Archive for October, 2012

Meagan Joyce Lamberson Green

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Meagan Joyce Lamberson Green, 1985-2012

PANHANDLE – Meagan Joyce Lamberson Green, 27, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 in Amarillo.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the First Baptist Church of Panhandle with the Rev. Josh Light officiating. Interment will be at Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors of Clarendon.

Meagan was born Oct. 21, 1985 in Amarillo to Bob and Elaine Lamberson. She grew up in Amarillo and attended Palo Duro High School. After moving to Panhandle, she married David Green on May 8, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nev. She was a devoted mother to their two children, Jaythan and Madison.

Survivors include her husband, David Green, her son, Jaythan and daughter Madison, all of Panhandle; her sister, Mandy Collier and husband Jason and their two children, Bailey and Tyler of Pampa; her parents, Bob and Elaine Lamberson of Amarillo; her grandfather, Ed Fitzhugh of Amarillo; her aunt, Gayle Fitzhugh of Amarillo; her mother-in-law, Katherine Williams of Clarendon; and a host of beloved extended family members and friends.

Meagan will lie in state at Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home in Panhandle on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be sent to the Endowment Fund for Meagan’s children in care of Happy State Bank.

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One Dies, One In Critical Condition Following Vehicle Accident

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

A local Panhandle woman and her three-year daughter were involved in vehicle accident on County Road O, one-fourth mile south of County Road 9 on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 23, at 3:47.

According the Texas Department of Public Safety, Meagan Joyce Green was traveling north on County Road O, when her vehicle left the roadway onto the east side of the road, she overcorrected returning to the roadway and then overcorrected again and went into the ditch on the east side of the road. Her vehicle then overturned, ejecting both the driver and passenger. The road and weather condition were dry and clear to cloudy. The posted speed limit is 60 mph.
Neither passenger was wearing seat belts.

Mrs. Green died at the hospital at approximately 8:10 p.m.

Madison Green is at Northwest Texas Hospital in critical condition with brain trauma, said a DPS spokesman.

J.O.Y. Carnival Set For Saturday

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Panhandle’s annual Jesus Others Yourself (J.O.Y.) Sponsored carnival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Carson County Ag. Building. The Boy Scouts will host the concessions, starting at 5 p.m.

The costume contest will begin at 5:30 p.m., sharp and is open to everyone. There is no fee to enter and no early registration, just come in costume and listen for your grade or age to be announced.
Junior High students will be putting the carnival on for the young and young-at-heart of the community. High School students and adults will also be helping at each booth.

Each Junior High family is asked to bring a dessert for the “cake walk”. Please have these items at the Ag. Building by 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 27.

Booths will open at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Some of the booths include softball toss, fun house, sand dig, face painting, Plinko, bingo, ring the can, fish pond and merry-go-round, among many others. Cost for the tickets will be $2.00 for 10 tickets.

Come and enjoy a safe celebration and support the youth of J.O.Y. and enjoy the festivities with fellow citizens of Panhandle it is where the action is!

Local Writer Publishes First Children’s Book

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Dolly Cowan has just published her Christian children’s book called, “Yeehaw, the Chosen Donkey.” Her son, Ren Malone, did all of the illustrations. It’s the story of Christ as seen through the eyes of an adorable little donkey named Yeehaw that carries Mary into Bethlehem to deliver the baby Jesus. Yeehaw’s grandson, Prancer, later has the privilege of carrying King Jesus into Jerusalem for his triumphant entry. The pictures are colorful and captivating! This creative work is sprinkled with actual Biblical events surrounding the life of Jesus. It covers his birth, ministry, death and resurrection. And, it leaves the reader with the awe-inspiring promise of his return!

The book was born of a song that Dolly wrote years ago for her children’s choir. All the kids wanted to sing “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” for a special Christmas presentation in church, so Dolly went home and penned the words for “Yeehaw, the Chosen Donkey,” sung to the same tune as “Rudolph!” It was a hit! Years later, she decided to turn it into an actual story! With the help of Ren and the support of the rest of her family, she had the story published! (more…)

Martin To Compete In Junior Bull Riders National Finals

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Photo by Rodeo Mom Pix

Cordale Martin, member of the Texas Junior Bull Riders Association Region 3, will be competing at the Junior Bull Riders National Finals on Nov. 8-10 in Shawnee, Okla. He will be competing with junior bull riders from across the United States.

Martin was the Reserve State Champion of Texas. He earned this honor in September at the State Finals in Amarillo. This is his fourth time to travel and compete in the national finals.

Martin is the son of Debbie and Mikal Martin and is a member of the 2013 Panhandle High School Senior Class.

Lootens Celebrate 65th Anniversary Today

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Archie and Gladys Looten of Panhandle will be celebrating 65 years of marriage. Archie and former Gladys Detten of Panhandle were married on Oct. 25, 1947 at St. Francis Catholic Church in a double-ring ceremony with Gladys’ sister, Blanche Detten, and the late Bernard Koetting, Archie’s childhood friend. From that day when Archie and Gladys became one, the family has been expanding ever since; seven children, 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren fill their lives and their photo frames.

Archie is a man who has never met a stranger, can turn any 10-minute drive into a two-hour agricultural tour, and has a boisterous laugh that can fill up a room. Gladys is a woman who can instantly put you at ease, savvy enough to keep up with the family on Facebook, and has great stories to tell for any occasion.

Archie was a farmer for many years. As the head of a household of seven kids, he had a lot of responsibility and hard work to fill his days. Since retirement and grandchildren, he loves the ease and beauty of the retired life. Gladys was a homemaker. The woman is always said to be the heart of the home, and she has poured out lots of devotion on entire family and all her friends. But don’t let her sweet exterior fool you; she’ll still annihilate you in a good game of cards. Their travels have taken them all over the United States and the world, but the Panhandle area has always been the place they are proud to call home.

Their children are James and wife Priscilla Looten of Spicewood, Texas; Kathy and husband Tom Krile of Lubbock, Texas; Carl Looten and wife Angela of Amarillo; Clara Lively of San Antonio; Teresa and husband, Mike Sarzynski of Amarillo; Dan Looten and wife Patricia of Panhandle; and JoAnn and husband, Jeff Cox of Dewey, Okla.

Harrells & Mulkeys Share Anniversary Celebrations

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Glynn D and Sybil Harrell, formerly of Groom, celebrated 75 years of marriage with a family gathering and reception on Oct. 20, 2012 at Craig Methodist Retirement Community in Amarillo. They were married Oct. 24, 1937, in Tulia, Texas, and resided in Groom where they raised three daughters, Louise, Glynda, and Beverly. They owned and operated Groom Hardware Store, bred Quarter Horses, and farmed until retirement, moving to Amarillo 10 years ago.

Children of the couple are Louise and Bob Mulkey, of Panhandle; Glynda Eschle of Austin; and Beverly and Jim Ingram of Amarillo. Grandchildren are Glynn and Kim Ingram of Rowlett; Lauralee and Jim Arnold of Euless; Kemp Ingram of Amarillo; Sara and Steven Hightower of Amarillo; Matthew and Anise Mulkey of Ponder; Jeremy and Mande Mulkey of Panhandle; Darron and Brandi Eschle of Flower Mound; Erin Kate and James Wolf of Austin; and Jason Eschle of Rockwall.

Great-grandchildren are Melyssa and Daniel Boulware, Stephanie and Holly Ingram, all of Rowlett; Lauren, Christopher and Daniel Arnold of Euless; Robert and Ashley Hightower and Whitney and Kyle Ball of Amarillo; Charlie Bruce and Harper and Sawyer Mulkey, all of Ponder; Rowdy, Emily and Caitlin Mulkey of Bushland; Madison, Bailey, and Leighton
Eschle of Flower Mound; Ashlyn, Elysa, Camden, and Keston Wolf of Austin; and Nevin D Eschle of Rockwall; and one great-great-granddaughter, Riley Hightower of Amarillo.
Louise and Bob Mulkey celebrated 50 years of marriage with a family gathering and reception on Oct. 20 in Amarillo. They were married on October 24, 1962 in Panhandle, on Louise’s parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, and Bob’s parents’ 45th anniversary. Louise is a homemaker, and Bob retired from Pantex in 1997.

Children of the couple are Sara and Steven Hightower of Amarillo; Matthew and Anise Mulkey of Ponder; Jeremy and Mande Mulkey of Panhandle.

Grandchildren are Robert and Ashley Hightower and Whitney and Kyle Ball of Amarillo; Charlie Bruce and Harper and Sawyer Mulkey, all of Ponder; Rowdy, Emily and Caitlin Mulkey of Bushland. They have one great-granddaughter, Riley Hightower of Amarillo.

Panthers Refuse To Lose

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Quarterback Tyler Hall scrabbles right to connect with Tight End Zach Berry to set up for the touchdown series. Photo by Emily Jones

By Margaret Barnett

The Panthers apparently did not read the Amarillo Globe News since it had “the Broncos galloping up north to trot home with a win.” Instead it was the Panthers who gambled big time and then hit the jackpot with a 1-point victory in overtime Friday night.

Cory Free kicked off to start the game and the Panther defense went to work. The Broncos were able to only gain a couple of yards and were forced to punt. Brody Powers took the punt and returned it for 23 yards to the Panthers 47 yard line. With a couple of Clarendon penalties added to a 34-yard pass from Tyler Hall to Logan Lamberson, the Panthers drove the ball down the field and scored the first points of the game with nine minutes on the first quarter clock on a three-yard run by Lamberson. Lamberson added the extra point to put the Panthers up 7-0. The following Cory Free kick pinned the Broncos down on their own five-yard line and again the Broncos were unable to move the ball and punted for the second time. The Panthers had great field position to begin their second drive and with rushes by Hall and an 18-yard pass to Zach Berry the Panthers scored on a two-yard run by Powers. The extra-point kick was not successful but with 6:55 on the clock the Panthers had a 13-0 lead. The next drives by both the Broncos and the Panthers ended with punts with the Broncos losing field position and the Panthers with great pursuit of the ball carriers managed to score a safety to end the first quarter.

Early Voting And Election Day Requirements

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Early voting began Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 and ends on Friday, Nov. 2. Ballots may be cast in the Commissioner’s Court Room, at the Carson County Courthouse during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Request should be made to the attention of Celeste Bichsel, Early Voting Clerk, P.O. Box 487, Panhandle, TX 79068-0487.

The polls will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with voting ending at 7 p.m.

To cast a ballot during Early Voting or on Election Day, voters should present a voter registration card or in lieu of a voter registration card, at least one of the following:

•A driver’s license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or has expired;

•A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;

•A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes your identity;

•Your United States citizenship papers;

• Your United States passport;

• Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or

• A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or some other government document that show your name and address.

PISD Board Of Trustees Works On Full Agenda

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The Board of Trustees of the Panhandle Independent School District met in regular session on Oct. 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the administration building. Members present were Mike Vance, Chris Ray, Scott Rusk, Randy Kennedy, and Jowannah Powers. School personnel present were Blair Brown, Jerry Schaeffer, Gary Cates, Doug Rawlins, Rodney Throgmorton and Leisa Brinkley.

Chris Ray gave the invocation after the board recited the Pledge of Allegiance. There was no one present for the public comment/audience participation. During the public hearing on the district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), Panhandle ISD’s “Above Standard Achievement” rating for the 2010-2011 financial year, the superintendent’s and board members’ travel expenditures for 2010-2011, and the current superintendent’s employment contract were presented. (more…)