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XIT Rodeo Queen contestant
Rebecca Richardson is the 17-year-old daughter of Steve and Susie
Richardson. She is a senior at Clayton High School. Rebecca lives on
the Pacheco Ranch where her father is a cowboy. She has a brother,
Remington, and a sister, Robyn. Rebecca enjoys ranch life very much,
whether it’s working cattle, training horses, running barrels or riding
bronc’s at ranch rodeo.
Drama Camp Grand Finale Friday
DalhARTs Drama Camp students will complete their week of study with
a Grand Finale Production, Friday July 10, 7:00 p.m. in the Dalhart
High School Auditorium. About 45 students, ages 5 to 15, have been
studying music, drama and dance under the direction of members of the
Gypsy Theatre Co.
Recycling will save city and residents money
The Dalhart Water and Sanitation Department sent out a message
within the 2008 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report received by city
residents this past week. The message is both a reminder and a plea for
residents to use the correct garbage dumpsters when disposing of
garbage, newspapers, and yard clippings.
Picnic beneath the shade trees
Hotdogs, potato chips, and brownies were the ideal spread for a
picnic on Thursday afternoon in front of High Country Community Rural
Health Clinic. The clinic sponsored the picnic that was open to
Dalhart residents. This year’s picnic marked the 11th for the annual
event, which began in 1998.
Walk on the wild side
The Walk on the Wild Side day camp provided a chance to learn about
nature in different ways. The three-day camp ran from June 30th
through July 2nd. Youngsters were face to face with snakes, made
plaster casts, and walked through the canyon. Each activity
incorporated nature in its theme.
CASA Playhouse makes summer debut
After many months of hard work and a family effort, the CASA
Playhouse is ready for its summer tour. Our Dalhart friends may have
watched as the playhouse took shape on the lot of the H & R
Construction workshop at 220 Denver Avenue. The completed CASA
Playhouse was transported from the lot on June 12th just in time for
its first public appearance in the Dogie Days Parade in Dumas the next
Internet, laptop, smart phone, iPod, MP3, CD, portable DVD, digital
camera, Kindle, WebTV, PSP, DSi, GameBoy, GPS, Bluetooth, OnStar, WiFi
and 3G. A person can get plugged into so many different devices and all
at the same time, even while driving. And “plugged in” is more a
relative term, as most of the devices don’t require a plug at all
except to recharge long-life batteries. Cell phones have long been
able to connect to the Internet and keep contact information and now
have Windows and an ability to create documents. They have taken the
building out of the office and replaced it with anywhere cell service
2009 Reigning XIT Rodeo Queen
Reining XIT Rodeo Queen, Laramie Mika Wing is the 17-year-old
daughter of Mike Wing and Traleia Wing. She is granddaughter of Jo
Wing and the late Larry Wing and Troy and Betty Wharton. Laramie has
two brothers; Stormy and Tex.
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