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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The United States Postal Service will end Saturday delivery for first class mail beginning in August, however; package delivery will continue according to a press release from the Post Master General’s Office. Package delivery, which is growing daily with credit due to millions of online shoppers will continue when the plan is implemented in August of 2013, saving the USPS approximately $2 billion each year.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Fire Department will host their 107th annual chili supper on Saturday, March 2 at the Rita Blanca Coliseum in Dalhart.  Members of the community will be able to enjoy chili; stew and desserts while fellowshipping with their neighbors and friends.  The Coliseum will quickly fill when the doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Diners will be able to enjoy their meal at the Coliseum or take an order to go.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Mia was hanging around the door again; her signal that she would like to go outside.  I have tired of this little chore since Chalmer fell and broke three ribs and we have been stuck in this second floor apartment much longer than we thought. We have been waiting for the paperwork to get finished so we can have a house.  I miss the convenience of her little doggie door that allowed her to come and go as she pleased.  Still, I bundled her up in her little plaid coat, donned my winter apparel and stepped out to face the 14 degree temperature. She pranced across the blacktop driveway dragging me to her favorite spot located just behind the row of garages.

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A confessed animal hoarder continues

By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

An anonymous tip called into the Dalhart Texan on Friday, February 1, led to the discovery of a dog tied at Arroyo’s new residence on 6th Street.
A ruling on Monday, January 28 returned Arroyo’s mustang to her custody. Her actions with the filly lit up phones and social media all over a two county area, calling for justice and care of the malnourished and abused equine. The community as a whole has begun to police Arroyo’s activities with the animals she hoards. Arroyo admitted to having an animal hoarding problem to KVII Channel 7 News in Amarillo following the removal of numerous animals from her home on Conlen Avenue last month.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart’s own Rita Blanca Rocky spent the entire year in training for the 2013 Ground Hog Day. Rocky’s rigorous training included gallons and gallons of ice cream consumed on a nightly basis.  Rocky’s favorite flavor of ice cream is none other than “Rocky Road.” He just can’t quite make out why it’s called “Road”, he is forbidden to cross the street alone. Rocky also kept up a painstaking exercise program which included and was limited to, running up and down the three steps to climb in and out of bed for morning catnaps, siestas and evening slumber to enhance his beauty routine.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School celebrated their Catholic Schools week beginning Sunday, January 27 with a Sunday School Mass in both English and Spanish. The week long activities included a book fair and a raffle to win a book. The fun and festivities continued with a Holy Mass with Bishop Zurek, a luncheon, “Pastries with Parents” and parents and grandparents were welcomed to eat lunch with their students on Wednesday, January 30.

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Arroyo and the horse she road in on

By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

A hearing to decide the fate of the horses seized by the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office from Kerri Arroyo was held on Tuesday, January 29 in front of Justice of the Peace, Rita Little. Judge Little returned the gray mustang to Arroyo’s custody stating, “all were taken for adoption or auction, but the mustang.” The grey mustang was being cared for by a citizen who volunteered his assistance with the neglected animals. Judge Little explained that she told Arroyo, “You will be watched very closely.” Arroyo picked up the horse from its fostered location on Tuesday, January 29. In addition, Arroyo was ordered to pay $1000 to the Dallam County Sheriff’s Office for reimbursement of feed and hay for the horses. “Max Morris has done a tremendous job on this,” stated Dallam County Sheriff. Bruce Scott.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart Independent School District’s (DISD) Police Chief, Mark Wittie has 19 years of law enforcement experience under is belt, 13 of those years is with panhandle area school districts. His career began in 1994 as an officer with the City of Dumas Police Department. Wittie then became employed with the Borger Police Department until 2002. His law enforcement career then led him back to Dumas with the Independent School Districts where he handles the day to day problems and concerns facing public schools today.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Independent School District announced their dates for the election for the upcoming positions on the Board of Trustees. Jeff Lloyd, Board President and Dr. Rick Dunham current board members, three year terms will be expiring in the spring.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

I have often wondered what it would be like to come to the end of a day and be able to say, “Ah, perfect.” Believing that we deserve a problem-free day much less a problem free life is an illusion.  This move from Texas is becoming quite a challenge. Instead of accepting the bumps in the road due to living in an imperfect world, I must admit I have failed and put on less than a happy face.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The annual Dallam and Hartley Bi-County Junior Livestock Show and Sale was phenomenal, this year. Opening day was Thursday, January 17 and the Rita Blanca Coliseum was buzzing with excitement. Area youth made their final preparations by bathing, drying, clipping, trimming and preparing for their turn in front of the judge.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dalhart Police Department officers executed a search warrant on a residence located at 102 Osceola, on Tuesday, January 22. During the search DPD officers found 28.9 grams of what is believed to be methamphetamines. The value of the alleged narcotics would be approximately $3,000.00. In addition to the confiscation of the alleged methamphetamines, officers seized narcotics contraband.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce has announced their campaign to select the Citizen of the Year for 2012. 1950 was the first year the Chamber of Commerce honored a local citizen by selecting them as the Citizen of the Year. The general public, as always, is invited to submit nominations for this award. A nominee may be from an organization or someone from the community at large. Nominations must be in written form, stating the reason(s), accomplishments, and merits of the nominee.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Second Annual Kid Photo Contest is about to begin, but we need a few more entries. Get your best photos, candid or professional of your baby or toddler showing off her cutest or his biggest grin into the Texan and help raise money for Meals-on-Wheels. If you have the perfect shot of your kid doing something adorable, we want to see it and we would love to show it off in the Texan!

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Lea Baumert and Jerrick Cendejas participated in an audition for The Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) on Saturday, January 12, 2013 in Lubbock. The two high school musicians were selected as members of the 2013 ATSSB band.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

A Texas community bids farewell to a local icon and the man that made United States history. Sheriff Royce Pruit passed away Monday, January 21, 2012. Pruit, affectionately known as “Booger,” will be missed by Glasscock County and everyone that knew him. The loss is felt from the Sheriff’s Department, through the Courthouse and in to every street of the community.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Health officials blamed a highly contagious, hard-to-get-rid-of virus for an outbreak of illness among nearly 400 patrons of an Olive Garden restaurant outside Indianapolis.
A cruise ship returned to Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday after more than 400 passengers got sick during a trip to the Caribbean. The Celebrity Cruises’ ship Mercury ended a voyage marked by an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness that sickened 435 of 1,838 passengers.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER

Looking for a way to grow the city, the Dalhart City Council discussed providing water services outside the city limits, and resurrected plans drawn up in the 1960s or 1970s for an industrial park at the airport as a starting point. Several years ago, the Council passed an ordinance prohibiting water taps outside the city limits. However, business owners who want to start a new business or relocate their existing business have approached council members about water taps. City Attorney Greg Oelke said an ordinance could be written to allow for the water taps while safeguarding the city’s interests.

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By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

For most, Christmas 2012 is history. The dumpsters are filled with bedraggled Christmas trees, crumpled wrapping paper and empty boxes.  All those amazing yard blow-ups are lying in a heap. The few Nativity scenes that managed to make it past the “new rules” have been stored away. Wreaths no longer hang on the doors. No one plays or sings Christmas carols. Prices are slashed to rid the stores of leftover Christmas items. All too soon we forget the place and the person Christmas represents.

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An outcry for justice for the animals she hoarded

By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Dallam County Sheriff’s Deputy Max Morris obtained a warrant with probable cause for animal cruelty and neglect of seven horses located north of Memorial Park Cemetery. The warrant was executed on Monday, January 21, at approximately 12:45 p.m. and the horses were moved to various locations. The removal of the equine comes on the heels of recent seizure at 914 Conlen, Arroyo’s residence and a similar event in late December in Potter County.