Archive for March, 2013

100th Judicial District Court – Childress, Childress County, Texas – March 25, 2013

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Childress – On Monday, March 25, 2013, seven pleas took place which resulted in five convictions and two deferred adjudications.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Greg Buckley, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Mitchell Ray Lamb, 52-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was convicted and sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On July 19, 2010, Lamb originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of forgery that occurred on March 1, 2010, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to revoke on Feb. 4, 2013, alleging nine violations of community supervision.

Lamb pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to six years in the TDCJ. Lamb is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County and a $2,000 fine.

2. Shelly Renae Southerland, 32-year-old resident of Wellington, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On Dec. 3, 2012, Southerland originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Nov. 24, 2012, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Feb. 19, 2013, alleging seven violations of community supervision.
Southerland pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 20 months in the State Jail Division. Southerland is also required to pay $385.50 in court costs to Childress County, $140 restitution, and a $250 fine.

3. Adron Gwynn Jr., 66-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was convicted and sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

On March 24, 2010, Gwynn originally pleaded guilty to the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd degree or more that occurred on Oct. 15, 2009, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to revoke on Feb. 19, 2013, alleging 11 violations of community supervision.

Gwynn pleaded true to violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division. Gwynn is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County and a $1,000 fine.

4. Matthew Ray Darr was convicted for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more. Darr pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Feb. 2, 2013 and was sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

Darr, 35-year-old resident of Tecumseh, Okla., was arrested by Childress County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Arant, assisted by Department of Public Safety Trooper Roy “Clay” Henry and pleaded to an information filed by the State on March 25, 2013.

“Deputy Arant and Trooper Henry did an excellent job in apprehending this intoxicated driver and put together an investigation that resulted in the plea today,” said Inman.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Darr is required to pay a $3,000 fine and $385.50 in court costs to Childress County.

5. Kenneth Lynn Moore was convicted for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more. Moore pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Aug. 18, 2012 and was
sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period of ten years.

Moore, 62-year-old resident of Estelline, was arrested by Henry and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Jan. 7, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Moore is required to pay a $3,000 fine, $385.50 in court costs to Childress County, $140 restitution, complete 200 hours of community service, and complete all DWI community supervision requirements under Chapter 49 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.

6. Dominique Stewart was placed on probation for a period of four years for the second degree felony offense of burglary of a habitation. Stewart pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Stewart, 19-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested for the offense that took place Feb. 15, 2012, and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on May 7, 2012.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Stewart is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Childress County and $385.50 in court costs. If Stewart violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

7. Tanner Arcadio Zuniga was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of criminal mischief. Zuniga pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Zuniga, 17-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested for the offense that took place March 10, 2013, and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State March 25, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Zuniga is required to pay a $250 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $12,469.06 restitution, and successfully complete a substance abuse rehabilitation program. If Zuniga violates probation, he could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Four Named To The Texas Girls’ Coaches Association Academic All State

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Brown

Senior
Brynn Brown

Armstrong

Senior
Sonni Jo Armstrong

By Rex Beck

Sonni Jo Armstrong, Brynn Brown, Elaine Craig and Torri Hughes were all named to the TGCA Academic All State honor roll.

Academic All-State regulations state that Academic All-State athletes and members of the support staff of that sport must be graduating seniors; must have an overall GPA average of 94 or above for grades 9-11.

All nominations must contain a numerical GPA; must be a varsity participant or a member of the support staff for that sport in good standing and must be of good moral character.

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Senior
Elaine Craig

Senior Torri Hughes

Senior
Torri Hughes

Childress District Court Results In Two Convictions & One Deferred

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Childress – On Thursday, March 28, 2013, three pleas took place which resulted in two convictions and one deferred adjudication.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

1. Jessica Ashley Walker, a 23-year-old resident of Childress, was convicted and sentenced to 22 months in the State Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on two different counts of forgery.

On Sept. 4, 2012, Walker originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of forgery that occurred on May 14, 2012 and May 16, 2012, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Feb. 19, 2013, alleging 14 violations of community supervision.

A contested revocation hearing was held where the State called three witnesses. Mark White and Marci Mills with the 100th Judicial District Community Supervision and Corrections Department both testified against Walker, and Sergeant Ronnie Bentley with the Childress County Sheriff’s Office also testified against Walker’s reputation for being a law-abiding citizen.

After the contested hearing, Walker was sentenced to 22 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ. Walker is also required to pay $771 in court costs to Childress County, $2,003.54 restitution, and a $2,500 fine. On both cases, the sentences will run concurrently.

2. Meghan Janae Mills was placed on probation for a period of two years for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance. Mills pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Mills, 19-year-old resident of Childress, was arrested for the offense that took place March 26, 2013, and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the State March 28, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Mills is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Childress County, $385.50 in court costs, $140 restitution, and attend and successfully complete a substance abuse rehabilitation program. If Mills violates probation, she could face up to two years in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

Boys’ All District Basketball And Academic All District Announced

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Gordy

Senior Kye Gordy

Blodgett

Senior Kyler Blodgett

Grange

Senior Casey Grange

By Caleb Reimer

Miller

Junior Jacob Miller

MacAnally

Sophomore Cyler McAnally

Harrah

Senior Codie Harrah

Wright

Senior Bailee Wright


This week the Boys’ All District Basketball and Academic All District teams were announced.

Casey Grange was named to the All District First Team.

Kyler Blodgett, Casey Grange, Cuyler McAnally, Kye Gordy, Codie Harrah, Bailee Wright and Jacob Miller were all named to the Academic All District team.

Minutes Of The City Council Of Panhandle

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Editor’s Note: The following minutes of the Panhandle City Council how not been approved. The minutes are in their entirety and have only been reformatted to fit the Herald’s space requirements.

The Panhandle City Council met in regular session on Thursday March 14, 2013 at 7 p.m., at City Hall with the following members present: Mayor Dan Looten, Council Members Karrie Smith, Bill McLeod, Brad Maples, Brady Shadid, and Alvin Stamps. Also present were City Manager Rob Roach, Chief of Police Sace Hardman, EMS Director Terry Coffee, Animal Control Officer Renee Garner, Public Works Director Shawn Watson and City Secretary Veronica Willburn.

Also present were citizens, Rachel Parker and Royce Hall.

Item 1. Call meeting to order. With a quorum present, the meeting was called to order by Mayor Dan Looten.

Item 2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of Amercia and the State of Texas. After the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and the State of Texas Pledge were led by Sace Hardman, the Invocation was led by Council Member Brad Maples.

Item 3. Minutes. Review with possible consideration the minutes of the Feb. 14, 2013 Council Meeting.

A motion was made by Council Member Karrie Smith and seconded by Council Member Brady Shadid to approve the Minutes of the Feb. 14, 2013 City Council Meeting with each member voting aye, the minutes were approved.

Item 4. Citizens Comments. Mayor Dan Looten said that he heard a lot of great comments on how well the city did during the snow storm by getting the streets and roadways cleared as quickly as they did. He also mentioned the need to check around the city park playground area for reported broken glass that needs to be cleaned up.

Item 5. Ordinance 569 (First Reading). Review and consider an Ordinance governing kennel and multi-pet permits in the City of Panhandle.

First reading of Ordinance 569 was done. Mayor Dan Looten granted permission for Royce Hall and Rachel Parker to speak on the subject after receiving a request from them. They hold the only current kennel permit. Royce Hall said that he understands the need to restrict the number of animals but would like to request the current number of animals they have be grandfathered in. He stated that the animals they have receive proper care and feed. They’re currently provide a home for fostering and animal rescue and try to find homes for these animals.

Rachel Parker stated that they have a lot of animals they have had for many years, some 14-15 years. They don’t breed animals and are asking to be allowed to keep their current animals and let them live out their lives. They have ten dogs at this time and have re-homed three since they received their permit.

City Manager Rob Roach explained Ordinance 569 and explained the Multi-Pet permit vs. breeding kennel. Existing permit would be grandfathered in with the new requirements including nine maximum pets. There would be no need to euthanize a fifteen year old dog which is a current pet. Under the new Ordinance, a rescue kennel would have to be in the correct zone and not in a residential zone. Ordinance 569 needs a few revisions before finalizing. This being the first reading, no action was taken.

Item 6. Ordinance 570 (Final Reading). Review and consider an Ordinance cancelling the 2013 City Election. (Editor’s Note: The Ordinance in its entirety can be found on page 6 of this week’s Herald.)

The first and final reading of Ordinance 570 was done. A motion was made by Council Member Bill McLeod and seconded by Council Member Karrie Smith to approve Ordinance 570 cancelling the 2013 City Election and declaring the unopposed candidates duly elected to the respective offices with each member voting aye, the Ordinance was approved.
Item 7. Capital Equipment. Review and consider a Buy Board Quotation for a Tymco 435 Street Sweeper.

City Manager Rob Roach discussed the possibility of buying a street sweeper to help maintain the city streets. He has looked at several different models including a used Model 600 BAH street sweeper for $75,000 with no warranty and a new Tymco 435 street sweeper through Buy Board for $126,000, with $60,000 down and four year payment plan, which includes two and a half days of training in Waco for anyone going to run or maintain the street sweeper. Tymco explained how this model works by blowing air to lift the dirt through a recirculation and filter system rather than by vacuum.

There are less wear items to replace, the main items being the box and side brushes with only minimal cost. Tymco representatives did a demonstration for the City employees and Council Members on Main Street and by the bank. Purchase of a street sweeper would help maintain the streets and help keep weeds out of the street and would be purchased with part of the street maintenance tax funds. A motion was made by Council Member Brad Maples and seconded by Council Member Alvin Stamps to approve the purchase of the new Tymco Street Sweeper with each member voting aye, the motion was approved.

Item 8. Consent Agenda. All consent agenda items listed are considered routine in nature by the City Council and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council Member so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered in its normal sequence on the agenda: Police; Building Permits; Fire; Code Enforcement; Recycling Report; Emergency Medical Services; Municipal Court; Work Orders/Pumpages; Financial Report.

After discussion of consent items, a motion was made by Council Member Brad Maples and seconded by Council Member

Brady Shadid to approve all consent items with each member voting aye, the motion was approved.

The next City Council Meeting is scheduled for March 28, 2013. (Editor’s Note: The March 28 meeting was canceled and rescheduled for April 8, 2013 at 7 p.m.)

There being no further business on the Agenda, the meeting was adjourned by Mayor Looten at 7:45 p.m.

ATO Sorority To Host Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Alpha Theta Omega will be hosting their annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30 at the White Deer City Park.

All children up to age ten are invited to come out and join the fun.

One Act Play To Hold Public Performance Tonight

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

OAPOn Thursday, March 28, 2013, White Deer High School One-Act play under the direction of Mrs. Tiffany Cotton and assisted by Mrs. Amanda Taylor, will put on their production of “Persephone” for the public. We encourage everyone to attend and show their support for this talented group of students.

One Act cast members competed in the South Zone competition on Wednesday, March 20. While they did not advance to district competition this year, they performed well and received good reviews from judges. Awards for Honorable mention, All-Star cast went to Teak Forney (Hades) and Jaxon Rogers (Charon), and an All Star Cast award went to Ashley Parsley who plays the lead as Persephone. The cast and crew have put in many hours of hard work and look forward to next year as we prepare to show this play for the last time.

Senior Citizens News

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

SR. MenuBy Nita Ramming

Easter is here and as we reflect on the true meaning of Easter, may we all remember to say a special thank you to Jesus for dying on the cross for us and rising on Easter morning. He is an ever-present help if we but call on His name. Thank you, Jesus!

Wednesday saw a bigger than usual crowd come out for the ham, yams, butter beans and upside-down cake. The salad bar is super and new things keep showing up. It is a really good addition to an already great meal. Forty-six signers with 10 take-outs and nine guests was the count for the day. Sometimes I wonder if everyone signs the book, because the tables were full. The lazy bug must have been there because it seemed nobody was in a hurry to leave. It might have been the weather. It can’t decide whether spring has sprung or got frozen and can’t break out. We had some first time visitors, so maybe our membership will start growing.

Roy B. and Dolores Hodges got in from South Texas just in time to enjoy some cold weather. Roy B. is a regular eater while they are here. Bro. Alan came for the good ham. One of these days Paul Eakin is going to become a member.

Shrimp and fish were the fare for the day on Friday. It was scrumptious! They fixed potatoes diced up and baked instead of French fries, but they sorta tasted fried and baked both. The shut-up dogs were super. Deviled eggs showed up on the salad bar. We had 42 signer-inners and 7 take-outs and four guests, so the tables looked good again.

Jody Powell brought her grandson, Tom Milam, with her. Dean and Jackie Wyatt were with us for the fish. It is a shame lent doesn’t last all year so we could have fish every Friday all year. Joe Wheeley and Xavier Arellano have been coming very regularly. I guess you have to eat when you work. Garry and Joan Gortmaker and Jimmy McCracken were sitting at the table together and we found out they are relatives. Better not talk about anybody.

The puzzle of puppies is so hard it looks the same size every day. So…since Easter is upon us, we got a big piece of cardboard and raked it off of the puzzle board, put the pieces out of the little drawers back in the box. Angela and Jody dumped out the Easter one and have already got the border done. That puppy one may get lost!

Mondays are chicken days and chicken tetrazzini was suppose to be the menu. But I think it was chicken fajitas. At any rate they were delicious with the Spanish rice, brown beans, salad bar, guacamole, chips and soap-a-pilla cheesecake for dessert. Yum!!!

The attendance has stayed 40 or more all week. Monday we had 40 with eight take-outs and five guests. With the cold weather, or should I say “extremely cold below freezing” weather, that was a very good number of brave people.

May you celebrate Easter praising God and our risen Lord! Easter sunrise services will be at the Cross in Groom at 7 a.m. Make plans to be there.

God Bless!

White Deer Tennis At Borger Tennis Tournament

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

By Malorie Homen

WD Tennis Mixed Doubles Team

Mixed Doubles team, Sierrah Villarreal and Graham Wilson won the division at the Borger Tournament.

On March 19 and 20, the White Deer Tennis Team traveled to Borger for the Borger Tennis Tournament.

Mixed Doubles, Boys’ Singles and Boys’ Doubles all participated on Tuesday. Kye Gordy played his first round of singles this meet, and did very well. He won his first match against a kid from Canadian 8-1, but did not continue to advance. Codie Harrah and Trenton Collins lost their first round to a Canadian team that made it to the semi finals, but won their next two matches, improving each time. Sierrah Villarreal and Graham Wilson won the Mixed Doubles division. I saw some great things out of these two. They beat a Canadian team first, 8-5. They were down at the beginning, but held it together and won several in a row to put them on top. They played a Gruver team next, beating them 8-2. In the finals they played another Canadian team, beating them 6-3, 6-4. Cassidy Crutchfield and Evan Putman also had a great day in Borger. They beat a Gruver team first round 8-5, and then beat a Wheeler team to put them in the Semis, but they did not advance from there. These kids really had a great tournament and beat several tennis teams that will be at the District Meet. I am very proud of their efforts and their work ethic. They have come a million miles these last few weeks.

On Wednesday, I took Kimber Trolinger and Jessie Taylor to play girls’ doubles. They played a Booker team first round, but fell short 6-8. While they made too many small errors, they turned their game around quickly the next round when they beat a Borger team 8-3, and a Canadian team 6-4 which put them in the Consolation finals. They played a Boys Ranch team and split sets with them 6-4, 2-6, so next was a Super Tiebreaker. We ended up losing 10-12 at the very end. I was super proud of these two girls, they got much better each match, and I expect great things from them down the road.

White Deer City Council Minutes

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Editor’s Note: The following minutes have not been approved by the White Deer City Council. The White Deer News has formatted the minutes to its space and style requirements, but has not inserted any information.

On March 18, 2013, the White Deer City Council met for their regular council meeting

Council members present included Mayor Jayson Smith, Lyn Luster, Michael Lenz, Ed Hillman, Alan Warminski and Dick Pierce.

Employees present were Katrina Warminski and Sheryl Starks.

Guests included Linda Robertson, Vickie Hillis, Nita Ramming and Doug Warminski.

Mayor Smith called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Warminski gave the invocation.

Mr. Pierce made the motion to approve the agenda, Mr. Warminski seconded, all for.

Mr. Lenz made the motion to approve the minutes of the Feb. 18 regular meeting, Mr. Pierce seconded, all for.

No one spoke during concerned citizens.

Mr. Hillman made the motion to make changes to the employee handbook for vacation/sick days as follows, five days for the first two years of employment, and then 10 days max for the duration of employment with no time being earned during the six month probation period. Mr. Pierce seconded, all for.

Agenda item #8 concerning seal coating of the streets was tabled with a motion from Mr. Warminski, seconded by Mrs. Luster, all for.

Mr. Lenz made the motion for the City of White Deer to go directly through Amarillo Natural Gas in purchasing supplemental gas instead through Munigas due to the fact of Munigas requesting the City to obtain a letter of credit in the amount $65,000, Mr. Hillman seconded, all for.

Mr. Hillman motioned to give Attebury Grain abatement for two years, Mr. Lenz seconded the motion, all for.

Mr. Hillman made the motion to decline the municipal telecommunications right-of-way access line rates, Mr. Pierce seconded, all for.

The reports were looked over.

The council looked over the customer past due account report during this time Mr. Lenz made the motion that the city will no longer hold postdated checks for utility bills, Mr. Warminski seconded, all for.

The next meeting date is set for Monday, April 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. Mr. Warminski motioned to adjourn, Mr. Hillman seconded, meeting adjourned.

On March 25, 2013 at 1 p.m. the White Deer City Council met for a special meeting.

Council members present were Mayor Jayson N. Smith, Dick Pierce, Ed Hillman and Michael Lenz.

Employees present included Katrina Warminski.

Mayor Smith called the meeting to order, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Mr. Pierce gave the invocation.

The agenda was approved by a motion from Mr. Hillman, seconded by Mr. Pierce, all for.

Mr. Hillman made the motion to adopt Section 3 Local Opportunity Plan, seconded by Mr. Pierce, all for.

The meeting was adjourned with a motion from Mr. Hillman, and a second from Mr. Lenz.