Archive for December, 2012

Jerry Conway

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Jerry Conway,

Jerry Conway, 69, died Dec. 30, 2012.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in First Christian Church of Panhandle with Roger Arnold and Mark Urquhart officiating. Arrangements are by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery by LaGrone-Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors Coulter Road Chapel.

Mr. Conway will be available for viewing beginning today at 1 p.m. at Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home in Panhandle. The family will later receive friends from 5-7 this evening at Minton-Chatwell Funeral Home in Panhandle

Mr. Conway was born June 2, 1943 in Childress to Raymond Estelle Conway and Lou Edith Thompson Conway. He graduated from Lefors High School in 1964. Jerry married the love of his life, Barbara Ann Blair on Mar. 31, 1965 in Lefors. They have been long-time residents of Panhandle where they raised their family. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Panhandle and Hillside Christian Church of Amarillo. Mr. Conway was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and simply being outdoors. Jerry was a Charter member of the Top-O-Texas Bass Masters tournament fishing club. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother and his stepmother, Mae Dell Boone McCain Conway; two sisters, Rama Lee Conway Rothwell and Pauline Conway Owens and his brother, Ray Russell Conway.

Immediate family survivors include his wife, Barbara; two sons, Gary Jay Conway and his wife Stacy of Panhandle and Wade Ray Conway and his wife Stephanie of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; two grandsons, William George Conway and Wyatt Blair Conway both of Panhandle.

The family suggests memorials to The American Cancer Society or any cancer research organization of your choice.

Condolences may be made at the online guestbook at

Bernice W. Reed

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Bernice W. Reed, 97, of Panhandle, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 in Pampa.

Arrangements are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle. No services are scheduled.

Bernice W. Reed was born Dec. 5, 1915 in Nolan County, Texas to Benjamin and Julia (Hollowell) Wilkerson. She was a homemaker and was a Panhandle resident since 2005, moving from Jasper, Texas.

Survivors include her daughter Nancy McIlroy of Panhandle, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Bernice is preceded in death, by her husband of 60 plus years, Utah Reed in 1992, two daughters; Carla Knight, and Julia Reed, and a son Coleman Reed.

Local Businesses Announce Holiday Closings

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The Herald office will be closed the week of Dec. 24-27. In case of emergencies or for more information, please call 537-5569 or 681-7660.

Other holiday business schedules include:

Panhandle City Hall will be closed on Dec. 24-25 and on Jan. 1, 2013.

Carson County Court-house offices will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and on Jan. 1, 2013.

Panhandle InterBank will be open until noon on Dec. 24 and closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days.

Family Care Clinic of Panhandle will be closed Christmas Eve and Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

West Texas Regenerative Medicine Clinic will also be closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Happy State Bank will be open until noon on Dec. 24 and closed Christmas and New Year’s Days.

The Curly Willow will be open on Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to noon; and from 9 a.m. to noon on New Year’s Eve. They will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days.

A New Look at Buttons, Bows & Balloons will be open Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. They will be closed on both Christmas and New Year’s Days.

Bragnitup Boutique will be open Sunday, Dec. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. On Christmas Eve they will b e open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and will resume regular hours on Dec. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They will be closed Dec. 30, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013.

Panhandle Drug Store will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve. They will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days. They will be open on Dec. 31 until 8:30 a.m. until closing.

Looten Parts will be open from 7 a.m. to noon of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. They will be closed on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Thriftway will be open Christmas Eve until 6 p.m. They will be closed Christmas Day, but will remain open on New Year’s Eve and Day.

Subway will remain open until 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and until 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. They will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Buffalo Grass will be closed on Christmas Eve and Day, as well as on New Year’s Eve and Day.

Panther Pizza will be closed both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They will be open on New Year’s Eve from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m and 5 to 9:30 p.m. They will not be open on New Year’s Day.

Dairy Queen will be open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed all day on Christmas. New Year’s Eve they will be open until 9 p.m. and closed on New Year’s Day.

Local Churches Announce Christmas Services Schedules

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Calvary Baptist Church
Sunday morning, Dec. 23, at 11 o’clock Calvary Baptist Church will be hosting an “old-fashioned” service, with heart-warming Christmas carols and downhome preaching by Brother Jim Powell. Everyone is welcome at Calvary Baptist Church, 8th Street and Maple, the “Little Church with the Big Love!”

Church of Christ
Regular Sunday services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 23 following Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Panhandle Church of Christ is located at the corner of Elsie and 4th Streets.

First Baptist Church
The Lord’s Supper will be cele-brated on Sunday morning, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m.
The First Baptist Church of Panhandle is located at 701 Main Street.

First Christian Church
Christmas Eve services will be at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24.
The First Christian Church of Panhandle is located at 600 Euclid Street.

First United Methodist Church
Candlelight and Holy Communion Christmas Eve service is set for 10 p.m.
The First United Methodist Church is located at 600 Main Street.

St. Theresa’s Catholic Church
St. Theresa’s Catholic Church will celebrate a Christmas Eve Mass at 9 p.m. with special music beginning at 8:30 p.m. Christmas morning Mass at 9 a.m. Midnight Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in White Deer with music beginning at 11:30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Mass at St. Theresa’s is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. New Year’s Day Mass will be held at St. Mary’s in White Deer at 9:30 a.m.
St. Theresa’s is located at FM 293 and Highway 60 in Panhandle.

St. Francis Catholic Church
St. Francis Catholic Church will celebrate Christmas Eve Mass at 9 p.m. with special music and caroling beginning at 8:30 p.m. Christmas morning Mass will be celebrated at at 9 o’clock.
New Year’s Day Mass will be held at 9 a.m.
St. Francis is located at 5005 Klinke Road north of Highway 60 and FM 673 west of Panhandle 13 miles.

Trinity Church Panhandle
Sunday services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 23. Trinity Church is located at 105 Main Street.

Official Arrival Of Winter Will Observed Friday

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

By Betty Biggs

The shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year 2012 are (will be) Friday, Dec. 21. That is also called Winter Solstice, the day that the sun is the farthest south. A common misconception is that the earth is further from the sun in winter than in summer. Actually, the Earth is closest to the sun in December which is winter in the northern hemisphere.

As the Earth travels around the Sun in its orbit, the north-south position of the Sun changes over the course of the year because of the changing orientation of the Earth's tilted rotation axes. The dates of maximum tilt of the Earth's equator correspond to the Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice, and the dates of zero tilt to the Vernal Equinox and Autumnal Equinox.

Now that we have all that scientific data out of the way, this writer tends to agree with John Steinbeck who asked, "What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?"

The local area as been blessed with extremely comfortable weather for the past few months, but forecasters said on Tuesday, Dec. 18, that they were tracking a vigorous low pressure system expected to move into the area Wednesday. They added that the storm would rapidly crank up the wind and there may be gusts well over 50 mph. Temperatures are also expected to drop into the 30s and there could be some dangerous blowing snow across the panhandles and into Kansas. As always, local residents will again be playing the wait-and-see game and recall that during the past week the highest afternoon temperature was 68 on Thursday, Dec. 13, and the lowest mark of 25 degrees was hit three times during those seven days, the latest on Monday night, the 17th. Again no moisture was recorded in those days.

Calm weather such as that is not normal for this time of the year. The 1976-1977 Winter was one of the coldest winters in the US in decades. In 1985, there was an arctic outbreak in the US, resulting from shift in polar vortex, with many cold temperature records broken. 2002-2003 was an unusually cold winter in the Northern and Eastern USA.

In contrast, 2011-2012 was one of the warmest winters. Christmas Day 2011 was the warmest Christmas in Ireland, observed by the Armagh Observatory.

PISD Board Brief

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The Board of Trustees of the Panhandle Independent School District met in regular session on Dec. 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the board room of the administration building. Members present were Mike Vance, Chris Ray, Greg Ewing, Scott Rusk, Randy Kennedy, Jowannah Powers, and Duane Smith. School personnel present were Blair Brown and Leisa Brinkley. Others in attendance were Fred Stormer, Underwood Law Firm; Glen Hodges, Pattern Energy Group; Neil Brown, Region 16; and Kelly Hill, Cornell and Company.

Blair Brown gave the invocation after the board recited the Pledge of Allegiance. There were no remarks expressed during the public comment/audience participation. No one appeared for the Public Hearing on the 2011-2012 Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) reports.

Upon recommendation from Fred Stormer with Underwood Law Firm, the board approved the revisions to Board Policy CCG (Local) concerning tax limitation agreements under the Texas Economic Development Act, Texas Tax Code, Chapter 313. Upon recommendation from Blair Brown, the board retained the Underwood Law Firm to assist the District with a possible Limited Assessed Valuation Agreement for Qualified Property under the Texas Economic Development Act, Texas Tax Code, Chapter 313 from Pattern Energy Group. The board adjourned into executive session at 6:40 p.m. to consult with the board’s attorney and deliberate regarding economic development negotiations. Open session reconvened at 7:10 p.m. On behalf of Pattern Energy Group, Glen Hodges submitted an Application for a Limited Assessed Valuation Agreement for Qualified Property under the Texas Economic Development Act, Texas Tax Code, Chapter 313. The board accepted the application from Pattern Energy Group for the standard application fee of $80,000. The application fee was established to offset any expenses the district would incur in their consideration of an application for an Appraised Value Limitation. If the application is approved, the Panhandle Wind Project would begin construction in 2013 in areas located in the Panhandle and White Deer school districts.

Kelly Hill of Cornell and Company reported on the recently completed 2011-2012 financial audit and the revised 2008-2009 financial audit for Panhandle ISD. Mr. Hill summarized the audits, with Panhandle ISD receiving an unqualified clean review. Mike Vance reported training hours from May 1, 2012, through December 5, 2012, for each board member as follows: Mike Vance 12, Chris Ray 7, Greg Ewing 12, Scott Rusk 8, Randy Kennedy 22.5, Jowannah Powers 17.5, and Duane Smith 7.

The board approved the consent agenda with a correction to the minutes:
a. Minutes of the Nov. 19 meeting of the board
b. Monthly financial report
c. Quarterly investment report

Superintendent's report:
a. The enrollment report as of Nov. 30 totaled 663 students.
b. The district and all three campuses are 100% Highly Qualified for the 2012-2013 school year.
c. Important dates to remember
d. Future agenda items

The board adjourned into executive session at 8:30 p.m. to discuss the superintendent’s mid-year evaluation. Executive session ended at 9:35 p.m. with no action taken. The date for the next regular meeting of the board was scheduled for Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Stranges To Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Stranges2Stranges1Amy and David Q. Strange of Amarillo will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

David married the former Amy June Holden on Dec. 24, 1952 in Las Cruces, N.M. They have resided in Amarillo for 20 years.

The host for the event will be their daughter, Linda Gail Martinez of Amarillo, other daughters include Carla Martinez, Jo Katherine Strange, Donna Dawson and Paul Zielsdorf, all of Panhandle.

Antigone Club To Host Women’s Expo

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

A New Year… A New You! Panhandle’s Antigone Club is hosting a Women’s Expo on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 to benefit the women of the area with opportunities to see the latest trends in health, beauty, products, talents and services.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will run until 5 p.m. at the War Memorial Building on Main Street. All proceeds will benefit the Antigone Club’s scholarship fund.

Booths are still available for products, talents and services that are important to and benefit women. Booth reservation deadline is Dec. 29, 2012 at a cost of $40 for a 10 foot x 10 foot table.

To reserve a booth or for more information contact Tammy Wendel at 675-9414.

Kindergarten & First Grade Carol At Senior Citizens

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Caroling at Seniors
On Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, kindergarten and first grade students from White Deer Elementary visited the White Deer Senior Citizens.

The students entertained everyone singing Christmas songs and helping to get everyone into the spirit of the season.

Sacred Heart Church Celebrates the Christmas Season

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Sacred Heart Catholic Church plans for the Christmas season:

Sunday, Dec. 23, is the fourth Sunday of Advent with Mass at 11 a.m. and a Vigil Mass on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 24, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Eve Midnight Mass will be at midnight with singing of Christmas carols at 11:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 25, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas morning Mass will be at 11 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Mass at 11 a.m. with the Vigil Mass on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God Mass will be at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Mass at 11 a.m. and Vigil Mass on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend our Christmas celebrations. Bring your family and friends to celebrate the Christmas season.