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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.

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I said “No God” but
He heard “Yes!”

By REV. JUDI WIEGMAN

Sitting on the floor in my office between the waste basket and the shredder, I kept hearing that gentle voice saying, “That would be good to use in teaching…you might need to save that one also…good bulletin board piece…”  The voice continued!  I began making piles on the floor. The shredder and waste basket were not being used.

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By WARREN SLAUGHTER
Special to the Texan

Twenty-three Dalhart students each received $2,000 scholarships from the Cleo Jenkins Scholarship Fund and the Bonnie DeJarnett Scholarship Fund. The students were informed of their scholarships at the Dalhart High School Academic Awards Ceremony held Tuesday evening.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Cruizers hosted their eighth annual muscle car weekend May 6 and 7 at Rita Blanca Lake.  Hot cars, good music and tons of fun were had by everyone that participated during the weekend.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

The Dalhart Intermediate School fourth grade students have been busy for the past several weeks studying the life of cowboys.  This year marks the sixth year that the classes have walked to the museum to enjoy a presentation on cowboys and their jobs.  The classes learned about the articles of clothing that the cowboys wear and the reasons behind needing each item.  They also learned where cowboys originated from.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Proud parents, family and friends of Dalhart Elementary kindergarteners filled the auditorium at the High School to standing room only on Thursday evening.  The kids were excited about the conclusion of their kindergarten year and ready to move on to first grade.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

CASA 69 (Court Appointed Special Advocate) recently celebrated 25 years in the community with a reception and evening with Dave Pelzer, author of numerous books, including most famously A Child Called It. Mr. Pelzer suffered extreme abuse as a child at the hands of his mentally disturbed, alcoholic mother. Years later, his case was identified as one of the most gruesome and extreme forms of child abuse in California history at the time. However, Dave overcame his childhood of abuse and grew up to be an incredible leader, encourager, and advocate for children.

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By JANELLE GOODELL

Dalhart voters are taking advantage of the opportunity to cast their votes prior to the regular Election Day.  There are elections occurring for the school board and the City of Dalhart.  
Early voting polls at the school administration office will be open on Monday and Tuesday until 5:30 p.m.  As of Friday afternoon, 152 ballots had been cast.

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By AMY SCHNIEDERJAN

Built in 1923, after a local bond issue was passed, the Dallam County Courthouse stands tall and stately in downtown Dalhart, with its ionic columns, denticulated cornices, and cast stone detailing. Courthouses with this kind of detail and beauty are few and far between, especially in a small town like Dalhart.