Dear loyal readers and supporters of the Dalhart Texan, one of the few things you can count on in life is this: things change. Sometimes we look forward to it, sometimes change comes upon us unexpectedly.
Either way, it is always hoped that things change for the better. After 67 years, it is finally time for the Dalhart Texan to change hands. This beautiful newspaper has been in my family since my daddy, Kenneth Hogue, moved to Dalhart in 1946. In June of 1989, Bob and I returned to Dalhart to take over the family tradition, and have been at it for the last 24 years. Therefore, the decision to sell the paper wasn’t an easy one to make, and I did not make it in haste.
Running a small town newspaper is a way of life. The Texan has reported on all sorts of local news, from births to deaths and everything in between. We’ve been at all the football games. We’ve covered every election. We’ve celebrated every XIT Rodeo and Reunion and been with you during every holiday. I have seen Dalhart grow and change in ways I never imagined, and I have made many friends.
But I have been at this a long time, and, to put it frankly, I want to travel around and do some fun things while I can still get in and out of my car unassisted. I feel it is in the best interest of the Texan, and you, dear reader, to step aside and let the paper benefit from fresh ideas and fresh enthusiasm.
So I am happy to introduce to you Scott Wood, of Muenster, Texas, and Scott Wesner of Austin, Texas. They both grew up in Cordell, Oklahoma, a small town like Dalhart. They have over 35 years of community newspaper experience between them. Personally, I like them both very much. They are very personable, down to earth, and interested in community journalism, as my daddy and I were. They have the experience and resources available to make the Dalhart Texan the best it can be in the coming years. I feel strongly that they will carry on the tradition of hometown reporting that you have come to depend on.
I would personally like to thank everyone who has ever bought a paper, called in a sports score, taken out a classified, wrote a letter to the editor, or just stopped by to talk a bit at the front counter. I think of the Texan readers as my family, and I feel honored to have been a part of so many local happenings. I also want to tip my hat to all of the talent that has come and gone at the Texan over the years. It takes a special kind of crazy to get involved in the newspaper business, and it would take several editions of the paper to recount the many wild and zany stories I have witnessed.
It’s time for a change. I hope this change makes the Texan even better than it has been. And I hope you will continue to loyally support the newspaper that has had my family’s heart and soul poured into it for the last 67 years.
The Dalhart Texan enjoys a prominent spot on Dalhart’s main artery of the downtown district, being housed in an historic building, located at 410 Denrock Avenue. From its vantage point in historic downtown, just across the street from the Dallam County Courthouse, the Dalhart Texan covers life and death in the two county area of Dallam and Hartley Counties, reporting on community events, the workings of city and county government, school and sports functions, as well as hospital news, and any other subjects pertinent to the area.
Operating as a daily publication since 1933, the Dalhart Daily Texan, as it was then called, held steadfast through trying times that cost many small town their daily newspapers. Tenacity and hard work persevered, and eventually the Dalhart Daily Texan reached the distinction of being the smallest daily newspaper still published in the State of Texas. Then in December of 2005, in an effort to meet the challenges of a changing world, the paper began publishing three times a week, as the Dalhart Texan, at the same time, adding new technology to keep pace with today’s demands, thereby offering more choices and services to its customers. It was again in March 2012 when printing was reduced to two issues per week, combining the Monday and Wednesday editions into a Tuesday issue and increasing the size of Friday's edition into a "weekend edition" to ensure customers continued to get value for their money.
Currently, the Dalhart Texan can be enjoyed, in full color, two times a week, both in paper form and on-line with links to its advertisers, and other special advantages. Subscribers still have the option of having the paper delivered to their door, or they can choose to go “paperless” with an on-line subscription, which can be read anywhere in the world, with no delays or paper “pileup” at your door when you are out of town.