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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

Travelers can expect to pay a little more to stay in a Dalhart motel. The Dalhart City Council passed Ordinance 2013-01, which is a new Hotel Tax Ordinance. Under the ordinance, the city tax on a motel room will increase from 5% to 7%. The owners or operators of hotels and motels in Dalhart pay this money directly to the city. The state charges a 6% tax rate, meaning that the overall tax paid on a motel room in Dalhart will increase from 11% to 13%. The new tax rate will be effective February 1.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

In larger, more populated areas where often, there are several hospitals, the nurses stations in Labor and Delivery buzz with excitement on December 31 as each one draws closer and closer to the New Year’s baby for the city, town or county.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Our plans were to leave Euless Sunday morning, December 30 to begin our journey to Pennsylvania.  By late afternoon reality struck, plans changed and we only made it as far as The Colony in north Dallas.  The “inn,” our daughter’s house, gave us shelter for the night and, comfort for mind and body. Munching Christmas cookies and enjoying her well decorated home was just the burst of Christmas spirit I needed. It was obvious to me that this unscheduled stop had been orchestrated by God. Much like a couple on the road to Bethlehem, we were in no condition to travel. We couldn’t possibly know how many times during the next week we would experience God’s intervention.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

With the arrival of the New Year comes the annual Bi County Livestock Show in Dalhart. The 2013 show will begin on January 16 and run through the 19.
The event is a joint effort by 4-H and FFA members from both Dallam and Hartley Counties. The event is an important part of the participants’ lives, and many benefits arise from participating in both 4-H and FFA.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, have many Texans questioning the safety of the schools in their own community.  Many Americans are asking how such a traumatic ordeal could have been avoided. Many Texans believe that armed faculty members will make the schools safer, and the House of Representatives will review legislation in the Lone Star State to allow designated teachers to be armed.
The proposed Protection of Texas Children Act (PTCA) would allow schools to designate members of their faculty as “school marshals”. The PTCA would appoint one armed individual for every 400 students enrolled in each school.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are drawing to a close, but the men and women in uniform are still on duty protecting us as we sleep, work and play. To show our troops they are still in the fore front of our minds local shoppers in the panhandle purchased record numbers of beef jerky for our troops. Beef jerky is a desired product by soldiers that are stationed out of the country. It’s not only a comfort food but it is difficult to obtain in some countries.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The federal law suit filed in the United States District Court in Amarillo on Friday, December 28, 2012 named Dalhart Police Chief and former Bovina Police Chief Gary Sinclair and the officers he supervised in Bovina, as defendants. Sinclair is sued both individually and in his official capacities acting under color of law and as the chief policy maker for law enforcement in Bovina.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

In a hearing in Moore County on Thursday, January 3, with the honorable Ron Enns presiding Lenore Pruitt plead guilty to aggravated assault. Pruitt was released around 5:00 p.m. from the Dallam Hartley County jail following the hearing. Her release is for a period of two weeks but she will be required to wear a GPS monitoring device.

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BY AARON GRAVES

Remember how much you hated being in school when there was snow on the ground? White, clean snow just begging to be sledded upon and thrown at your friends. This year, not one, but two storms transformed drought-stricken Dalhart into a winter paradise during school break, allowing adults and kids alike to frolic freely in the snow.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The 2012 election results kept local judges busy upon returning from the New Year holiday. Dallam and Hartley Counties had swearing-in ceremonies for their elected officials on Wednesday, January 2.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN
I was reading in the book of Joshua about the Jordan River crossing.  The Israelites could see the Promised Land from where they were camped but they had a huge problem; the river had to be crossed.  If that was not bad enough, it was flood season and the water looked fierce and menacing. Those waiting to cross had been told the story of the “parting of the Red Sea” forty years before; but few had experienced it.  Remember; the older generation who crossed the Red Sea died in the desert because of their unbelief.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Local football hero, Oscotty Castro was honored by being selected to the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors (TAPSE) Class 3A all-state football team.
Castro, a four year starter for the Dalhart Golden Wolves played both offense and defense and to add to his sports resume also was the placekicker for the Wolves 2012 football season.

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A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Dalhart Independent School District (DISD) was held Tuesday, December 17 at 5:30 p.m. During the meeting routine business was discussed and action was taken on the items listed on the agenda.

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By AARON GRAVES

A strong cold front Wednesday brought gusty north winds and a surprise snow storm to Dalhart. The snow, although short lived, came suddenly and caused white out conditions around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Some snow was still to be seen on the ground yesterday morning. Winds gusted as high as 53 mph with the front.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Wednesday and Thursday night, the kids at Dalhart Christian Academy performed their annual Christmas program, “The Secret of Snowflake County”, to family and friends in the First Baptist Church sanctuary. Directed by DCA first grade teacher Tammy Schniederjan, the play examined all the glitter and glam put on the Christmas holidays when the true secret of Christmas is really that miracle of the Baby in the manger.

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The Dalhart Rotary Club would like to let everyone know that the club DID NOT sell enough raffle tickets to give away the Chevy SSR Truck on December 15th. Because of this the Rotary Club has elected to raffle a $5,000 Visa Gift Card in place of the truck.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN
Twas just before Christmas in a small eastern town
The school day just started, with kids bustling round
The gunman came in and spoke not a word
The sound of bullets was all that was heard.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Santa’s Elves were plenty busy on Sunday, December 16, serving 3500 cookies and 50 gallons of hot chocolate as they prepared for the 6th Annual Mary Bell’s Christmas toy give away. Kurtis Thomas, board member, along with the entire volunteer staff set the scene for an on site North Pole distribution center.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Julie Kirkpatrick, United States Navy Veteran and Dallam Hartley County 911 Dispatcher received a memorial wreath from her father, Wayne Sharp. The wreath Kirkpatrick received is one of the memorial wreaths that are associated with Wreaths Across America.

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By AARON GRAVES

A cold front pulled in moisture and spawned a line of thunderstorms that brought the first measurable rainfall to Dalhart since October 13. A total of 0.17” fell at the airport Friday, December 14. Well, “fell” is too gentle of a word. The rain blasted its way into town on 48 mph wind gusts accompanied by small ice pellets.
Storms south of Dalhart were severe warned, mainly due to winds over 60 mph. Pivots were blown over near Vega. Hail up to one inch in diameter was reported near Boys Ranch.