Archive for September, 2012

Bucks vs. Cyclones

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

By Shane Parsley

The White Deer Bucks hosted the Memphis Cyclones for homecoming on Sept. 21, 2012. It was probably the nicest football weather for the fall so far with temperatures in the 70s during the game with a slight breeze.

The Bucks started the game by kicking off to the Cyclones. They picked up a couple of first downs before the Bucks defense stopped them on a fourth and six and took over possession at the Bucks’ 37. The Bucks picked up a first down on a sweep around the left end by Shawn Roper, but fumbled the ball on the drive.

The Cyclones started on their 49 and busted through for a first and goal, but fumbled back to the Bucks as Kyler Blodgett recovered the ball. The Bucks started from their own eight and were forced to punt. Memphis started from the White Deer 46. The Bucks made a defensive stand taking over from the Cyclones on fourth and fourteen at the twenty-one. Nathaniel Mitchell’s deep pass to Roper was intercepted and the Cyclones again started at the Bucks 46. The Cyclones drove down the field, scoring in five plays, but missed the PAT kick. (more…)

Brown Crowned 2012 Homecoming Queen

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

2012 Homecoming Queen
Brynn Brown
Photo courtesy of Connie Nickals

Brynn is a White Deer High School senior and is the daughter of Joe Don and Julie Brown of Skellytown.

2012 Homecoming Court

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Homecoming Court (left to right): Jadden Freeman, Ashley Parsley, Brynn Brown, Riley Mitchell, Kate Fuxova, Elaine Craig, Angel McBee and Macy Hendrick.
Photo courtesy of Connie Nicklas

White Deer Lions Club Holds Annual Broom And Mop Sale

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Vicki Hillis visits with Robert Richardson (Caravan Sales for the Blind), Mary Lou Lane, Nita Ramming and Jerry Lane after buying some cleaning supplies.

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the White Deer Lions Club held their annual broom and mop sale in conjunction with Caravan Sales for the Blind. A variety of mops, brooms, handles, pot holders, scrubbers, and cleaning cloths could be purchased.

The White Deer Lions Club set up just outside Memphis State Bank’s White Deer Branch. Members of the club took shifts to help sell the wide array of items.

Original Conway Community Church To Celebrate 100 Years

Thursday, September 27th, 2012


By Donna Burton
Groom News

When you walk through the double door entry the word “sanctuary” takes on a more real meaning. You are transported back through time when our lives centered around the activities of our local churches.

In 1912, there was no Route 66 or Interstate 40. Conway was a small town but the center of a “bigger than you would think” rural community. With horse and buggy being the predominate means of travel, one did not venture far from home. For pioneers like “20” something Ida Calliham, having the opportunity to practice your faith was just as important as having a school for your children and food on the table. But getting the 10 miles to Panhandle, the 15 miles to Groom or the 20 miles to Claude was just about impossible much of the time. Mrs. Calliham began a campaign to build a little church on the prairie. With her horse and buggy making tracks where there were not even roads, she solicited for donations and organized fund raisers. On the day of its dedication, there were so many horse and buggies surrounding the little church in photographs, it looked like the church was surrounded by a large herd of buffalo!

For more than 85 years the little white church was an icon on the plains. It survived the dust bowl, prairie fires, the rise and fall of Route 66 and the implementation of Interstate 40. It served area residents and travelers alike as a landmark, as a place of worship and religious education, a port in the storm when panhandle weather called a halt to travel, and a very important social center for a rural community.

The little church was closed as a place of worship in the 70’s with the loss of members moving to town and the lack of a preacher. In the late 80’s, Melba Miller and Mildred Burgin, daughters of Ida Calliham, began a campaign to preserve the church for prosperity. While the other members of the Calliham family shouldered the responsibility to maintain the building at the Conway location, Miller raised the money to have the church moved to the Square House Museum complex where it is now a featured “living” exhibit.

The creaking of the wooden floors and smell of polish on the wooden pews takes you back to a time when life was simpler...when you opened all the windows to let the breeze cool the congregation that belted out “The Old Rugged Cross”. Then the only “stink” in church was when a mother skunk made a nest under the foundation of the building, and members were reminded of the brotherhood of man by calling each other “Brother and Sister”.

The podium, the pastor’s chair, the floors and pews, the windows, and walls are all original. The piano and organ while not original are period pieces and have ties through the same family.

It is a place where souls were saved and lives were changed, babies christened, couples married, loved ones buried and if you were lucky...you found Jesus in this little church on the prairie.

Kay Burk, granddaughter of Ida Calliham, and her husband Charles are heading up the celebration of its 100th birthday.

The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 in conjunction with the Museum Day celebration. Everyone is invited to come see this historical treasure and join in some old fashioned fun.

Attend the church of your choice that morning then join the Museum Board, the Calliham descendants and all of Carson County at 12:30 with an old fashioned “dinner on the grounds”. The meat will be provided, just bring a covered dish or dessert and an appetite! A brief celebration service and singing will be held after.

The Celebration Committee is hoping to reconnect all of those who have connections to this historical monument as well as those who just love the history of our area. If you know of someone who might need a special invitation or should be invited, please contact Charles or Kay Burk at 806-537-5121.

Don’t miss the chance to live out a bit of history and celebrate this special event on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 12:30.

CELEBRATE! Square House Museum Day Saturday & Sunday

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

On Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, the Carson County Square House Museum is celebrating 45 years of operation and the Centennial of the Conway Church at the Museum. The Square House is also a participant of the Smithsonian Museum Day Live!!

Beginning a weekend of CELEBRATION!!!, the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce will be serving the Mexican Pile-On pre-Homecoming game dinner at the Panhandle School Cafeteria. Serving begins at 5 o’clock Friday evening and tickets will be available at that time. The game with Spearman kicks off at 7:30.

The official Museum Day Host and Hostess will be Mary Lou and Rev. Dr. Jerry Lane of White Deer.

On Saturday class reunions begin at 9 a.m. at the High School and other designated locations. Please be sure to check with classmates for details.

The Country Store and Silent Auction, with home-baked goods and crafts, will open for business from 11 a.m. in the morning until 1:30 p.m. in the Carson County Agriculture Building on East 3rd Street in Panhandle. The traditional barbecue lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ag Barn while take-outs begin at 10:30 a.m.

The traditional Pioneer Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. in the Conway Community Church. A ceremony honoring Carson County pioneers will be held with County Judge Lewis Powers as Master of Ceremonies.

On Sunday, Sept. 30, come and help CELEBRATE!!! the Centennial of the Conway Community Church beginning with dinner on the grounds at 12:30 p.m. behind the Church. At 2 p.m. a celebration service will be held inside the historic building.

The Quanah Parker Trail Arrow dedication has been postponed until October. Dates and times will be announced at a later date.

For tickets or more information, please call 537-3524.

Homecoming Events Set

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Panhandle High School coronation of the 2012 Homecoming Queen will be held Friday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the PHS auditorium. Queen candidates include Jensen Pool, Jordan Molnar, Shaleigh Price, Tess Rusk and Emily James.
The Queen and her court will be presented at the football game beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium. The Panthers will be playing the Spearman Lynx.

Homecoming evening will begin with a delicious Mexican Pile-On Dinner hosted by the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce on Friday at the High School Cafeteria from 5-7 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children. For more information about the dinner, call 537-4325.

A Retro Main Street Drag will follow the football game with everyone invited to participate in the cruising of Main Street and/or visiting. Honored graduating classes for 2012 Homecoming are those ending with ‘2 or ‘5.

Panhandle’s Golden Oldies, PHS classes associated with graduating classes before 1962, will meet at the PHS Library beginning at 9 a.m. At noon, the Golden Oldies will meet again at the County Ag Building for the annual Museum Day Barbecue.

A tour of the PISD campuses will be given from 10 a.m. to noon. The tour will begin at the PHS Library.

Other weekend activities include the Square House Museum Day Barbecue, with the carryout line beginning at 10:30 and the serving line and Country Store opening at 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The Conway Community Church will host Pioneer Memorial Service at 2 p.m. and a special centennial celebration of the church will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30 with dinner on the grounds followed by a memorial church service. Meat will be furnished for the dinners; guests are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert to share.

The Panhandle Inn Foundation is also sponsoring an open house of the Inn from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to come see what is happening with the renovation, shop in the gift shop and pledge to help in saving the Inn.

For more reunion information, contact the chairman of your class.

Two Killed In Head-On Collision; Deputy Injured

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Two men were killed in a head-on collision north of Panhandle on Highway 207 on Monday, Sept. 24, at 5:56 a.m. Carson County Sheriff Deputy J.C. Blackburn was also injured while responding to the fatality.

According to the fatality report from the Department of Public Safety, Marijo Sistov, 25, of Amarillo was traveling northbound towards Borger when he crossed the center stripe striking Dale Alan Milner, 61, of Borger, head-on. Milner was traveling southbound toward Panhandle.

Sandra Seay

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Sandra Seay, 71, of Amarillo died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at Texan Nursing and Rehab.

She is survived by four children, Ricky, Dianna, Keri and Jaimie; and three grandsons.

She will be missed.

Letter To The Editor

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

A few days ago, I was reminded of a discussion I had with a friend in college about guardian angels. I remember telling him that things just went so well for me that I felt as if I had two angels watching over me instead of one. Saturday I got a call from the architect hired to oversee the renovation of the Panhandle Inn. Of course, I would meet him down at “The Inn”! When I arrived I was more than pleased to see that he had brought guests- his wife and three architectural students from Texas Tech University (one of those, his son).

What does this have to do with guardian angels? Well….to get an architect takes money. To get an architect that loves what you have hired him to do enough to come over and look at “The Inn” on a Saturday AND bring his wife, son and two friends takes two guardian angels.

Call it what you like—a God thing, a blessing, karma, luck- all I know is once Deborah Summers received the 501©3 for the Panhandle Inn, everything has just fallen into place.

Now I know there are doubters among us. This is okay!! The doubters keep us grounded. Because of them, the Panhandle Inn Foundation board and architect, Charles Lynch, have to be strategic with our planning. We need to have statistical proof for our plan.

Come to the Inn on Saturday. Come with excitement. Come with questions. The Shop in the Inn will be open. We might have some refreshments. There will be a place for you to tell your story. And, there will be lots of friendly folks ready to take your money.

Julie Young
Panhandle Inn Foundation