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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

If you are new to the area and you haven’t seen the invasion of the Tarantulas, prepare yourself. The Halloween dressed invaders can be seen crossing highways or in some cases the remains of the attempted crossing. Tarantulas don’t migrate in the sense of switching habitats from one season to another. In dry parts of the Southwest such as north Texas, in late May and June and again in September, you can see these spiders moving purposefully across the parched, mesquite landscape.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Flu shots are typically less trouble than a shot of the flu. Besides being a very violent illness which taxes the entire body, the flu can lead to lost work time, a need for expensive medications, trips to the doctor, hospitalization and even death. Fortunately, experts aren’t predicting any formal shortages of flu vaccinations or delays this year. This year’s vaccine is available as an injection or as a nasal mist for most healthy people who are squeamish about needles.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“This is no different than what we already have in place,” explained David Foote, DISD Superintendent. “We don’t take chances with any of our athletes.” In the monthly DISD board meeting, held Tuesday, September 20, 2011, board members voted unanimously to adopt the mandated policy and the University Interscholastic League [UIL] guidelines for student athletes suspected to have a concussion or display the slightest symptoms of a concussion.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Do you smell fall in the air?
After the summer we’ve had in these parts, the cooler weather is like a balm to the soul. The sun is in a different place, the leaves are getting ready to turn, and I have spoken a blessing over my pink and white window box petunias, exhorting them for fighting the good fight and ending strong. They can now rest their weary roots.

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By LEANN PACHECO

If your child started kindergarten this fall, you should have recently received a free Child ID Kit in the mail from the National Child Identification Program.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Americans save nearly four billion dollars a year by clipping coupons. If you are not a clipper now, maybe you should be. Manufactures, stores and vendors have made saving money much easier by placing offers and coupons online.

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Defining Moments

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN
“Somehow we’ll get through this.”  These are the words reverberating in my ear after hearing them over and over during a trip to Dalhart last week.  I thought I was prepared for what I would see but found myself shocked.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Frank Phillips College, Board of Regents and Administrators, held a town hall meeting Monday, September 19, 2011 at the Rita Blanca Coliseum to answer questions posed by residents, local professionals and business owners.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The smell of roasted turkey legs, Chicago dogs and cotton candy filled the air as children squealed with excitement on the train and bouncers; all of these favorites under the sounds of this year’s 11th annual block party band, Bipolar Echo.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The 3rd annual Community Choice Awards are heating up with several of the races too close to call. Ballots are piling in the Texan by the armloads and voters will have the Friday, September 23, 2011 edition to obtain the final printing of the official ballot. There are a few papers remaining from the September 9 and the September 16 editions available, but those have almost sold out as well.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a mobile unit for readjustment counseling services to veterans returning from combat. The mobile unit was available Thursday, September 8, 2011, in front of the Channing courthouse.

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Marion Doyle receives her prize money as the winning contestant of the third week’s football contest.

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By RODNEY WHITE

The Golden Wolves held Levelland to 75 yards of total offense while mounting 356 yards of total offense to dominate the Lobos. The Wolves turned the Lobos’ homecoming celebration into a long night and moved to 4-0 with a 49-8 victory Friday night.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Many area panhandle communities have decreasing population, but not in Dalhart! The small town nestled in the west corner of the panhandle is growing. Is it her picturesque charm attracting newcomers or the recent influx of industry? The natives like to say both.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Parents of the students at Dalhart Elementary School began receiving calls around 8:30 a.m. to pick their children up because a portion of the school was without electricity. When staff of DES arrived Friday morning at 5:30 a.m. seventy-five percent of the electricity was off, the third grade students were moved over to the city park located across the street from the school.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Wild animals are finding their way into yards, garages and storage buildings of many homes in the area due to the extended drought.  It is thought they are coming around higher populated areas, in search of food and water.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The normal August rainfall fell short of average at 1.65 inches; the record low was 1.44 inches in 1977; normally averaging 2.85 inches of rain in August in the area. However, the year-to-date rainfall is still extremely behind, 3.50 inches as of press time Thursday, September 15, 2011.

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The Carriage House

By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

At the turn of the 20th century, carriage houses were buildings or barns that housed horses and carriages and everything else to do with transportation. So it seemed natural when the car worked its way into society, around 1912 or so, it was also stored inside a carriage house – right next to the horses and the hay.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

The tax rate for the City of Dalhart will remain the same as last year -- $0.3333 per $100 valuation of taxable property. The Dalhart City Council took this action at their Tuesday, September 13 meeting. The council also passed three ordinances related to the tax rate. Ordinance 2011-11 gives the city the authority to levy taxes for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The budget for the upcoming fiscal year was adopted with the passage of Ordinance 2011-12, while Ordinance 2011-13 allows for penalties on delinquent taxes.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD
The reopening of the facility has brought thirty new employment positions to the community. “As we bring more of the facility online, we will be increasing employment opportunities,” stated Mike Martin, Cargill Director of Communications. The addition of job opportunities is a plus point to the area; also, full time employees have the positive feature of access to insurance and benefits.