Archive for September, 2013

Hall County District Court Convicts One, Adjudicates Two

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Memphis – On Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, three pleas took place which resulted in one conviction and two deferred adjudications.

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

A total of $2,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Sept. 27. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,706 in court costs and $140 in restitution.

1. Dana Dey Carroll aka Dana Dea Haggard, a 31-year-old resident of Memphis, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 14 months in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On Feb. 21, 2013, Haggard originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on Oct. 30, 2012, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to adjudicate on Aug. 15, 2013, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Haggard pleaded true to all of the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to fourteen months. Haggard is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County, $140 in restitution, and a $500 fine.

2. Kyler Benjamin Brassfield was placed on probation for a period of ten years for the second degree felony offense of indecency with a child. Brassfield pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Brassfield, 18-year-old resident of Amarillo, was arrested for the offense that took place March 14, 2013, and was indicted by a Carson Grand Jury on May 9, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Brassfield is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Carson County, $665 in court costs, successfully complete 300 hours of community service, and register as a sex offender. If Brassfield violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

3. Michael Allen Chamberlain was placed on probation for a period of ten years for the second degree felony offense of indecency with a child. Chamberlain pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Chamberlain, 18-year-old resident of Panhandle, was arrested for the offense that took place March 14, 2013, and was indicted by a Carson Grand Jury on May 9, 2013.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Chamberlain is required to pay a $1,000 fine to Carson County, $665 in court costs, successfully complete 300 hours of community service, and register as a sex offender. If Chamberlain violates probation, he could face up to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Joan Elizabeth Green

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Joan Elizabeth Green 1939 - 2013

Joan Elizabeth Green
1939 - 2013

Services for Joan Elizabeth Green, 74, of Keene, former resident of Panhandle and Lake Brownwood, will be conducted at 2p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel in Cleburne, Texas. Chaplain Theo Stewart will officiate. Burial will be in Keene Memorial Park in Keene, Texas.

Joan Elizabeth Green passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 in Keene. She was born Feb. 17, 1939 in Winchester, Mass. to Bruce Reed and Marion Cleland Cummings. She married Raymond Edward Green on Oct. 29, 1958 in Reading, Mass.

Mrs. Green worked as a registered nurse and was the former manager of Garretson Retirement Home in Panhandle. She loved fishing and hummingbirds. Joan was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Green of Keene; daughters Tammy Collier of Cleburne and Susan Belcher and husband Jeff of Colleyville; one son, Scott Green of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren, Megan, Brian, Calley and Brett; and several other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

You may sign guestbook, view photo and obituary at www.cpcleburne.com.

Collingsworth County District Court Convicts & Sentences Five

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Wellington – On Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, five pleas took place which resulted all in convictions.

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.

A total of $6,000 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Sept. 26. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $2,001 in court costs and $2,717.50 in restitution.

1. Destiny Michelle Peters, a 23-year-old resident of Wellington, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

On June 21, 2010, Peters originally pleaded guilty to the second degree felony offense of delivery of marijuana to a minor that occurred on Jan. 9, 2010, in Collingsworth County.
The State filed the motion to adjudicate on June 17, 2013, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Peters pleaded true to all of the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to fourteen years. Peters is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County, $140 in restitution, and a $2,500 fine.

2. Jeffery Wyrick was convicted and sentenced to 180 days in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of burglary of a building.
Wyrick, 31-year-old resident of Howardwick, was arrested in Donley County for the offense that took place Aug. 25, 2013, and pleaded to a complaint filed by the State on Sept. 25, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Wyrick is required to pay $478 in court costs, a $500 fine, and $2,157.50 restitution.

3. Richard Steven Smith, a 23-year-old resident of Belen, N.M., pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 13 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On April 12, 2012, Smith originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance that occurred on April 4, 2012, in Childress County.
The State filed the motion to adjudicate on July 26, 2013, alleging seven violations of community supervision.
Smith pleaded true to all of the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 13 months. Smith is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Childress County, $140 in restitution, and a $2,000 fine.

4. Joe Wayne Dixon, a 25-year-old resident of Childress, pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in the State Jail Division of the TDCJ.

On Feb. 19, 2013, Dixon originally pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of possession of marihuana that occurred on Sept. 12, 2010, in Childress County.
The State filed the motion to adjudicate on July 26, 2013, alleging five violations of community supervision.
Dixon pleaded true to all of the violations contained in the State’s motion and was sentenced to 18 months. Dixon is also required to pay $385.50 in court costs to Childress County, $140 in restitution, and a $500 fine.

5. Dixon was also convicted and sentenced to 18 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of delivery of marijuana.
Dixon was arrested in Childress County for the offense that took place Feb. 13, 2013, and was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on May 7, 2013.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Dixon is required to pay $385.50 in court costs, a $500 fine, and $140 restitution.

Powers & Detten Named 2013 Homecoming King & Queen

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

HomecomingCourtBrody Powers and Jodie Detten were named as the royalty of the 2013 PHS Homecoming last Friday at two individual coronations.

Powers was crowned at the annual Friday morning coronations with Detten being crowned Friday evening at halftime in front of the homecoming football game crowd.

Homecoming Queen and candidates were, front-left to right: Meghan Ray, daughter of Chris and Joey Ray; Kenzy Cates, daughter of Gary and Kim Cates; Michaela Roberts, daughter of Crist and Jama Roberts; Homecoming Queen Jodie Detten, daughter of Jeff and Peggy Detten; and Kasey Hughey, daugher of Ann Hughey.

Homecoming King and candidates were, back left to right: Travis Jewett son of Todd and Theresa Jewett; Brayden Brandvik, son of Mike and Brandye Brandvik; Homecoming King Brody Powers, son of Kevin and Jowannah Powers; Adam Jones, son of Craig and Astrid Jones; Tyler Hall, son of the late Mikka Lamberson and Wes and Natalie Hall; and Austin Terrell, son of Mike and Karen Terrell.

Kindie HelpersAttending the Court at Friday morning’s coronation of Homecoming King were, left to right: Alexander Jasmine Limas, flowerbearer, daughter of Matias and Hortencia Limas; Gavan Douglas Brookshire, sash bearer, son of Derek and Bobbie Brookshire; Allie May Theis, crown bearer, daughter of chad and Amanda Theis; Bella Kristene Cole, sash bearer, daughter of Dustin and Julie Cole; Jaxon Ryan Downs, flower bearer, son of Craig Downs and Codi Downs; and Clayton Joe Lanier, crown bearer, son of Candace Lanier.

PCC Scramble Results

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The Panhandle Country Club hosted a two-person scramble on Sept. 21-22.

Championship flight: 1.Clint Miller and Mark Savard 125; 2. Dario Garza and Jerry Ivy 129.

First flight: 1. Mike Yell and Wiley McIntyre 129; 2. Clarence Vaughn and Jerry Baker 132.

Second flight: 1. Brian Brown and Kelly Linquist 138; 2. Keith Reining and Richard Lanham 140.

Carson County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center Receives National Recognition

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

As The Voice of 9-1-1™, NENA (National Emergency Number Association) is on the forefront of all emergency communications issues. The association serves its members and the greater public safety community as the only professional organization solely focused on 9-1-1 policy, technology, operations and education issues. With more than 7,000 members in 48 chapters across the United States and around the globe, NENA promotes the implementation and awareness of 9-1-1, as well as international three-digit emergency communications systems.

NENA works with 9-1-1 professionals nationwide, public policy leaders, emergency services and telecommunications industry partners, like-minded public safety associations, and other stakeholder groups to develop and carry out critical programs and initiatives, to facilitate the creation of an IP-based Next Generation 9-1-1 system, and to establish industry leading standards, training, and certifications.

Through the association’s efforts to provide effective and efficient public safety solutions, NENA strives to protect human life, preserve property, and maintain the security of our communities.
NENA's President Kim Ward and Vice President Toni Dunne decided to come visit the Texas Panhandle last week to get a view of the local Communication Centers throughout our area. The Carson County Sheriff's Office was one of the four local Communications Centers that received the distinguished pleasure of meeting the NENA President and Vice President as well as receiving an “appreciation” award from them.

Members of PHS Class of 1963 Reunite For 50th Reunion

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Pictured, back-left to right, are Danny Haskin, Jerry Hawkins, Mike Smith, Larry Nunn, David Armstrong, Curtis Downs and Marvin Bender; and front-left to right, Carolyn Garner Kelley, Judy Jay Christian, Betty Davis Robertson, Carolyn Vinson Parker and Linda Urbanczyk Kintz.

Pictured, back-left to right, are Danny Haskin, Jerry Hawkins, Mike Smith, Larry Nunn, David Armstrong, Curtis Downs and Marvin Bender; and front-left to right, Carolyn Garner Kelley, Judy Jay Christian, Betty Davis Robertson, Carolyn Vinson Parker and Linda Urbanczyk Kintz.

The PHS Class of 1963 enjoyed their 50th year reunion during Homecoming weekend with events at the school, the ag barn, Jean Walker’s home in Panhandle on Friday night and at Mike Smith's home in Amarillo on Saturday night.

Attending were Betty Davis Robertson, Jean Biggs Walker, Paul Detten, Kenneth Ware and Larry Nunn, all of Panhandle; Mike Smith, Carolyn Vinson Parker, Marvin Bender and wife Kim, and C.L. Bentley, all of Amarillo; Curtis Downs of Groom; Carolyn Garner of Claude; and Bill Addington and wife Mary of Phoenix, Ariz.; Jerry Hawkins of Denver; Linda Urbanczyk Kintz of Eugene, Ore.; Danny Haskin and wife Teresa of Midland; David Armstrong of Costa Rico;and Judy Jay Christian of Eldorado, Texas.

Carson County Library News

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

By Mary Hare

Fall officially starts Sunday and cooler weather. Don’t forget to come by to pick up a good book to read or movie to watch as you snuggle down on those cooler days.

The Friends of Carson County Library will be meeting tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 in Panhandle and all are welcome to join them. Among the plans will be the book sale on Shop Panhandle night and the Polar Express night in December.

Mommy and Me has begun in Panhandle with several new faces. All mommies and caregivers are welcome to bring your little ones on Thursday mornings from 10 to 10:30 for stories, puppets, songs and bubbles as well as fun with their friends and learning together.

Carson County Library has been approved for the Tocker Grant for digitization of our newspapers. They will then be accessible on the internet except for three to five years of the current editions. The University of North Texas will be picking up the papers on Sept. 26. We are excited for this great opportunity.

Come check out what new books we have received including: “W is for Wasted” by Sue Grafton, “Never Go Back” by Lee Child, “Second Watch” by J.A. Jance and “The Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls.

Some new audio books ordered include “Best Kept Secrets” by Jeffrey Archer, “First Sight” by Danielle Steel, “Ladies’ Night” by Mary Kay Andrews and “Touch & Go” by Lisa Gardner (all purchased by the Friends of Carson County Library).

New DVDs include: “Epic”, “Games of Thrones”, “Downton Abbey” and “Longmire.”

Check out our website at: www.harringtonlc.org/panhandle

Panthers Fly Higher Than Hornets On Homecoming

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Photo by Bill Gray

Photo by Bill Gray

By Margaret Barnett

Last Friday night the homecoming crowd witnessed a barn burner with the game ending with the Panthers on top of the Tulia Hornets 56-53. The score, more indicative of a basketball game, was the result of two high-powered offenses going against each other. The difference in the game ended up being the extra-point tries that Tulia fell short on. Both teams scored eight touchdowns for the night, but the Panthers had the foot of Logan Lamberson and the arm of Tyler Hall to put the Panthers in the win column for the second week in a row.

The Tulia Hornets kicked off to begin the game and Dalten Luman had a great return of 68 yards that set the Panthers up on Tulia’s own 20 yard line. It took the Panthers four plays to score and on fourth down; Hall hit Travis Jewett for a 17-yard touchdown. The kick failed but the Panthers took the lead and never looked back. The Panther’s defense held the Hornets on their first possession and the ball went over on downs. The next touchdown for the home team came on another pass from Hall to Brody Powers for 21 yards followed by a Hall to Austin Terrell completion for the extra points. With 4:51 remaining in the first quarter, the Panthers had a 14-0 lead.

Tulia again was thwarted by the purple defense with a fumble recovery by Kollin Abbe. This time the Panthers took only one play to put the ball over the goal line with 3:17 on the clock. The flea flicker worked to perfection, with Hall handing the football off to Lamberson, who tossed it back to Hall, who then passed it to Josh Oliver for a 38-yard scoring toss. The following Lamberson kick was successful and the Panthers extended their lead to 21-0.

The next possessions by both Tulia and Panhandle resulted in a punt for Hornets and a failed fourth down conversion by the Panthers. Tulia put their first points on the board with 9:56 remaining in the half on their next possession. The kick was no good but the Hornets were on the board, 21-6. The rest of the quarter found both teams putting points on the board with three touchdowns each. The Panther’s first touchdown following the Hornet’s score was a 49-yard scoring pass from Hall to Jewett with the successful Lamberson kick bringing the score to 28-6 with 8:12 left in the half. The stingy defense of the Panthers forced the Hornets to punt and the Panthers moved the ball from their own 14 yard line to the Hornet’s three yard line, where Lamberson scored on his first of two touchdowns. The extra point failed, leaving the score 34-6 with 4:03 left in the half. The Hornets managed to score on their final three possessions of the second quarter, while the Panthers could manage only one score. That came with 2:27 left in the first half and came courtesy of a Hall to Oliver 56-yard pass completion. Lamberson’s kick was successful but the half time score was now a lot closer than the Panhandle fans liked. The Hornets had cut the lead of the Panthers to 41-26.
The second half of the game began much like the second quarter ended — with the Hornets marching the ball down the field and coming away with seven points. With 8:12 on the third quarter clock, the Hornets pulled to within eight points of the Panthers. The Panthers put together a drive of their own with a three-yard touchdown run and the extra point by Lamberson. With 4:34 left in the third quarter, the Panthers were up 48-33. Tulia scored one more time with 1:14 in the third quarter but missed the extra point, to end the quarter with the Panthers 48, Tulia 39.
The Panthers scored on their first possession of the final quarter with 11:13 on the clock, on a four-yard touchdown run by Patrick Shadid, followed by the two-point conversion run by Hall to put the Panthers ahead 56-39. Tulia converted both of their next two possessions into seven points each to pull within three points of the Panthers. The Panthers offense was not able to move the ball either time and had one possession end with a failed fourth down conversion try and the other ended with a great punt from Hall that set up the Hornets on the Panthers own one yard line. A combination of good defense and several penalties on the Hornets, the Panthers took over on downs with Terrell knocking down the fourth down pass from the Tulia quarterback. With 1:09 remaining in the game, the Panthers had the ball and the lead 56-53 and ran the clock out to end the game.
Lamberson ended the game with another 100-yard plus rushing game. He ended the game with 114 yards on 19 carries. He scored on two runs of three yards. Hall had 16 carries for 80 yards. Shadid had six carries for 31 yards and a four-yard touchdown.

Hall completed 16 of his 26 pass attempts for 367 yards with five of these passes going for touchdowns. Terrell had 90 yards on six catches. Oliver had three receptions for 103 yards. He scored on a 38-yard and 56-yard pass. Jewett had three catches for 69 yards and scored on passes of 17 yards and 49 yards. Shadid had two catches for 28 yards, followed by Cory Free with two catches for 21 yards. Powers had one catch which was good for a 21-yard touchdown.

Defensively, the Panthers were led by Powers who had a five solo tackles and one assist. Lamberson was credited with four solos and 13 assists. Brayden Brandvik had three solo tackles, four assists, and one deflected pass. Brandvik also handled the kick off duties and saw a lot of action from that position. Jordan Varner had three solo tackles to his credit along with five assisted tackles and one quarterback sack and one quarterback hurry. Shadid had two solos, nine assists and one quarterback sack while Terrell had two solos, four assists and one deflected pass. Oliver was credited with two solo tackles and three assisted tackles and Hall had two solos and one assist to his credit. Devin Yarger had a solo tackle and eight assisted tackles while having five quarterback hurries. Ryan Shemwell was credited with one solo and six assists and also a deflected pass. Adam Jones had one solo tackle while Jason Durham had seven assists. Abbe ended the game with six assisted tackles, one caused turnover, one fumble recovery and four quarterback hurries. Will Weinheimer had three assists and one quarterback hurry. Aaron Stamps had two assisted tackles with three quarterback hurries. Tanner Barnett had two assists and one quarterback hurry while Luman and Free had two assists each to their credit. Alex Davis and Sean Hightower had one assist while Elijah Tompkins had one quarterback hurry. Also seeing action in the game were Luke Amos, Hunter Pool and Justin Leven.

The Panthers were still without the services of Kyle Weiss, Seth Wood, Seth Whitt and Aisia Bonner for the game. Shemwell suffered a knee injury in the game and his timeframe to return to play is unknown.

The Players of the Week for their play against the Hornets on defense were Logan Lamberson, Kollin Abbe and Jordan Varner. The Offensive Players of the week were Josh Oliver, Patrick Shadid and Tyler Hall.

Last week in the Amarillo Globe News “High School Football Statistics” for 1A Division Schools in the article published on Sept. 18, the Panthers continue to dominate. In the Total Team Offense the Panthers lead with 868 yards rushing, 603 yards passing, for a total of 1471 yards. In the Individual Rushing, Lamberson moved up to third place with 35 carries for 429 yards and six touchdowns, while his teammate Hall remains in third in the passing category with 32 completions out of 60 attempts and six touchdowns. In the Individual Receiving, Jewett is listed with 11 catches for 159 yards. Hall leads the Individual Scoring again with 68 points followed by Lamberson with a total of 42 points.

The Junior Varsity is set to host the Spearman Lynx today following the junior high games. The (3-1) Panthers travel to Spearman tomorrow night with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. This will be the Panthers last non-district game before the all important district games begin in two weeks.

Stats
Panhandle: First Downs 32; Yards Rushing 225; Yards Passing 367; Total Yards 592; Passes Completed-Attempted-Intercepted 16-26-1; Punts 1-40; Penalties 10-93; Fumbles-Lost 1-0.
Tulia: First Downs 36; Yards Rushing 211; Yards Passing 446; Total Yards 657; Passes Completed-Attempted-Intercepted 29-43-0; Punts 3-50; Penalties 26-175; Fumbles-Lost 1-1.

Eighth Grade Panthers Lose To Tulia

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

By Ann Metcalf

Panhandle’s Eighth Grade Panthers were defeated 12-6 in Tulia to make their record 1-1.

In the first quarter, neither team was able to score. Dusty Hughey had a fumble recovery and Bradlee Brandvik, Kaden Lynch and Garrett McIlroy got in some good defensive hits.
With 56 seconds remaining until halftime, Tulia scored on a 27-yard run. A pass for two was incomplete. Brandvik, Hughey and Ashton Canida made some good defensive plays in the second period. The halftime score was Panhandle 0, Tulia 6.

Panhandle kicked off to start the third quarter. On first and 10, Cole Bacon and Gavien McCoid stopped Tulia for no gain. On second and 10, Lynch stopped the run and took the ball away from him giving the Panthers possession on the Tulia 47. Panhandle was unable to score and Tulia took over on their own 18. On second and ten, Tulia broke loose for an 82-yard touchdown run. The PAT was no good and the score was Panhandle 0, Tulia 12.

Following a 43-yard pass-run play to Reese Graham from Lynch, Panhandle had first and goal from the seven yard line. Lynch picked up five then Jayden Shaver took the ball in from the two. The PAT attempt was no good. With 1:54 left in the third period, the score was Panhandle 6, Tulia 12.

There was no scoring in the fourth quarter. Lynch completed a nine-yard pass to Hughey and a pass to Braedyn Kowalewski to give Panhandle a first-and-goal from the nine, but the young Panthers were unable to score. Good defense by Zach Moore and McCoid gave the Panthers one more chance, but the final score was Tulia 12, Panhandle 6.