop in Craig Sodaro’s play entitled “The Nifty Fifties Malt Shop Murder.”  Director and drama teacher, Kathryn Bassett, guided the 6th, 7th and 8th graders through a stellar performance.

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Tammy Stamps, Health Career Promotion Coordinator with AHEC and Cindy Bryant, teacher, presented awards to the students in the AHEC I course on Tuesday, May 12th.  The course is a health sciences education course offered as an elective and requires the completion of nine modules of study.  Each student is required to give 50 service hours to a local health related business.

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Armed Forces Day is Saturday, May 16th.  The day was created in 1949 in order to consolidate the military services in the Department of Defense and was intended to replace separate days for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  President Harry S. Truman led the effort to estfor citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of their country.ablish a single holiday for

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On Tuesday, May 12th, just as lunch began, Lt. Darin Davis with the Dalhart Police Department was dispatched to the Sands Motel located on Highway 54 East.  A disturbance occurred at the motel regarding the unauthorized use of a motel room and the owner of the motel called police.