More teachers forced to moonlight
Forty-four percent of Texas teachers moonlight during the school year, and 61 percent take extra jobs during the summer to make ends meet, according to a survey by Sam Houston State University commissioned by the Texas State Teachers Association.
New Photo Identification Law
With the 2013 Amendment Election and 2014 Primary Elections quickly approaching, Kay Howell, Dallam County Tax Assessor / Voter Registrar and Terri Banks, Dallam County & District Clerk / Elections Administrator would like to remind voters of the new photo identification law now in effect.
VA clinic to open soon in Dalhart
In the wake of a government shutdown, the Department of Veterans Affairs is open to help veterans and the Amarillo VA Hospital is fully functional. In fact, Friday (Oct. 11) was a big day for the local VA Healthcare system as they celebrated the opening of a new VA Health Clinic in Dalhart.
Music Jubilee draws crowd
The High School Auditorium was filled with the sounds of Texas Gospel and Country Music Saturday evening when Paul’s Journey took center stage to play to the nearly full house. Paul’s Journey was joined by performances by Jeanette Lunsford Brolt Bontke and Bergundy Rose, both originally from Dumas.
How much is a Texas tree worth?
It’s easy to figure out how much a tree is worth when it is harvested for lumber, paper or firewood. But what about when it’s still standing tall in the forest, providing shade on sunny days, giving homes to woodland animals and helping clean the air you breathe and the water you drink?
Gas prices falling like the leaves on the trees
Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.10/g yesterday, according to Gas- Buddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.38/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com
Council begins annexation
By ZELDA BETH LANG
Dalhart City Council met Monday night, Oct. 7, and had a short agenda to discuss and take action on. A five-year pin was presented to Officer Patrick Yarbrough recognizing his years of service to the city.
New dog pound almost ready for animals
By JOE WARREN
The City of Dalhart will soon have a brand new Animal Control facility (dog pound) building which will house stray and lost dogs picked up by the city’s animal control officer.
Code Enforcement dept. hopes to weed out messy yards
By JOE WARREN
After the rains of July and August the area greened-up more than normal and with that, grass and weeds grew higher and quicker than a normal year.
Texas top state for global trade
Texas has been named the top state for global trade by Global Trade Magazine. The Lone Star State, which has led the nation in exports for 11 consecutive years, beat out Florida and California for top honors in the magazine’s annual survey.
AARP voices concerns about Social Security tax
Starting this week, AARP Texas staff and volunteers will be delivering more than 100,000 petitions to members of Congress voicing concerns about cuts in Social Security benefits. At the same time, a newly released study from the AARP Public Policy Institute indicates that Social Security generates billions for Texas’ economy.
Fall is here as temps drop over weekend
By JOE WARREN
Autumn finally arrived over the weekend in the area as temperatures dropped overnight to near freezing. It’s time to light the pilot lights in your furnaces and winterize your homes, but this week there will be a little break in the cooler temperatures according to forecasts by Weather Underground.
Experimental Pronghorn Season takes aim at landowners
By JOE WARREN
For years farmers and ranchers in the Panhandle have said they could control the number of buck pronghorn harvested on their properties. This season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said OK to the landowner’s wishes and started the Experimental Pronghorn Season program in three areas of the Panhandle. Areas known as Units 8, 17 and 25.
Texas receives highest across-the-board
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced last week that Standard & Poor’s raised its rating for Texas general obligation bonds one notch from AA+ to AAA, which is the highest rating. The other two ratings agencies, Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service, already maintained the highest ratings for Texas bonds.
Saving green with energy-efficient building products
If you’re in the market for a new home, make sure you carefully examine the houses you visit to see which building products installed in the home can help save on your long-term energy bills. Choosing a home constructed with energy efficient and easy maintenance products can help keep the “green” in your home ... and in your wallet.
Case of West Nile Virus reported in Dallam County
By THOMAS LOTT
There has been one case of West Nile Virus reported in Dallam County according to city Fire Marshall Curtis Brown. There have been no cases reported in Hartley County.
City Council to consider annexation plan Monday
By JOE WARREN
The Dalhart City Council is slated to consider giving City Manager James Stroud their blessing on an annexing plan, that would add a little over a mile of both sides of Hwy 287 to the city boundaries heading southeast out of town, exiting the city limits.
Services affected by government shutdown
It’s business as usual in Dalhart in the wake of the government shutdown Monday (Oct. 1) as congress couldn’t pass a balanced budget on time and politicians wrestle over funding or defunding the Affordable Healthcare Act known as Obamacare.
Gas prices falling
Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have fallen 5.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.15/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 13,114 gas outlets in Texas.
National 4-H Week October 6-12
National 4-H Week will be the week of October 6-12. Members of Dallam 4-H Clubs have written stories about their projects, history and what 4-H has done for them. There are several and will be published when room permits.