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City Council contracts for utility debt collection

The Dalhart City Council met in regular session Monday night, honoring Community Development Manager Bryce Jones for one year of service.

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Bi-District Champions!

The Texline Lady Tornados beat the Hart Ladyhorns for the Bi-District Championship at Amarillo High School on Monday, Feb.12. It was the first playoff win for the Lady Tornados since 2008. Team members are (left to right) Jada Clay, Amarissah Johnson, Prezlee Potter, Alexandra Montes, Lilly Dominguez, Gloria Fernandez, Jasmyn Wilson, Haiden Luther and Riata Valdez. They were scheduled to play the top-ranked Valley Lady Patriots in the Area round last night, Friday, Feb. 16, at West Plains High School. Results were received too late for publication.

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Valentine’s Royalty

Coon Memorial Home

Coon Memorial Home elected their Valentine’s Queen and King by secret ballot this week, with Dyan Smith and Kevin McCarty crowned Wednesday, Feb. 14.

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Romance in Miami

Our story begins back in November of 2021. I arranged a five-day trip to Miami to propose to my now wife, Esperanza Gomez. After we landed in Miami and arrived at our resort, we enjoyed the first three days on the beach and experienced the rich culture Miami had to offer. As the days got closer to the proposal day my nerves grew bigger, not to mention I had no plan on how I was going to propose and I was really just winging it, waiting for the right moment.

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Taking a Chanze on love

In October of 1995 I was completing my internship at Randall County Sheriff’s Office in the jail. Chanze was working as a jailor in Randall County at the time. I knew Chanze through mutual friends and he insisted that I work my internship hours during his shift so he could “protect me.”

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Playoff Bound!

The Dalhart Lady Wolves pose for a photo right before being given a sendoff on Monday February 12 at Dalhart High School for their Bi-District playoff game against Shallowater. The Lady Wolves were scheduled to play the game Monday evening at 6 p.m. at West Plains High School in Amarillo.

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Internet, cellular outage unexplained

Dalhart was among many areas impacted by a three-day internet outage this week, when Kinetic by Windstream went out at approximately 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, taking AT&T cellular service with them. Service was finally restored about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. Many businesses were affected, including fast food restaurants, banks, convenience stores, and the city’s utility payment system.

Kinetic could not or would not say what caused the outage. On Monday, the company advised on their customer service line that the outage would be repaired by 6:45 p.m. that day. On Tuesday, a representative who did not wish to be named said that technicians were “investigating the problem” and that it was affecting several states, including Georgia and Kentucky. When questioned as to whether the cause or repair time had been determined, she responded, “The technicians know what’s going on, but they’re not reporting it in to the office, so they know, but we don’t know here.” On Wednesday and Thursday, the voicemail system at the only telephone number available for Kinetic did not allow for a transfer of calls. Instead, callers were told that a widespread outage was in effect and it was unknown when it would be repaired (even though it had already been repaired by Thursday).

AT&T service technicians were unable to explain why cellular service was affected by the internet outage. A Kinetic chat service manager denied that the internet outage caused the cell phone disruption, insisting that her records showed “only internet outage.” She also had no record for the cause of the outage.

XIT Communications internet was not impacted, but they said they did receive a number of calls requesting service repair.

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Chamber bets on 2024 Gala fundraiser

Voting is now open and tickets are being sold for the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala, set for April 6 at Rita Blanca Coliseum. This year’s event will include a Casino Night, so make plans now to attend!

Anyone is welcome to vote for the Persons of the Year; you do not have to be a Chamber member. Categories include Agriculture Person/Family of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Early Impact of the Year, Treasured Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Early Impact of the Year is defined as an individual under the age of 35 who has progressed in his or her career and is making an impact in the community.

Voting can be done through the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or at the Chamber office at 102. E. 7th Street in Dalhart. Voting ends March 1.

Gala tickets and tables can be purchased online or at the Chamber office. Corporate tables, which include eight tickets, newspaper/ radio flyer advertising and logo on banquet décor, cost $650. Business tables, with eight tickets and business name on banquet décor, are $550. Individual tickets are $60. Reserve tables now at

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Basketball Royalty

Dalhart seniors Dylan Moore and Dante Delgado were named Basketball Queen and King during Senior Night activities on Tuesday, February 6.

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Flipping quarters

Are Rein and Ashley Posthumus on track to become the Chip and Joanna Gaines of Dalhart? The couple, who recently founded RAP Real Estate, have nearly complete construction on their first house flipping project, and they are very pleased with the results. The property, located at 3011 Canyon Trail, has been “taken down to the studs,” Ashley said, and completely renovated. The kitchen and master bath were both completely gutted and rebuilt.

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Haliey and her heifer win big in Fort Worth

Haliey Nicholson, a senior at Dalhart High School, won Reserve Intermediate Champion Female with G Cumberland Pearl in the Junior Shorthorn Heifer Show at the 2024 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo on Jan. 21. The 18-yearold Future Farmers of America member said she was “very shocked and excited” when the judge singled her out. “I had a huge smile on my face!” she added. Haliey also won Reserve Grand Champion Heifer at the Bi-County Stock Show held locally last month.

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Bezner wins big in Fort Worth

Elli Bezner, a 17-year-old junior at Dalhart High School, won the top prize at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo last weekend with her 1,324-pound white Heavy Weight European Crossbreed, affectionately named “Leadfoot.” The Grand Champion steer sold at auction for $340,000.

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Tell us what you want, what you really, really want

There’s change in the wind and we are asking you to help decide in what direction it’s blowing. We’re going to be making changes at The Dalhart Texan for greater consistency and readability, and to make it more appealing to our readers. This includes… a Reader’s Survey, to be included in each edition of Wednesday’s newspaper and connected to the QR code shown here.

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Don’t Walk, Dash to Adopt

Meet Dash, a young black and white Labrador mix estimated to be between 6 and 9 months old. This young dog would be a wonderful addition to the family; he’s playful, great with children and such an observer. Labrador Retrievers make for savvy hunting and outdoor animals, and Dash is young enough to train that he would be the perfect hunting partner. He has been at the shelter for nearly 60 days, which means his time there is nearly at an end. Dash is available for adoption from Dalhart Animal Shelter and would truly make a great addition to your home.

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Hot for Help

The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department (DVFD) is accepting applications for volunteer members. The DVFD currently has seven volunteer openings and potential volunteers must be at least eighteen years old, complete a six month probationary period, and live within six minutes driving distance of the Fire Station at 110 Denrock Ave. All training required is paid for by the agency. The City of Dalhart provides a pension plan, water bill credits, and various insurance policies for all volunteers of the DVFD. Volunteers have access to a wide network of people with knowledge and occupational expertise in different fields and industries. A central belief all volunteers should hold is “Service above Self.”

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Wearing purple for Mr. Wright

People throughout Dalhart were asked to wear purple on Friday January 16 in honor of Principal Scot Wright, who passed away from injuries in a collision early in the morning of Wednesday January 24. A majority of students at Dalhart High wore purple, and gathered in the gym for a photo shortly before lunch. Group photos were a favorite thing of Mr. Wright.

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Penner’s Purpose

“You don’t go home from a business when it belongs to you. Everything has something to do with the business.” That’s the biggest lesson 20-year-old Angelia Penner learned in her first year as owner of Purpose Coffee, located inside The Pear Tree at 521 US 87 South in Dalhart.

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Chilly outside? Chili inside at Fire Dept. Supper

The Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department is planning now for the annual chili and stew supper to be held March 2 at Rita Blanca Coliseum. The meal of chili, stew, beans, dessert and drink will cost $10 per plate and will be served from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Dinein and carry-out are both available, with a separate drive-through carry-out line. Tickets are on sale now from any firefighter, at the Fire Station and at The Dalhart Texan.

Sponsorships are also available beginning at $100; this includes 10 tickets and a cap, plus publicity at the event. Each additional $100 sponsorship receives another 10 tickets and cap. Sponsorships may be purchased up to the day of the event.

“This is the only fundraiser the volunteer firefighters have each year, so it’s important to us,” said organizer Shiloh Watts. “This is our 119th year to have this, but there was a misprint on the tickets so they say 116th.” He added that all money raised goes toward training and equipment. Last year the firefighters served approximately 1,500 plates; they hope to match or better that number this year.

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Changes are happening at Brick Street Center

The building at 610 Denrock Avenue opened 34 years ago as the Dalhart Senior Citizens Center. A year ago, the name was changed to Brick Street Community Center, and a large-scale renovation project was launched. Today, more changes are in store as the center searches for a new Executive Director to lead the center into the future.