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Deep in the heart of Texas rings true in summer
There’s no time like summertime for the words of the old standard,
“Deep in the Heart of Texas” to ring true. The song, lyrics by June
Hershey and music by Don Swander, was written in 1941. It was first
recorded by Perry Como with Ted Weems and his Orchestra for Decca
Record, Los Angelos, California. It was a side B song to “Ollie Ollie
Out’s in Free” and spent five weeks at the top of “Your Hit Parade” in
Fireworks burst in air over Rita Blanca
Back in 1776, people didn’t use the phrase, “I’m proud to be an
American.” At that time, the colonies were sovereign from one another
and the colonists were just beginning to understand that they were no
longer under British rule. Many events in history have given rise to a
theme of pride and of unity, beginning with the Revolution, and most
recently with the war in Iraq.
A Walton Wedding
Driving down Denver Avenue on Friday afternoon, I was drawn to a
familiar home surrounded by a white picket fence. Along with the
familiar white wicker furniture and red geraniums on the picturesque
front porch, white tulle and flowers were being added to the décor. In
the front yard, someone was setting up folding chairs.
The Best Laid Plans
I waved good-bye as my husband left on a trip in January. I had my
plans all made; I would drag out my scrap-booking material and spend
the next four days secluded in my own little world “catching up” on a
hobby I love. I would organize, crop, do layouts and work late into
the night; stopping only if necessary. I had it all planned. I passed
by my newly acquired “scrap-booking center,” anxious to get to work.
The Las Viajeras Club’s Short Story and Poetry contest winners announced
The Las Viajeras Club’s Short Story and Poetry contest winners are Luke
Daniels, Sidney Fahnert, Colton Bezner and Kerstin Schroder. The
winners and their families and friends were invited to the club’s March
9th meeting to read their winning entries. Their entries were then
sent for judging in the state’s Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Luke Daniels, Sidney Fahnert, and Colton Bezner placed second place in
the TFWC’s state contest. The Las Viajeras Club is very proud of these
students and their accomplishments.
233 candles on her cake
On July 4, 1777, Philadelphia was aglow with blazing bonfires.
Merchants and citizens placed candles in their windows, church bells
pealed throughout the city and ships shot cannons. It was just one
year before that the United States of America was born and declared
that the colonies no longer belonged to Great Britain. It was her 1st
hree jurisdictions’ rules for fireworks
Residents living in the Dallam/Hartley Counties area and within the
city of Dalhart may need to consider the rules, regulations and bans
for three different jurisdictions: Dallam County, Hartley County and
Dalhart, before purchasing and setting off fireworks this year.
Local barrel racer awarded Rookie of the Year scholarship
Channing’s Haley Nelson qualified to compete in barrel racing at
the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper Wyoming held June 14-20.
Nelson, a 2008 graduate of Channing High School, attends Levelland’s
South Plains College. She entered the rodeo finals ranked 13th
overall. No points from the school year were carried over to the rodeo
finals and each competitor started out on the same footing.
Swine Flu has not slowed to date
On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) has officially
classified 70,893 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. To
date 311 people have died worldwide. The United States has reported
27,717 laboratory confirmed human cases or 39.09 percent of the total
cases worldwide. Deaths in the United States have reached 127 or 40.83
percent of the total deaths worldwide. The Phase 6 Alert continues.
Snakes seek out refuge from the heat
The hot months of summer and early fall lend themselves to snake
sightings. Central Dispatch also receives numerous calls for help in
getting a wandering snake out of a house or business. Most people have
learned to tolerate sharing the outdoors with the many different types
of snakes found in the panhandle, but sharing one’s home or office is
International visitors amazed by Dalhart dairies on Jersey Worlds Combine tour
International dairy producers and Jersey
cattle experts from across the country and throughout the world visited
several dairy facilities in the Dalhart area last week as part of the
2009 Jersey Worlds Combine tour and annual meeting.
Members of Jersey cattle associations from all
over the world come together for this annual event, which is held in a
different country each year. This international conference provides
producers with an opportunity to network with other dairymen; learn
about the latest practices being used in dairy production throughout
the world; and celebrate the success of the Jersey breed.
Let our small town spirit be rekindled
This week, many towns across the country, large and small, will
celebrate the Independence of the United States of America. Parades
and family get-togethers will dominate the scene as fireworks burst on
the canvas of a darkening sky. It is the perfect day for community
Ask The Lawyer
Question: With the death of a pop star that had sole custody of his
three children, I was wondering, what could happen to Michael Jackson’s
three children since he has passed away?
Sorting out the chaff
It is time for wheat harvest. The “amber waves of
grain” sway stately in the field waiting for the farmer to glean their
treasured heads. As the combine makes its way down the field, the
hopper glistens with the fruit of the labor while the chaff is
discarded and blown in the wind. Webster describes chaff as worthless
Code Department is here to help
As Code Compliance Officer for the City of Dalhart, Nick Martinez’s
responsibilities include enhancing the neighborhoods of Dalhart,
keeping the citizen’s health, safety and welfare always in the
forefront, while operating in a responsive and fair manner. Martinez
also strives to improve customer service and increase customer
awareness, all the while respecting the property rights of citizens.
City Council holds abatement hearing
Members of the Dalhart City Council held a hearing to abate a
detached garage at 521 Olive. The building has been deemed dangerous
due to its deteriorated state. During the hearing, City Code
Enforcement Officer Nick Martinez circulated photographs of the
building among the council members.
Air conditioner source of fire on Olive
The Dalhart Fire Department responded to a fire in the 1200 block
of Olive Avenue on Friday, June 19th. The fire occurred at the noon
hour and was confined to the home’s air conditioning unit.
California man dies in Hartley County
A driver with Swift Transportation out of Phoenix, Arizona was found
dead in his truck on Sunday, June 21st. Chester Austin, age 55, from
Palmdale, California, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hartley
County Justice of the Peace Edwyna Womble. Austin is believed to have
suffered a heart attack. He managed to pull his truck off of the
roadway before passing away.
Reception for local photographer at XIT Museum
The Dallam-Hartley Counties Historical Association presents
local photographer Sylvia Renick in her third gallery showing at a
reception to be held at the XIT Museum on Thursday, July 2nd beginning
at 7:00 p.m. The subject matter of Renick’s exhibit will be unveiled
along with the photographs.
JBS strategically restructured ownership of Five Rivers Cattle Feeding
In a calculated move to cope with industry struggles and
proposed legislation that would restrict packer ownership of cattle,
JBS S.A. has divided the ownership of Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, with
JBS USA retaining ownership of the 10 feedlots and J&F Oklahoma
Holdings assuming ownership of the cattle.