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By JILL BEMPONG
It was Monday afternoon, approximately 1:10 p.m., when a homeowner in the 1300 block of Elm St. did what most people do at some point in the day: she went to check the mail.  However, unlike most homeowners, she found a suspicious looking device where her mail should have been.  She told her husband, and he contacted Hartley County Chief Deputy Tim Bell.  Bell told the couple to leave the device alone and then contacted the Dalhart police.  Law enforcement from the city and county, as well as fire and EMS personnel, were dispatched to the scene.  Additionally, the Amarillo Bomb Squad (ABS) was in for their expertise.

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We are so thrilled to have had you walk the halls and be in the classrooms of Dalhart High School.  For many years you have been shielded by your parents, family and teachers.  Now is the time for you to set off on your own.  You will be faced with many decisions in the future and will call upon the experiences you have had to make the best decisions possible.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

As Dalhart High School seniors count down the days this week until graduation ceremonies usher them into the next great chapter of their lives, it seems appropriate to examine where this thing called “graduation” has its origins. When did this rite of passage into the next phase of life or schooling or what-have-you become known as “graduation?” Where did the song Pomp and Circumstance come from? Why, oh why, do all graduates don that ever-lovin’ flat square hat….and who thought that looked good?

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By RODNEY WHITE

The Lady Wolves just added to the most successful season in school history with the announcement of all district honors.  Dalhart had two young ladies that made the first team.  Courtney Dovel was the first team pitcher for our district, and Molly Kruse was the all-district catcher for our district.  2nd Team members were Benji Romero, who played first base, and Alix Allen, who was 2nd Team Utility Infielder.  Four Lady Wolves also made honorable mention, Tessa Ballard – Designated Hitter, Sadye Hammett- Outfield, Melody Gonzales – 3rd Base, and Allison Hightower – Outfield.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan
There were two new faces on the Dalhart Independent School District Board of Trustees following the election held on May 14. Janet Banks and Peter Baumert were the two new members elected to the board while Randy Sherrill was reelected to serve another term.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Another good story involving the sanitarium (and coincidentally another confrontation) introduces Dr. Dawson’s bill collector and all-over handyman, Bill Bennett. Not much was known about Mr. Bennett, but John says in his book that he was “….kindly, retiring, considerate, and polite to a fault. And loyal.” One time, Mr. Bennett had to write a firm letter to a man by the name of Blondie who had neglected paying his bill for several months. Blondie was known as the “town rowdy.” and a few days later, Mr.Bennett was confronted by the younger, heavier, and quick-tempered Blondie on the street. Blondie was upset about the letter, saying that “nobody pushes Blondie around and gets away with it.”

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Courtesy Photo

Brianna Gomez with her husband, Eric, and their two daughters, Mali Elise and Eleri Kate.

 

By JILL BEMPONG

It took approximately two and a half hours, in the historic Channing, TX courthouse for the five women and seven men that comprised the grand jury to decide that no indictment would be brought against Colorado Senator Suzanne Williams for the December 2010 car crash that resulted in the death of Brianna Gomez.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

The Trans-Canadian Sanitarium marks the northernmost part of Main Street as seen from the railroad tracks. Built of brick sometime after the turn of the twentieth century, the Sanitarium originally housed a land company for the XIT ranchlands. It was a steam-heated, two-story building that served the Dalhart area as the only hospital facility from 1912 until 1927 when the Catholic Sisters opened the Loretto Hospital, where Coon Memorial Hospital now sits.

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By JILL BEMPONG

More than 21,000 acres of land and equipment stood idle on the outskirts of Dalhart for nearly a year until April 27, 2011, when Cargill, Inc. purchased Smithfield Foods, Inc. subsidiary Premium Standard Farms for a reported $33 million. Founded in 1988 and based in Missouri, PSF came to Dalhart in 1994 when it acquired National Hog Farms. The facilities grew, as did hog production, and at its peak, PSF employed nearly 300 people. PSF became a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, Inc. in 2007.

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Stretching my comfort zone

By JUDI WIEGMAN

My neighbor, Kim Alihashami, called.  “Hey, do you want to go to Arlington to the new mall with Rose and me?” she inquired.  Since Chalmer wasn’t due home for several hours, I was eager to get out of the house and tag along.  And, after spending several hours of my day directing a crew of Tongans who were trimming our trees, I was up for some “girl time” in a mall.

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By RODNEY WHITE

Coach Stephen Young and his staff put the finishing touches on what they described as one of the most successful years in the last 20-30 years for Dalhart High School athletics with the presentation of all the awards for this year’s very successful teams.  The evening was preceded with a good bar-b-cue meal before the commencement of the awards ceremony.  Coach Young began the evening by stressing that athletics are a team sport, and it is really hard to honor individuals when the whole group combines for the success of the team.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Parents of Dalhart Elementary students have an additional reason to be proud of their sons and daughters.  This is the third year in a row that Dalhart Elementary has been recognized for excellence in education.  The teachers and staff at the school have continued to encourage their pupils to do their best on the tests that they take each year.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Most students start school in kindergarten working hard to please their parents and their teachers.  Many continue to strive to do their best as they progress through each grade level.  The hard work that is put into each assignment throughout the year correlates to a number grade.  To some these numbers don’t matter, it is just finishing high school that is important.  To others it is a true honor to achieve the highest grade point that they can.

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The community of Dalhart has spoken on who they want to run both the city and the schools.  Being elected to help run either of these entities is a great responsibility.  Over the next few months the new members of the school board and the city council will have plenty to learn.
The Dalhart Independent School District Board of Trustees had three seats up for grabs this year.  Of the eleven contenders, two were incumbents.  Randy Sherrill will retain his seat on the board after receiving 278 votes.  He will be joined by Janet Banks and Peter Baumert.  Banks received 237 votes and Baumert 204 votes.

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Dalhart students participated in one of the last athletic contests of the year as the juniors and seniors competed against each other in the annual “Macho Man” volleyball contest. Teams were made up of males from each of the upper classes who were coached by the junior and senior members of the volleyball team.  Teams were not limited to student athletes but open to anyone in those upper classes who wanted to participate. The juniors, or “Notorious D.I.G.,” wore pink shirts, while the seniors were decked out in black and called themselves “Big Digs”.
Neither team lacked in enthusiasm, though maybe some of the fundamental skills needed some work.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Dalhart Police Chief Tom Sanford has announced that he will retire from his position effective August 1.
“It was a tough decision, I went back and forth on it for several weeks,” Chief Sanford said at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “After 40 years, I’m ready to do something else. I appreciate the support I’ve received out of the city manager and the city council."

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN
Standing two stories tall, with a grand exterior complete with carved Victorian details is the Felton Opera House on the corner of Third and Main (Denrock Ave). While the first floor has consistently stayed open to various businesses over the years, the second floor has remained closed and the windows boarded up for many years. However, the stories and memories of this building are still alive today.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Fire Department has determined the cause of the fire that completely destroyed the home of Doris Fletcher and Mary Campbell.  Fire Chief Curtis Brown stated that the fire was started by a minor child.  The family, although unharmed, lost all of their possessions during the fire.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Saturday is the final day to cast your vote in the election for school board, city council and mayor.  Voters will need to come to the City Hall located at 205 Rock Island to cast their ballot on Election Day.  Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m.