Archive for January, 2013

William J. “Bill” Campbell

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

William J. "Bill" Campbell

William J. “Bill” Campbell, Jr., 90, of Skellytown died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Amarillo. Services were at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at the First Baptist Church, Skellytown with Alan Wilson Pastor of First Baptist Church of White Deer officiating. Interment was at the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Pampa under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.

Bill was born on May 10, 1922 in Rule, Texas to Esten Florence (Cook) and William J. Campbell, Sr. Bill served his country as a Corporal in the Army Air Force in World War II. He married Ernestine Doyle on April 16, 1943 in San Angelo. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Skellytown and the Adobe Walls Masonic Lodge #1355. He was the owner of Campbell Carpet Cleaning and Laying.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife on Nov. 2, 1994 and his son William E. Campbell in 1953.

Survivors include his two daughters, Tammie Krapp of Altamonte Springs, Fla. and Teresa Britten of White Deer; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ila L. Pettit

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Ila L. Pettit

Ila L. Pettit, 92, of Stanton, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Graveside funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the White Deer Cemetery, White Deer, Texas with her son-in-law, Rev. Monte Kreis, officiating.

Mrs. Pettit was born Feb. 4, 1920, in Childress and married Bazel B. Pettit in McLean. He preceded her in death in 1968.

Ila attended school in Childress and Pampa. She and her husband owned and operated Pettit Department Store in White Deer for many years. In 1973 she moved to Amarillo and lovingly worked as the Activity Director for Olsen Park Manor for 20 years. In 2008 she moved to Stanton to be near her daughter.

Survivors include one daughter, Sherrie Kreis and husband, Monte of Stanton; one son, Gary Pettit of Pampa; one brother, Bob Green and wife, Sarah of Louisville, Kentucky; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; and seven brothers and sister.

Arrangements were under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton.

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Kristi Dawn Roe Slatten

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Kristi Dawn Roe Slatten

Kristi Dawn Slatten, 42, of Lefors died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, in Briarwood Church in Pampa with the Rev. Albert Maggard, pastor of First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Pampa, officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Heights Cemetery in Lefors. Arrangements were by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mrs. Slatten was born May 16, 1970, in Pampa. She graduated from White Deer High School in 1988. She had been a resident of Lefors since 2005. She married Jarrod Slatten on Sept. 3, 2006, in Las Vegas.

Kristi was the office manager for Dannie Hoover State Farm for 15 years. She also worked at Easy’s Eastside for two years. She was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was a dedicated mom, wife, sister and daughter.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Roe; a niece, Ashley Roe; and her grandparents.

Survivors include her husband, Jarrod Slatten; a son, Ryan Lee; a stepson, Joseph Slatten; her mother, Barbara Roe of Lefors; two brothers, Zane Roe and wife Stacy of Lefors and Jon Roe of Pampa; an aunt, Pauline Parker of San Antonio; an uncle, Gene Roe of Wapanucka, Okla.; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Robert and Louie Slatten of Lefors; two nephews; and three nieces.

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Junior Varsity Does

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

By Rex Beck

The Junior Varsity Does defeated the Vega Junior Varsity girls last Friday. We definitely faced a little adversity during this game; four of our players were gone. It was a close game all four quarters. We had some players come off the bench that added a much needed spark and played some very crucial minutes throughout the game.

Hanna Brainard and Mikayle Roberts both added six big points for us, Lauren Cotton put up four points with one of those points being a free-throw that put us ahead by one in the last five seconds. Courtney Barrow added three points and pulled down some great rebounds, and Kimber Trolinger added two. Trolinger did a great job this game handling the ball the entire time. I was so very proud of these girls. They have worked so hard to prepare for district. They definitely deserved this win!

The Junior Varsity Does fell short to San Jacinto on Monday night with a final score of 28-17 in a very physical game. We were down by one at halftime, but could not seem to get over the hump to take the lead. Again, we were having trouble turning our steals into points. Trolinger had a great game offensively and defensively. She led the team scoring with six points, Skylar Freeman had four points, as well as many steals, Brainard and Cotton both added four points. Roberts, Macey Hendrick, and Jessie Taylor all had one point. The ladies will play Panhandle on Friday night at home. Come out and support our kids; the games begin at 4 p.m.

Junior Varsity Bucks

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

By Clint Watson

The Junior Varsity Bucks got back into action Monday night against San Jacinto. The long break proved to have an effect on the guys, as the first half was a little sluggish and we only managed to score two points. Even though the scoreboard didn't show success early on, we stayed playing hard on defense.

In the second half, we started to find a little bit of a groove offensively, as we erupted for 11 points. Every player on the court continued to hustle and play with heart and contribute to the game. Taylor Patterson played his best all around ball game of the year, finishing with nine points, six rebounds and four blocks. Ty Taylor and Braden Clay added two points each. Carter Estes, Austin Odell, Rhoan Cox and Gage Foshee all contributed with defense and rebounding.

We continue to play well as a team and never give up. It’s great to look out and watch the boys play the game the right way for the entire 32 minutes.

Thank You for all of your support.

Family Care Clinic To Move To New Facility Jan. 21

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Family Care Clinic staffers (left to right): Candra Inman, billing specialist; Brittany Kemp, CCMA, CMAA; Dr. Holly Jeffreys, FNP-BC; Dr. Keith Black, DO; Jennifer Yaws, FNPC; Beth Dumaoal, office manager; and Monica Bonner LVN. Not pictured are Karrie Smith and Wayne Woodward, FNP-BC.

By Shaun Wink

Over the years we have heard about the statistics of disparities of rural health care through the United States. We have heard about the declining health in rural areas and the increase of diseases due to lack of health care and how the future of rural America depends on the need for health care providers taking up the call to re-local to smaller towns and cities to care for those of Americans who chose to live in rural America.

Panhandle is just one of those rural communities that has a need for good affordable health care…though just miles from the large hospitals in Amarillo, Borger and Pampa…the need for everyday medical care was lacking. Over the years, many different physicians have made temporary offices in Panhandle…some for a few years and some for a few months.

In October of 2009, Dr. Holly Jeffreys, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC opened the Family Care Clinic of Panhandle on Main Street in the old clinic which was established by late Dr. Jack Prendergast many years earlier. Beth Dumaoal was her only full-time employee. She was office manager, clerk, and receptionist; assuming and fulfilling any other role that Dr. Jeffreys needed her to.
On Jan. 21, 2013, Family Care Clinic of Panhandle will open its new facility on Highway 60. The warm and beautiful state-of-the-art facility will house eight exam rooms, two patient waiting areas, staff offices and meeting rooms, x-ray facilities, community education area and as well as future physical therapy service area. (The Clinic planned to open on Jan. 14; however, weather conditions have prolonged the move.)

“The new facility will allow for more than one provider to see patients at the same time which will help to more efficiently accommodate same day appointments, such as walk-ins, as well as if an elderly patient cannot get out of his or her home, we will be able to send a provider to the home to evaluate and treat the patient’s health issues on an as needed basis,” said Dr. Jefferys.

“We will also have room for community education classes in health and wellness issues, nutrition classes, diabetes classes, etc. We will continue to have a complete lab, digital x-ray capabilities and telemedicine service,” she added. “We have a physical therapy area for which we plan to incorporate to on-site physical therapy services in the near future.”
Family Care Clinic has also joined with United Allergies to provide a full-time nurse and provider dedicated to providing allergy screening, testing and treatment for patients of all ages.

In 2010, two more full-time employees were added as well as the additional of telemedicine and x-ray services. Telemedicine enables a medical provider to telecommunicate and information technologies to provide patients with specialized clinical health care, eliminating distance barriers in rural areas as well as in critical care and emergency situations. X-ray facilities allow the providers to assess the problems locally without long waits and driving to Amarillo, Borger or Pampa.

In 2011, Dr. Keith Black, DO, joined Family Care Clinic as well as additional support staff. In 2012, the Cal Farley Boys Ranch Clinic was added with the addition of three more family practice providers: Jennifer Yaws, Wayne Woodward and Sarah Pillsbury. A team of 12, including support and professional staffs, provide care on both campuses.

“We currently have positions open for a full-time clerical position, full- and part-time medical assistant and full-time x-ray and or lab tech,” Dr. Jeffrey said. “We are so excited to have a place that will be a permanent home to one of the best family practice clinics in the state of Texas, and we look forward to growing and serving residents of Panhandle as well as the surrounding cities and counties in the Panhandle.”

Blood Drive Set For Monday At Panhandle HS

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Coffee Memorial Blood Center will be conducting a community blood drive at Panhandle High School on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Donors may schedule appointments by calling Angela Clay at 537-2399. Walk-ins are welcome. All donors are asked to present photo identification or blood donor card, and must be 17 years of age. Every eligible donor will receive a M*A*S*H* 2013 t-shirt in appreciation for donating.

“All blood types are currently needed,” said a spokesperson for Coffee Memorial Blood Center. “The need is real. There is no substitute for blood. It can only come from volunteer blood donors.”

New Twist To Online Tech Support Scam

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

By Loren Brand,
Carson County SO Chief Deputy

The FBI’s Internet Complaint Center continues to receive complaints reporting telephone calls from individuals claiming to be with Tech Support from a well-known software company. The callers have very strong accents and use common names such as "Adam" or "Bill." Callers report the user's computer is sending error messages, and a virus has been detected. In order to gain access to the user's computer, the caller claims that only their company can resolve the issue.

The caller convinces the user to grant them the authority to run a program to scan their operating system. Users witness the caller going through their files as the caller claims they are showing how the virus has infected their computer.

Users are told the virus could be removed for a fee and are asked for their credit card details. Those who provide the caller remote access to their computers, whether they paid for the virus to be removed or not, report difficulties with their computer afterwards; either their computers would not turn on or certain programs/files were inaccessible.

Some report taking their computers to local technicians for repair and the technicians confirmed software had been installed. However, no other details were provided.

In a new twist to this scam, it was reported that a user's computer screen turned blue, and eventually black, prior to receiving the call from Tech Support offering to fix their computer. At this time, it has not been determined if this is related to the telephone call or if the user had been experiencing prior computer problems.

January 2013 Is School Board Recognition Month

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Texans benefit every day from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by a group of more than 7,300 men and women in the communities across the state. These local volunteers are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. These men and women are the school board members of Texas

January is School Board Recognition Month and Panhandle ISD will take this opportunity to thank these local leaders for devoting time to support education and service in our local schools.

“It’s more important than ever before that the public shows support for public education. Board members face critical challenges in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand strong and guard against anything that takes away from our children and undermines our public schools,” said Blair Brown, Panhandle ISD superintendent.

“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local school are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students. In these challenging times, they face difficult choices and shoulder critical responsibilities. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” Brown said.

The board members serving Panhandle ISD are Mike Vance, Chris Ray, Greg Ewing, Scott Rusk, Randy Kennedy, Jowannah Powers and Duane Smith.

“Our district benefits from the contributions of the dedicated efforts of these local citizens who truly care about our kids. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of 8.9 million, 663 students, 120 employees and three campuses. We applaud their willingness to serve as advocates for our children and the voice of public education,” Brown said.

District Game Updates – Scores By Quarters

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Panthers vs. Vega
Panthers 16 28 42 54
Vega 7 13 22 37

Pantherettes vs. Vega
Ettes 6 13 25 38
Vega 4 13 17 24

JV Panthers vs. Vega JV
JV Panthers 6 23 39 39
JV Vega 13 21 25 36

JV Pantherettes vs. Vega JV
JV Ettes 4 16 25 32
JV Vega 0 6 8 20

Watch next week’s Herald for highlights of these games.