Archive for July, 2013

PHS Class Of 1970 Foreign Exchange Student Makes Panhandle Visit

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

IMG_6225Panhandle High School Class of 1969-1970 foreign exchange student, Olav Karstad, returned to Panhandle for a visit with his Texas family, Frank and Bethel Robinson. The Robinsons and their sons, Doyle and Rudy hosted Olva’s American (and Texas) experience during the 1969-1970 school year at Panhandle High School.

Olav had the ultimate PHS experience from playing football on the “B” team, golfing, traveling as a “mascot” with the Pride of Panhandle Band to attending classes and graduating with the Class of 1970. The PHS Lair was dedicated to Olav that year with these words, “To one who has brightened our days in the halls of PHS this year; to one who greets everybody with a smile and warm ‘Hello’; one who has become a lasting friend and who will never be forgotten; to our Norwegian brother, we, the Lair staff of 1969-1970 proudly present this Lair to: Olav Karstad.

A native of Norway, Olav was accompanied by his new family, wife Anita and son, Ouzhan. Olav told the Herald staff that it was great to visit his Texas family again. He enjoyed being able to revive his 43 year old memories with his stay at Bethel and Frank’s home. Mrs. Robinson said, “Many remember Olav from his time here as a student and member of our family.”

Doyle and Brenda Robinson visited Norway two years ago, and they all had a great time together much like the Karstads’ visit here this July. The Karstads and Robinsons have been touring Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. “We have had many unforgettable experiences during our visit ― the play TEXAS in Palo Duro Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, The Alamo, Dallas Cowboys football stadium to hummingbirds, deer, elk and even bears on the porch in Red River, N.M. Doyle and Brenda have been wonderful hosts,” Olav said. “We also visited Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Hulsey during this time back in Panhandle. Mr. Hulsey was principal of PHS when I was a student there. It was really very nice to spend time reminiscing with him and his wife. I also got in a short visit with Mrs. Gerald Smith about the time spent traveling with the PHS band…I didn’t play an instrument, but the band director, Mr. Smith allowed me to go with the band on trips. I was sort of their mascot that year.”

Olav and his family, live in the northern part of Oslo, Norway. After returning to Norway in 1970, Olav attended the University of Oslo and is currently a medical doctor and family physician. He runs his own clinic in Oslo with 10 other doctors.

The Karstads have departed Texas on the last leg of their trip with a stopover in Orlando, Fla., where they plan to take in the sites including Disney World.
“I hope to come back and check in on Panhandle before long,” he said.

Kellys To Mark 60 Years Of Marriage

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Kellys_bwBy Johnette Kelly

John Dale Kelly and Clara Jayne West were married in Hereford, Texas on July 26, 1953, on a Sunday afternoon at the Church of Christ. The bride wore a dress made by her mother. After the wedding, Daddy pulled Mother in a cart down Main Street in front of the movie theater where Trouble Along the Way was playing! A sign of things to come? After 60 years of marriage, there may have been a bump or two in the road, but they quickly faded into the past, replaced by so many good memories. Daddy always knew he wanted to farm and ranch and Mother’s chosen career – homemaker! They have both excelled in their professions!

They moved to Panhandle in 1953, eventually buying a corner lot from Dee Cummings to build their first home where they would raise their family. While there, Daddy was busy with the farming and cattle and Mother was a member of a ladies club. It wasn’t long until a new 4-H club was started west of Panhandle. There were lots of sewing/cooking lessons and raising calves for the stock shows. Those were good times!

Kellys2_bwWhile active members of the community, Daddy and Mother’s lives have always revolved around their strong belief in God and a desire to honor and obey Him. While serving in the local Church as an elder, Daddy also served on the boards of Lubbock Christian University, PCA, and 55+. More recently, they have actively served on the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce. People have always mattered to them, they have loved sharing their home with family and friends, and are always ready for a game of forty-two or eager for a good visit!

They have two daughters - Jackie, married to Ben Mereness, who currently live in Amarillo, Texas, working for Eastern European Missions - and Johnette Kelly, who pursued a public accounting career in Fort Worth. The Kellys are quite proud of their three grandsons – Kevin Mereness, an architect in Dallas, Kent Mereness and his wife Brynn working at the Bible Chair at West Texas A&M in Canyon, Texas, and Kory Mereness and his wife Mandy of Roseburg, Ore., where Kory serves as youth minister. There is also one very special great-granddaughter, Lucy Jayne Mereness - who is awaiting the arrival of a brother and a sister in late November! We are all very excited about this news of twins!

We love being together as a family and so the decision was made to celebrate this special anniversary with a four-day family trip to Angel Fire, N.M. While options for riding the zip line, golf, good food, games of forty-two were available, the primary purpose was spending a time of celebration with each other. After 60 years, there are a lot of stories to tell and memories to share – passing along a rich heritage to the next generation.

Many of you have been so kind to send cards and notes of congratulations and we are extremely thankful for your expressions of love and good wishes to our parents. We deeply appreciate and value the many years our family has been blessed to call Panhandle “home”. Panhandle has indeed proven to be a wonderful place for the Kellys to raise a family and we are abundantly blessed to be a part of such a caring, close-knit community!

PISD Board Holds Special Meeting

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The Board of Trustees of the Panhandle Independent School District met in special session on July 18, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the board room of the administration building.

Members present were Randy Kennedy, Jowannah Powers, Chris Ray, John “Bubba” Smith, and Terry Coffee. School personnel present were Blair Brown and Leisa Brinkley.

Blair Brown gave the invocation after the board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

The board approved the insurance providers for 2013-2014 school year. The meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

Delton & Elizabeth Smith To Celebrate 50 Years

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Delton Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Delton Smith

Delton and Elizabeth Smith will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 with family and friends. They were married on August 9, 1963 in Morton, Texas.

They are the parents of two sons: Tad and Kelley Smith, and Del and Stephanie Smith, all of Pampa. They have four grandchildren that bring great joy to their lives; Ryan, Kambry, Addison, and Brooklyn, all of Pampa.

A reception is planned for Saturday, Aug. 3, from 4-6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Parlor in Panhandle.

Thornberry & Smith Plan September Wedding

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Cortnee Don Thornberry and Matthew Ryan Smith

Cortnee Don Thornberry and Matthew Ryan Smith

Gary and Dee Dee Waldo of Amarillo and Bubba and Trish Smith of Panhandle are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Matthew Ryan Smith, to Cortnee Don Thornberry, daughter of Lance and Judy Thornberry of Clarendon.

Matt is a senior at Texas Tech University and will graduate in August. He is currently employed with Lee Lewis Construction in Lubbock.

Cortnee is a graduate of Texas Tech University and is employed at the Office of the Attorney General in Lubbock.

The couple will wed Sept. 14, and reside in Lubbock.

Nenstiel Marks 60th Birthday With 60 Mile Ride

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

JoeNenstielPanhandle resident Joe Nenstiel wanted to do something special to celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday.

For six months he has been training to prepare himself for a 60 mile bike ride. A native of Pampa, who loves the Coney Island Restaurant, Joe wanted his ride to end with lunch there. Last Friday morning, his wife Becky drove Joe and his bike into Amarillo so the distance would be 60 miles. Joe started the ride at 7:50 a.m. and arrived at the Coney around 12:30 p.m.

Longtime Coney employee, Linda Austin treated Joe to a free Coney for being a loyal customer. “I’d do anything for a Coney,” Joe said. His wife, Becky commented, “I am so proud of the discipline and tenacity my husband has had in preparation for and completion of his 60 mile bike ride!”

Carson County Library News

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

By Mary Hare

“Friends of Carson County Library” held a book sale on July 4th and raised $367.50 for the library. Thank you to all the Carson County residents who came to the book sale.

The Friends have recently used some of the money to buy new children’s books including 46 audio books of “Hank the Cowdog” completing our set. We will also be receiving shipping bags to be used for Inter-library loans to and from other libraries. We are thankful for the support of the Friends and all the contributions made to it!

Summer Reading logs continue until the Grand prize drawing on Aug. 21. So keep reading!

Come check out our latest books including: “Beautiful Day” by Elin Hilderbrand, “Second Honeymoon” by James Patterson, “Classified” by Fern Michaels, and “Unseen” by Karin Slaughter.

Our newest Audio books include: “Collateral Damage” by Stuart Woods, “The Bone Bed” by Patricia Cornwell, “Whiskey Beach” by Nora Roberts, and “Taking Eve” by Iris Johansen.

Some new DVD’s include: “Good Day to Die Hard”, “Hansel & Gretel”, and “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

Visit our website for more info and services at

McGregor Sentenced To 13 Years In TDCJ

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

PANHANDLE – On Monday, July 15, 2013, one plea took place which resulted in the conviction of Kevin Christopher McGregor.

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

Kevin Christopher McGregor was convicted for the enhanced second degree felony offense of burglary of a building. A state jail felony is regularly punishable by no more than two years in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. However, McGregor’s indictment was enhanced to second degree felony offense due to two previous Institutional Division convictions.

McGregor pleaded guilty for the offense that took place on Feb. 17, 2013.

McGregor also pleaded true to the two enhancement paragraphs and was sentenced to 13 years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

McGregor, 35-year-old resident of Panhandle, was arrested by Carson County Sheriff’s Deputy J.C. Blackburn. McGregor was later indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on March 7, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, McGregor is required to $295 in court costs to Carson County.

Edna Mae Carroll

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Edna Mae Carroll 1928 - 2013

Edna Mae Carroll
1928 - 2013

Edna Mae Carroll, 85, of Amarillo died Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel with Dick Marcear, pastor of Church of Christ at The Colonies. Arrangements are by Rector Funeral Home of Amarillo.

Mrs. Carroll was born April 15, 1928, in Panhandle to Ellis and Dora Russ. She graduated from Panhandle High School. She moved to Amarillo 46 years ago. Mrs. Carroll was an entrepreneur. She was always looking for ways to increase her income. She learned to play the piano and organ by ear and loved sharing her talent with others.

She married James Yeates Carroll in 1949. They ran a farmers market in Santa Fe Depot for several years. They made many lifelong friends from their market.

After a debilitating stroke in 2001, Mrs. Carroll moved to Kirkland Court Nursing and Rehab. She loved living there and was a very cheerful resident and enjoyed playing bingo with her friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003 and a son, James ‘Jim” Carroll, in 1991.

Survivors include four sons, Bill Carroll and wife Jan, Don Carroll and wife Nina, Gary Carroll and wife Kim and Jerry Carroll, all of Amarillo; a daughter, Elaine Hill and husband Greg of Amarillo; a sister, Helen Tarpley of Panhandle; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Activity Fund, Kirkland Court Nursing and Rehab, 1601 Kirkland Drive, Amarillo, TX 79106.

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Frank Phillips College Names Mynear To President’s Honor Roll

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Jeni MynearJeni Mynear was recently named to the Frank Phillips College President’s Honor Roll for scholastic achievement in the 2013 Spring Semester.

To receive this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours (excluding preparatory courses) and have a grade point average of 4.0 or higher for the semester.

Jeni is a 2012 graduate of White Deer High School She is the daughter of Patti Parks of White Deer and the granddaughter of Carl and Nell Mynear, also of White Deer.