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By Judi Wiegman

On Tuesday afternoon, Dalhart Elementary School hosted an after school reception to honor two teachers taking retirement.  Debbie Walker has taught for 30 years and Jayne Hill for 33 years.
    Debbie Walker graduated from Panhandle State in 1979 and immediately began teaching grade school in Dalhart that fall.

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Jim Chandler, 2009 President of the Dalhart Board of Realtors, presents a Plaque of Appreciation to Joan Cumming, the 2008 Dalhart Board of Realtors President and current Secretary/Treasurer.

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The C Bar C Chuck Wagon Team won 2nd over-all at the Duke of the Dutch Ovens, Chuck Wagon Cook-off in Clovis NM. on April, 25th.  Eleven chuck wagon teams participated.  They won 1st on Gravy, 2nd on Dessert, 2nd on Bread, tied for fourth on Meat, and 2nd Overall.  They received a 17”lodge cast iron skillet, 4 Duke of the Dutch Ovens Aprons, a goodie bag and cash prizes.  Wagons were not judged.  The Chuck Wagon Cook-off was in conjunction with the Joe’s Boot Shop 5th Annual Calf Roping Competition at the Curry County Fairgrounds. 

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At the Diocesan Catholic Schools’ Awards Ceremony on April 26, Barbara Kaul was recognized “Teacher of the Year” by St. Anthony’s Catholic School.  Barbara has taught 2nd , 3rd and , 4th graders at St. Anthony’s for the past 20 years. Before coming to St. Anthony’s she taught in Perryton, Texhoma and Grand Prairie.  She was chosen “Teacher of the Year” for her caring attitude to all of her students, her ability to interact in a positive manner with her colleagues, and her overall upbeat disposition.  

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Dalhart Girl Scouts presented Terri Hein with Bank of America  and Krista Jurajda with A to Z Home Center  special recognition plaques for their  assistance during Girl Scout Cookie Sales.  Cookie booth sales took place in the Bank of America lobby and in the foyer at A to Z Home Center.  Dalhart Girl Scouts sold over 4100 boxes of cookies during their annual cookie sale.  Money raised helps to support the local  and national  Girl Scout program.

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Two local groups teamed up for a successful fundraiser on April 24-25.  It all started as two separate ideas and merged into one to help each other and even then, went beyond that.  Capital Farm Credit of Dalhart donated some used furniture no longer needed to the Dalhart Pregnancy Resource Center.  The board that oversees the center had decided to take all the furniture offered, use what they could for the center, and sell the rest probably at a garage sale.  Teens from the First Baptist Youth Group graciously helped move the donated furniture to the pregnancy center.   At about that time, the First Baptist Youth were discussing having a garage sale to raise funds for attendance to youth camp.

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A fire at Wilder Farms Corporation lead to a donation by the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies to both the Dalhart and Texline Fire Departments.  The donations are part of the insurance company’s policy to provide funds to fire departments that fight fires in rural areas and involve properties insured by the Texas Farm Bureau. 

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Texas Comptroller Susan Combs traveled to the Texas panhandle last Friday, May 8th.  Stops included Dalhart, Hereford, Lubbock and Wichita Falls.  She addressed local leaders and residents about the statewide economic outlook.  Ms. Combs began her talk in Dalhart at 8:30 a.m. at the First National Bank community room. 

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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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Dalhart’s Post Master, Pam Dixon, retired from the United States Postal Service at the end of March, after serving as Post Master since 2004.  Pam accepted an opportunity for early retirement from the USPS, after 25 years of service overall.

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     Kamal Babla, owner of the Sands Restaurant on Highway 54, has transformed the restaurant in the year that he has been owner.  One very visible renovation is a sizeable change.  The old “Sands Restaurant” sign in front of the business has come down after 47 years and a new sign has been erected, and its design is one that should last for another 47 years.

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Throughout the city of Dalhart various groups met in honor of the National Day of Prayer. Pictured is Bill Hunter speaking during the prayer service at People’s Church.

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Students in Mrs. Tammy Schniederjan’s first grade DCA class watch chicks hatching in an incubator. Each year Mrs. Schinederjan hatches out chicks so that her students can observe and study their development.

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This past spring, Dalhart FFA members had a year to remember while traveling to the major livestock shows located in Fort Worth, San Antonio, San Angelo, and Houston. The FFA members exhibited over 31 projects and had 13 projects make the sale or get premium money at these major stock shows.

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Lt. Darin Davis with the Dalhart Police Department and Officer Roberto San Miguel, made a routine traffic stop on Monday, May 4th.  The stop lead to the arrest of Tyler Trull, a white male, age 22.  Trull was pulled over at approximately 9:45 a.m. for an expired inspection sticker.  When Lt. Davis asked Trull for his driver’s license, it was discovered that Trull was also driving on a suspended driver’s license.  The suspended driver’s license stemmed from a 2006 arrest on drug related charges.te male, age 22.  Trull

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Mom—a special word that brings tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts.

Mom—so special that for years it has been the most sought after skin tattoo.

Mom—the theme of many a song.

People call her by many names; Mother, Mom, Mama, Madre, My Old Lady, and, if you are playing scrabble with my son, Mater!  Yes, it IS in the official scrabble dictionary as a derivative of the name Mother.

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An article featured in the April issue of Farm Futures magazine revealed which counties throughout the United States are best suited for farming based on financial performance. Both Dallam and Hartley Counties were impressively ranked within the top 500 best places to farm.

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The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Dalhart Unit, held an annual memorial service for fallen officers of TDCJ.  The service was held at the Dalhart Unit on Tuesday, May 5th.  Warden Eddie Wheeler began the service with a few opening remarks and a welcome to the many guests, which included Dalhart Mayor Kevin Caddell and Dalhart City Manager Greg Duggan.

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Dalhart High School graduate, Kelsey McPherson, Class of ’99, received a prestigious nomination.  She and a handful of Hereford ISD teachers have been nominated for Teacher of the Year.  Kelsey is the daughter of Rick and Joe Ann Moore who reside in Dalhart, and C.W. Reiman of McPherson, Kansas.