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The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer - Jeff Byrd, superintendent for Dalhart Independent School District, takes a moment to enjoy his summer and pose with Spike, the mascot for the Round Rock Express baseball team. Byrd was visiting the stadium during a break at the 30th Annual Texas Rural Education Association Conference in late June.

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In the Rearview Mirror, pulled from the archives of The Dalhart
Texan, brought to you by Furniture Fashions.

Man Hurt In Cutting Affray

A stabbing affray, which seems to be in the nature of a family misunderstanding, took place early Monday morning at J. C. Hinds’, who lives on the old Stalcup farm about two miles out on the Stratford road.

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City Council ousts Smith from EDC in confusing session

by Cerise Merritt Ripps
Editor

Dalhart City Councilmen approved four members to city boards, committees, and commissions at their regular meeting Monday night, but not without confusion.

The first item on the regular agenda was to accept Ginger Cleavinger’s resignation from the Economic Development Corporation board. EDC Director Joe Livingston reported that the EDC board had already accepted the resignation July 1.

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A B C D – A Beautification Committee, Dalhart

 Do you have ideas on how to make Dalhart a more attractive city? Bring them with you tomorrow evening, July 11, to the first meeting of the Beautification Committee, set for 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 205 Rock Island Drive.

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Hartley commissioners approve alcohol election, not ATVs

 Hartley County voters will have a say on alcohol sales, and how does one define “approval”? These were two of the topics Hartley County Commissioners Court dealt with at their monthly meeting Monday morning. After approving the routine bills and financial reports, minutes and employee bonds, the court considered the only bid for pauper burials. This, from Dalhart Funeral Home, was for $1,000 for cremations only, and was approved. County Judge Ronnie Gordon stated that there were not many calls for pauper burials, but the need did arise on

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Nathan Marquez, 3, (left) and Conor Martinez, 2, celebrate the 4th of July at Lake Rita Blanca Park at the community party Thursday evening. Cerise Merritt Ripps / The Dalhart Texan 

An Independence Day to Remember

 Dalhart celebrated the 4th of July in laidback style, with an outdoor cookout and concert at Lake Rita Blanca Park Thursday evening. Hot dogs and hamburgers were provided by the Dalhart Police Department and Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department, with more than 700 served. Aniston Pate returned to her hometown to provide musical entertainment.

 

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Ribbon Cutting at Ryan’s Meat Market

Representatives of the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce and other supporters were present Tuesday morning for the Ribbon Cutting at Ryan’s Meat Market. The market is owned by Ryan and Christy Swain and is located at 2012 E. 13th Street in Dalhart.

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Oznick named City Manager, expects to take reins by Sept. 1

Get ready to welcome the Oznick family to Dalhart!

J.J. Oznick, 44, has been hired as Dalhart’s newest City Manager, effective around the end of August, he said. He is currently serving as City Manager in Eastland, TX, a position he has held for three and a half years. His last day on the job there is Aug. 23.

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But will there be birthday cake?

 Come celebrate our country’s 248th birthday tomorrow evening with the Dalhart Police and Fire Departments! For the second year in a row, local first responders are giving back to the community they serve by serving up free hamburgers and hot dogs July 4th at the west side of the Rita Blanca Coliseum. The event will run from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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 Does diversity in government matter?

by Cerise Merritt Ripps

Does city government need diversity? The Dalhart City Council seems uncomfortable with it. 

During the June 24 regular council meeting, members discussed their uneasiness with having members on the Economic Development Corporation who may not share their same views. Ginger Cleavinger resigned from the City Council on May 28. In her resignation letter she stated that “over the past three years, it has been an honor to serve our community and work alongside such dedicated individuals. Together, we made significant strides in addressing the needs of our residents and improving the quality of life in our city. However, following the recent changes within the council and the direction in which it is heading, I find that my values and vision for our city no longer align with the majority of the current council members…” 

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Dr. Nugget Cunningham (left), Director of Educational Initiatives, Teachworthy, presents Stephanie Ellis with her 2024 Teacher of the Year award from the Texas Rural Educators Association. Ellis teaches Culinary Arts at Dalhart High School. Teachworthy, a teacher certification firm, sponsored the award. 

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Food and fun aplenty in July at the Dalhart Elks Lodge

It’s almost July and things are jumping at the Dalhart Elks Lodge!

Their annual Sweetheart’s Bake Sale is set for July 13 at 8 p.m., and it’s going to be huge says Sweetheart and organizer Karen Lang.

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Elks sponsor prize-winning patriotic essays

Two area patriotic writers recently won second place at the state level of the Americanism Essay Contest sponsored by the national Elks Lodge. Knox Burns of Dalhart and Presley Kennedy of Channing represented Dalhart Elks Lodge 2390. Lynn Harruff, Elks Americanism Chairman, organized the local competition. Burns, 11, is the son of Maghan and Jake Burns. He was a fifth-grader at St. Anthony’s Catholic School at the time he wrote the essay and qualified for the state contest. He will attend Dalhart Junior High School beginning in August.

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City Council gets update on Comprehensive Plan

By Cerise Merritt Ripps

With a new Dalhart City Council in place, the timing of Monday night’s review of the city’s Comprehensive Plan was ideal. During the regular council meeting, a joint workshop was held with council, Verdunity (the Dallas-Ft. Worth-based urban planning firm contracted to research and write the plan) and the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee to discuss the plan and its Future Land Use Map.

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DISD team members see pay increase for 2024-25

 DISD team members see pay increase for 2024-25 

Employees of Dalhart ISD will receive a 4% pay increase for the 2024-25 school year, Superintendent Jeff Byrd announced at the school board meeting Friday. The across-the-board raise was made possible through prudent spending and responsible accounting practices over the past years.

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 It’s All About Kids still needs donations

 It’s All About Kids still needs donations 

The calendar may have read “First Day of Summer” just last week, but the It’s All About Kids group already has their eyes on the first day of school. Members are busy seeking donations, purchasing supplies and making plans to stuff backpacks that they’ll give away to hundreds of students in early August.

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You may already be a winner… and it’s true!

 A local Dalhart man received a nice surprise last week in the form of a text that looked suspiciously like a scam.

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Dr. Dunham celebrates 30 years in practice with community party

Dr. Richard Dunham is celebrating his 30th year anniversary as a dedicated dentist serving the Dalhart area on Tuesday, June 25. To show his appreciation for the community’s support over the years, everyone is invited to come to Full Smile Dental at 219 Texas Blvd. from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for refreshments, fun activities and more.

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Signs of Progress - DEDC issues grant funds for signage

If you’ve driven down 7th Street lately you may have noticed the new bright purple and white animal print sign for The Doggie Road House pet grooming service and boutique at 621 Peters St. The sign not only catches attention, it garnered the business $704 in grant funds from the Dalhart Economic Development Corporation.

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No Vacancies - Dalhart City Council returns to full force

Roger Fleming was appointed and sworn in as Dalhart City Councilman for Ward 1 during the special Council meeting June 17. Fleming, who works as the plant manager at XIT Concrete, will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Ginger Cleavinger.