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Ask The Lawyer
I heard that women in Texas could always own property
Question: I heard that women in Texas could always own
property, and has there ever been a law in Texas that stated that when
a father died all of his property would go to his first son?
Answer: Many of the laws adopted by the State of Texas at its
inception came from the Spanish Common Law rather than the English
Common Law. That included a woman’s right to own property. At the
time Texas entered the Union, it was the only state to grant women
property rights from the very beginning.
Citizen of the Year nominations accepted
By Robin Scott
The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2009 Citizen of the Year. This year, the Chamber of Commerce has also added two additional awards, and seeks nominations for those as well. The recipients for each award will be announced at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet scheduled for April 8th.
According to Kristine Olsen, Chamber of Commerce President, “Since 1950, the Chamber of Commerce has honored a local citizen by selecting them as the Citizen of the Year.” As in years past, the general public is asked to submit nominations for Citizen of the Year. Olsen noted, “A nominee may be from an organization or someone from the community at large.”
Nominations turned into the Chamber must be in writing and include the reasons why the nominee should be considered for Citizen of the Year. The submission should also include the nominee’s accomplishments, community service, or other merits of the nominee.
In addition to the Citizen of the Year award, the banquet committee voted to add two additional awards for this year’s banquet. Olsen stated, “The first award is for Agriculture Family/Person of the Year to recognize those in the Agriculture Industry for their accomplishments, stewardship and the things they do to make a difference. The second award is for Volunteer of the Year to recognize those in the community for their contributions to enhancing the quality of life and well-being of our community.”
The winners of each award are selected by the Chamber of Commerce Award Nomination Committee. Olsen stated, “The selection will not be made on the basis of the number of votes any one recipient receives and the final selection will be made by a Chamber of Commerce Award Nominating Committee.”
The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 19th. Nominations may be mailed to the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce at P. O. Box 967 or delivered in person to the Chamber at 102 E. 7th Street. Nominations may also be faxed to 806/244-4945 or sent via email to email@example.com. Nomination forms are available at the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.dalhart.org.
Food Check-Out Week celebrated
The cost of food in America remains affordable. According to
the latest statistics compiled by the Agriculture Department’s (USDA)
Economic Research Service, American families and individuals currently
spend, on average, just under 10 percent for their disposable income
Denise Baumert students hold recital
Friday evening, Feb. 26th, a music recital was held for the guitar
and piano students of Denise Baumert. The program for the night,
entitled “Super-Awesome Music Recital” was a true statement. All kinds
of music, in many different styles, were performed by the students and
teacher. We had music from 5 year old John Taylor of “Old McDonald” on
piano, to rockin’ out on guitar with Samantha Todd’s intro. To “Wanted
Dead or Alive”. Classical piece “Fur Elise” by Lea Baumert, to
country’s “Grandma’s Featherbed” by Kali Dennis, and to Elvis’ “Love Me
Tender” on guitar by Julie Patton.
Channing ISD recognized for excellence
Screams fill the room as students huddle around Mrs. Ziegler. The
Yearbook Yearbook is in and the Channing yearbook has gone national
again. “Holy cow! It felt wonderful to get into the Yearbook
Yearbook,” Junior Mackenzie McLain said. “Last year we got a mention in
it, but this time we got our work put in it. Everyone can see what we
did and it’s great. It means that we did a good enough job that it gets
to join the group that’s considered the best.”
Snow storms alleviate drought, but put strain on livestock
The Dalhart area was blanketed in snow by numerous winter storms
that dropped more than thirty inches of the white stuff throughout
Dallam and Hartley Counties over the past month.
For the first time since 2007, the Texas Panhandle has left
behind its drought status. In fact, weather experts are reporting that
only seven percent of the country – an abnormally low percentage – is
still facing drought conditions.
Republican Primary tomorrow
Dallam and Hartley Counties are ready for Tuesday’s Republican
Primary. Three candidates in the Governor’s race hope to become the
Republican choice for the November election. Governor Rick Perry,
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Tea Party Activist Debra Medina have
been campaigning heavily for months and in recent days, television
commercials for Perry and Hutchison have run nearly non-stop.
Meet the candidates
69th Judicial District Judge
unopposed incumbent Ron Enns
The sitting Judge for the 69th Judicial
District, Ron Enns, is a lifelong resident of Dalhart. He has served
as District Judge for nearly 20 years. This year he is running
unopposed in the Republican Primary and General Election.
Local support for “POP - Power of the Purse” felt nationwide
This month marked an important event for panhandle residents that
also offered an opportunity to have a little fun while making a real
difference in the lives of women throughout the world. The Amarillo
Civic Center Grand Plaza was the setting for the first annual “Power of
the Purse” or (“POP”), fundraiser. Hosted by Community Connections, a
group of advocates for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health,
this fundraiser was held to benefit the new national Infant Risk Center
being established in Amarillo.
Brazen robber threatens bank, schools
It was about 10:45 a.m. on Friday morning when as yet
unidentified man, estimated to be in his early 30s handed a teller at
The First State Bank of Boise City a note demanding money.
The note, as of yet unreleased, purportedly threatened to set
off bombs in the bank and the Boise City Elementary and High Schools if
the teller didn’t empty her money drawer. The teller complied and the
man, visible on security cameras exited the bank.
Send a cookie overseas
Buying Girl Scout cookies is pretty easy to do because they are so
enjoyable. Each year when Girl Scouts all over the United States begin
to make the rounds to family, friends, neighbors and businesses,
everyone waits with great anticipation for a bite of their favorite
cookie. The cookies conjure up all sorts of great memories for those
who eagerly await their annual arrival.
Hooray for Hollywood
The residents at Legacy Assisted Living and their guests enjoyed
a “Hollywood” Banquet Thursday evening, February 18. A black stretch
limo was parked under the portico, indicating the arrival of VIPs and
celebrities. The living area and dining room were decorated with
pictures of movie stars (mostly from the 1940’s and 50’s) and lots of
glitter. Dining tables had silver and gold sprays and vases of
beautiful red roses. There was a “Legacy Wall of Fame” with the name
of each resident on a gold star. The guests entered through the
foyer, which resembled a movie theater lobby and had a bright red
popcorn wagon, reels of film and colorful posters advertising coming
attractions. One side of the living area represented the lobby of the
Beverly Hills Hotel, with half columns and large silver vases of palm
fronds. The other side had a make believe theater, complete with
velvet rope and seats in front of the screen.
Weekly Weather Review
A weak winter system that spit sleet and a bit of snow at us
last weekend also brought something we don’t usually see and hear this
time of year: lightning and thunder.
The Saturday evening sky lit up periodically, reminding us that
lightning is a year round danger for those who are caught outside. This
past week was declared severe weather awareness week by Governor Perry
in an effort to remind Texans about what to do and not do when severe
weather approaches. We’ll look at these reminders over the next few
weeks. Thanks to Saturday’s light show, we’ll start with lightning
Offenders may get a break
Dallam County uses the law firm of Perdue, Brandon, Fielder,
Collins and Mott of Amarillo for collections on outstanding warrants
and fees. This year, the law firm is also handling the notice letters
for the 2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup, a statewide effort to bring
in offenders who have failed to pay fines and fees.
2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup
Anyone with an outstanding warrant or unpaid fees and fines owed to
Hartley County has an immediate opportunity to take care of all
outstanding warrants, fines and fees and avoid arrest. Beginning on
March 6th, the 2010 Great Texas Warrant Roundup gets underway and
thousands of law enforcement officers across the entire state of Texas
will be going to homes, businesses and known hangouts to “roundup” the
Katie Visco returned to Dalhart
The young woman from Boston who ran all the way to San Diego, CA
returned to Dalhart to speak about her journey and reunite with her
host family and the friends she made while she was in Dalhart last
October. Katie’s trek began on March 29th and ended as scheduled on
December 29th when she arrived in San Diego. The more than 3,000 mile
run took nine months.
104th Dalhart Fire Department’s Annual Supper fast approaching
The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department’s 104th
Annual Supper is just around the corner. The event is scheduled for
Saturday, March 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rita Blanca
Coliseum. The supper is an area favorite event. The firefighters for
the Dalhart Fire Department will cook for the community. The chili and
stew they present every year is a long-standing tradition that gets
better each year.
Old Man Winter
Settling into the loveseat in front of the window and sharing
the warm quilt with my dog, Berkley, I curl my hands around a pretty
red mug filled with cinnamon coffee. The warm fireplace gives off its
glow, setting the stage for a quiet afternoon watching it snow,
again. I’m sure you must think; how dumb! Hasn’t she seen enough
snow? Surely she knows what it looks like by now!
Black ice makes a mess of traffic
Early morning precipitation in the area led to the development of
black ice and hazardous driving conditions. By early afternoon,
reports of motor vehicle accidents on Highway 87 North near Perico,
numbered six, keeping the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office, DPS Troopers
and EMS very busy.
Ask The Lawyer
Question: What is an ad valorem tax? Do I pay it? I have heard
this term before, but I really don’t understand what it is or how it is
Answer: The question isn’t really what “is” an ad valorem tax, but
“what” may be taxed ad valorem. Ad valorem is a Latin term that means
“according to the value,” and for purposes of taxation means
“proportionate,” or a “based upon value.” It is a method of
calculating how much tax is assessed or levied against a particular