A community came together in Dalhart last Friday as Sergeant David A. Davis, killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, was brought home:
• a plane hovered overhead staying close to the hearse as it made its way from Ingram Airport to Horizon Funeral home on 7th Street
• truckers communicated on their CB’s to find out why they were stopped on Hwy 54, and when the news spread from truck to truck, they offered stories of their own family members serving our country
• a retired Navy Chaplain stood in somber silence and raised his hand to salute as the hearse passed by his “post”
• officers stood at attention beside their patrol cars as vehicles carrying military personnel drove by
• gallant riders on horseback led the vehicle the last few blocks to the funeral home
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DWI penalties stiffen
While driving drunk is a crime that offends the senses, driving drunk with a child in the car brings on a greater sense of indignation to most people. The Legislators of Texas thought the same way, and have made changes in Texas law regarding driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle. Penalties for offenders have been stiffened and the change increases the penalties for drivers who are intoxicated with a child passenger from those who drive intoxicated without a child passenger. A child, according to this law, is anyone under the age of 15 years.
Cooking with SPAM lands Social Studies teacher top prize
With her recipe called “Sunrise Surprise SPAM Bake,” a Dalhart Junior High School social studies teacher won first prize in the 2009 Tri-State Fair Spam Cook Off competition held in Amarillo. Her award-winning recipe is now eligible for national judging, allowing her an opportunity to travel to Waikiki in Hawaii next April.
Vehicle flips on side in freak accident
A small Chevrolet Pick Up Truck driven by a Dalhart High School student was involved in an odd one-vehicle accident on Thursday, September 24th. The vehicle flipped onto its side after hitting the Quonset hut that sits adjacent to Memorial Stadium.
The Texan expands online presence
Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 250 million users worldwide. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. Now it is difficult to find anyone who hasn’t at least heard of Facebook, even if they don’t have a Facebook page.
Wolves defense stifles the Demons
The Golden Wolves moved to 3-2 on the season with an impressive victory over a very good Dumas football team thanks to a 79-yard run by Devonte Burks late in the fourth quarter. But the key to the victory was several big stands by the Dalhart defense as they continued to hold the Demons inside the 30 yard line and prevent the Dumas team from scoring all night long.
Well done good and faithful servant
Shortly after 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 25th, members of the United States Army marched toward a charter plane at Ingram Airfield. Their task was to accept the body and casket of Sgt. David A. Davis, United States Army, in preparation of his homecoming to Dalhart. The wind rushing by was the only sound heard, along with the voice of one soldier calling cadence as the soldiers placed the casket into a white hearse. From the moment Sgt. Davis was taken from the aircraft, until his arrival at Horizon Funeral Home, more than five miles away, a hero’s greeting was tendered by friends, family and strangers who were determined to honor Sgt. Davis as he made his way through Dalhart.
XIT Secondary School offers far more than discipline
The XIT Secondary School has often been labeled the school for troubled or disobedient students. And it is true that students do attend the XIT Secondary School after attempts to cure behavioral problems at DHS or DJHS have failed. Students also attend the XIT Secondary School once they are involved in a criminal case. But what the school offers is more than policing of students who do not attend Dalhart’s other schools. The XIT Secondary School offers students the opportunity for success in many areas that they have previously or consistently failed.
Dalhart Christian Academy - See You at the Pole
We had “See You at the Pole” Wednesday, September 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. in the courtyard of First Baptist Church. Wayne Porter came and talked to the students and prayed with them as well. He reminded them about the freedom that we get to have in this country, the flag stands for freedom, and he also told them a little bit of background on the flag and what the stars and stripes stand for. He read to them the words of the Star Spangle Banner and went over who wrote the song and what was going on during the writing of the song. He then led them in a prayer praying for our families, schools, country and freedom.
Council to pursue property purchase
The Dalhart City Council deliberated in executive session on two items at their Tuesday, September 22 meeting. The council then reconvened in open session to take action on these two items.
Council members voted to pursue the purchase of the Homfield property, and voted to allow the city attorney and city manager to retain counsel in the matter of DeMots vs. the City of Dalhart.
Boston woman to run through Dalhart
On her way from Boston, Massachusetts to San Diego, California is 23-year-old Katy Visco. Katy’s trek began on March 29th and is scheduled to end in December when Katy arrives in San Diego. The more than 3,000-mile run brings Katy right through Dalhart on September 28th, and she’ll meet with local kids and members of track teams while she’s in Dalhart.
Six-year-old boy rescues younger sister, but mother dies
The mother of two young children was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident just three-quarters of a mile from the family farm. The heroic and miraculous actions of her six-year-old boy just moments after the accident likely saved his younger sister’s life.
Hero returns home for last time
Even those who have not been personally affected by the loss of a loved one to war have been moved to show their appreciation for a debt that may never be repaid. The City of Dalhart mourns the loss of a young man born and raised here, who graduated from Dalhart High School and who has tragically lost his life serving his country as a member of the United States Army. His loss occurred on Saturday, September 19th, as he lay sleeping in his bunk in Afghanistan, halfway around the world.
I have been challenged by readers to go a step further with the respect issue. Other issues of respect, or should I say disrespect, have come to my attention. What about graffiti all over town, deliberate trashing of our parks and the blatant disrespect of young people for older citizens? These are common and degrade our community.
Booths, food, fun, and did I mention food?
Saturday’s Annual “Keep the Shine on Denrock” Downtown Block Party was a huge success. Attendance for the event was impressive, with a myriad of booths and vendors to provide something for everybody. Children also had plenty of things to keep them occupied from pony rides to gaming booths complete with prizes. Bouncers provided enjoyment for the younger attendees, and for the older kid in all of us there was a water polo challenge.
Caprock kicks the Wolves
Friday night was another incredible night of football at Memorial Stadium with both teams trading punches. In the end Caprock kicked a 28-yard field goal with 11 seconds left on the clock to break a 20-20 tie and win the game 23-20 over the Golden Wolves.
Hartley home provides comfort in last days
Hartley is the home for a new and innovative facility that provides end of life care. The home strives to create an environment for patients and their families that include both medical and spiritual aspects. The home is sponsored by Holy Family Ministry Center and is made possible due to the generous donations of time, materials, labor and money from the community. The Holy Family Ministry Center sits adjacent to the home and both are within sight of the Divine Mercy Prayer Gardens.
Generosity saves treasured Merry-Go-Round
In a recent article, Dalhart City Manager Greg Duggan sadly spoke of vandalism that has diminished the value of Dalhart’s beautiful parks. Many of the parks have been built or upgraded during Duggan’s 21-year tenure over the city.
After the article ran that detailed the damage done to several pieces of playground equipment, picnic tables and the pier at the fishing pond, one Dalhart based company responded with vigor. Les Taylor Drilling, a hydro resources company, contacted Duggan to say that while business was a little sluggish, they would be very happy to pick up the broken Merry-Go-Round from Veterans Memorial Park, also called the 7th Street Park, for repairs and at their own expense.
Alliance Irrigation held their ribbon cutting