Archive for February, 2013

Area Hit Hard By Late Winter Blizzard

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

snowstorm 2013

Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

Sunday morning was sunny and beautiful. It was difficult to believe that there was a severe winter storm warning which included heavy snowfall, high winds and blizzard conditions.

Monday morning area residents awoke to find schools and businesses closed. Most people were unable to even get outside their homes. Roads and highways were impassable and closed. Troopers across the area and highway department workers were having great difficulty helping stranded motorists, answering emergency calls and clearing the roads. Texas Panhandle residents were being besieged by a snow storm the likes of which have not been seen in many years.

Some reports included up to 15 inches of snow and drifts as high as six feet according to the AlertNow message from White Deer ISD Superintendent, Karl Vaughn. However with every dark cloud there is a silver lining. The heavy snow has ultimately brought in much needed moisture to the drought-stricken area.

World Day of Prayer Service

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Communities of Faith in White Deer and all other participants are having a World Day of Prayer and Healing Service on Friday, March 1, 2013, at White Deer Methodist Church at 6 p.m.

We are encouraging all brothers and sisters of the faith to come and take a stand on our rights and pray with us for healing of our nation’s government, state and world. It is time to stand up and be counted, for our freedoms are being attacked as are our rights as Christians.

Come be a part of this service and be counted.

Twenty-fifth Annual Fajita Dinner

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The White Deer United Methodist Church will hold their twenty-fifth annual Fajita Dinner on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

The members of the church will be serving from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at 101 W. 8th St. in White Deer.

The dinner is all you can eat, with adult’s plates being $10 and plates for children being $5. Everyone is invited to attend this delicious annual event.

Community Luncheon Reminder

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

By Linda Robertson

The Community Luncheon will be held at noon on Thursday, March 7, at the Senior Citizens Center. The Baptist Women are hosting the March luncheon.

The luncheon is held every first Thursday of the month, and is open to everyone. It is a great opportunity to visit with old friends, and make new acquaintances. Whether you are new to White Deer, or a long time resident, we would love to have you come share the good food and fellowship. Just bring your favorite recipe prepared in a covered dish. See you there!

Senior Citizens News

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

menuBy Nita Ramming

Winter is here in all its beauty! This is the first blizzard we have had in a long time. Things shut down rather quickly because of the white-out conditions. Think I’ll just stay in the warm house and do nothing. Lots of pretty large drifts around and kind of deep snow in the streets makes for staying in the house! The snow is really wet and the grass and growing things should get a good drink of water. Maybe we will have a bunch of snowmen pop up.

Vicki, my daughter, shoveled the snow off my back steps and patio for my dogs. There are three steps, but it looked like there were none. We all thank her very much. Then Kelly Ramming brought his tractor and blade and did my entire driveway. He had a list of driveways to clean. It is great to have hard workers around. Now all that is missing is the horses pulling the sleigh full of happy kids, so we could play.

Wednesday was the day for smothered steak and all the trimmings. The new salad bar is very popular. The best thing on it is the pickled okra. We had a good crowd, but I don’t have the book because it is too snowy. So…one thing’s for sure, everybody enjoyed the food and fellowship.

We have a puzzle of puppies on the board. There are one million and two pieces with reedy grass and it all looks the same. Then someone has brought another one that looks hard. But then…they all look hard to me.

Salmon patties were lickin’ good on Friday. They were big and very tasty. The salad bar is making the trays look empty because there are paper plates for your salad. We had bread pudding one day for dessert and strawberry shortcake one day. The snow froze my brain and my memory is gone to the freezer. Some day it may thaw, but---

Now, for Monday, we were going to have chicken tetrazzini, but everybody is sissies and wouldn’t come out in the beautiful weather. So maybe we will have that another day. Something good will be served – that’s for sure. So, come on down and join us. We will always have something good!

God Bless!

Jennifer Belle Samples Krieg

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

krieg obit

Jennifer Belle Samples Krieg
1974 - 2013

Jennifer Belle Samples Krieg, 38, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Stinnett.

Services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in White Deer with Rev. Gene Krieg, pastor of King’s Highway Baptist Church in Fort Worth and Rev. Justin Krieg, pastor of Lake Ridge Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, officiating.

Burial was in White Deer Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Jennifer was born July 16, 1974 in Pampa to James and Jeanie Samples. She was a 1992 graduate of White Deer High School and received her associate degree from Frank Phillips College in Borger. Jennifer married Jeremy Krieg on May 11, 2004 in Stinnett. She pursued a career in banking which included H&H Credit Union in Stinnett, loan officer at Amarillo Federal Credit Union, and vice-president of Dalhart Savings and Loan in Dumas. She was a former member of First Baptist Church in White Deer.

Survivors include her husband, Jeremy, of the home; her mother, Jeanie Samples of White Deer; her father, James Samples, of Perryville, Ark.; two sons, Forrest and Dakota Lopez of Gruver; a daughter, Emma Lopez, of the home; a stepson, Brody Krieg, of Borger; a stepdaughter, Jourdan Krieg, of Borger; a sister, Janet Grange and husband Shane of White Deer; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rev. Gene and Ginger Krieg of Fort Worth; a brother-in-law, Rev. Justin Krieg and wife Regina of Cedar Hill; a sister-in-law, Tara Hokanson and husband Ben of Abilene; several nieces and nephews including Sierra, Casey, Hannah, Kailee, Kaci, Briana, Brady, Logan, Jack, Jocelyn, Kyla, Bailee, Greyson, Jack, and Reagan; and by a goddaughter, Izzy. Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Teresa Krieg.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 411 S. Omohundro, White Deer, TX 79097, or to a favorite charity.

Pack 581 Scout News

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

By Sharon Williams

On Jan. 8, 2013, Noah Rodriguez announced for the flag ceremony, Cash Mitchell presented the American flag, Tony Sanchez the Texas flag and Carter Rainey stood at attention along with the adults who were present and showed respect for the flags.

Wolves, Carter Rainey and Tony Sanchez along with Bears, Brayden Sargent, Cash Mitchell and Noah Rodriguez played an organized game together and both groups worked on a puzzle as part of the requirements of “Family Fun,”  while the adults present made plans for an upcoming fundraiser to sell spaghetti dinners and deliver them. More on the results of this fundraiser soon!

On Jan. 15, the boys performed the flag ceremony. The names of the boys involved were not available. This ceremony is always the first thing the boys do together. 

Wolf leader, Jennifer Evans, and Cub master, Kathy Sargent, who is also Bear leader, worked with Wolves, Carter Rainey and sister Kiley Rainey, and Bears, Brayden Sargent, Cash Mitchell and Noah Rodriguez on earning their Whittling Chip. They discussed the safety rules for handling a knife, and then each boy took turns showing how to properly take care of and use a pocket knife. All the boys earned their Whittling Chip card. This card is a necessity for the boys to be able to carry pocket knives at Scout camp.

City Hosts Snowday Contest

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

portable snowman

The Bonner family built a portable snowman on the back of their flatbed pickup.

Once the storm cleared and the sun showed itself, Monday, Feb. 25, Panhandle citizens were ready for some snow fun! In an effort to keep folks off the snow-packed streets and safe, the City of Panhandle officials, via facebook, initated a fun-filled contest to see who could build the best snowman or snow fort with the winners receiving a nice reward at the city swimming pool later this year.

Entries were unique and some even quite colorful in the hopes of gaining the attention of the judges. Posted on facebook, the entries could be enjoyed by many.

According to City Manager Rob Roach the judges were deadlocked for over three hours. “There was not breaking this up. We referred to the rule book and it stipulates that the Mayor shall break the tie. Mayor Looten had declared everyone a winner!”

Mayor Dan Looten said, “When family and friends spend quality time together, have fun and pull toward a common goal; haw can anyone be a loser.”

Polhmeier Snow Fort

Payton and Dylan Pohlmeier built a snow fort on Monday afternoon in anticipation of the City’s Snowday Contest.

“Details will be released at a later date about one awesome pool party this summer that is promised to as epic as this storm,” said City Manager Roach.

Epic Storm...yes, it was! The second biggest blizzard on record ... the Herald would like to publish a special pictorial of the pictures that were taken during and after the snow.

Pictures may be submitted to

Howling Blizzard Made All-Day Blast To Region On Monday

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

By Betty Biggs

A near record-breaking blizzard engulfed the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma Panhandle, Eastern New Mexico and parts of Kansas on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 and will probably go down in those pages as the Worst Winter Storm to hit that region for close to 40 years. Heavy snow, accompanied by strong north winds bombarded that area all day and created a highly dangerous time for anyone who happened to be outside without protection from those elements. Measuring the depth of snow was next to impossible because the wind speed didn't allow the flakes to stay where they fell, but shoved them into drifts of varying heights throughout the day. Traffic throughout the area was gnarled and emergency crews battled climatic conditions in efforts to render aid to people caught in the risky elements.

Local emergency crews were not alone in meeting the needs of stranded motorists in the affected area for National Guard troops and high-profile vehicles were sent to help. This additional assistance was sent when authorities in Austin, received word that the National Weather Service had issued a blizzard warning for Amarillo and portions of the Panhandle to the west and north, winds of 25 to 30 mph, gusting to 50 mph, were expected. The weather service predicted snow accumulations of a half-foot to ten and a half feet in the area. Stories of the exact amount of snow that fell and the depth of the resulting drifts will be as varied as the people who experienced them and later tell the results. Road maintenance personnel directed their first efforts to clearing routes for emergency vehicles. All area schools and scheduled meetings in the area were canceled Monday. Most of them were also canceled on Tuesday, or delayed to start at a later-than-scheduled time.

The Department of Public Safety along with TXDOT (Texas Department of Transportation and local sheriffs’ offices and police departments with assistance provided by the National Guard, provided rides to approximately 32 people in the Potter, Randall and Armstrong counties, according to a DPS annoucement. National Guard was to work I-40 from Amarillo west and I-40 from Childress east. A Tuesday morning news release said I-40 was still closed from the Oklahoma state line to the New Mexico state line. Many secondary roads had not yet been addressed at the time of that release. Clean-up of those roads occurred on a priority basis. U.S. Highway 27 north and south of Amarillo were opened and unrestricted.
City crews for Panhandle focused their attention on clearing Main Street for traffic, and providing safe conditions for travel on other major streets.

Another business that posted weather warnings was the United States Postal Service who noted that after being closed all day Monday, many of their offices were expected to be open Tuesday, although some may have to delay openings due to the impact of the storm. More than 20 offices may remain closed Tuesday due to inaccessibility or power outages. About 28 offices in the area were closed Monday due to the extreme weather.
Many area residents will likely include other inconveniences in their remembrances of the storm, including a brief electrical power outage Monday morning. Cattlemen will also add the cold-but-necessary feeding of cattle during this, the usual annual time for arrival of baby calves, who like their mothers, must be protected from the extreme elements.

Last week's high temperature reached 59 degrees on Sunday before the record-setting blizzard with 17 inches of snow and hurricane force winds hit. Those winds died down Tuesday morning and left the region with clear skies and cold temperatures. The week's overnight low fell to 12 degrees on Monday night, Feb. 25. After that .8" of moisture fell in the Panhandle rain gauge. Winds stayed light Tuesday and skies remained very bright on the snow pack, as melting began on the wet snow which was nothing short of a blessing for farmers. By no means of seeing a repeat of blizzard conditions, a minor disturbance might bring a snow shower or two to the area overnight Tuesday, with only minimal accumulations expected and sunny skies will soon return.

How will this moisture affect the area farmers? Currently, they are wondering whether to plant cotton or grain sorghum because of price variances and soil-moisture requirements between the crops. Summing up the most recent reports received from area agriculture people, previous snows had dumped approximately 18 inches of moisture to the area, as much as 6-8 inches in some counties. Before activities due to the blizzard, producers were preparing fields for spring plantings and irrigating wheat, hoping to get more grazing from the crop. Supplemental feeding of livestock continued as most herds remained in fair to good condition.

Record books give notice to an upper level weather disturbance, bringing snow to parts of the central U.S. on Feb. 26, 1989 just one day after temperatures were in the 60s. Snowfall totals in Missouri ranged up to nine inches at Rolla. Those statistics were in sharp contrast to those a year earlier when eight cities in the central and western U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Lamoni, Iowa with a reading of 67 degrees. Temperatures in North Dakota were as warm as those in Florida.

In 1987, a slow-moving storm in the southwestern U.S. spread heavy snow from the southern and central Rockies into the Central High Plains Region. Totals in Colorado ranged up to 62 inches at Purgatory. Colorado Springs reported a February record of 14.8 inches of snow in 24 hours. Lander, Wy. received four inches in one hour, 13 inches in seven hours, and a record storm total of 28 inches. High winds created near blizzard conditions at Colorado Springs. Fairplay, Colo. reported 34 inches with drifts ten feet high.

Looking back even farther, 1910 records show parts of Washington State were in the midst of a storm which produced 129 inches of snow at Laconia between Feb. 24 and 28, a single storm record for the state. A series of storms which began on the Feb. 23, led to a deadly avalanche on the first of March. By late on the 28th, the snow had changed to rain, setting the stage for disaster.

Heck Named Runner-Up In Texas Elks Free Throw Contest

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Hoop Shoot

Whitney Jones and Houston Heck

Panhandle Elementary student, Houston Heck won second place in the 2013 Texas Elks State Association (TESA) Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest held in Carrollton on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Heck placed second in the 10-11 year old boys by sinking 18 free throws out of 25 attempts. He competed against eight other District champions from around the state of Texas.

To earn a spot in the state competition Heck won his local contest, sponsored by Borger Elks Lodge and then the Panwest District shoot-off.

He will be a stand-by for the four-state Regional contest held in Carrollton on March 23, with the nationals in Springfield, Ma. on April 20.

Also representing Panhandle Elementary in the state contest was Whitney Jones.

Jones placed sixth in the 12-13 year old girls division.

This year over 220,000 kids in Texas competed in the contest, according to Russell Scott, TESA Hoop Shoot Director. Nationwide over 3.5 million boys and firls will compete in three differenct age groups.

TESA President Tim Richardson extened congratulations to all the participants saying, “Texas Elks realize that our children are our future and it is important for them to learn the necessary steps to achieving goals in order to grow into successful productive adults. This is an experience they will remember and benefit from their entire lives. It is a great honor for us to be able to provide this friendly competition as a tool for our future leaders.”

The Elks are a Faternal orgainzation with nearly one million members nationwide and distributes over $21 million annually for scholarship, community and other youth programs.