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Old WIC building torn down

The old WIC building on Denver Avenue was torn down during the morning on Friday November 18.

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Vehicle vs. House

Dalhart City Police and the Dallam County Sheriff’s responded to this accident on Norman Street at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 16 after a vehicle collided with a house.

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The Panhandle Gives-Amplify Dalhart campaign in full swing

By Bill Kelly
The Dalhart Texan

The Panhandle Gives, led by the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF), is now in its sixth year and its aim is to help nonprofit organizations in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle to raise funds to provide services to their local residents. The campaign officially began yesterday, Monday November 21, and will continue through next Tuesday, November 29.

There is an extra benefit to participating in The Panhandle Gives—for any participating organization that raises at least $250, they will receive “amplification funds” from the AAF. AAF Marketing Director and TPG Coordinator Broc Carter states, “The AAF builds their Amplification Fund that is spread among the organizations based on the amount each raises. Organizations receive more back than they raise.”

Donors may donate to their favorite organizations by writing their check to The Panhandle Gives and in the memo line write the name of the organization. The organizations must deposit checks during the designated dates of the campaign, so between November 21 and November 29. Donors may also give online during these dates by going to the website at www. thepanhandlegives.org and selecting the organization or organizations they wish to receive the funds.

Six of Dalhart’s nonprofits are collaborating to educate the community about the benefits of giving through The Panhandle Gives-Amplify Dalhart. CASA 69, Frank Phillips College-Dalhart, XIT Museum, Dalhart Senior Center, Good Samaritan Food Bank, and Dallam Hartley Counties Healthcare Foundation are those six Dalhart nonprofit organizations that are participating in The Panhandle Gives for 2022. These organizations hosted a Kickoff Breakfast on Tuesday November 15 at Central United Methodist Church.

There are also two coffee shops in Dalhart that are collaborating to bring “Amplify Dalhart” coffee to the community this month, a special cold brew pumpkin pie and white chocolate coffee. During the month of November, this coffee will be sold at these two coffee shops- The Flying Pig Mercantile and Coffee & Tea Bar, and Purpose Coffee (inside the Pear Tree). The proceeds from this special brew of coffee will go toward The Panhandle Gives - Amplify Dalhart campaign.

Descriptions of each of the six Dalhart organizations and why they are participating were published in the November 11 edition of the Dalhart Texan. They are being reprinted below.

Frank Phillips:
Frank Phillips College- Dalhart is participating in The Panhandle Gives Campaign to raise funds for the Rahll Campus Scholarship. The Rahll Campus Scholarship was established in 2022 to give Dalhart High School graduates an automatic scholarship to Frank Phillips College-Rahll Campus after they complete high school. These students sign a contract during their freshman year of high school stating that they will comply with the school’s policies that encourage attendance, good academic standing, and good behavior.

This Scholarship will cover 20 hours of dualcredit enrollment when they are seniors in high school and will cover 36 hours after high school. By providing this opportunity, Frank Phillips is educating the future leaders of our community. Frank Phillips’ goal is to raise at least $50,000.

Dalhart Senior Center: The Dalhart Senior Center’s board members have been working since April to plan for the sustainability of the Center for many years to come. They ask that everyone in Dalhart watch for facility improvements and new programs in early 2023. The Senior Center’s goal for The Panhandle Gives is $52,000. This is how donations can help:

Provide an EXTRA WEEKEND MEAL that qualified recipients can use on weekends. We are partnering with the volunteers of Meals on Wheels to deliver this extra weekend meal while they are delivering the Friday meal to the recipient’s homes. In order to provide this extra weekend meal every Friday, for an average of 35 recipients, the program cost will be $12,740.

Provide a Prepared Meal to a SENIOR ON A FIXED INCOME who runs short of grocery money toward the end of the month. The High Plains Food Bank already screens seniors in our community who receive the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The Center will partner with the Good Samaritan Food Bank for meal voucher distribution. To provide a prepared meal, monthly, to the average 110 recipients the program cost will be $9,240.

Provide financial support toward the building of a walk-in freezer, with an estimated cost of $30,000. The Senior Center currently has multiple freezers in various rooms that must be consolidated prior to remodeling in 2023.

Good Samaritan:
Good Samaritan serves people in Hartley, Dalhart, Conlen, Kerrick, Channing, and Texline. Around 114,000 pounds of food will be given out to senior citizens and families in need this year. Foster families and/or families suddenly responsible for children taken from their homes are helped through a program called “Blessing Bags,” which help provide necessary essentials these families might need. Clothing and other necessities are also provided when available.

On the third Wednesday of each month, CSFP (Commodity Supplement Food Program) boxes provided by the USDA are distributed to over 110 “seniors” (60 years of age or older who qualify because of income). Senior citizens are also helped with medicine purchases and utility bills up to $100 each quarter.

This year Good Samaritan has given out 94,163 items of clothing and household items to 2,186 families. Good Samaritan’s goal for The Panhandle Gives is at least $120,000 to go toward the purchase of a much needed new facility.

Dallam Hartley Counties Healthcare Foundation:

The Dallam Hartley Counties Healthcare Foundation supports the Dallam-Hartley Counties Hospital District by advocating for healthcare services and raising funds to enhance programs, equipment, scholarships, and facilities in Dallam and Hartley Counties.

“Supporting rural healthcare for all generations” is the theme of the Foundation’s The Panhandle Gives campaign. This is the Foundation’s third year to participate in the campaign so the Board members are aware of the great benefit of receiving amplified dollars. The Foundation, along with the hospital district administration, has identified three focus areas that they invite donors to invest in:

Panda Infant Warmerfor newborns who need a little extra care. These warmers allow families to stay near their newborn, while the integrated technology features allow attending nurses and doctors to better monitor the newborn during this critical time. $26,000 is needed.

Dr. Cunningham Scholarship Fund -to be awarded to local students for healthcare studies or employees of the hospital district who are increasing their education and earning capacity. The scholarship fund is continually keeping the “pipeline full of prospective employees” for the hospital district. $30,000 is needed.

New Nursing Home-to replace the current facility, which was built in the 1960s. The new facility will be located just south of Frank Phillips College, with a view of Rita Blanca Lake. The 90-patient facility will serve the community for many years to come. Naming opportunities are available for major gifts. A donor’s family might like to make a memorial gift in memory of a family member or loved one.

XIT Museum:
The XIT Museum’s mission is: Honoring Our Past and Building Our Future. The XIT Museum offers extensive exhibits on the Texas Panhandle. The museum also hosts visiting students for educational and artistic experiences. Throughout the year, visiting artists display their work and welcome the opportunity to meet Museum members and visitors.

The goal for XIT Museum is to raise $50,000 for the renovation/remodel of the lobby area. The vision for this area is to welcome visitors from around the United States and the world to learn about the XIT country. The lobby will become a venue for receptions and gatherings, allowing the XIT Museum to become a cultural hub of the community.

CASA 69:
CASA 69 (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in a non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to advocate for children in the foster care system that have experienced abuse and neglect. Last year CASA 69 served 105 local children.

The goal for the 2022 campaign for CASA 69 is $20,000. They are raising funds for travel expenses for their volunteer advocates to visit their CASA kids. Due to a shortage of foster homes in our rural area, children that are removed from their homes out of Dallam and Hartley counties are placed all over the state of Texas and occasionally even out of state. Volunteer advocates are appointed from the county that the child was removed from and stays with that child no matter where they may be placed.

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RCS Winner

Born: Cuhtemoc, Chihuaua, Mexico Raised:

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It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

By Jonna Bridgman
Special to the Dalhart Texan

If you look closely at a map of the Texas Panhandle, it will be interesting to note how the lines don’t match up where Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico meet. Some have called that ‘jog’ the worst survey error in US History. Later, I will go back to when our part of the country was first surveyed.

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Panhandle Gives-Amplify Dalhart kicks off with breakfast

The six organizations taking part in Panhandle Gives-Amplify Dalhart hosted a breakfast to kickoff the fundraising event at Central United Methodist Church on Tuesday November 15. These six women helped represent each of the organizations. L-r: Kathryn Sadau from CASA 69, Christy Dovel from FPC-Dalhart, Becky White from Good Samaritan, Carol Reynolds from the Dalhart Senior Center, Donna Brasch from the XIT Museum and Julia Williams from DHC Healthcare Foundation. More photos from the breakfast are on page 12.

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Hartley Homecoming Royalty

Seniors Jaime Villanueva and Ana Soto were named Hartley High’s homecoming king and queen in between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games against Ft. Elliott on Friday November 11. The homecoming prince was David Gomez and the homecoming princess was Melissa Carson

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Grand Ol’ Christmas Show coming to La Rita

The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show will be coming to Dalhart at the La Rita Theatre next month. It will be at the theatre on Sunday December 11 at 7 p.m.

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Local veterans honored with parade, program

By Bill Kelly
The Dalhart Texan

Veterans in Dalhart and the surrounding area were honored on Veteran’s Day, Friday November 11 with a number of activities in Dalhart, including both a breakfast and lunch along with a parade and a program at Central United Methodist Church (CUMC.)

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New Dollar General Market opens

The new Dollar General Market on Liberal Street opened on the morning of Monday November 7, with people waiting outside for the doors to open. The store will offer everything a normal Dollar General does, and will also have fresh produce and a selection of meats. L-r: Store Manager Jennifer Hale, Amy Martinez and Shellie Turner. More photos are on page 12 of this edition of the Dalhart Texan.

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City Council approves Tommy Hughes as police chief

Dalhart, TX – On November 7, the Dalhart City Council voted to approve the City Manager’s recommendation of Tommy Hughes for Police Chief. Hughes is currently an accomplished Chief Deputy with the Hartley County Sheriff’s Department with 13 years of experience building and directing effective officers. He has demonstrated expertise in patrol and investigations and is dedicated to maintaining security and safety for citizens by continually updating department procedures.

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The Panhandle Gives-Amplify Dalhart kicks off with breakfast November 15

By Bill Kelly
The Dalhart Texan

The Panhandle Gives, led by the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF), is now in its sixth year and its aim is to help non-profit organizations in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle to raise funds to provide services to their local residents. Whether donors prefer to support the safety of children, rural healthcare, seniors, a community college, those in need of food, or a historical museum – six of Dalhart’s nonprofits are collaborating to educate the community about the benefits of giving through The Panhandle Gives-Amplify Dalhart.

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Big Bertha II debuted at Texas vs. Iowa State game

Austin, Texas-Big Bertha II, a new bass drum custombuilt for the Longhorn Band at The University of Texas at Austin, debuted at the Oct. 15 football game between Texas and Iowa State University. After 100 years of service, the original Big Bertha made her final appearance alongside Big Bertha II before entering the Frank Denius Family University of Texas Athletics Hall of Fame. Both drums were on the field for the first and only time during the halftime show, which featured the Longhorn Band alongside the Longhorn Alumni Band.

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4-H students tour Dalhart Texan office

Members of the Dallam County 4-H Boomer Consumer Club learned about local journalism and were given a tour of the Dalhart Texan office by Bill Kelly during their monthly club meeting on Thursday November 3.

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3 die in multi-vehicle accident on Highway 54

By Bill Kelly
The Dalhart Texan

A chain reaction of collisions about six miles southwest of Dalhart on U.S. Highway 54 that involved a total of six vehicles resulted in the deaths of three people and minor injuries to four others.

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Halloween coloring contest winners

Renata Huaracha (age 6) and Audrey Hobbs (age 11) were two of the winners of the Dalhart Texan’s Halloween coloring contest.

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Dalhart 4-H students receive major awards

Georgia Bezner and Erin McDaniel were both named 4-H State Record Book Champions recently, and McDaniel and Jolie Bowers were both presented with the 4-H Gold Star, the highest achievement award in 4-H.

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Huge turnout for Downtown Trunk-or-Treat

A very large crowd turned out as the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Downtown Trunk-or-Treat Festival on Monday October 31.

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Teachers can Dance!

The Dalhart High cheerleaders and a number of teachers performed a dance at the Senior Night/Dirty Dancing pep rally on Friday October 28, with each cheerleader dancing with one teacher.

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Car catches fire at McDonald’s

A car became engulfed in flames just before 4 p.m. on Friday October 28 beside one of the gas pumps located at the McDonald’s restaurant in Dalhart.