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By LEANN PACHECO

Monday’s Commissioners’ Court at the Dallam County Courthouse was a busy affair lasting well into the afternoon. Special guests included 4H youths from Dallam and Hartley Counties, who presented National 4H Week proclamations to judges and commissioners of both counties. The documents were signed, effectively proclaiming the week of October 2 – 8 as a time for special recognition for the programs.

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Jay Johnson

Jay Johnson receives his prize money as the winning contestant of the second week’s football contest. He got nine out of ten correct with the tie breaker of 45.

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By RODNEY WHITE

On a crisp fall evening the Golden Wolves opened their new stadium, and they must have felt right at home as they scored at will against the Brownfield Cubs.  The homecoming queen was Tessa Ballard and the homecoming king, Davonte Burks, was definitely a fitting king as he passed for 58 yards on the first play of the game, and then rushed for 147 yards on 14 carries while scoring three touchdowns.  Davonte even had two long touchdown runs called back, or he would have easily had over 200 yards rushing.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The glimmer of Friday night lights were brightened by the spit shine of the new Dalhart Golden Wolves Memorial Stadium, the roaring crowd, and the  anticipation of the 2011 crowning of the Homecoming king and queen. The candidates were escorted across the field at the fifty yard line as the announcer introduced each member of the royal court and their escorts. The crowded home side stands applauded and cheered for the entire selected group of seniors.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

The public got its final chance to speak about the City of Dalhart’s tax rate at a special meeting held on September 6. City Manager Greg Duggan presented information from a Texas Municipal League (TML) survey about tax rates across the state. Of the 81 cities in the survey, whose population is between 5,000 and 10,000, Dalhart ranked 68th in this group. The town with the highest tax rate in this group is Breckenridge, with a tax rate of 0.93, which is nearly triple Dalhart’s tax rate. Compared to other towns in this group for water and sewer rates, Dalhart residents again enjoy some of the lowest rates, ranking 92nd out of 96 cities for water rates, and 89th out of 93 cities for sewer rates.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Police Department and the Dallam-Hartley County Dispatch Center have their sites set on holding the First Annual Red Ribbon Week in October.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“9-11 changed everything.” “Where were you when the world stopped turning?” These are coined phrases following the catastrophe of that September day in 2001. This is an event compared only to Pearl Harbor. The conspiracy theories, the missed warnings and all the speculation does not begin to describe the way the average citizen felt, watching the replays of the day, all day and for weeks to come. Do you remember what you were doing when you heard the reports of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the tragic crash in a field in Pennsylvania?

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The gingerbread house

By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

“My dad and I wondered the same thing,” chuckles Doyle Hanbury when asked about the rolled roof edges of the house known around Dalhart as “the gingerbread house.” Doyle’s parents, Burton and Dessie Hanbury, bought the house in 1947, and one of the first things investigated was how in the world the house got that fairytale look. “Best we can figure is that the edges were made of some sort of metal containers that had flour or something in them….we re-roofed the house several years later, and those columns were most surely made of metal.”

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Golden Wolves brought home the last district title in 1979. In keeping with the spirit of homecoming, the Texan would like to take you on a trip down Memory Lane. Just where are our 1979 district champs and what are they doing?

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Texan’s 3rd annual Dalhart Community Choice Awards has become an event that promotes spirited community activity. The candidates have been known to purchase the newspaper, clip out the entry form and hand them out in local restaurants, stores and numerous places of business. There’s no rule saying they can’t request your vote, it’s just good politics.

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By AARON GRAVES

Finally, autumn is approaching. In fact, the fall equinox is officially set to happen on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 9:49 a.m. Central Time. We all know that autumn usually begins around September 21 or 22, but why do reference works list such a precise time?

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Three Infamous Dates

12/7/1941
08/12/1961--11/9/1989
9/11/2001

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

I’m not much of a history buff, but sometimes a date gets my attention and stays with me.  At first glance, one and perhaps two, of the dates above, will be readily identifiable by most readers. The quick mind will note the 9/11 reversal of the middle entry (11/9) and ponder its significance in history.

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By RODNEY WHITE
The last time the Guymon Tigers beat Dalhart was a 13-6 victory on September 9, 2005, seven years ago, before the Stephen Young era started.  Since Coach Young came to town, the Wolves have defeated Guymon by a collective score of 209-33, and Friday night’s game in Guymon was no different with the Wolves leading 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.  The Golden Wolves now move to 2-0 for the sixth time since Stephen Young arrived and added stability to the Dalhart program, while Guymon has changed coaches three times during that six year period.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The excitement of homecoming is heightened by the dedication and opening game in the new stadium. Homecoming is a time of reflections and festivity, and this year is no different. Each grade level of the student body has selected senior candidates to represent their class in the Dalhart High School homecoming bid for the royal title of 2011 king and queen. The senior candidates are students that are outstanding citizens and active in many school sports and clubs.

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By RODNEY WHITE

The new Dalhart Memorial Stadium is nearing completion and the opening night will be September 9, homecoming, as the Wolves host Brownfield.  In continuing the tradition established at Memorial Stadium, past veterans from the Dalhart area will be honored at the field.  The veterans will be honored at a later game in October. The archway entry at the ticket booth will feature emblems from the five branches of the service as a tribute to the men and women who have fought for our freedom.

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Selso Ramirez receives his prize money as the winning contestant of the first week’s football contest. He got nine out of ten correct with the tie breaker of 37.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

New safety changes have been put in place for all public school athletes across the state of Texas. As of August 22, there are new concussion rules mandated for all participants in sports.  Recently passed “Natasha’s Law” says the new rules will protect Texas children from needless sports injuries and assure their recovery from withstanding such injuries.

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The Pink House on Denrock

By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Built in 1907 by a Chicago lawyer for his bride, bought by a prominent ranching family in 1915, known later as the Jacques family house prior to WWII, and lived in for thirty-two years by a former POW from that Second Great War, the pink house on Denrock has been a landmark of Dalhart for 104 years – and with this house comes poignant memories of the lives spent here.

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Leann Pacheco has recently joined the Texan writing staff. She and her family relocated to Dalhart this summer from Russellville, AR with Cargill Pork, where her husband, Scott, is an accounting manager. Leann holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and previously worked in healthcare marketing and community relations. Leann and Scott have two young children, Jordan and Ella, who attend Dalhart Elementary and Dalhart Area Childcare Center, respectively.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Andy Gross is one of the most exciting entertainers currently performing. He has mastered stand-up comedy, magic and the art of ventriloquism, leaving his audiences in amazement. The La Rita is excited to have him perform in what is expected to be a stellar event, evident by his previous record of sell out appearances and devoted following.