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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

What started out as fun landed Juan Guilfu and Christopher Peckham in jail on numerous charges. The ‘graffiti bandits’ may have been trying to send a message, but instead found themselves facing charges and owing restitution for damaging private property.  The message was loud and clear, but the reasoning behind the statement is yet to be known.

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Award-winning western history writer, Bill Neal, will speak and sign books at a benefit for the XIT Museum  at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Rodney White wins again! The Fearless Foursome, “Hot Rod” Rodney White, Tommy “Silver Fox” Sherrill, “Wild” Bill Crawford and Delbert “Double D” Dodds made the 2011 football contest exciting and very close some weeks. Hot Rod, Wild Bill and Double D emailed their entries each week but The Texan staff always looked forward to Silver Fox hand delivering his entry every Monday morning.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

The Dalhart Independent School District held their regular monthly board meeting Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Agenda items discussed during the meeting have the DISD in a planning, policy-adopting, and goal-setting mode.

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Put the Merry back in Christmas!

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

There are so many things I love about Christmas.  But I feel sad for those who display the “bah-humbug” attitude and loose out on the joy of the season.  Perhaps, they have good reason. It starts with the décor being changed way too early by the “money grabbing retailers.”  By the time Christmas is near many clerks are grumpy and badly in need of an attitude adjustment.

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By RODNEY WHITE

The 2011 All-district volleyball awards were released, and the Lady Wolves had several participants on the team.  The Defensive player of the year award went to Jeana Sybesma the middle blocker and a senior.  The newcomer of the year award went to Britt Wilson a sophomore setter for the Lady Wolves.
Other players to make the team were as follows:
First team, Brynn Dunham, who was the Libero for the Lady Wolves as well as a senior and Jenna Harrison, who played middle blocker and outside hitter for the Lady Wolves, another senior on the team.  On the second team was Madison “Maddie” Sherrill, a freshman.  Receiving Honorable Mention were Courtney Dovel, a Junior defensive specialist, Hannah Finkenbinder, a junior outside hitter, and outside hitter Robynn Elan-Puttick, a Sophomore.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Dallam County Commissioners Glenn Reagan, Corey Crabtree, Don Bowers and Floyd French met at the courthouse Monday morning with Judge David Field for a regularly scheduled Commissioners’ Court.
Agenda items included: consideration of budget amendments recommended by auditors; casting of ballots for appraisal board members; approval of public defender contract; adoption of 2012 holiday calendar; indigent defense grant resolution; and canvassing on November 8 election results.

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By LEANN PACHECO

Rosalyn Carter said it best: “There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers”.
As our population ages, a growing number of American adults will serve as caregivers for loved ones who are disabled, frail, or suffering from a chronic condition.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The Veterans’ Day Parade and Celebration began cool and crisp Friday morning as convertibles, trucks, and trailers full of veterans, community business leaders, and spirited children made their way down Main Street. The people of Dalhart came out waving flags and shouting words of praise and thanks to those who have served our country. The XIT Rangers sponsor and organize the Veteran’s Day Parade and Celebration each year.

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By RODNEY WHITE

It doesn’t happen often, but the injury depleted Wolves were dominated at the line by the much bigger Shallowater Mustangs Friday night, ending their season with a bi-district loss 40-7.  If all the previous injuries were not devastating enough, leading rusher Davonte Burks tweaked his ankle in the first quarter and was not 100% either. Davonte finished the night with 21 carries for 73 yards and he had 1457 yards rushing this season.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Though old-school taboos like wearing white before Easter and after Labor Day or mixing gold with silver jewelry, wearing black to a wedding or not letting the groom see the bride in her wedding gown are now commonly accepted, one tradition that seems to have stuck around is in most cases the boy still asks the girl to prom or the young man still drops to one knee to propose to the lady he wishes to marry.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Following a public hearing at their Tuesday night meeting, the Dalhart City Council moved to deny the enactment of Ordinance 2011-16, which would have changed the zoning of Block 4, Lots 9-16, and Block 5, Lots 1-8, Country Meadows, City of Dalhart, from residential zoning to apartment zoning for the purpose of building duplexes and apartments. Progress Resources, the owner of the property, was requesting the zoning change.
Jason Schniederjan said that because of the condition of the main road that would service this area – Jefferson Street – it was like “putting the cart before the horse.” He opposed the rezoning until something is done about the road, he said.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The memories are deep and plentiful of the Dalhart Army Air Base, which, by being located here, has had an indelible effect on this town and the many generations that have lived here since. One of the prevailing memories involving the air base in Dalhart that also drew national attention during WWII was the accidental sand bag bombing of Boise City, Oklahoma. Boise City was the only city in the continental United States to be bombed in WWII. Around 12:30 a.m. of July 5, 1943, a wayward B-17 crew from Dalhart wandered over the town of Boise City instead of its targeted lighted bombing field. Six practice bombs were dropped on the sleeping town before the mistake was noticed and the bombing stopped. Fortunately, no one was injured and minimal damage was incurred.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD
Friday, November 11, 2011 Coronal William McRae stationed at Ft Hood Texas will deliver the Veterans Day speech following the parade.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Texas voters have approved seven constitutional amendments that will allow new cooperation between cities and counties, give the governor more power to issue pardons and borrow more money for student loans.

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Lullabies have gone “bye bye!”

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

It seems to me that many of the problems in our society stem from allowing children to live in an unstructured, unrestricted lifestyle. As generations come and go, the standards of the home drop to lower levels.

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By JONATHAN SCHERER

As we come together to celebrate Veteran’s Day, it’s worth stepping back a moment and taking note of the current state of our nation.  Perhaps not in the political mindset most would consider, amidst the landscape of his side and their side and who’s right and who’s wrong. I mean it in a different way entirely. It’s in the way in which we perceive everything. What holds value and what garners interest.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Gary Sinclair was sworn in as Dalhart’s new police chief on Monday, November 7, 2011. Sinclair accepted the position in October and has recently moved to Dalhart with his wife, Christine.
Chief Sinclair stated in an early conversation, “I’d like to meet with each business owner and hold a town hall meeting to get input from the citizens we serve.” He is taking a very proactive approach to the community and wants to establish a community police environment.

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By RODNEY WHITE

All the hard work and long hours paid off for the girls cross country team as they claimed third place at the Regional meet at Mae Simmons park in Lubbock Saturday.  The top 3 teams will advance to the state tournament next weekend at Round Rock.  The girls will run at 1:20 pm at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.  This is a bunch of girls that gets up and runs at 6 AM in the morning in the dark and then they have to shower and head off to their classes and breakfast.  It was a very emotional victory for the team.  I visited with the Regional Champion Sara Smith right after she ran and asked her to come to the volleyball game and I would interview her on the radio.  Sara replied, can my whole team come?