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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

“More than 500 persons trooped into Dalhart Hi Auditorium to see this old-fashion melodrama with new-fangled trimmin’s and virtually to laugh themselves into the aisles,” The Dalhart Texan, August 4, 1961.
Fifty years have passed and the names are still familiar to many of us. When we reminisce about days gone by, it’s the major events that we talk about. The day-to-day happenings we misplace in our mental file cabinet. Following are facts reported in the Dalhart Texan the week of XIT in 1961.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Judy Heiskell is no stranger to the XIT Rodeo and Reunion. The Dalhart native has a history of being involved with the event since she was in elementary school and was selected as the Best Girl Rider in the XIT parade and received a check for five dollars. A few years later, in 1965, she was chosen as an XIT Queen candidate. As far as Judy can remember, she thinks 1965 was the first year the XIT Queen candidates competed on horseback.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan
Citing concerns for residents’ safety, the Dalhart City Council rejected a request for a variance to Ordinance 2002-04, which would allow a resident to keep a bobcat in the city limits. Julie Kirkpatrick, who had been keeping a bobcat on her property at 1910 Shawnee for about two years on the approval of a city employee, requested that she be allowed to keep the declawed wild cat. The bobcat got loose during the annual Trail of Sales, and it took about an hour to capture it.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

As the projected completion date nears for the Dalhart football stadium, questions continue to arise. Will the first home game against Brownfield be played in the new stadium or will the first game be a tried and true homecoming? Will the Brownfield game actually be the last homecoming game played on the old field? And last but not least on many residents’ minds, is the project over budget?

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Two weeks until the XIT Rodeo and local lodging is sold out. Days Inn and Holiday Inn Express confirm their rooms are booked and have been for up to a month. An expected 20,000 visitors for this year’s event will have the whole town buzzing.

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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Megan Kasper, MD, joins the Dalhart Family Medicine Clinic. Kasper, a native of Oregon graduated from the University of New Mexico. She completed her residency in Albuquerque, NM, in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Left Behind

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Little Kaylor came down the escalator at Love Field Airport and flew into my waiting arms.  We hugged and hugged.  She immediately glanced around and asked the same question I had heard a hundred times, “Where’s Papa?”  I assured her he was outside waiting in the pickup to get us and put her in her car seat.  Satisfied, she nestled against me and wrapped those little arms tightly around my neck.  It was a Kodak moment!

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By CONNIE WILMER

Where there is smoke, there is fire!  No one is more aware of this saying than the men and women of the Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department.  The department responded to their 22nd fire of July on Saturday July 23, 2011.  Thirty-three firefighters and 17 vehicles responded to a call made at about 9:30 p.m.  Dalhart Fire Department responded with the help of the Hartley Fire Department, the Stratford Fire Department, and the Texline Fire Department.  Dallam County sent maintainers to help make fire lanes.  Stratford EMS was also on the scene.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Inspired by his mother, who created artwork similar to sand paintings from different textures of ground glass, Manuel Franco has considered himself an artist since the tender age of five.
Born in Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico, Manuel earned a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Chihuahua and spent several years mining throughout Mexico.

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Tammi Kate Ledford, native Georgian, joins the Texan staff as a reporter. Tammi Kate has a doctorate in early childhood education and a B.S. in animal science. She previously taught and was the director of a lottery funded Pre-K. In addition, she holds a paramedic license.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

First Christian Church was buzzing with the voices of little ones as parents, children, the pageant committee, and XIT directors and their spouses gathered together to watch the Little Mr. and Miss XIT pageant this year. Mr. Quin Moore, son of Libby Moore, and Miss Maelee Dean, daughter of Ric and Dia Dean are the new Little Mr. and Miss XIT of 2011.

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By JONATHAN SCHERER

In what would come as an unexpected afternoon storm, Dalhart finally received some actual rainfall on Thursday, July 21.  Much to the surprise of local citizens, the sky simply opened up and began to pour. At such an unprecedented sight on-lookers stepped out from their comfortable air-conditioned shelters to bask in the glow of the badly needed moisture.  People looked across Denrock at one another as they watched the rain fall, noting their solidarity.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

The La Rita Theatre is busy preparing for their annual production that takes place during XIT. This year’s melodrama, “The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt,” or “Always Wash Your Long Johns Cause It Makes a Lotta Cents” was written by Tim Kelly and will be directed by Tammy Schniederjan. The cast will feature 11 local actors.

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By CONNIE WILMER

It’s mid-July in Dalhart. Quite naturally, it is hot and dry, but how hot and dry?  
How dry is it?  If there was any doubt in your minds that our rainfall has been below average this year, simply look at the official recorded statistics taken from the 1971 to 2000 NOAA data.  It is staggering to compare 2011 actual rainfall to Dalhart’s normal rainfall.  In the 11-month period, September 2010 thru July 2011, Dalhart has received precipitation measuring 2.08 inches compared to the same 11-month average of 13.57 inches.  Do the math.  This is 11.49 inches of precipitation below normal over this recorded time period. That last fact bears repeating. We’ve had 2.08 inches of precipitation in 11 months!  There is no doubt, it is dry!

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By CONNIE WILMAR

YEE-HAW!  
Once again, the XIT Rodeo & Reunion is proud to announce the 2011 XIT Junior Rodeo.  This event will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2011.  It is scheduled between the hours of 7:30-9:00 am.  Grab a cup-o-joe and join in the fun!  These little buckaroos promise you fun and good ol’ rodeo excitement!

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By CONNIE WILMER

What would XIT be without a parade?  Part of parade planning, for the observer, is knowing where to go to get a front row seat.  For others, it is sitting under the best shade tree.  For the kids in all of us, it is manipulating the point at which the maximum candy and prizes are thrust into the air.  To be successful in any of these goals, one must know the parade route, date, and time.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Roger Creager knew from a very young age that country music was where he wanted to be. Growing up, Creager was a shy kid who often played with songwriting but kept his talents to himself.

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Share that Testimony

By REV JUDI WIEGMAN

One of the biggest joys in life is sharing conversations with friends and family.  Take last Sunday for example, sitting around the table in Grand Prairie were in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and grand-babies.  We shared jokes that made us laugh, prayer needs that made us cry and caught up on news from our daily lives. Then, we donned our swim suits and headed out to enjoy the incredible pool.  The younger married guys quickly engaged in water gun fights while the “older generation,” (three brothers) sought a portion of the pool in the shade.  Deanna, a swim instructor, worked with eight-month-old Sophia and our little Kaylor, teaching them to love and respect the water. (Soon Kaylor was diving down to retrieve rings I held under the water!)

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By CONNIE WILMER

Texline is “all smiles” as Happy State Bank purchases its newest location.  J. Pat Hickman, Chairman and CEO of Happy State Bank & Trust Co., announced the completion of the acquisition of Texline State Bank from Treaty Oak Bank. The information was made public on December 31, 2010.  The Texline location officially opened as Happy State Bank on Monday, July 11, 2011.

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By ASHLEY ELERICK

Since 2002, No Justice has become a familiar fixture on Texas radio, charting seven Top 10 singles and a pair of number one songs in only a four-year time span. The group is getting ready to release their fifth album, which should come out late this year.