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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The St. Anthony’s October 2009 groundbreaking construction is set for completion September 10, 2011. “The one original item remaining are the rafters in the church, they are there to remind us of where we came from and where we are going,” commented Melissa Menesses. The church underwent a complete and extensive renovation.

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In the Hard Times

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

It is much easier to trust God when a drive through the countryside reveals a look at lush rolling pastures dotted with satisfied cattle resting comfortably; their stomachs full. The sight of bright green stalks hanging with fat ears paints a picture worth a thousand words.  This harvest will be different; the picture bleak. Many crops, usually irrigated, have been abandoned; left to dry in the intense heat with wells turned off.  The challenges of an intense drought year will be far reaching; affecting every facet of life.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

There were no stars added to the red, white and blue American flag from 1912 until 1959. Anxious designers submitted over 1500 versions to President Eisenhower for the additions of Alaska and Hawaii into the union, and the additional stars needed to represent them on flags that would replace the forty-eight star banner. A young man named Robert G. Heft designed the flag as we know it now as a school project. Heft received a B minus from his teacher. When Heft protested the grade, his teacher agreed if Congress accepted his version, the grade would be reconsidered.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Golden Wolves’ coaching staff is confident the team will make the playoffs again this year. In 1980, Dalhart High School brought home the last football title the team has received. “We take it one game at a time,” stated head football coach, Stephen Young.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Any tire, any engine, all chassis allowed. That says it all. Mud bogging, also known as mud racing, mud running, or mud drags, is a form of off road motor sport.  The goal is to drive a vehicle through a pit of mud of predetermined length. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the pit, or if several vehicles are able to travel the entire length, the time taken to traverse the pit.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Paula Bowen and Celica Ray hosted a table at back to school night to register children for head start. “We keep enrollment open all year and children remain on a waiting list for a slot,” Bowen continued. “We have fifteen available openings for this year and school starts for us [Region 16 Head Start] August 25, 2011.” Children may not be accepted at the beginning of the year, but children drop out or move, causing a vacancy. “We have to keep our rooms full,” added Ray.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Class of 2025 started school today along with all area children.
New teacher, new shoes, new pencils and sometimes new school, local children returned to school today for the 2011-12 school year. There were tears and laughter, but none the less all the children were excited to see their friends. As the parents of kindergartens dried their eyes, the class of 2025 headed into their classrooms with giggles and smiles. “Hello, Heaven, I’m Mrs. Fowler,” Mrs. Fowler, Kindergarten teacher, welcomes one of her students to the zebra heard.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The 1996 Welfare Reform Act put in place by President Bill Clinton has drastically reduced the panhandle’s recipients. In March of 2001, the 26-county panhandle area had over eighteen hundred participants in TANF [Temporary Aid for Needy Families] program.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Children from Dallam County, Hartley County, Wichita Falls and Dallas participated in the 4-H Program’s Top of Texas Dairy Cattle Show on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the Rita Blanca Coliseum. Fred Hall, a county agent from Wichita Falls, served as judge for the event.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The DISD school board met Tuesday, August 16, 2011, to discuss several routine matters on the agenda, including the reduction of teachers’ local leave.
The teachers were previously receiving five leave days from the state, which could be used for personal or sick leave, and five sick leave days from the local DISD. Staff could elect to be paid for any accumulated local leave, over twenty days, at a rate of $100 per day, up to five days each school year.

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“The Mansion on Denrock”

By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The walk down Main Street continues into the residential section of historic Dalhart with a look at the home of the Craig Taft family at 1212 Denrock, otherwise known in Dalhart history as “The Whorton House.”
Covering a full residential block, the Whorton House has been home to many families over the last 90+ years.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness [STAAR] will be administered to incoming freshman as the TAKS test fades out.  DISD sophomore, juniors and seniors will continue to take the dreaded TAKS test until they graduate.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Right now, before you forget, put a rubber band around your wrist to remind you of one gardening task that cannot be postponed: Planting seeds for your fall garden. As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can change into an abundance of delicious greens, from tender lettuce to frost-proof spinach.

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Crown Snatchers

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

It is amazing all the excuses we invent to explain away “things” in our lives that just might add up to disobedience according to God’s Word.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Antonio Torres-Silva was detained by border patrol on August 15, 2011, until Hartley County Sheriff’s Department could obtain a warrant for Torres-Silva on indecency with a child. The State of Texas defines a child as anyone under the age of 15.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As children prepare to head back to school, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 19-21, 2011, the state’s annual sales tax holiday. The law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 per item from sales and use taxes, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“The greatest assets to Dalhart are our children,” Robert Stout, Interim Chief of Police, stated. The 2011-12 School year will begin Monday, August 22, 2011. “Watch out for the children,” Stout reiterated in his bulletin numerous times.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

When Hilmar Cheese Company opened for operation in 2007, Texas Workforce Solutions (TWS) came as part of the arrangements, but there was no guarantee as to how long they would maintain an office in Dalhart. “I hate to see them go,” Dyke Rogers spoke. “They [Workforce Solutions] have provided a great benefit to the employers in Dalhart,” Rogers added.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The singing of the auctioneer is sending Dalhart cattle north to Nebraska and the Dakotas. Cattleman’s Livestock Commission Company is busy as cattlemen sell portions of their herds. The deep cuts to the herds will affect the cattlemen for years to come. Not only are young calves being sold, but cattlemen are selling some breeding stock. The sale of breeders will be hard to replace, not to mention the cost of the replacement.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

XIT Rangers’ horses didn’t participate in this year’s Memorial Day celebration. The Rangers were on hand to assist, but left their riding partners at home due to an outbreak of EHV-1 virus.