Archive for June, 2012

100th Judicial District Court – Grand Jury Indictments for Carson County – June 26, 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Tuan Quoc Ha, Money Laundering, 3rd Degree Felony, Sept. 22, 2011;

Bert Lowell Hill, Money Laundering, 2nd Degree Felony, Feb. 19, 2012;

Jacob Martinez Thatcher, Money Laundering, 3rd Degree Felony, Sept. 21, 2010;

Mark A. Bogue, Money Laundering, 3rd Degree Felony, Sept. 21, 2010;

Baltazar Alvarado, Money Laundering, 3rd Degree Felony, Sept. 21, 2010;

David Reese Neal, Money Laundering, 3rd Degree Felony, Dec. 22, 2010;

Robert Glen Baldwin, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree Felony, Oct. 25, 2011;

Dustin Fernandez Leon Brewton, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree Felony, Oct. 25, 2011;

William James Rivers, Conspiracy to Possession of Marijuana, 3rd Degree Felony, Nov. 20, 2011;

Weston Ross Sibole, Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree Felony, Nov. 20, 2011;

Cody Brandon Walesiak aka Cody Brandon Wakesiak aka Cody Brandon Walesick, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Delivery, 1st Degree Felony, June 24, 2010;

Devin Russell Patterson, Burglary of a Building, State Jail Felony, April 13, 2012;

James Mark Bradley, Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration, 3rd Degree Felony, April 18, 2012;

Tuan Quoc Ha, Unlawful Use of a Criminal Instrument, State Jail Felony, Sept. 22, 2011.

100th Judicial District Court – Grand Jury Indictments for Donley County – June 27, 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Bryan Keith Price, Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, 1st Degree Felony, March 17, 2012;

Larry Mario Jaramillo, Aggravated Sexual Assualt of a Child, 1st Degree Felony, April 1, 2012;

Jerry Lynn Norwood, Possession of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony, Dec. 1, 2011;

Nicholas Ryan Clubb, Burglary of a Habitat, 2nd Degree Felony, March 9, 2012.

100th Judicial District Court – Grand Jury Indictments for Hall County – June 25, 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Joseph Dean Nelson aka Joey Dean Nelson, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony, April 26, 2012;

Orlando Rodriguez Encinia, Forgery, State Jail Felony, March 27, 2012;

Orlando Rodriguez Encinia, Forgery, State Jail Felony, April 16, 2012;

Carey Ray Thompson, Assault Against a Public Servant, 3rd Degree Felony, Feb. 7, 2012;

Kristan Nichole Altman, Forgery, State Jail Felony, Jan. 7, 2012.

100th Judicial District Court – Grand Jury Indictments for Childress County – June 25, 2012

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Ruben Ramos, Jr. - Sexual Assault of a Child, 2nd Degree Felony, March 17, 2012;

Allen Dewayne Brown - Evading Arrest, 3rd Degree Felony, March 10, 2012;

Jesus Luis Perez aka Jessie Perez aka Jesse Luis Perez, Evading Arrest, 3rd Degree Felony, April 8, 2012;

Maranda Dawn Clarke aka Amanda Dawn Clarke, Aggravated Assault with DW, 2nd Degree Felony, April 20, 2012.

Temperatures Reached Sizzling This Week

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

By Betty Biggs

The high pressure heat dome better known as a "ring of fire" is set up and locked over the local region. This will lead to day after day of sunny skies and highs reaching into
the triple digits most of the week.This year's high temperature to date was reached on Monday, June 25, when it topped out at 105 degrees.

Although no measurable moisture was recorded locally during the past week, there was a slight hint of a few thunderstorms at mid-week, bringing low clouds and high humidity for a couple of mornings. Those hints gave way quickly, allowing the sunshine to return and start a warming trend for the weekend. Friday's high reading was 95, which began the slow rising daily maximum that reached 99 on Saturday, and 101 on Sunday before the week's high of 105 on Monday. Although meteorologists have said that they are tracking a cold front set to roll into the region Friday and cool things down into the 90's and bring a small chance of rain, local residents continue playing the wait-and-see game. Those trained in observing coming weather say they are also tracking tropical storm Debby in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a system that looks to hit the Texas coast mid-week and maybe help destablize the high pressure heat dome currently roasting the region.

Early-risers this month have been greeted on most days with clear skies with a lack of color as seen during times when moisture hangs in the air. Morning color has for years been an indicator of weather conditions soon to come. The old saying "red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky at morning, sailor take warning" really is accurate, according to Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University. That saying has been around for thousands of years and is even mentioned in the Bible in the book of Matthew.... "when in evening ye say, it will be fair weather, for the sky is red, and in the morning, it will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and lowering."

The saying," McRoberts notes, "maybe the most famous of all weather lore. It goes back to the observations made by sailors who had a clear 360-degree view of the horizon from the ship's masts. In the northern hemisphere, most weather patterns move from the west to the east, so if a sailor could see a red sunset to the west, it meant that skies were clear in that direction and that tomorrow would likely be a nice day with few clouds."

When the sky is red at night or sunset, it is caused by the sun striking particles in the atmosphere. But if a sunrise has a reddish tint or looks rosy colored, and you can see clouds over the horizon, it might mean the nice weather has passed and a storm system is headed your way. It means an area of low pressure could be moving in and low pressure almost always means clouds and often rain or thunderstorms. It might be a good idea for locals to find a large supply of colored paint to give to Mother Nature.

A weather fact of 1985 brings to mind a bit of information on waterspouts, that was printed in this article a few weeks ago. On June 26 that year, a spectacular waterspout developed at 5:20 am (MST) from a stationary thunderstorm over the south end of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. IT was visible 20 miles away, and lasted four minutes.

Panthers Place Second At Oklahoma State Team Camp

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

There were fourteen members of the Panther Basketball team that traveled to Stillwater, Okla., for the Oklahoma State University Cowboy Basketball Team Camp on June 21-24, 2012. There were 84 teams at the camp from five states.

The Panthers played 17 games against teams from Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, making the finals in the Division II (3A-4A varsity)--Black Bracket. The Championship game was against Hugo, Okla., a team the Panthers had beat in pool play. It was close the entire game and came down to a last second shot that rimmed out for the Panthers who lost by two points. It was an exciting way to end the camp. The Panthers were coached by Jacob Cameron and Austin Whitt.

While in Stillwater, the team got a private tour from OSU’s Coach Tommy Wade of the impressive OSU basketball facilities that included the: locker room, player’s lounge, film room, training room, academic room, private showers, hot tubs, practice gym and the famous Gallagher-Iba Arena. The tour also included a close up view of Boone Pickens Stadium, OSU’s football field.

A special highlight for our student coaches, Coach Lynch and the Panther seniors was being invited to an individual OSU player’s practice. After the one hour practice, Head Coach Travis Ford and his coaching staff and the players came and talked with all of them.

Other trip highlights were eating at Hideaway Pizza, Eskimo Joe’s, Mexico Joe’s, Joseppi’s and seeing the Oklahoma State campus.

Paul’s Journey To Perform July 6th

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

“Entertaining and uplifting” two words often used to describe a Paul’s Journey event. Sanctuary Music Recording Artists’, Paul’s Journey, is an award winning Christian vocal group that is based in Houston, Texas, and they will be performing in Panhandle on Friday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m. on the Carson County Courthouse lawn.

The event, sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church, is a free evening of great entertaining and inspirational music. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and bottled water to enjoy the evening of Gospel music. Local talented vocalists will also be performing. A love offering will be taken.

Paul’s Journey started their mission in 1977 traveling as a traditional Southern Gospel Male Quartet where they have garnered many Top 40 hits and covenanted awards such as the 2007 SGM FanFair Group of the Year.

Paul’s Journey is made up of Rod Treme, Ryan Napier, Chad Stephenson and Randall Garland. From up-tempo songs to heart-felt ballads, audiences of all generations, denominations and walks of life are recognizing the refreshing sound of Paul’s Journey. Their high-energy performances and enthusiasm is both captivating and contagious.

In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the Panhandle High School Auditorium.

For more information about Paul’s Journey or their ministry, check them out at

Hightower & Ball Exchange Wedding Vows

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Whitney Michelle Hightower and Kyle Robert Ball were married on June 9, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church in Panhandle. The bride is the daughter of Sara and Steven Hightower of Panhandle, and the granddaughter of Louise and Bob Mulkey of Panhandle, and Patsy Hightower of Canyon and the late Dan Hightower. Great-grandparents are Sybil and Glynn D Harrell of Amarillo.

Parents of the groom are Frank and Nan Ball of Weatherford, Texas. He is the grandson of Regina Ball, and the late Frank R. Ball Sr., of Mogadore, Ohio, and Dr. William Grigor, DVM, and the late Wanda Grigor of Hartville, Ohio.

Family and friends came from all over Texas, New Mexico, Ohio, New York, and Tennessee. They celebrated the event at the rehearsal dinner at the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo, a formal reception immediately following the wedding in Panhandle, and later at an informal dance at the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo.

Bridesmaids wore strapless, knee-length turquoise dresses and cowboy boots. Attendants were friend Brittany Henderson of Canyon, sister-in-law Ashley Hightower of Amarillo, friends Alyson Hall and Megan Stovall of Amarillo, and cousins Natalie and Jenna Brown of Lubbock. Niece of the bride, Riley Hightower, was carried by her mother, Ashley. Guest book attendants were cousins Emily and Caitlin Mulkey and Harper and Sawyer Mulkey.

Groomsmen wore black tuxedos with turquoise vests and ties, and cowboy boots. They were brother Ethan Hall of Weatherford, Texas, brother-in-law Robert Hightower of Amarillo, friends Tyler Hall of Amarillo, Perry Kelley of Stephenville, Bradley White of North Richland Hills, and Shane Taylor of Grapevine. Ushers were cousins Sean Hightower and Charlie Bruce.

Whitney and Kyle honeymooned in Nassau, Bahamas, and reside in Amarillo where she is a chiropractor’s assistant at Narrell Family Chiropractic, and he is a credit analyst at First Capital Bank of Texas.

Local PYBO Youth Play In Pampa All-Star Game

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

A group of nine and ten year old baseball players from Panhandle and White Deer had a unique opportunity to play ball in the All Star Tournament last weekend in Pampa. Pictured are (front, left to right)Grayson Smith, Tryston Hunter, Brayden Williams, Cash Bixby and Will Conway; (middle, l to r) Hunter Warminski, Luke Battle, Tyler Whitt, Hagan Heck and Batboys Cuyler Mize and Dakoa Franks; (back, l to r) Coaches Johnny Crawford and Daniel Mooney, Adrian Hendricks, Ethan Crawford, Mason Mooney, Braydon Forbes, Bryce Starks, Nick Mize and Coach Carlos White.

If you love baseball and supporting local youth, the Panhandle Youth Baseball Organization (PYBO) has a great opportunity for you to enjoy both! On Saturday evening, July 14, 2012 at 6 o’clock, PYBO will host a baseball showcase at Rotary Field. “We will be showcasing each player in big league fashion,” said Panhandle Baseball Commissioner Gary Conway. “Each player will have his or her name announced as each one takes to the field. We hope to let them know that their contributions to their individual teams and the sport of baseball are important. We have so many talented kids along with great volunteers, and we hope that Panhandle folks as well as those from White Deer, Claude, Clarendon and McLean, will come out and see just what PYBO is up to. We hope to get the community more engaged in the PYBO either as participants or spectators.”

The concessions will be open that evening, grilling up lots of the classic baseball food…hotdogs! PYBO is currently selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a Half Beef and  chest freezer. The beef has been donated by 6666’s Ranch. All proceeds will benefit the PYBO with new equipment and upkeep of the playing fields.

Chances are $10 each, and the drawing will be held at the July 14th showcase. Tickets may be purchased from any PYBO baseball player or by calling or contacting Gary Conway at 806-537-5222 or

Letter to the Citizens of Carson County

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Ah, the glories of summer!!! It is June again and time to lop, (sorry about that, I meant “TRIM”), trees, especially that red oak tree on the corner of the Square House Museum property at 5th Street and Highway 207. A TXDOT employee showed up on Monday afternoon and proceeded to start sawing limbs off the tree without any kind of notice to any employee of the Museum. When confronted, he explained that TXDOT had received a complaint from some unknown person who said that tree was obstructing the stop sign. This fellow was sent, according to him, to ”cut off a couple of limbs, and take care of it so they would not be called out at midnight.” He started sawing on one of two limbs behind the stop sign that touched the back of the sign. He did not choose to trim the one that had leaves hanging over the “Hwy. 207” portion of the sign. He did not trim back the leafy part that was in contact with the sign. Instead, he started sawing 8 feet back from the sign, which was about third of the distance from the trunk of the tree. I have been told by arborists and botanists that you should never trim more than third of the length of a branch and never to trim most trees in the heat of summer. The temperature on Monday, June 18, 2012 registered 101 degrees.

During this discussion, a very friendly and cooperative law enforcement officer came by and agreed that he would be upset if an overhanging limb from the tree damaged his vehicle. To demonstrate that it was indeed a hazard, he drove around the corner, and sure enough, with his wheels against the curb on Highway 207, (which I had understood was a bike lane from the time the highway was widened), one branch protruded 4 inches into his vehicle.

Having had the opportunity to work for Continental Insurance following Hurricane Andrew, I learned that trees, especially old ones, have great value. If this is true where there is an abundance of trees, how much more so in a place where trees have to be nurtured and cared for, and often still die.

Like most things, this was a learning experience. According to the city ordinance regulating this matter, all of the streets with the exception of Maple, Oak, and Pecan have an 80 foot wide clearance, with half of this distance being measured from the middle of the street for each side.. The three exceptions have a 60 foot clearance. All shrubbery, trees and other growths must be trimmed 7 foot above the street surface. There is a house on a corner of Maple Street that overhangs the cross street far enough to park a pickup under it and the overhang drapes halfway down the pickup. Another a little farther up from this one overhangs the street enough to provide a very generous shade.

I think the biggest surprise was that two government entities, TXDOT and the City of Panhandle, agreed they act on anonymous complaints. Most reputable newspapers will not even publish a letter to the editor unless it is signed. They may not publish the author, but they do have the name on file. This could lead to a lot of problems. If someone offends me in some way, I can retaliate by calling in a complaint about the foliage on their property and the government will go and attack for me. If anyone else were to do that it would be considered destruction of public or private property, with a probable harassment charge added.

People from all 50 states come to visit the Museum and marvel at the quality. Many international visitors also are amazed. Yet people who we expect to “Protect and Serve” choose to arbitrarily come and destroy what someone provided long before they began their tenure. Is there any way the people of Carson County can help the staff become better stewards of the Square House Museum and its property?

Viola Moore
Director of the Carson County Square House Museum