The Dalhart Texan is a local newspaper that has faithfully served its community for over a century, informing and supporting its patrons not only in the activities surrounding their daily lives, but also in a broader sense by helping to bring world events into this somewhat remote area, the Texas Panhandle.
During its long and colorful history, the Dalhart Texan has had various owners, but has been in the hands of the Hogue Family for the past sixty consecutive years. Present owner and publisher, Susan (Hogue) Clay, continues to follow the traditions of her father Kenneth Hogue, publisher from 1947 until 1989, and views the newspaper business as a way of life. Like her Father, Mrs. Clay values his traditions of hard work, national patriotism, and commitment to the local community. With these values in mind, the Dalhart Texan strives to accurately reflect in its content, the busy life of a small town and the energy of its people.
Upholding high standards has earned the Dalhart Texan numerous awards over the years, such as the prestigious Golden Nail Award presented in Amarillo for the paper’s extra ordinary support of the fine arts. Various other community service accolades have followed. The Hogue Family has served in leadership positions in their industry for many years, and Susan Hogue Clay continues to be an active participant in the Panhandle Press Association and The Texas Press Association. On the state level, Mrs. Clay was also a participant in the prestigious Leadership Texas organization, as well as local community and civic organizations, having the distinction of being elected the first female president of the Dalhart Chamber of Commerce.
The Dalhart Texan enjoys a prominent spot on Dalhart’s main artery of the downtown district, being housed in an historic building, located at 410 Denrock Avenue. From its vantage point in historic downtown, just across the street from the Dallam County Courthouse, the Dalhart Texan covers life and death in the two county area of Dallam and Hartley Counties, reporting on community events, the workings of city and county government, school and sports functions, as well as hospital news, and any other subjects pertinent to the area.
Operating as a daily publication since 1933, the Dalhart Daily Texan, as it was then called, held steadfast through trying times that cost many small town their daily newspapers. Tenacity and hard work persevered, and eventually the Dalhart Daily Texan reached the distinction of being the smallest daily newspaper still published in the State of Texas. Then in December of 2005, in an effort to meet the challenges of a changing world, the paper began publishing three times a week, as the Dalhart Texan, at the same time, adding new technology to keep pace with today’s demands, thereby offering more choices and services to its customers.
Currently, the Dalhart Texan can be enjoyed, in full color, two times a week, both in paper form and on-line with links to its advertisers, and other special advantages. Subscribers still have the option of having the paper delivered to their door, or they can choose to go “paperless” with an on-line subscription, which can be read anywhere in the world, with no delays or paper “pileup” at your door when you are out of town.
A sampling of some of the most current topics that the Dalhart Texan has covered are:
- the building and development of the Hilmar Cheese plant in Dalhart