Archive for January, 2013

Peers Honor Gaylon Stamps With Outstanding Service Award

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Gaylon StampsBy Randy Hale
Hale Dusting Service Inc.
Banquette, Texas

Outstanding service by definition means an exceptionally good, clearly noticeable act of helping or doing work for someone. The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) Outstanding Service Award is presented to those individuals who have shown this quality in the service and promotion of the ag aviation industry and its association. NAAA’s success depends on the voluntary service provided by its members, and we are blessed to have many talented men and women in our industry. Occasionally, someone’s service is exceptionally good and clearly noticeable. Gaylon Stamps is one of those remarkable individuals whose service to his industry, his family, his community and his fellow human beings stands out as exceptional.

Anyone who has been around an NAAA board meeting will have seen Gaylon on the move – going from room to room and committee meeting to committee meeting. He served on the 2012 NAAA Executive Committee as secretary, several NAAA and National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation (NAAREF) committees as well as NAAREF Board of Director. He has represented the great state of Texas on the NAAA Board since 2006. He is a senior Professional Aerial Applicators’ Support System (PAASS) presenter, taking the premier ag aviation safety program to several state and regional conventions during the fall and spring seasons and also spending countless hours working on the contents of the program. Before working on the national level, Gaylon served in every officer position of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association, including president in 1998. He continues to travel to Austin today on a regular basis to represent TAAA before regulatory and legislative officials.

If representing one state wasn’t enough, Gaylon is also active in the New Mexico Agricultural Aviation Association (NMAAA) and serves as secretary and on several NMAAA committees. He spends numerous hours planning and organizing their convention and activities, including New Mexico’s world famous barrel throwing contest. Gaylon’s behind-the-scenes involvement with that activity has helped to raise thousands of dollars for college scholarship awards, enabling NMAAA to award multiple scholarships annually. According to Richie Crockett, New Mexico’s NAAA Board Representative,
“Gaylon is simply the type of person who sees something that needs to be done and jumps in with both feet.”

While his involvement in the aerial application industry illustrates quite a resume of service, it doesn’t stop with ag aviation alone. Gaylon also serves his community for nine years on the local school board and his is an Elder in his church. He is a devoted husband, father, grandfather and foster parent. He and his wife Pat and their family have taken into the hearts and home around 100 foster children. For years at every meeting or convention they attended, Gaylon and Pat were seen carrying a new baby arouond, showing it off.
It doesn’t take much to get Gaylon talking about his family or his occupation. Just ask him, and when he does you can see that God gave him a servant’s heart – one as big as Texas. NAAA’s 2012

Outstanding Service Award couldn’t go to a greater servant than Gaylon Stamps!

Randy Hale served as NAAA President in 2006 and was recently elected NAAREF President.

This article appeared in the January/February issue of Agricultural Aviation, the official publication of the NAAA.

Britten Honored At Luncheon; To Appear on “Cops” TV Show

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

brittenRecently the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission named Kansas City Police Officer, Bryan Britten, as one of the 2012 Crime Stoppers Officers of the Year.

Officer Britten was also recently filmed on duty by the “Cops” TV Show. The episode will be aired on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. on the local Fox Channel. Officer Britten was born in Pampa and lived for a short time in White Deer before moving to Overland Park, Kan. He mentions White Deer fondly during the episode and considers it his hometown.

Officer Britten and his wife Cindy have three children. He plans his vacation time around the White Deer Rodeo and Kick Back Day. He wants to return to his hometown after retirement and run for local political office to give back to the community he calls home.

Bryan Britten is the son of Max Britten (Class of 1973), the grandson of Smiley and Erma Britten and the nephew of Lynda Paul, Teresa and Nelson Britten.

Xi Sigma Beta Sweetheart

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

2013 sweetheart

2013 Xi Sigma Beta Sweetheart
Vicki Bowery

By Aloise Martin

The Xi Sigma Zeta Sorority will be honoring Vicki Bowery as their 2013 Sweetheart on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 with a dinner at the Plaza in Pampa.

Vicki is the mother of three children, Shasta, Samantha, and Waylon, and the grandmother of seven.

She moved to White Deer in May of 2010. She is a member of Highland Baptist Church in Pampa where she teaches first and second grade Sunday school. She also serves on several ministries as well as church custodian.

Vicki is employed as a cook at White Deer Senior Citizens.

She enjoys reading, working jigsaw puzzles, baking and visiting with family and friends.

WDISD Board Of Trustees Minutes

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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 Jan. 21, 2013, beginning at 7:30 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 and Tim Packard. Others in attendance were Karl Vaughn, Denise Adams, Darla Forney, Billy Boone, Jeff Quisenberry and Wendy Ruthardt. Carlos White with members of the Mean Machine, Alan Warminski, Jennifer Smith and Joe Freeman were also in attendance. Laura Gerber and Richard Blankenship with Johnson & Sheldon were in attendance for the audit.

Board members Terry Harrah and Jim Bob Mitchell were absent.

After a quorum was established, the meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President Packard. The prayer was offered by Superintendent Vaughn.

Mr. Haiduk moved to approve the agenda of the Jan. 21, 2013 regular board meeting; second by Mr. Grange. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Grange moved to approve the minutes of the Dec. 17, 2012 regular board meeting as presented; second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 5-0-0.

In recognition of Board Appreciation Month, dinner was provided by the High School NHS and STUCO students. Desserts were provided by the Elementary/Junior High Student Council. High school servers were Trenton Collins and Kyler Blodgett.

Mr. White and members of the Mean Machine were present to thank the Board for allowing them to use the facilities. They presented the Board with their Division II Monster Bowl Championship Trophy.

The board watched a video from students and staff thanking them for their service to the students and district.

Mrs. Adams handed out certificates of appreciation to board members.

Mr. Barrow moved to approve the audit as presented by Johnson & Sheldon; second by Mr. Brown. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Grange moved to attach the addendum as presented to FM Local Policy for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year; second by Mr. Haiduk. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Brown moved to approve the resolution to suspend a portion of EIA (Local) which would suspend requiring a student’s performance on an EOC assessment to count for 15 percent of a student’s final grade for the course for the 2012-13 school year; second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Barrow moved to hold the public hearing to discuss the District AEIS report on Feb. 18, 2013; second by Mr. Haiduk. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Administrators Reports were reviewed as follows:

High School:
*White Deer Stock Show and County Show were held and our students did well.
*Activities are in full swing with Basketball, One-Act Play, and UIL.
*Band Solo and Ensemble Competition will be Feb. 5 at WTAMU.
*Enrollment is 98.

Elementary/Junior High:
*Work on the spring music has started.
*Enrollment is 283.
*Wayland Baptist Theatre Department will be coming in February to present a play about bullying.

*White Deer Invitational Junior High Basketball Tournament was a success.
*Powerlifting has begun.
*Feb. 21 we will be hosting the White Deer Junior High Track Meet.

MasterCard statements were reviewed.

Mr. Haiduk moved to approve the accounts payable as presented; second by Mr. Grange. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Business Manager, Denise Adams, presented the monthly reports including the accounts payable, cash report, financial report, quarterly investment report, and the fund balance report for fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2012.

The Board entered closed session according to Texas Government Code 551.071 at 8:39 p.m. and reconvened in open session at 9:55 p.m.

Mr. Haiduk moved to table action on the superintendent’s contract until next month when all board members are in attendance; second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Board members reviewed the superintendent reports which included:
*District vacancies.
*Maintenance report.
*Safety and Security.
*2012-13 School Calendar.

There being no further business, Mr. Haiduk moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:58 p.m.; second by Mr. Brown. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Karis Hope Gortmaker

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Karis Gortmaker

Karis Hope Gortmaker

Rustin, Tonja, and Kyla Gortmaker, along with grandparents, Garry and Joan Gortmaker of White Deer, welcomed Karis Hope Gortmaker as a new addition to their family.

Karis was born in Plano, Texas on Dec. 21, 2012, at 3:50 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz. and was 19 inches long. She is a sweet and healthy baby girl and a wonderful blessing from God.

All Around Homemakers

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The All Around Homemakers attended their first meeting of the year on Jan. 10, 2013, in the home of Cathy Martinez. Her opening exercise was “Shoe Tips!” When to buy good shoes for sports or other activities.

New Year’s Resolutions were given by the seven ladies that attended the meeting. Some of the answers included eating healthy and staying healthy, be safe and don’t rush around, attend meetings more often, count your grams and lose 10 pounds, eat the right foods and bring down cholesterol.

After a short meeting, the ladies traveled to the Carson County Square House Museum to view the Rug Hookers artwork on display. Jean Henderson, Theresa Rapstine-Schafer, Sally Whatley, Carolyn Rapstine Carolyn Hawkins and Jane Coplen are the members of the Panhandle Rug Hookers. The ladies enjoyed lunch at the Buffalo Grass Steakhouse and had a great time.

Those attending the meeting were Peggy Rodriguez, Delfina Vigil, Beverly Warminski, Cecilia Bohannon, Carolyn Rapstine, Aloise Martin, Cathy Martinez and Lois Maricich.

Senior Citizens News

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

menuBy Linda Robertson

Wednesday was the day for hamburger steak with grilled onions, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, black- eyed peas, cornbread and dessert. There were 38 meals served, with four guests and eight takeouts.

Friday the cooks served loaded baked potatoes, cornbread and bread pudding for dessert. Toppings for the potatoes included chili, ham, cheese and sour cream. The salad bar was available for all those who like salad with their meal. The meal was enjoyed by 31 people; with one guest and nine takeouts.

Crunchy baked chicken was the entrée on Monday. Along with the chicken, there were scalloped potatoes, green beans, salad bar and butter pecan cake for dessert. The magic number was 35 sign-ins; with three guests and five were takeouts.

Come out any and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to enjoy a good home cooked meal!

God Bless!

Jeraldine Rodgers

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Jeraldine Rodgers

Jeraldine Rodgers,

Jeraldine Rodgers, 85, died Jan. 27, 2013 in McLean.

A private family burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery at a later time.

Mrs. Rodgers was born Sept. 3, 1927 in Eliasville, Texas. As a young girl her family moved to White Deer where she attended school. She married Nonnie Rodgers on Oct. 1, 1943 in Pampa, and he preceded her in death. She worked as a bookkeeper for Gibson’s stores, Sandra Corporation and the Pampa hospitals. Jeraldinae wass a gifted piano teacher and loved playing the piano. She will be missed greatly.

Survivors include two daughters, Lori Beesley and husband Jim of Pampa and Gwenn Rahmes and husband Don of Oklahoma City; a son, Steve Rodgers and wife Gracie of Childress; a sister, Delores Sims of Dumas; a brother, Dewayne Lovinggood and wife Linda of Alvin; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Jeraldine was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Lovinggood; and two sisters, Joanna Warren and Carol Cummings.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Class of 2016 Attend “West Side Story”

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

West Side StoryDuring the English I study of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", the Class of 2016 attended the Broadway production of "West Side Story" on Thursday, Jan. 24 in Amarillo.

West Side Story is based on Shakespeare's saga of two starcrossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Tiffany Cotton and Mona Freeman accompanied the class to the play.

"For many of the class members it helped to bring the literature to life. It is so exciting to see their minds open up to the classics," said Mrs. Freeman

Junior High Bucks Basketball

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

By Ralph Shemwell

On Monday, Jan. 14, the seventh and eighth grade boys headed to Amarillo to take on the Patriots from San Jacinto. The seventh grade played a great game start to finish and ended five points short with a final score of 29-34.

Teal Forney led the way with 14, Payton Freeman had eight and Hadley Freeman put in seven.

The eighth grade boys faced a very hot shooting group. Levi Chesser led the scoring with eight and Tye Chaney put in two for a final of White Deer 10 and San Jacinto 45.

On Monday Jan. 21, the boys traveled to Panhandle to take on our cross county foes. The seventh grade started a little slow, but made a run in the second quarter to pull within four points at half. The second half saw the boys struggle from the foul line, but they did an outstanding job drawing fouls by driving into the lane. The final score stood at White Deer 19 and Panhandle 35.

P. Freeman led the way with nine, Forney had eight and H. Freeman made a free throw for one point.

The eighth grade saw a very aggressive and hot shooting bunch of Panthers. White Deer finished with nine points and Panhandle had 37. Devin Kerlee stole the ball quite a few times and scored five points, Chesser and Chaney each had two. I heard many comments from the opponent’s fans about how hard the boys played and would never give up. Credit goes to each of them for having the mentality that it doesn’t matter what the score, keep fighting to come back. We thank each of you for all the support you give.

On Monday Jan. 28, the boys took on Clarendon at the Antler gym. After a close first quarter where White Deer played outstanding defense, Clarendon made a run to put them ahead for the remainder of the game.

P. Freeman played his best game of the year finishing with a team high seven points. Forney shut down Clarendon’s top player and scored six. H. Freeman handled the ball well against a very aggressive defense and added two points for a total of 15 while Clarendon finished with 36. Jerad Cantu, James Mcbee, Matthew Harvil and the rest of the team all contributed valuable minutes.

The eighth grade faced a very tall and talented Bronco group. After a close first quarter, Clarendon’s depth took a toll on the Little Bucks. Chaney led the Little Bucks with four, Rowdy Cox and Braden Barrow each had two and Devin Kerlee added a free throw to finish the scoring with nine while Clarendon put in 62.

I want to thank Toni Broom and Christie Mitchell for providing snacks, sandwiches and drinks before and after the games.

We will be traveling to Claude on Feb. 4 for the final game of the season.