Archive for August, 2012

Edelmira “Boots” (Andrade) Grindel

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Edelmira "Boots"
(Andrade) Grindel, 1930-2012

Edelmira “Boots” (Andrade) Grindel was called to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.

Rosary and visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at St. Patrick Church located at 1357 N.E. 42nd Terrance, Kansas City, Mo. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church on Saturday, Sept. 1. Arrangements are by D.W. Newcomer’s Sons White Chapel Funeral Home, 6600 N. Antioch Rd., Gladstone, Mo.

Boots was born Dec. 29, 1930 in Eagle Pass, Texas to Rafael and Anita Martinez Andrade. She graduated from Central High School in Kansas City in 1948. She was a long-time resident of Clay County, Mo. and an active parishioner of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kansas City North as well as a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the Daughters of Isabella.

Boots was known as a great cook. She loved trying new recipes for guests and family always hoping the recipe would turn out well, which they always did. She was concerned about and wanted to do things for others. Conversely, she was always appreciative and thankful for what others might do for her, right up to the end of her earthly life.

Boots survived separate cases of breast cancer, kidney cancer, and lymphoma over the last 11 years.

She is preceded in death by her father and mother; her step-mother Emma Darnell; sister Anita Marie Dagnan; and brother Leo Andrade.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, John R. Grindel; six children, Richard and wife Sherree, Anthony and wife Kathy, Peter and wife Margo, Anita Barrett and husband Robin, John and wife Diana, Rebecca Tully and husband Mac; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.

Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at

Stephanie Harrah-Mooney Memorial Scholarship Benefit Poker Run

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The family of Stephanie Harrah-Mooney will be hosting a Memorial Benefit and Poker Run in honor of Stephanie Harrah Mooney. Mrs. Mooney died in May at the young age of 38 after a routine knee surgery. She loved children and education was very important to her. Her family would like to keep her memory alive while helping deserving
WDHS seniors through this scholarship fund. Each year until her three year old son graduates from high school, a graduating senior will be awarded this scholarship.
The fundraiser will be held on Sept. 15. Registration is at 9 a.m. The first bike will be out at 10 a.m. and the last bike will be in at 4 p.m. Bikes can start in White Deer at the Community Center or in Amarillo at Tripp’s Harley-Davidson.

Prices are $10 first hand and $5 second hand.

If you don’t have a bike, join the fun at the White Deer Community Center. You can register and draw your hand there.

Other events will include a silent auction and a raffle with door prizes. There will also be smoked brisket, pulled pork and all the sides.

For more information contact Terry Harrah at (806) 690-5299 or Lori Harrah at (806) 282-0912.

WDISD Annual Meet & Greet

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

White Deer ISD board members serve chili dogs at the annual Meet and Greet.

New Elementary/Junior High teachers and staff: Jean Barbour, Linda Allen, Lora Baggerman, Billy Boone, Kasandra Davis and Malorie Homen.

New High School teachers: Caleb Reimer, Rex Beck, Tanya Quisenberry, Leslie Sandefer and Clint Watson.

On Tuesday evening White Deer ISD held their annual Meet & Greet. Community members, parents, grandparents and students were invited to the school cafeteria to meet teachers and staff.

Members of the Board of Trustees cooked and served chili dogs to everyone.

School Superintendent, Karl Vaughn, introduced new staff and welcomed all the students and families.

Afterward everyone was invited to go to the football field where the football team, cheerleaders, cross country team, and band were introduced.

New high school teachers include Caleb Reimer (history and head boys' basketball coach), Rex Beck (history and head girls' basketball coach), Tanya Quisenberry (math), Leslie Sandefer (biology and girls’ coach) and Clint Watson (PE, Spanish and boys’ coach).

New Elementary/Jr. High teachers and staff include Jean Barbour (Jr. High Enlish), Linda Allen (school counselor), Lora Baggerman (second grade), Billy Boone (Elementary/Jr. High principal), Kasandra Davis (fourth grade) and Malorie Homen (PE and girls’ athletics).

WDISD Introduces Three Exchange Students

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Foreign Exchange Students (l to r): Kate Fuxova, Senior from the Czech Republic; Valentina Hausler, Senior from German; and Vesper Gao, Junior from China.

White Deer ISD School Board Minutes

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

These minutes have not been approved by the board of trustees.

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the White Deer Independent School District was held on Aug. 13, 2012, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the White Deer Administration Building, 601 Omohundro, White Deer, Texas.

Members present were: Kane Barrow, Joe Don Brown, Shane Grange, Brad Haiduk, Terry Harrah, Jim Bob Mitchell, and Tim Packard. Others in attendance were Karl Vaughn, Denise Adams, Billy Boone, Darla Forney, Jeff Quisenberry, and Wendy Ruthardt.

After a quorum was established, the meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Packard. Mr. Mitchell offered the prayer.

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the agenda of the Aug. 13, 2012 regular board meeting. Second by Mr. Harrah. Motion carried 7-0-0.

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the minutes of the July 16, 2012 board meeting as presented. Second by Mr. Haiduk. Motion carried 6-0-1. Mr. Grange abstained.

No one requested to be on the open forum.

Mr. Grange moved to approve the Agreement for the Purchase of Attendance Credits as presented. Second by Mr. Brown. Motion carried 7-0-0.

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve TAPS as the provider for liability, property/casualty, and auto insurance for the 2012-13 school year at the increased appraised value levels at a total premium cost of $32,525.00. Motion carried 7-0-0.

Mr. Harrah moved to approve Johnson & Sheldon to perform the 11-12 audit as presented. Second by Mr. Haiduk. Motion carried 7-0-0. (more…)

White Deer Community Blood Drive

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Coffee Memorial Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, from noon to 7 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot at the First Baptist Church, 411 S. Omohundro Street, White Deer.

Every eligible donor who presents to donate will receive a special Blaze Coffee Memorial t-shirt.

A photo ID or donor card will be required. Donors must be at least 17 years old to give blood. All blood types are currently needed.

Walk-ins are welcome!

For an appointment, please call 331-8800 or 1-877-574-8800. Find Coffee Memorial on facebook or follow them on Twitter. More information is also at

The need is real. There is no substitute for blood. It can only come from volunteer blood donors. Please support the patients of the High Plains Region…Give the Gift of Life!

Senior Citizens’ News

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By Nita Ramming

Did you hear the school bells ringing Monday? The kids were all dressed up in their brand new school clothes and back-packs on their backs ready for a new year. So…drive slow and be alert when you drive by the school.

Wednesday was a complete surprise. We had sloppy-joes and all the things that go with them. Twenty-eight signer-inners with three take-outs and four guests were the numbers. We had several regulars absent. It seems like a lot of doctors are having to work because many of our folks are going to them. Brooke Gortmaker came with Garry and Joan Gortmaker, but Steve stayed home and ate leftovers. Bill Hall and his son-in-law, who is really tall but I have no idea what his name is, were with us. Wayne Williams was with his brother, Lorraine Williams. Sue Terry stayed to eat and did not have to take her crew their lunch. She is a faithful lunch taker. (more…)

City Council Issues Budget Policy; Declares School Safety Top Priority

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

PANHANDLE - In their regular city council meeting on Aug. 9, 2012 the Panhandle City Council unanimously approved the FY 2013 Budget Policy Statement as presented by Mayor Dan Looten. The key components of the policy direct City Manager Rob Roach and city staff to budget for a street sweeper in an effort to enhance preventative street maintenance and aesthetics, add new restroom facilities to Paul Park; add new bath house, concession, and storage at the city swimming pool, create a new capital vehicle and equipment fund to reduce future reliance on financing cost for large equipment and vehicle purchases and to present an ordinance enacting a voluntary park fee on utility bills to assist in funding future enhancements to Paul Park such as installation of walking trails and updating aging park equipment. The council also directed the city manager to research the cost and process of abating dangerous structures and to seek third party contracting to ensure new construction and building remodels are inspected by a licensed inspector and proper building codes are adhered to.

The City Council also heard a presentation from Chief Sace Hardman regarding the School Resource Officer Contract with Panhandle ISD. Chief Hardman was concerned with the school board’s decision to reduce their cost participation this school year and also reduce the number of days the school resource officer is present on campus.

Chief Hardman told the council, “I believe proactive police work and officer presence at the school should be our top priority, not a luxury, but a priority.” Chief Hardman stated, “There aren’t any other l-A school districts that I am aware of that have school resource officer programs in the Texas Panhandle, but Panhandle has a strong tradition of setting the bar in progressive programming not following suit.” Chief Hardman made the recommendation to accept the reduced cost share contract approved by the school board so the city of Panhandle didn't lose the program as a whole. (more…)

Sen. Seliger To Hold Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

State Senator Kel Seliger has scheduled a town hall meeting to meet with Carson County citizens on Wednesday morning, Sept. 5 at 8:30 to 9:30 at the Carson County Courthouse.

He will be discussing the upcoming 83rd Legislative Session convening in January 2013.

Panhandle TxDOT Workers Honored For Service

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Front row (left to right): Melvin Hammer, Pete Hare, Mark Hubert and Bobby Reining. Back row (l to r): Larry Maxwell, Rep. John Smithee, TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson, Todd Crawford and Greg Mayfield.

AMARILLO – Seven employees with the Panhandle Maintenance Section of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) were honored on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, for their contributions to those less fortunate in the Texas panhandle.  The men were recognized at the Texans Caring for Texans luncheon held in Canyon, TX for their efforts to restock food shelves in Amarillo and Panhandle that had been cleaned-out by the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays demand last year.  Texas Rep. John Smithee and TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson were on hand to present the awards.  Phil Wilson was the event's keynote speaker.

Each section in the Amarillo District was asked to collect food for the High Plains Food Shelf for the Fill-A-Truck, Feed-A-Family food drive sponsored by the Amarillo District of TxDOT. The Panhandle and Groom sections tied, bringing in about 1,400 pounds of food each. (more…)