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Rotary Interact Club volunteers install Christmas decorations at Coon Memorial Hospital

Rotary Interact Club volunteers install Christmas decorations at Coon Memorial HospitalStudent members of the Rotary Interact Club took time out of their Thanksgiving holiday to volunteer to create Christmas decorations for patients at Coon Memorial Hospital. Melissa Ritchey and Paige Davis coordinate the Dalhart Rotary Interact Club high school volunteers.

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Grass fire between Dalhart, Hartley

BY BILL KELLY

THE DALHART TEXAN

Local fire fighters responded to a grass fire on U.S. Highway 87 between Dalhart and Hartley on Tuesday November 23.

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DHC Healthcare Foundation hosts donors at awards luncheon

BY BILL KELLY

THE DALHART TEXAN

The Dallam Hartley Counties (DHC) Healthcare Foundation Board hosted donors Gene and Louise Rahll and Terry and Dyke Rogers at the annual National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon at the Amarillo Civic Center on November 17. National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside for the purpose of recognizing the great contribution philanthropy makes to our society and to honor individuals, businesses and support organizations that are active in the philanthropic community.

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Hilmar Cheese Company donates $25,000 to XIT Museum

BY BILL KELLY

THE DALHART TEXAN

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. gave a $25,000 donation to the XIT Museum recently. The museum is participating in the 2021 Amarillo Area Foundation’s fund raising campaign for non-profits known as “The Panhandle Gives,” and the donation is the lead corporate gift of that campaign for the museum.

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Wreaths Across America Day coming in December

Each year, millions of Americans come together to remember the fallen, honor those that serve and their families, and teach the next generation about the value of freedom. This gathering of volunteers and patriots will take place in local and national cemeteries in all 50 states - most recently at more than 2,000 participating locations - as part of National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, National Wreaths Across America Day is Saturday, December 18. The ceremony will take place at the gazebo in the Dalhart Memorial Cemetery at 11 a.m. with the laying of the wreaths immediately following. It is always a free event and open to everyone, and is sponsored locally by the Dalhart Rotary Interact Club. For more information on how to volunteer locally or sponsor a wreath for a hero, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

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DHCHD announces COVID-19 vaccine policy for ages 5-11

On October 29, the FDA approved the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for children aged 5 through 11 years of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccination, along with other preventative measures, can protect children from COVID-19 using a lower dose of the safe and effective vaccine already used in adolescents and adults in the US. The CDC also states that the vaccine side effects in children were mild, self-limiting, and like those seen with other routine childhood vaccines and similar to the side effects in adults who received the COVID-19 vaccination. The most common side effect was a sore arm.


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Dalhart FFA competes at District LDE competition

By Bill Kelly
THE DALHART TEXAN

 

15 Dalhart High FFA students competed at the Amarillo District LDE (Leadership Development Events) competition on Wednesday November 10 in Borger on the campus of Frank Phillips College.

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State Senate candidate visits Dalhart

By Bill Kelly

THE DALHART TEXAN

Kevin Sparks, who is running as a Republican for the State Senate from the 31st District, poses with his wife and some students from Texline while visiting Dalhart at the Dust Bowl Bar & Grill on Wednesday November 17. Kel Seliger, the current State Senator, has announced that he is not running for reelection in 2022.

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James Stroud submits notice of retirement

By Bill Kelly

THE DALHART TEXAN

The Dalhart City Council held a special meeting on Monday November 15 to swear in Lieutenant Eloy Duran as Interim Chief of Police for the City of Dalhart and discuss the appointment of an Interim City Manager to replace current City Manager James Stroud. Stroud notified the city of his intention to retire from his position last week, effective on January 16, 2022. (This was mistakenly characterized as a resignation in the November 16 edition of the Dalhart Texan.)

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“Panhandle Gives” starts Monday Nov. 22

By: Bill Kelly

THE DALHART TEXAN

The Panhandle Gives is an annual event hosted and coordinated by the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF). The event begins on the Monday before Thanksgiving and ends on the global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday. This year, that’s Monday November 22- Tuesday November 30.

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Halloween coloring contest winner

Photo by Rhonda Butters
THE DALHART TEXAN

Lily Stephenson was one of the winners of the Dalhart Texan’s Halloween coloring contest. The other winners were Gustavo Mendoza Sanchez and Taylen Thomas, whose photos were published in the November 12 edition of the Dalhart Texan.

 

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Accident on FM 281 claims two lives

By Bill Kelly
THE DALHART TEXAN

A head-on collision between an SUV and a tractor/semi-trailer on Farm-to-Market Road (FM) 281 resulted in two deaths and caused both vehicles to catch on fire in the process.

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Dalhart celebrates Veteran’s Day

By Bill Kelly
THE DALHART TEXAN

After being forced to cancel most of the 2020 Veteran’s Day activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dalhart once again held a number of events to honor local veterans on Thursday November 11, Veteran’s Day.

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Halloween coloring contest winners

By Rhonda Butters
THE DALHART TEXAN

Gustavo Mendoza Sanchez was one of the winners of the Dalhart Texan’s Halloween coloring contest. Taylen Thomas was one of the winners of the Dalhart Texan’s Halloween coloring contest.

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Dalhart RN Kiki Ralston honored as one of the “25 Panhandle Great Nurses”

Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District (DHCHD) RN Kiki Ralston was honored on November 4 at the annual Texas Nurses Association District 2 awards dinner in Amarillo. Ralston was accompanied by her family and several coworkers who wanted to be there as she was recognized. About 400 attendees from around the Panhandle joined the evening’s event of honoring the 25 Panhandle Great Nurses.

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Rep. John Smithee receives Champion of Transparency award from Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — Rep. John Smithee, R-Amarillo, has been named a “Champion of Transparency” by the Texas Press Association for his many years of legislative work on open government issues.

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DHS Teachers of the Six Weeks

By Bill Kelly
THE DALHART TEXAN

The teachers at Dalhart High School voted for Dalhart High’s paraprofessionals to be named Teachers of the Six Weeks for the second six weeks of the school year. They work with special ed students, English language learners, and other students who need 1-on- 1 assistance, as well as helping out the school in many other ways. L-r: Erma Herdina, Tanya Duenez, Sally Sifuentes, Cindy McMurry and Paula Bowen.

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DHS cheerleaders salute veterans

By Debbie Renshaw
THE DALHART TEXAN

The Dalhart High cheerleaders performed a special dance in honor of veterans and current military members during halftime of the Dalhart football game against River Road. They also performed the same dance during the pep rally on Thursday.

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Operation Christmas Child collection week starts November 15

By Bill Kelly
THE DALHART TEXAN

As the holidays approach, it is once again time for shoebox collection for Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

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Interact Club donates food, money to Good Samaritan

By Bill Kelly
THE DALHART TEXAN

The Dalhart Interact Club held a Halloween Carnival at the Rita Blanca Coliseum on Saturday October 30 to raise money for community service projects. Those attending the carnival could pay admission by bringing cans of food or paying an admission fee, and the club was able to donate 619.2 pounds of food to Good Samaritan, and also donated a check for $331 that will be used by Good Samaritan to buy more food. The members of the club were very grateful to the community for turning out in such large numbers to support them and are thankful to have funds for their community service projects.