Archive for August, 2013

New Traffic, Criminal Laws Take Effect Sept. 1

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today highlighted notable traffic and criminal laws that go into effect on Sept. 1, 2013.

“As a result of these new provisions, Texans now have additional protection while traveling our roadways, and individuals who disregard our laws will face tougher penalties for a variety of crimes,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS encourages all residents to educate themselves about the laws affecting their lives and to do their part in keeping Texas safe.”

Please note that the following is not a comprehensive list of all new laws passed by the Texas Legislature.

HB 347 expands the current limitations on wireless communication device (cell phone) use in an active school crossing zone to include the property of a public elementary, middle, or junior high school for which a local authority has designated a school crossing zone. The use will only be restricted during the time a reduced speed limit is in effect for the school crossing zone. Further, it will not apply to vehicles that are stopped, or drivers using a hands-free device or making an emergency call.

HB 1174 amends current statute to increase the minimum fines for the misdemeanor offense of passing a stopped school bus loading or unloading children. The minimum fine increases from $200 to $500, and the maximum fine for such an offense increases from $1,000 to $1,250. The bill also enhances the penalty for a second or subsequent conviction of that offense committed within five years to a misdemeanor punishable by a minimum fine of $1,000 and a maximum fine of $2,000.

SB 181 allows a motor vehicle operator the option of using a wireless communication device (such as a cell phone) to display motor vehicle financial responsibility (proof of insurance) information as evidence of financial responsibility. The display does not constitute effective consent for a law enforcement officer, or any other person, to access the contents of the wireless communication device except to view the financial responsibility information. *This bill is effective immediately.

SB 510 requires drivers to move over or slow down (as required depending on the roadway) when approaching a stationary Texas Department of Transportation vehicle with its lights activated and not separated from the roadway by a traffic-control device. This provision expands the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law, which already requires drivers to yield to tow trucks, police, fire, and emergency vehicles. Violators would commit a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $200; punishable by a fine of $500 if property damage occurs; or a Class B misdemeanor if the violation results in bodily damage.

HB 2304 lowers the population requirement from 2.2 million to one million for counties where sheriffs or deputy sheriffs can be certified by DPS to enforce federal commercial motor vehicle regulations. This will open the opportunity to Bexar, Tarrant and Travis counties.

HB 625 clarifies that the penalty for operating a vehicle on a public highway without displaying the two license plates assigned to the vehicle is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $200.

HB 3668 amends current statute to require the operator of a vehicle involved in an accident that results or is reasonably likely to result in the injury or death of a person to immediately determine whether a person is involved in the accident, and if so, whether the person requires aid, in addition to other existing statutory requirements.

SB 275 increases the penalty for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death of a person and failing to render aid from a third-degree felony to a second-degree felony. A second degree felony carries a punishment of two to 20 years in prison and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000, whereas a third degree felony carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.

HB 1284 increases the penalty for the offense of initiating, communicating or circulating a false report of an emergency (such as a bomb threat) involving an institution of higher education from a Class A misdemeanor to a state jail felony. *This bill is effective immediately.

HB 124 adds Salvia divinorum (unless unharvested and growing in its natural state) – including all parts of the plant, seeds and extracts from a part of the plant – to Penalty Group 3 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.

HB 2637 provides that an individual fraudulently using identifying information to avoid registering as a sex offender to be punished at the next highest degree felony.

WDHS Cross Country News

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

High School Cross-CountryTeam (l to r), Back Row: Alex Taylor, Angela Parsley, Courtney Barrow, Cassidy Crutchfield, Merritt Mitchell and Skylar Freeman. Middle Row: Lauren Cotton, Amber Sons, Carter Estes, Chancie King and Caylee Hill. Front row: Jaden Freeman, Raegan Brown, Macey Hendricks, Raven Edwards, Rylee Brown and Mikayle Roberts.

High School Cross-CountryTeam (l to r), Back Row: Alex Taylor, Angela Parsley, Courtney Barrow, Cassidy Crutchfield, Merritt Mitchell and Skylar Freeman. Middle Row: Lauren Cotton, Amber Sons, Carter Estes, Chancie King and Caylee Hill. Front row: Jaden Freeman, Raegan Brown, Macey Hendricks, Raven Edwards, Rylee Brown and Mikayle Roberts.

By Rex Beck

The White Deer Doe Cross-Country team traveled to Canyon on Saturday for the six mile relay event.

We had two varsity teams running with the team of Skylar Freeman, Cassidy Crutchfield, Raegan Brown and Jaden Freeman finishing fourth in the 1A 2A division with a time of 46:20. S. Freeman led the way with a time of 10:58 followed by Crutchfield with a time of 11:21. The team of Rylee Brown, Chancie King, Merritt Mitchell and Mikayle Roberts finished tenth with a time of 48:39. Roberts led with a time of 11:49.

We also had two junior varsity teams running with the team of Lauren Cotton, Macey Hendrick, Courtney Barrow and Angela Parsley finishing with a time of 48:44 led by Cotton with a 12:32. The team of Amber Sons, Caylee Hill, Raven Edwards and Alex Taylor finished with a time of 52:48 Taylor had the fastest junior varsity time with a 12:05.

We currently have sixteen high school girls running and one high school boy. The junior high has eight girls and eight boys at this time.

Coach Sandefer and I are extremely proud of these athletics and the hard work they have been putting in. We expect to compete well.

All teams will travel to Borger on Saturday, Aug. 31, with the junior high girls starting at 9 a.m.

Bucks Start Six-Man Football Season

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

By Matt Miracle

The White Deer Bucks kicked off the 2013 six-man season on Aug. 16th, with a scrimmage that included Paducah, Knox City, and Harrold at Knox City. The Bucks started slow as they adjusted to the new game, but finished the night strong. Standouts for the Bucks included Bryce Hillhouse, Cuyler McAnally, and Robert Quillimaco.

The next test for the Bucks was Aug. 23 with a scrimmage at Hedley. This scrimmage pitted the Bucks against Hedley and Ft. Elliott. The Bucks’ defense set the tone for the night by bottling up the Hedley Owls for most of the scrimmage. The defense was led by Taylor Patterson and Clayton Pipes. The offense was not as sharp, but did score once on a one yard touchdown run from Hillhouse.

The Bucks’ junior varsity squad had a great night as they controlled both Hedley and Ft. Elliott. The offense was led by Quillimaco, Shadyn Caffee, and Levi Chesser on the ground and Braden Clay also chipped in with a couple of receptions of which one was a touchdown. Defensively the junior varsity unit was led by Rhoan Cox, Jacob Miller, and Coleton Ingram.

In the nightcap, the Bucks’ varsity squad held Ft. Elliot in check on both offense and defense. Defensively, Bobby Baker blanketed the Ft. Elliott receivers all night and Pipes and Patterson applied the pressure on the Ft. Elliott quarterback. Offensively, the unit struck quick when quarterback Nathaniel Mitchell connected with Hillhouse on a long touchdown pass. A few plays later the Bucks scored again when Mitchell scampered for a touchdown that was aided by a key block from Jaxon Rogers. Luis Chavez also contributed on the night with several key receptions.

The junior varsity and varsity squads will begin the season this Friday, Aug. 30, at home versus the Groom Tigers. This will be a great test for the Bucks as Groom is coming off a playoff season and has high expectations again this year. The junior varsity game kicks off at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m.

New WDISD Staff Named For 2013

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

2013 New Teachers2013 White Deer ISD New Staff (l to r), Back Row: Paul Thomas (high school science), Misty Meyer (aide/nurse), Dawn Albracht (first grade), Annette Clifton (fourth grade), Lindsey Maddox (fourth grade), Amanda Taylor (high school Spanish, aide, librarian), and Eric Alston (PE, high school coach, Spanish). Front Row: Amy Woodward (aide), Alana Sirmans (aide), Amy Estes (high school math), Megan Boone (elementary computer), Angie Curtis (custodian) and Monica Garrison (cafeteria). Not picture: Matt Miracle (athletic director) and Brooke Martin (cafeteria).

Sacred Heart Church Begins 100th Anniversary Celebration Saturday

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Sacred Heart 100th Anniversary Committee (l to r), Back row: Anita Haiduk, Delfina Vigil, Rosa Bilderback, Doug Ware, Sonny Vigil, Michael Lenz, John Kotara III, Natalie Davis, Karen Story, and Linda Rapstine. Front row: Amy Eakin, Carolyn Rapstine, Joy Grange and Molly Haley. Photo courtesy of Karla Kotara.

Sacred Heart 100th Anniversary Committee (l to r), Back row: Anita Haiduk, Delfina Vigil, Rosa Bilderback, Doug Ware, Sonny Vigil, Michael Lenz, John Kotara III, Natalie Davis, Karen Story, and Linda Rapstine. Front row: Amy Eakin, Carolyn Rapstine, Joy Grange and Molly Haley. Photo courtesy of Karla Kotara.

The Anniversary Committee has worked hard to prepare for the anniversary celebration this weekend. More than 300 people are expected to join the members of the parish.

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, there will be a dedication of the Historical Marker that has been placed at the church. The celebration will be on the lawn of the church. Immediately following the dedication there will be a prayer service at the Sacred Heart Cemetery to honor deceased pioneers, family and friends.

After the prayer service the official registration will begin at the parish hall followed by a dedication of the book “Roots of Faith” and a presentation of the cookbook “Sto Lat, a Hundred Years of Family Favorites”. There will also be a slide show of parish family pictures and a coming home time with Deacon John Peters of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Amarillo.

Sunday, Sept. 1, will begin with Polish pastries and coffee at the Activity Center at 9 a.m. followed by the 100th Anniversary concelebrated Mass with Bishop Patrick Zurek of the Amarillo Diocese, Father Mieczyslaw Przepiora, “Mitch”, pastor of Sacred Heart parish and Father Frank Kurzaj of San Antonio.

An invitation only dinner of Polish sausage will be held at the Parish Hall after Mass. In this grand finale the 13 banners depicting Sacred Heart’s 13 original families will be on display. The banners were designed by Collene Urbanczyk for the 75th Anniversary in 1988.

White Deer ISD School Board Approves Tax Rate

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Editor’s Note: The following minutes have not been approved by the board of trustees. The White Deer News is not responsible for typographical errors, but has only formatted the minutes to its space and style requirements.

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the White Deer Independent School District was held on Aug. 12, 2013, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the White Deer Administration Building, 601 Omohundro, White Deer, Texas.

Members present were Kane Barrow, Joe Don Brown, Brad Haiduk, and Tim Packard. Also in attendance were Karl Vaughn, Denise Adams, Darla Forney, Billy Boone, Matt Miracle, and Wendy Ruthardt. Board member Terry Harrah arrived at 6:40 p.m.

Board members Shane Grange and Jim Bob Mitchell were absent.

After a quorum was established, the meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Tim Packard. The prayer was offered by Mr. Barrow.

Mr. Haiduk moved to approve the agenda of the Aug. 12, 2013 regular board meeting. Second by Mr. Brown. Motion carried 4-0-0.

Mr. Haiduk moved to approve the minutes of the July 15, 2013 regular board meeting as presented. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 4-0-0.

Mr. Barrow moved to approve the 2013-14 Employee Handbook as presented. Second by Mr. Brown. Motion carried 4-0-0.

Mr. Haiduk moved to approve the 2013-14 Stipends as presented. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 4-0-0.

Mr. Harrah moved to approve the Agreement for the Purchase of Attendance Credits as presented. Second Mr. Brown. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Barrow moved to approve the new hires for 2013-14: Megan Boone, Lindsey Maddox, Eric Alston and Paul Thomas. Mrs. Boone and Mrs. Maddox will be at the elementary/junior high and Mr. Alston and

Mr. Thomas will be at the high school. Second by Mr. Haiduk. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Amy Woodward, Alana Sirmans and Misty Meyers have been hired as aides at the elementary/junior high. Angelia Curtis has been hired as a custodian at the high school and Monica Garrison and Brooke Martin have been hired to help in the cafeteria.

Mr. Haiduk moved to approve the Concussion Oversight Committee for 2013-14 as presented by Coach Miracle, Athletic Director. Second by Mr. Harrah. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Harrah moved to approve increasing pay for substitute teachers from $60 per day to $66 per day. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Harrah moved to adopt the PDAS appraisal schedule and appraisers as presented. Second by Mr. Brown. Motion carried 5-0-0.

The board discussed the basic steps in setting up the Education Foundation. Prospective members for the directors of the foundation were also discussed.

Mr. Barrow moved to add, revise, or delete LOCAL Policies CAN, DBAA, and DPB as recommended by TASB Policy Service and according to the Instruction Sheet for TASB Localized Policy Manual Update 97. Second by Mr. Haiduk. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Harrah moved to approve correction of moving PreCal from a weight of 1.1 to 1.2 in the student handbook to reflect existing district practice. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 5-0-0.

*High School
*Elementary/Junior High
*Athletic Director

Mr. Harrah moved to approve the proposed budget for the General Fund, Food Service, and Debt Service as presented to be adopted at our Aug. 29, 2013 board meeting. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Barrow moved to approve the proposed tax rate of $1.04 for M & O and .1128 for I & S, for a total tax rate of 1.1528 to be adopted at the Aug. 29, 2013 board meeting. Second by Mr. Harrah. Motion Carried 5-0-0.

MasterCard statements were reviewed.

Mr. Haiduk moved to approve the accounts payable checks as presented. Second by Mr. Harrah. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mrs. Adams, Business Manager, presented the finance reports including the cash report and the financial reports (Budget to Actual).

Superintendent’s Reports included the following:
*Maintenance report
*Annual Meet-n-Greet
*Review of Accountability Rating for district and campuses
*Review of resignations
*Update on Emergency Protocols
*Annual Football helmet report
*Superintendent mid-year evaluation/goal setting

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

Poor & Ball Exchange July Wedding Vows

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Dylan Ball

Mr. & Mrs. Dylan Ball

Rickie and Rita Poor of White Deer and Lana Ball of Fritch, would like to announce the marriage of Aubri Poor and Dylan Ball.

The couple was married July 13 by Brother Alan Wilson of the First Baptist Church of White Deer at the Groom Cross.

Bridesmaids were friends of the bride, Katelyn Freeman and Kim Coats of White Deer and the aunt of the bride, Latisha Garrison of Fritch. Matron of honor was Ashli Evans, sister of the bride, from White Deer.

Groomsmen included Shaun Poor, brother of the bride, of Amarillo, the groom’s brother-in-law, John Washer, and a friend of the groom, Jonathan Hodges and the best man was Neal Lorenz all three from Fritch. Ring bearer was Liam Washer, a nephew of the groom and the flower girl was Braelyn Evans, a niece of the bride. Music for the ceremony was provided by Melanie Britten of Groom.

The proud grandparents of the bride are Arthur and JoAnn Britten and Bobby and Shirley Burgin, both of Groom.

Dylan works for Enterprise Products and the bride starts her career as a freshman English and yearbook teacher in Fritch, where they will reside.

Virginia Laycock

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Virginia Laycock 1935-2013

Virginia Laycock

Virginia Laycock, 78, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Amarillo.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel with Paul Nachtigall, pastor of Highland Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Wheeler Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Laycock was born March 16, 1935 in Tulare, Calif. She married Clyde Laycock on May 1, 1953 in Clovis, N.M. Virginia was a member of Highland Baptist Church. She was employed by Anthony’s, J.C. Penney, and Jo Ann’s Fabrics. She was a member of the Pampa Senior Citizens Center. Virginia enjoyed quilting and fishing, and she was an avid sports fan, especially for the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys. Above all, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Laycock, of the home; three sons, Randy Laycock and wife Lea of Lubbock; Dennis Laycock and wife Kim of Pampa and Tommy Laycock and companion Kassandra Penney of Thorndale; a daughter, Sherri Hooten and husband Stan of Amarillo; a brother, Jim White of Bullhead City, Ariz.; four sisters, Pat Odom of Graham; Nancy Brietkoph of Ingram; Marsha Barrett of White Deer and Lisa Simmons of Lubbock; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Owen and Mayme White, by an infant son, Stephen J. Laycock, in 1959, by a brother, David White, and by a sister, Jane Tibbs.

Memorials may be made to Pampa Senior Citizens Center, 500 W. Francis, Pampa, TX 79065.

Jimmie Ray Dalton

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Jimmie Ray Dalton, 69, died Aug. 26, 2013 in Aransas Pass.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at White Deer Cemetery with Chris Steward, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Jim was born on Nov. 17, 1943 in Shamrock to Raymond and Nola Dalton. He attended schools in Skellytown and Pampa, graduating in 1962. Jim attended Frank Phillips College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree, and then attended West Texas College.

Jim married Dianne Thomas on June 11, 1965 in Skellytown. Jim worked for Cabot Corporation, Scarab Manufacturing and Panhandle Industrial, retiring in 2000. He then worked for the City of White Deer until 2001 when they moved to Port Aransas. Jim and Dianne were R.V. park hosts for three years. Jim also worked part-time for the University of Texas Marine Science as a security guard and for their Elderhostel program providing birding tours and turtle patrol. The couple moved to Aransas Pass in 2004 where they volunteered for Timmons Homeless Shelter and Salvation Army’s “Surviving the Night” program. He is preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law, and a brother-in-law.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Dalton of the home, two aunts, extended family, and a host of friends.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 415 W. 8th Ave., Suite 300, Amarillo, Texas 79101, a Hospice facility of your choice, or Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, 3505 Olsen, Amarillo, Texas 79109.

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Senior Citizens News

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

SR. MenuBy Nita Ramming

School is in full swing and it is time to drive carefully in the school zone. Get your football game duds on and support our team as another football season has begun!! You better start huggin’ your kids good every day, because they grow up fast. Then you will be huggin’ grandchildren and before you know it you will be huggin’ great-grandchildren. Won’t that be fun?!?

Okay on with the news! Roast beef was the star of the day Wednesday. Brown gravy always goes with roast. Potatoes and carrots and the salad bar and dessert made for a great meal. Thirty-two signer-inners was the number for the day, with nine take-outs and five guests. Maybe some eaters stayed home crying because the kids went to school and left them lonely.

Lisa Petty was enjoying her relaxing time since she will be on a schedule now and time ticks away pretty fast when you want it to tick slow. Joan and Garry Gortmaker had take-outs, but they just took them to the table and ate them with us. Bro. Alan joined the lunch crowd for the day. Mary Lou Lane was without Bro. Jerry, as he was taking care of his dad. I think they may have eaten a hamburger at Dairy Queen. Roy B. Hodges was filling his salad plate full as he could. Alvin Kalka enjoys the food at Seniors, but I have heard he is a good cook. Troy Fulton has become a regular eater now and it is good to have him come and eat so he will have enough energy to work real hard. Dick and Shirley Pierce got take-outs. The SkipBo table had four around it.

Friday was the day for shrimp and I missed it! But I very rarely get to see my daughter, Pam Cartwright, from Princeton so it was okay. The count was up to 38 with seven take-outs and eight guests. Rosa Bilderback has taken the job of delivering meals. Don R. Elledge and Larry Parsley did a great job for a great many years. Thanks guys! Keep up the good work Rosa!

Joe Wheeley and Xavier Arellano stop their work and come in to eat with us. Don R. Elledge is faithful to take Marilee a meal if she can’t make the journey to the center. Joe and Jean Miller, Jeri Blodgett, Morlan Shuman, Mike and Linda Germany, Jim Davis, Roy B. Hodges, Alvin Kalka, R.D. Thomas, Stephen Warminski, Johnnie Whitehead, Rosa Bilderback, Lois Maricich, Aloise Martin, Larry Parsley and me are just some who are regulars. It is fun to fellowship and get to eat a great meal.

The entrée for Monday was that great crunchy baked chicken. Potatoes au gratin, pork and beans, salad bar and bread pudding finished out the menu. Thirty-five was the number for the day. Six take-outs and two guests and the guests were guests just because they are youngsters and not 55 yet.

The SkipBo table had five players. The games went very fast for some reason. Jeri Blodgett, Aloies Martin, Lois Merry-sticth or stitch or Maricich, Rosa Bilderback and myself really enjoy the relaxation and fellowship the card games bring on.

Sept. 14 or 21 (I’ll tell you for sure next week) is our steak night. The cost for this great meal is $10 and you must have your ticket in advance. This is so the steaks can be purchased and not have hump-teen left or not enough. Any board member will have tickets. Mike Germany is the chef and he is great! So plan on a good steak meal in September.

We do need a cook, so help us find one, please!

God Bless!