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By LEANN PACHECO

The fall hunting season, for the many sports-minded individuals in the Panhandle, has arrived. The excitement of taking to the plains in the cool, early morning air has made even the most steadfast of hunters a little giddy. However, the drought has made things very difficult in a lot of ways for wildlife this year. Even if they could find water, animals may have had trouble finding food, as trees and plants also suffered from the lack of moisture. So what can hunters expect?

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Thomas Edison and the light bulb and the first transcontinental telegraph; Eli Whitney and the cotton gin; all of these innovative yet common items were born in October.
Were their creators inspired by the cooling days after the blistering hot summers? Or was it the simple fact that days were getting shorter and people needed light? It was closing in on harvest time for cotton and these famous inventors would want to be able to tell the world what they had accomplished?

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, Halloween is a time of celebration to most people and yet superstition to others. Halloween has long been thought of as a day when the dead are able to return to the earth, and ancient Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off these lost, roaming ghosts.

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Royce Howell received his prize money as the winning contestant of the eighth week’s football contest. He got eight out of ten correct with the tie breaker of 48.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As the last line of the national anthem was sung, “for the land of the free and the home of the brave,” two planes that had been circling the stadium zoomed across the field and released smoke in sync with the crowds' erupting cheers. “Doesn’t this give you chills?” asked Janet Banks DISD board member.

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By RODNEY WHITE

In a game that was much closer than the score indicated the Golden Wolves defeated Perryton 36-10 to move to 1-0 in district play.  The difference in the hard fought game proved to be turnovers as Perryton lost four out of seven fumbles to the Wolves and committed two interceptions, one that was returned for 65 yards for a touchdown by Tyler Smith.

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The Dallam and Hartley County Crimestoppers is up and going. The reward line has three ways to submit tips and information regarding local crimes and individuals sought by law enforcement. Tipsters are able to provide information anonymously by calling the toll free hotline at 806-384-TIPS (8477).

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Independent School District board members met on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. On the agenda was the need to accept the school improvement plan for both the high school and the junior high school following the unacceptable ratings from the previous school year’s TAKS test.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

At 817 Denrock sits a welcoming and beautiful home known for its open doors and loving atmosphere created by the families that have lived there over the last one hundred years. One of its first owners was Dr. G.W. Dawson and his family – legendary in these parts as pioneers of Dalhart.

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By AARON GRAVES

Dalhart took a 10 degree plunge in temperatures as winter fired its first warning shot across our bow this past week. After we enjoyed a pleasant fall weekend, a bank of clouds quietly rolled through town Monday afternoon. Then the wind shifted to the north and began to blow. Dalhart recorded a peak wind gust of 48 mph at the airport, and blowing dust turned the sky brown at one point.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Corp. Samantha Thrash, home on leave from Iraq visited with The Texan on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Thrash’s favorite holiday is Halloween. She scheduled her leave to be home with her parents, Cindy and Brain Stone to celebrate the holiday adorned with candy, cookies caramel apples and cupcakes.

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Junk Happens

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

The Old Testament is laced with stories of characters whose lives earn the title, “dysfunctional.” Their staggering accounts of everyday life have become the subject of countless books on bookstore shelves. Old Testament reading, to some, is dull and unrewarding.  Not to me! My mind wanders and I get caught up in their almost unbelievable predicaments.  
If ever there was a story that fits the format for the TV series “I shouldn’t be alive;” Joseph’s does!  Go to the 37th chapter of Genesis and take a look at his “mission impossible!”  It is a series of up and downs that will stir your heart as you read.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The integrity of The Hartley County Justice of the Peace office is to see that justice is done. The Justice of the Peace Edwyna Womble took an oath, was sworn into office and took a vow to uphold justice and fairness for the citizens of Hartley County. In this oath, it doesn’t say that a Justice of the Peace is not human and does not have feelings.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As you know, crime is on the increase in larger U.S. cities. Due to the economic circumstances, it is now also becoming more prevalent in small communities.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The tradition of Halloween has been amusing to some and disregarded as evil by others throughout the years. As a child, it’s simply a time to collect all of the free candy you can, Halloween is the unofficial candy bridge between the XIT parade and Christmas stockings.

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Bobby Ritter received his prize money as the winner of the seventh week’s football contest. He picked nine out of ten correct with the tie breaker of 59.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“When the great pumpkin is arriving is a secret,” state Jason Lusk as he stood surrounded by thousands of big, round, orange pumpkins at the Dalhart airport. Jason and Josh Lusk along with their father, Terry and Uncle, Dan Lusk wanted to grow pumpkins in Dalhart this season as an experiment.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

The Dalhart City Council, by a 3-1 vote, approved Ordinance 2011-16. The  change in zoning on Lots 9-16 of Block 4 and Lots 1-8 in the Country Meadows addition to the City of Dalhart from R-3 Residential to Apartment. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the zoning change to the council despite concerns Jefferson Street, the main thoroughfare servicing this area, is unpaved.

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By NONA GOODMAN

Stand aside all popcorn crunchers, candy eaters, goblins, witches, Oktoberfest revelers, etc. etc. etc. There is another group also clamoring for a piece of October: The National Philatelic Society, in conjunction with the USPS (as of 1981), claims dibs on October as National Stamp Collecting Month. This is a fact that all of us need to know. (Philately is the fancy name for stamp collecting, but please don’t let it creep you out.)

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

When researching National Fires Safety Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month other noted bizarre and fun filled holidays popped up. Several holidays and national celebrations have been published in previous editions of The Texan this month, for instance National Popcorn Poppin’ month and Sweetest Day.