Archive for April, 2013

Kenneth L. Cox

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Kenneth Cox

Kenneth L. Cox,

Kenneth L. Cox, 72, of Panhandle died Thursday April 25, 2013.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church of Panhandle with Rev. Dr. Jerry Lane of White Deer and Rev. Buddy Payne, pastor officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Kenneth was born Aug. 9, 1940 in Seiling, Okla. He was raised in Dewey County on the Sam Cox farm and the towns of Seiling and Taloga. He graduated from high school in Seiling in 1958. He graduated from Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College in Goodwell, Okla. in August 1962.

Kenneth taught and coached for Stratford ISD from 1962 to 1968; he was elementary Principal and sixth grade teacher in Arnett, Okla. from 1968 to 1976 after completing a Masters degree in Education Administration at West Texas State College in Canyon. Texas in 1968.

Kenneth was Elementary Principal in Skellytown, Texas in the White Deer ISD from 1976 to 1995 when he retired with 33years experience in education. During the summers Kenneth managed the Stratford swimming pool and directed the summer youth program in Arnett.

While in Skellytown he was president of Lions Club several different years. He and his wife Alice lived at Lake Tanglewood south of Amarillo from August 1991 to September 2001 when they moved to Panhandle. He was president of the Square House Museum Board from 2008 to 2010.

On Aug. 22, 1958, Kenneth married Alice J. Price in Seiling with her father J. D. Price, Jr. officiating. They have four children: Randy L. Cox , born May 1, 1959; Kendra L. Cox born March 27, 1961; Keith A. Cox born Dec. 22, 1962; and Barbra K. Craig born Oct. 14, 1964.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Alice, his four children, Randy Cox, Kendra Cox, Keith Cox and Barbra Craig; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Trooper Ben Dollar Recognized For Heroic Efforts

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today presented the inaugural William P. Clements Award to two DPS employees. Other guests, including officers and civilians at the Public Safety Commission meeting, received commendations for their extraordinary efforts and bravery.

“Each of these exceptional individuals has distinguished themselves, either through selfless service to the state of Texas or courage in the face of danger,” said Director McCraw. “Without question, Texas is a safer place and the Department a better agency because of their actions and dedication.”

Named in honor of the former governor and his commitment to excellence in government, the William P. Clements Award recognizes employees who display exceptional performance throughout the course of their DPS career. The commissioned recipient was Trooper Robert Ben Samuel Dollar, Highway Patrol in Panhandle, and the non-commissioned recipient was Ramiro Valdez, lead evidence technician from the Law Enforcement Support Division in Weslaco.

Dollar began his career with the DPS in 2005 and joined the Texas Highway Patrol interdiction instruction team in 2007. In 2012 Dollar stopped a truck tractor semi-trailer and determined the two occupants were unlawfully restraining and exploiting a 16-year-old girl. The two men were arrested, and the girl was reunited with her family. Additionally, from the fall of 2011 through 2012, he made 59 major felony drug and currency seizures during routine traffic stops. Seizures from those stops totaled more than $1.16 million in currency and drugs worth more than $14 million, including approximately 2,100 pounds of marijuana, 115 pounds of cocaine, and 98 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

Valdez has worked in DPS crime labs since 1996, and in 2008, he was instrumental in coordinating the construction of the Hidalgo County incinerator site used for the destruction of illegal contraband. Valdez went above and beyond his job duties to help prepare the site for the incinerator, and has continued to vigilantly maintain and ensure security at the site. The operation of this incinerator, aided by Valdez’s efforts, has saved DPS and local law enforcement agencies approximately $3 million in marijuana disposal costs since October 2008.

Andrew Jones Advances To State UIL Competition

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

UIL Science TeamPHS Senior Andrew Jones, far right, placed first in Biology at the Regional UIL competition on Friday, April 19 in Levelland. His first place qualifies him to compete in the state meet in Austin on
May 22. He placed fourth overall at regionals.

The UIL Science team (left to right) Tucker Wise, Kollin Abbe, Ashlynn Baumgardner and Andrew Jones won second place at the competition.

PISD Honor Rolls – Fifth Six Weeks

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Elementary Honor Rolls

Third Grade

A Honor Roll: Jett Bradford, Karsyn Brown, Paige Cannon, Audree Brassfield, Wyatt Conway, James Dillon, Kandin Ford, Maycie Hammer, Caroline Jones, Spencer Keys, Katherine Kuehler, Macklynn Land, Christopher Lanham, Kendall McCall, Christopher McLaughlin, Brady Mosteller, Tatum Neuwirth, Tayte Ogletree, Payton Pohlmeier, Casey Purvines, Caden Rocha, Sydnei Smith, Audie Stark, Hunter Thompson, Emma Tow and Rylee Ward.

Honorable Mention: Markus Barker, Jenna Cates, Edmundo Chairez, Kloee Kowalewski, Moses Montgomery, Aiden Spohn, Adelia Stamps and Gracie Veazey.

A B Honor Roll: Elizabeth Allen, Abbigale Bird, Cash Bixby, Cassidy Caraway, Hayden Forbes, Elijah Gonzalez, Andrew Kolka, Marlee Leland, Alexia Meier, A.J. Thompson, Shaylin Weathers and Joshua Zimmerman.

Fourth Grade

A Honor Roll: Joy Bigham, Dylan Dunn, Halle Ford, Olivia Horner, Mason Jones, Wesley Jones, Jackson Kuehler, Raylee Mitchell, Jacey Neusch, Camden Pace, Maddox Reynolds, Makenna Reynolds and Bailey Walterscheid.

Honorable Mention: Genesis Alarcon, Luke Battle, William Conway, Gauge Hackett, Grace Koone, Sterling McCall and Cayli Thiem.

A B Honor Roll: Kloe Barmgardner, Jason Brown, Faith Corbitt, Ethan Crawford, Grayson Davis, Raven Garza, Ashleigh George, Mia Hann, Hagen Heck, Mackenzie Rowell, Antonio Segura, Dylan Segura, Prezley Shadid, Mikaela Stidham, Ellie Teas, Alex Thompson, Emory Veazey, Tyler Witt and Kendall Woods.

Fifth Grade

A Honor Roll: Wade Alexander, Keslea Ford, Kinley Graham, Kinley Hammer, Houston Heck, Riley Hedrick, Carter Neil, David Neusch, Brennan Reed, Ella Satterwhite, Margaret Smith, Jamey Tevebaugh, Rebecca Urbanczyk and Whitt Ward.

Honorable Mention: Thane Adams, Kallie Baumgardner, Mitch Boland, Brayden Forbes, Clara Jones and Joshua Pavez.

A B Honor Roll: Zachary Baze, Shaylee Beck, Daniel Byers, Madilyn Cathey, Memory Corbitt, Kenny Diaz, Griffin Fields, Shayla Gandy, Haley George, Evee Horner, Ryan Howes, Jayson Jones, Nathaniel McAlister, Espn McCall, Luke McCoy, Brayleigh McGill, Madison Plaisance, Joshua Prather, Jarod Richardson, Halea Roach and Derek Stephens.

Junior High Honor Rolls

Sixth Grade

A Honor Roll: Allysah Bailey Stephens, Owen Bailey Stephens, Kapri Bigham, Savannah Dawes, Braden Durst, Dallen Jones, Lynzee Keys, Mack Leven, Andrew Neusch, Baylee Ogletree, Colton Purvines, Luke Ray and Nichole Watson.

Honorable Mention: Acacia Barker, Destiny Cummings, Whitney Jones, Sara McMinn, Kyle Pace, Masyn Reining and Adrian Wyble.

A B Honor Roll: Bree Baker, Alexis Corbitt, Jacob Doyle, Autumn Gonzalez, Abigail Hopkins, Alexis Lanham, Sean McMinn, Michael Neusch, Koldyn Segura and Ethan Shadid.

Seventh Grade

A Honor Roll: Kaylee Brassfield, Mary Cowan, Noah Ford, Brennon Freeman, Alexis Griffin, Arianna Hann, Sam Koone and Grace Kuehler.

Honorable Mention: Rylee Albracht, Bradlee Brandvik, Reece Graham, Katelyn Lacy, Stella Oliver, Karson Powers and Mason Reynolds.

A B Honor Roll: Cole Bacon, G Barnett, Christian Carrillo, Tristin Cochran, Curstian Doty, Berkley Hicks, Dustin Hughey, Gabby King, Braedyn Kowalewski, Kaden Lynch, Kayla Mayfield, Garrett McIlroy, Zach Moore and Taylor Wood.

Eight Grade

A Honor Roll: Carson Brown, Kendra Brown, Ethan Neil, Hunter Heck, Shiloh Holder, Haylee Lewis, Cobi Pace and Molly Stark.

Honorable Mention: Addison Albracht, Kodie Austin, Rosa Chairez, Brady Cooke, Justin Gandy, Macalle Melton, Colby Neely, Cade Throgmorton and Weslyn Urquhart.

A B Honor Roll: Madison Hall, Kasey Lindsey, Caroline Richmond, James-Michael Rogers, Zane Sanders, Jacey Sims, Tyrel Stamps and Braddon Stephens.

High School Honor Rolls


A Honor Roll: Yecica Escamilla, Riley Graham, Rebekah Lackey, Kamryn Roberts and Lacie Townsend.

A B Honor Roll: William Alexander, Kaylee Bellah, Karbir Bhakta, Austin Browder, Logan Cates, Kinsley Choate, Haley Davis, Callie James. Treh McGill, Samuel McKinley, Dakota McWhorter, Mariah Morris, Joshua Oliver, Colby Roach, Patrick Shadid, Alexandrea Ward and Cannon White.


A Honor Roll: Kollin Abbe, Sarah Clay, Justin Mitchell and Tucker Wise.

A B Honor Roll: William Amos, Kayla Brown, Dakota Crich, Jose Gonzalez, Markesha Haines, Sean Hightower, Danielle Judd, Logan Lamberson, Maggie Northcutt, Amy Schilling, Cole Sims, Alan Stamps and William Weinheimer.


A Honor Roll: Sarah Appling, Jodie Detten and Breeann Renecker.

A B Honor Roll: Kenzy Cates, Dania Cerros, Taylor Dumaoal, Jason Durham, Cory Free, Katlynn Freeman, Dalton George, Travis Jewett, Scott Koetting, Justin Leven, Keylee Mayfield, Mary Cate Neeley, Meghan Ray, Michaela Roberts, Hondo Schaeffer, Shelby Schilling, Hanna Shemwell, Aaron Stamps and Seth Witt.


A Honor Roll: Andrew Jones and Kayley Reed.

A B Honor Roll: Breanna Bonner, Kayla Campbell, Dallyn Clements, Victoria Goodwin, Travis Hammer, William Jeffers, Cordale Martin, Jordan Molnar, Cory Phillips, Mackensie Reining, Tess Rusk, John Henry Smith, Matthew Smith, Brent Weiss and Madisson White.

White Deer Elementary/Junior Receives Title I Award

Thursday, April 25th, 2013


Back row ( l to r): Sharndon Hill and Amy Estes. Front row (l to r): Billy Boone, Lori Harrah and Debbie Jones. Not pictured: Karl Vaughn and Miriam Lynch.

By Billy Boone

On Wednesday April 10, members of the White Deer Elementary/Junior High Site-Based Decision Committee were present at the service center to receive recognition for White Deer Elementary/Junior High as a Title I distinguished school for the third year in a row.

This distinction was earned by a total of only 19 schools out of the entire Panhandle of Texas. It was awarded to only 211 schools out of the entire State of Texas. White Deer was the only school in the region that had Junior High students on the campus! This is a great accomplishment for the school, students, and community. Distinction like this can only be achieved through a partnership of students, teachers, and parents. It is clear, that when we all work together great things come our way. Keep up the good work!

Senior Citizens News

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

menuBy Nita Ramming

It has been such beautiful spring weather the last couple of days, it is hard to believe we are having coooold weather again. If we are lucky, maybe this will be the last cold spell. One thing about it…we have to take it because we can’t leave it! It is kind of like growing old…it is just one of those things.

We have had some pretty good attendance days, but we do miss those who are absent for one reason or another. Wednesday’s attendance was 37 with six take-outs and five and a half guests. Steak fingers, gravy, French fries, carrots, green beans, salad bar and strawberry shortcake was the fare for the day. It was so tasty and good! Lots of folks just stayed and talked.

The SkipBo bunch gathered and played cards for the afternoon. The puzzlers are not getter the puzzle done very fast, because it is really very hard! The pieces are the same color with nothing to match but innys and outys. The color of much of it is the same. Whew! Guess I’m gonna hafta bring a kindergarten one for me to do. Angela Mooney is the puzzle putter-togetherer and she is even having a hard time.

James Hinkley has made some pastel colored hanging decorations to hang on the fans. They are just gorgeous. He is very creative.

Friday was pork chop day. Forty-five was the big number with five take-outs and 13 and a half guests. Billy Boone brought Ben Woodward, Eliana Stokes, Ashton Keller, Sydnee Hendrick, Kaycee Windsor, Reece Kirby and Mindy Fulton to eat with us as a reward to them for good attendance (I think). They were so well mannered and we really enjoyed having them. Tad Etheredge, Kody Martin, Katherine Martin? and Zada finished out the guest list. Nope, I missed Nina Gray from way off and Xavier Arellano. Joe Wheeley was the one responsible for them.

The pork chops were covered with good tasting crumbs and baked. We had smunched yams with marshmallows on top that were lickin’ good. The salad bar is going great! There is always a big variety of things on it. The boiled eggs, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, cottage cheese, pickled okra, peppers and lots of other goodies make for one good plateful of goodies.

Our cooks do a great job of fixing just great food every time. Sometimes Diahana fills in to help the kitchen workers. Shirley Pierce helps at times, too. Alana is trying out teaching some now for teachers that are absent, so they fill in for her.

We hit 40 again on Monday. We had 10 in-house guest and 10 take-outs. The chicken tettrazinee (that is probably spelled wrong) was delicious. Fried okra and fried squash, beets, salad bar and bread pudding finished out a great meal. There were strawberries on the salad bar along with plenty of that yummy pickled okra.

Ranae and James Kane were with her dad, Lorraine Williams. Phil Miller was visiting with his dad, Joe. My grandson, Jimmy Chaney, and his assistant, Britney, came to eat with us. We really miss Marilee and Don Elledge when they are absent. Randal Barrett has found out how good the food is and is coming more often. No matter what we have, it is good! And you don’t have to dirty up your kitchen.

Come join us! Dues are $10 per year. Meals are $6 for members and $6.50 for non-members. We have steak night once a quarter. Give it some serious thought. We would love to have you.

God Bless!

Jax Andrew Covalt

Thursday, April 25th, 2013


Jax Andrew Covalt

Jax Andrew Covalt, 11 months, died April 19, 2013 in Amarillo.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Skellytown, with Hiram Reyes, associate pastor, officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Pampa under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Jax was born May 21, 2012 in Borger to Rebecca Covalt and Brian Tisdale. He will be remembered as a loving and happy baby who was always blowing kisses. Jax was preceded in death by a sister, Sydney Smith, in 2010; and great-grandparents, Vera Marie Gonzalez, Ruby Louise Swanson and Gene and Amy Bynum.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Rebecca and Marc Covalt of the home; his father, Brian Tisdale of Tulsa, Okla.; two brothers, Hayden Covalt and Jacob Covalt, both of Pampa; a sister, Hayleigh Covalt of Pampa; grandparents, Robert and Glenna Swanson of Skellytown; Donn and Mary Daniels of Greenville; Julie and Jimmy Whinery and Brandie and Mike Allread all of Avant, Okla.; and great-grandparents, Jerry and Jo Daniels of Pampa.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Nursery Fund in Skellytown.

Webb’s Easter Eggstravaganza

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Webb's EasterBy Vela Webb

Once again Easter at the Webb Shooting Preserve was lots of fun. About 60 people joined us for the festivities on a gorgeous day.

Our worship service started with songs from Steve and Dortha Reynolds of Clarendon and Timmy Teague of Borger. As our speaker was a no show our service was several testimonials from the crowd. It was a very moving service along with a special song from Timmy, who writes most of his songs. Someday we may get to say we knew him when.

After the service there was an Easter basket contest resulting in what I must classify as a runaway victory for baby Layla Teague, sitting in a large basket fashioned from a laundry basket. The cuteness factor just overwhelmed all the other very nicely decorated baskets along with a decorated egg nest. Little miss Layla really soaked up her 15 minutes of fame in a most adorable way.
Next was the covered dish lunch that made the table groan along with many lovely desserts.

After a wonderful meal, it was time to load up for the hay ride, driven by Allen Webb of Point Comfort. While they were gone with all the kids the remaining people hid eggs for two egg hunts. Dozens of decorated eggs along with prize and money eggs awaited the stampede of hunters. Upon the return of the hay ride we had some adorable little ones on their first egg hunt including our little red haired great grandson. Each egg was a treasure to behold.

During the egg hunt our 30 something grandson, Tom Webb, of White Deer flew in a converted Royal Air Force S.F. 5A model biplane named “Scrambled Eggs”, piloted by Peter “Ace” Cottontail, over the area while dropping by parachute candy eggs along with a pink camouflage egg with a pink parachute containing a pink girls watch, a boys watch in a green camo egg and one containing a $5 bill. All were dropped one at a time from a belly dump that Tom attached and it worked perfectly. Sad to say, after a few mishaps (mostly with trees) the plane is a little worse for the wear, but the pilot will fly again.

Our Easter Bunny was back this year to delight the little ones and take family photos. She was Miss Easter Bunny, a.k.a. Beth Collier of White Deer, who did an outstanding job for a draftee. Being Easter Bunny was not Beth’s only contribution to our celebration. While doing test flights on Highway 2385, Beth and sister, Meghan, (also Tom’s sisters) were needed to keep watch for oncoming traffic. So Tom and Peter “Ace” Cottontail would not become road kill. That would have been a real bummer.

After the egg-citement of the egg hunt and biplane flyovers, a few games were played. Our always popular Cow Chip Throwing contest winners were Loren Teague, for the girls and Timmy Teague for the guys. Next the three-legged race was won by Timmy and Mark Teague. The winning Egg Relay team members were Loren Teague, Alex Smith, Lucy Richardson and Dillon Jones.
Once again Wesley and I have to thank family and friends whose help makes this all possible. They are very dear to us. May God bless one and all.

PISD & You

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

By Drew Brassfield, School Resource Officer

This has been another great year at Panhandle ISD! Our kids have gotten smarter, there have been numerous academic and athletic achievements, and all of our kids have remained safe at school! In light of tragedies across the nation, such as the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary, the bombs at the Boston Marathon and the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, safety and security of children at school is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Panhandle ISD is committed to providing your children with the safest learning environment possible. Five years ago, Panhandle ISD and the City of Panhandle took a bold step by devoting money and resources in order to employ a School Resource Officer. While this program was started with grant funds, the City and School have remained diligent in supporting the program, despite the unavailability of those grants.

As the School Resource Officer, I am charged with maintaining a safe school-atmosphere that encourages your child to only have to think about learning. Because of this, I have updated PISD’s Safety and Crisis manuals and modernized the District’s Disaster Recovery Plan and Hazard Emergency Operating Procedures (EOP). I was greatly assisted in both of those projects by the Carson County Emergency Manager, Brenda Vermillion, to ensure PISD had the latest information available from sources such as FEMA. Since those plans have been updated, each campus runs routine EOP drills to make certain that the hiccups only occur during practice and, anytime new information becomes available, our District’s plans are updated accordingly.

Furthermore, the District has purchased a buzz-through door for the Elementary. This technology will greatly improve the security of our Elementary by requiring visual identification of visitors before they are permitted entry. Additionally, the District has also purchased a key-code lock for the underground weight-room. Only those with assigned pass-codes will be able to utilize those facilities. This was done in an effort to diminish the further misuse of that amenity.

If you have visited any of our campuses, you know that we have implemented a sign-in process which requires that you wear a visitor’s name tag while you are on that campus. Improved security activities, such as routinely checking exterior doors to guarantee that they are locked, are not often viewed by the general public. Even though you may not see many of the safety and security measures being applied to our schools, you can expect that your child’s well-being is at the top of our priority list. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (806)-537-2398. I am more than happy to visit with you about your child’s safety!

55+ Club News

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The 55+ Club met Wednesdays April l0 and April l7 in the War Memorial Building. Jony Thomas gave a bit of trivia as she recalled April l0, l947, when a tornado struck Higgins, where she lived. As she got up on about April l0, 2013, she had flashbacks as weather conditions were so similar; and she was most thankful April l0, 2013 did not produce such destruction.

Everyone was glad to see Lynsey Been back to minister to health needs with Accolade Home Health Care. It is always good to have Lynsey and we get good visits with her during lunch. Brenda Vermillion also stopped by to see if anyone needed forms to fill out for the Viles of Life program. If you need that service, contact her at Emergency Management.

President Colene Butler has contacted the school concerning essays that will be coming to the 55+ committee; then determination can be made as to the scholarship recipient.
March showed 126 volunteer hours as recorded from the club. John Dale and CJ Kelly went to the RSVP Banquet held for area volunteer participants, and reported a successful gathering of area wide volunteers. They enjoyed the meal, the ‘magician’ entertainment program and the receiving of 10 year pins as recognition for their participation. (more…)