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Cradle to Cross With great Joy

By Rev. JUDI WIEGMAN

I thought I could keep my promise to myself, an avid Nativity collector, not to purchase any more!  I made it through the Christmas season and was about to rejoice when I saw it; a pure white snow globe with the Holy Family surrounded by fluffy snow!  It was a no brainer—I had to have it.  I didn’t even think of packing it way.  Instead, I found the globe a spot in our bedroom and often gave it a shake as I tidied up the room.
Fast forward to March! Spring is in the air and time to bring out the Easter décor.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Lance Corporal Thomas Elbert Creek gave his life for his country and fellow soldiers on February 13, 1969 at 18 years old. Creek, the youngest Texan to receive the Medal of Honor, was severely injured but found it his military duty to save those around him. He was killed after he rolled over on a live hand grenade that landed between him and five of his fellow marines.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart stores can breathe a sigh of relief as Tide laundry detergent is not currently being targeted by thieves — unlike in some other parts of the country.
National news agencies reported late last week that several stores on the East Coast were the target of significant Tide thefts. Some stores have placed electronic anti-theft alarms on its supply of Tide to deter thieves, while many another retail outlets are keeping Tide locked behind glass, much like when cigarettes and baby formula was moved behind the customer service counter in many retail stores years ago.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

The Dalhart City Council voted to draft an ordinance for a new school zone at their regular meeting on March 13. The action was taken at the request of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. The church had asked for a school zone on 13th Street between Scott and Oak Avenues, but after input from Dalhart Police Chief Gary Sinclair, the city will also include Texas Boulevard between Scott and Oak Avenues in the school zone as well.
“They do need one,” Chief Sinclair said. “But we need to do it correctly.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The streets of downtown Dalhart were lined with cars Tuesday, March 13, 2012 until 9:00 p.m. SERVE kicked off with a movie at Hillside Church.
Bright and early, close to 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012 local staycationers arrived at the ROC for a donut, juice and their first assignment. Robert Ledbetter, Pastor of Hillside Church, explained, “We have six homes, Carenet and a local church on the project list.” Ledbetter continued, “They [participating youth] will be painting, doing yard work and other related jobs.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the United States. Savannah, Georgia dyes the Savannah River green each year since 1961 and has a huge parade; hotels rooms are booked a year in advance. The people who celebrate the Marti Gras style festivities aren’t the only folks to eat corn beef and cabbage.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Local Rancher, Brian Potter, needed to move cattle from a southwest pasture to a northwest pasture. After notifying Dallam County Sheriff, Bruce Scott the move was scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

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The design contest for the Dalhart Police Department vehicles is heating up. Several excellent entries have been received, but there still time to submit your entries. The deadline is March 31, 2012. Entries may be submitted to the Dalhart Texan or to the Dalhart Police Department.

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The Judas Horse

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

While watching an older movie last week I came upon an interesting term, “Judas Horse.’ A little research turned up some surprising information.
Mustang horses freely roamed the plains in the old west and remain even today. They were “free” for the cowboys to round up and sell. Often they were sold to the U.S. Calvary.  At round up time, a tame horse was turned loose near the herd.  His job was to lead the wild horses to the box canyon or holding pen, He was called a “Judas horse.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Last month, Dalhart’s Cuties raised close to $200 for the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center. This month area dogs, cows, cats and birds are lending a paw, hoof and claw to the same cause.
Pictures of the cutest critters in Dalhart have been submitted and now we need area businesses, residents and pet lovers to vote. The winner will be determined by the pet the collects the greatest amount of money.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Spring break began Friday, March 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. when Dalhart Independent School District (DISD) released students early for the long awaited vacation. Officially, yesterday was the first day the halls of all DISD schools were silent.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The 400 block of Denrock Avenue has become a topic of conversation with regards to parking--or lack there of with local business owners. Many of these businesses have heavy foot traffic and sharing the block with the Dallam County Courthouse and the Dallam-Hartley County Public Library has made finding a parking space a nightmare during certain days and hours.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Hartley County Sheriff, Franky Scott and Justice of the Peace Edwinna Womble were on the scene of an accident at approximately 7:34 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
A 1998 Ford pickup truck driven by Fernando Chavez and passenger Maria D. Villalba from Omaha, Nebraska were traveling west on Highway 54 approximately 14 miles southwest of Dalhart in Hartley county. Chavez vehicle apparently dropped off the shoulder of the road and over corrected when trying to gain control of his vehicle.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Despite repeated text messages and emails from the info.com communication center for resolve to be ready alert program regarding fire danger watch and warnings Dallam County Fire and Rescue, Dallam County Sheriff’s Department, Dallam County Sheriff, Bruce Scott, Stratford Volunteer Fire Department, Sherman County Deputies, Dallam County Chief Deputy Kevin Martin, Dallam County Commissioner Cory Crabtree and Dallam County Maintainer Operator Larry Fisk fought a fire on the side of Highway 54 on Tueday, March 6 2012.
Dallam County Sheriff, Bruce Scott stated, “We aren’t sure if a cigarette caused the fire or if it came from a train.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

XIT Ford noticed a bumper from a 2008 green and tan Ford F150 missing on Sunday, March 4, 2012. A report was made to Dalhart Police Department (DPD). “The bumper would be recognizable, the colors are very distinctive,” explained Rhonda McMillan, General Manager XIT Ford dealership.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The City Council of the City of Dalhart has re-adopted a city ordinance that puts a lock on area juveniles and their activities. The ordinance comes up for review every three years and this recent review was accepted with no changes.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Built in 1901 by W.J. Blair, one of Dalhart’s founders, the Blair House on Trinidad Street is 111 years old this year and a landmark tribute to the railroad beginnings of this northeastern Panhandle town called Dalhart.
At the turn of the 20th century, a tent city at the Twist Junction station of the railroad started to spring up when Captain Conlen of the Rock Island Railroad set up headquarters there in a boxcar office. This tent city grew at the crossing of the Ft Worth & Denver and Rock Island lines. According to The Book of Years, no one was very happy with the name “Twist Junction” and the town was called Denrock for a time until the postmaster general rejected it when an application was filed for a post office.

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Why are you crying?

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Sitting on my front porch is a large ceramic cowboy boot.  It has survived a couple of moves though it was dropped once, broken and glued back together.  The top of it holds a Gerber daisy plant, (my favorite flower) that refused to bloom all last summer, managed to survive the winter and sometimes went without water for days.  Passing by it a few days ago I made a mental note to pull it up and toss it.  That was until Sunday!  Could it possibly be?  Yes! And orange bloom greeted me and upon further examination three more were springing up! Considering that even my “silk” plants die; this is a major breakthrough!

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By LEANN PACHECO

The Dallam-Hartley Counties Hospital District Board of Directors met Thursday evening, March 1 at Coon Memorial Hospital. Key points of discussion included financial statements, the community’s perceptions regarding physician accessibility and emergency care, and progress at Coon Memorial Home.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart Junior High School opened there season with a meet at Dumas on Thursday, February 23, 2012.  The Junior Wolves were not deterred by the cold and off and on snow.