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Keep the lights on
By Robin Scott
Twinkling lights, holiday wreaths, lawn ornaments, nativity scenes galore. All types of Christmas decorations draped Dalhart lawns, homes, rooftops and more. The 2009 Lighting Contest winners were selected Tuesday evening, December 15th and all of the winners managed to impress the judges.
Technically they sang great
Second graders from Dalhart Elementary School performed on Tuesday
evening, December 15th at the Dalhart Intermediate School Auditorium.
The performance entitled, “A Cowboy Christmas,” was a compilation of
Christmas tunes and poems with a twist.
1,600 square miles to go before they sleep
The Dallam County Sheriff’s Office is made up of Sheriff Bruce
Scott and four full-time deputies. Together, the group has the onerous
task of patrolling one of the larger counties within the state of
Texas, covering approximately 1.3 million acres. The task has become
somewhat less burdensome with the recent addition ofDallam County’s newest deputy, Paul Rowell, who joins Chief Deputy Kevin Martin and deputies Jarrett Sides and Jack Reynolds.
The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department gave out new blankets to each
resident of Coon Memorial Home in December. The blankets were
hand-delivered by Fire Chief Curtis Brown and several of the volunteer
The Grinch “almost” stole Christmas!
Near our home in the Dallas area there is a huge hotel and
conference center called the Gaylord Texan. When we lived there, my
husband drove a trolley at the Gaylord that took people shopping in the
near-by Grapevine Mills mall and the quaint town of Grapevine, Texas.
We enjoy staying there when we are in the area, especially during the
I'll be home for Christmas
The Dalhart High School Band opened their portion of the Dalhart
schools holiday concert on Sunday, December 13th with “I’ll be Home for
Christmas.” The song, which was first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943,
and numerous artists since, reflects a spirit of Christmas and the
longing for family and friends, even if occurring only in dreams. The
band performed the song splendidly, which created a reminiscent mood of
days gone by.
Employees earn Panhandle recognition
DALHART, TX. December 14, 2009. Crediting the hard work of their
employees, Hilmar Cheese Company received the Panhandle Workforce
Development Board’s 2009 Employer of Excellence Award.
Hein retires from Bank of America
After more than 12 years with Bank of America, Terri Hein, long
time resident of Dalhart, has announced her upcoming retirement. Hein
currently serves as Banking Center Manager of the Bank of America
branch in Dalhart and, through her leadership, has helped the bank and
its dedicated staff to receive numerous awards over the past several
years. The Dalhart branch continues to be one of the “Top ranked
branches in the region for highest quality of customer service,” a
competitive distinction that Hein and her staff are proud to hold.
Stellar jumpers on busy schedule
More than one hundred students from Dalhart Elementary and
Intermediate Schools, Dalhart Christian Academy, St. Anthony’s School
and home schools tried out for a spot on the 2009/10 Dalhart Jump &
Jam team, an elite demonstration jump rope team comprised of 29
members. Jumpers who made the team had to master 16 jump roping
skills, all of which were taught during their regular P.E. classes.
During the season, the team will have practiced an estimated 300
Ask The Lawyer
Question: I have two boys, ages 12 and 8. They are always getting
into trouble, and when I try to explain the law to them, they actually
tell me that they can’t go to jail if they get into trouble and that
there’s nothing I can do to force them to attend school or stay at home
at night. My older boy has even taken my car out while I’ve been
asleep. I really don’t know how to argue with them. Can my children
go to jail for missing school or running away or doing other things
that they shouldn’t do?
Recapturing the cowboy way
Dale Rollins, an old time cowboy from Wisconsin, never thought he
would ride a horse again, after a brain tumor and several strokes left
him impaired. But that all changed in June 2009 when Dale heard of
Open Arms Therapy (OAT) and decided he’d like to give it a try. OAT is
a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback
riding for the disabled.
Local farm receives habitat award
The annual banquet and fundraiser for Quail Unlimited was held on
Friday evening, December 4th at Rita Blanca Coliseum. The organization
known for its habitat conservation efforts also presented an award to
an area ranch for the work it has done to protect the habitat for
A Texas winter
Hunting season is here, or fast approaching, for many species of
birds and fur-bearing animals. Cold weather and snow are often the
first signals that it’s time to pack up the portable stove, move the
deer stand to the hunting lease or set up the blind. Another
undeniable sign is the large flocks of geese dotting the skies in arrow
formations. The bellowing squawks of the geese are a welcomed event
every year for hunters and non-hunters alike.
Man convicted of stabbing Cactus woman
A Moore County jury took less than an hour to convict a habitual
criminal of assaulting a woman from Cactus last November. The ending
to the bizarre circumstances surrounding the felon’s arrest may bring
some relief for the victim.
The Christmas Holiday is an unusual time of year because it brings
with it many stresses that, on their own, are difficult to handle, but
combined could spell disaster. Managing the stresses that come with
the holidays may be as easy as writing out a schedule or even saying
“no.” Each family’s needs are different, so the various suggestions to
follow may work for some, all or none. But one thing is for certain;
everyone will be affected to some degree by the stresses that the
holidays bring, so attempts to manage them should be worth their effort.
Christmas Is — A National Holiday
We just returned from a few days in the Dallas area and coming
through Amarillo we heard it; clerks saying, “Happy Holidays,” or
faintly whispering, “Merry Christmas,” when you say it first!
A passion for educating youth
The School Sisters of St. Francis, “Panhandle Franciscans,” hope to
change the world, one soul at a time. They seek to nurture the dignity
of others through Catholic schools, faith formation programs, youth
groups, and in caring for nursing home residents and retired priests.
The tradition has its beginnings 50 years before the signing of the
Declaration of Independence, when sisters began teaching young people.
Tour of homes nearing
Tour of homes is nearing!
Evidence left behind led to conviction of arsonists
Three men arrested and charged with the arson of a Dalhart Police
vehicle pled guilty, according to Dallam County District Attorney David
Green. The plea agreements reached in each of the men’s criminal cases
included restitution to the city of Dalhart for the damage to the squad
“An Evening in December”
This year’s Christmas performance at the La Rita Theatre is
scheduled for Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th. Both
shows begin at 8:00 p.m. Guests also have an opportunity to enjoy a
turkey and dressing holiday feast prior to the Saturday evening
performance. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening at the
Loose Caboose Restaurant located next door to the La Rita Theatre.
Tickets for both shows may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce in
advance, or at the door. Tickets for the dinner should be purchased
at the Chamber of Commerce prior to Saturday.