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Swine Flu deaths in Texas now at 10
On Monday, the World Heath Organization (WHO) has officially
classified 52,160 cases as influenza A (H1N1) infection, swine flu. To
date, 231 people have died worldwide. The United States has reported
21,449 laboratory confirmed human cases or 41.21 percent of the total
cases worldwide. Deaths in the United States have reached 87 or 37.66
percent of the total deaths worldwide. The Phase 6 Alert continues.
Lightning strike causes fire that consumes 12 acres
Lightning is blamed for a fire on Wednesday, June 17th. The fire
broke out just as thunderstorms began entering the Dallam and Hartley
Counties area. The Dalhart Fire Department was dispatched to the scene
with three units and the fire was quickly contained.
Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association, Inc. reports year-end results
Sales for Dalhart Consumers Fuel Association, Inc. for the year
ending February 28, 2009, were $97,472,370.24 which was a decrease from
last year by $10,652,927. Net savings before taxes for the locally
owned Cooperative were $3,348,688. Since Dalhart Consumers is owned by
its customers, the Cooperative owners benefit from the Cooperative
positive financial performance.
Gaskill, Pharis & Pharis sponsored June Senior Meal Hamburger cook-out
Gaskill, Pharis & Pharis sponsored the June Senior Meal
Hamburger cook-out. The meal was held during the lunch hour at the
Dalhart Senior Citizens Center on Friday, June 12. The afternoon
luncheon cook-out was a success with beautiful weather, which made the
event a perfect day!
RAC evaluates mass casualty preparedness at CMH
Several staff members of Coon Memorial Hospital and EMS
participated in a simulated disaster on Tuesday, June 16th. The drill
took place in the emergency room area of the hospital and was overseen
by an evaluator for the Regional Advisory Council, RAC. The afternoon
simulation was brief, but the skills practiced were invaluable.
Water main repaired on Denver
The Dalhart Water Department diligently began repairs to a broken
water main on Wednesday at the intersection of Denver and 7th Street.
The repairs continued on Thursday, June 18th, and completion is
expected before the weekend.
Assistant City Manager James Stroud stated on Thursday that the
lines beneath the intersection are several years old. A two-inch
water main under the intersection has had several repairs in the past.
The city hopes to replace all of the older two-inch lines.
Premium Standard Farms continues reduction in sow operations
On Friday, June 19th, confirmation came that Premium Standard
Farms, through its parent company, Murphy Brown, L.L.C., that PSF is
taking measures in Dalhart to continue its sow reduction that began
more than a year ago. All other operations at PSF in Dalhart will
continue in effect; however the sow herd reduction will lead to job
cuts and layoffs.
Jersey Worlds Combine in 2009 tour coming to Dalhart
Dairymen and women from across the United States and around the
world will be visiting numerous dairy facilities in the Dalhart area on
June 23rd and 24th as part of the Jersey Worlds Combine tour.
The tour highlights advancements of Jersey cattle in dairy
production and provides a networking venue for Jersey cattle breeders
Cherie Bayer, director of development for the American Jersey
Cattle Association said, “We will all celebrate the grand success the
Jersey breed has earned in recent years. Here in the U.S.A. and around
the world, statistics will show the Jersey has never before been so
profitable and so popular with breeders and dairymen alike.”
Dallam 4-H rifle team competed
The Dallam 4-H rifle team competed at the District 1 4-H rifle match
May 23 in Amarillo at the Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club. Competitors
were Hayden Wilkerson, Gerret Boer, Glenna Duden and Mitchell McMurry.
Kelly McMurry was their coach.
As long as I am digging though those “still unpacked boxes,’ you,
my readers, will hear stories of treasures and trash. I hope you enjoy
Near the bottom of a box, broken in several pieces, I found it;
a red dirt clay bowl. My hand was poised over the large trash can when
the familiar voice of my husband inquired, “Are you sure, trash it?”
A Day for Dad, June 21st
Father’s Day is celebrated in more countries
around the world than you may think. And, it is celebrated mainly on
the 3rd Sunday in June.
Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane, Washington is
credited with the idea of a special day for dad. While listening to a
Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, she was moved to tears remembering how she
had been raised by her father.
PBS coming to Dalhart
Producer Julie Dunfey with Florentine Films in Walpole, New
Hampshire is planning a visit to Dalhart on Tuesday, June 23rd. Her
trip is scheduled to research the dust bowl and speak with survivors.
She will also visit the XIT Museum, the Dallam/Hartley County Library,
The Dalhart Texan and other areas in the northwest panhandle that she
anticipates will provide information useful to the project.
Lightning Safety Awareness Week
In a press release dated June 17th, the National Weather Service
announced it will join weather service offices around the country in
participating in the 9th Annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week
Campaign the week of June 21 through 27th. Events occurring during the
week that Dalhart residents may want to take advantage of include
attending the Dillas game in Amarillo and visiting the TxDOT Travel
Center on I-40.
So many stories may be told about a father. Stories about the love
of a father, the loss of a father, the guidance and inspiration a
father provided or about how a father’s life was transformed because of
his love of his child. The story of my father shaped whom I am and is
Carter Anderson participated in first Christian Skate Demo
Carter Anderson participated in his first Christian Demo last weekend
in Wichita Falls, with Luebcke, where he entertained and inspired over
500 people with his God given talents. Carter has also entered several
armature skate contests and has had success, winning first and second
place at two area contests within the last month, taking home new skate
boards, bearings, wheels and apparel for his efforts, all the while
promoting a love of God.
Silage truck destroyed by fire
A silage truck became engulfed in flames on Saturday, June 6th.
The fire that began at approximately 11:30 a.m. was confined to the
trailer and occurred near CR O in Hartley. At the time of the fire, the
silage truck was empty and not carrying a load.
Three arrested for burglary
The Dalhart Police Department arrested three individuals on Friday,
June 12th. The arrests stemmed from two separate burglaries that had
occurred in Dalhart just days before.
Water jetting signals end of the line
The Water Department is near the end of the project that upgrades
the city’s water system with a complete overhaul. The upgrade has
caused periods of inconvenience for residents on the north side, but in
the long run, the new and improved system will be better for everyone.
DISD to make a decision on bank for loan next week
The Dalhart Independent School Board has accepted bids from local banks
for a $750,000 loan. At Tuesday’s regular school board meeting, June
16th, no decision was made as to which bid to accept. A revision
letter will be delivered to each bank specifying the district’s needs
more clearly. All banks will be requested to submit new bids and the
board will meet again on Monday, June 22nd for a special meeting to
make a determination.
Ask The Lawyer
My mom was married to my stepdad for almost two years. They divorced
about five years ago. My former stepdad had a son who is my age. We
were 15 when our parents divorced and now we are 20. We hated each
other when our parents were married, and we didn’t spend much time
together at all. He lived with his mother and only visited a couple of
times each year. We met each other again in college and found out that
we have a lot in common. We have been dating each other for almost a
year. We want to get married, but my mom said that it is illegal for a
family member to marry an ex-family member.