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Year in Review

BY BILL KELLY

THE DALHART TEXAN

It has become a tradition for the Dalhart Texan to take a look back at the previous year in the first edition of the newspaper for a new year. A number of events returned to Dalhart in 2021 that had been canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Chamber of Commerce Gala, regular graduation ceremonies for the local high schools instead of ceremonies that involved social-distancing, the XIT Rodeo & Reunion, and the Veteran’s Day parade and program to name a few. There was also the first Thunder Over Dalhart Airshow, which was an even bigger event than was expected and which will return in 2023.

We are republishing 10 articles about some of the most important stories that happened during 2021. I won’t necessarily claim that these are the most important events that happened in Dalhart and the surrounding area during the past year, because that’s a matter of opinion and will differ from one person to the next, but these are stories that affected a large number of people. They are presented in more-or-less chronological order, not necessarily in order of importance. We are also republishing some photos from some of the events that happened in the area during the past year. On the sports pages, we are republishing two stories of championships, the Texline Tornadoes winning the Class 1A State Basketball Championship and Dalhart’s Sydney King winning the Big 12 title in the pole vault.

2022 is starting out with Dalhart and the rest of the nation facing the Omicron variant of COVID-19. So far, while this variant seems to be extremely contagious, it also seems to be milder than earlier versions of the virus, and so hopefully won’t cause nearly as many hospitalizations and/or deaths as earlier versions.

The Bi-County Junior Livestock Show is this weekend, starting on Wednesday, January 5, and the Chamber of Commerce has already announced their annual banquet for February, so this year is getting started with a bang. This is also an election year in Texas, with most statewide positions up for election, including governor, and locally this area will pick a new state senator, as Senator Kel Seliger has announced that he will retire instead of seeking reelection. There will be local elections for city council and school board as well. 2022 should be just as eventful as 2021.

- Bill Kelly Editor

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