Archive for October, 2013

Annual Blaze Coffee Memorial Blood Drive Saturday

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Panhandle Community Flyer November (1)The month-long Blaze Coffee Memorial Blood Drive kicks off this Saturday with a community blood drive here in Panhandle and will continue throughout the month of November at approximately 50 different locations around the area.

The Panhandle community drive will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Panhandle Elementary School Cafeteria located at 106 W. 9th Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Every eligible donor who presents to donate will receive a Blaze Coffee Memorial Blood Drive T-shirt.

This year’s drive is honoring EMS First Responders and Hospital Staff Blood Donors, who have a special understanding and first-hand knowledge of the importance of the gift of life. Blood is often required to save the lives of accident victims, including auto accidents, industrial accidents and other traumas. A single accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood. Blood used in an emergency is already available before an event occurs thanks to donors who give.

“We appreciate all the heroes who save lives each day. We thank them this month in memory of Blaze Coffee, a young man from Panhandle who was in an industrial accident in 2009. He lost his fight after 28 days and the Coffee family has established an annual blood drive in Blaze’s memory to remind others of the importance of a readily-available and stable blood supply,” said a spokesman for the Coffee Memorial Blood Center (CMBC).

Donors must present a photo ID or donor ID card and must be at least 17 years old. Sixteen-year-olds may donate with a signed parental consent.
Appointments may be scheduled by calling 311-8800 or 1-877-574-8800.

Donations to this annual event may be given during the regular business hours throughout the month at the Coffee Memorial Blood Center in Amarillo located at 7500 Wallace Blvd.

Early Voting Ends Friday

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Early voting in the general election on nine state propositions ends Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Voting takes place in the Commissioners Courtroom of Carson County Courthouse. As of press time a total of early voting, 107 ballots were cast.

General election is Tuesday, Nov. 5 and polling places will be open in the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

County polling places include: Precinct 10, Groom, Groom Community Center; Precinct 102 and 401, White Deer, White Deer Community Center; Precinct 103, Panhandle, Carson County Ag Barn; Precinct 201, Panhandle, War Memorial Building; Precinct 301, Panhandle, Panhandle High School; Precinct 302, Fritch, Carson County Precinct #3 Barn; Precinct 402, Skellytown, Skellytown City Hall Offices.

All voters must present photo I.D. to be eligible to vote. Acceptable identification includes a Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS); Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by the DPS; Texas personal identification card issued by the DPS; Texas concealed handgun license issued by the DPS; U.S. military identification card containing photo; U.S. citizenship certificate containing photo; or U.S. passport. With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.

Rep. Four Price Makes PHS Visit

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

PHS Principal Jerry Schaeffer and Rep. Four Price

PHS Principal Jerry Schaeffer and
Rep. Four Price

Texas Representative Four Price (R) of District 87 visited Panhandle High School last week and addressed the entire high school student body in an assembly and spent time visiting with educators and administrators.

Rep. Price told the student body that they are blessed to be raised in a small community because of the values and standards set down within Panhandle. He said that the more things change, the more they remain the same, and that is the fundamental values that are received by growing up and living in the Panhandle community. A graduate of Tascosa High School in Amarillo, Rep. Price said in remembering his years in high school, he doesn't remember what type of clothing his classmates wore, what kind of car they drove, but how they treated him and others. He told the group, “Everything you do has consequences…how you treat others will determine how they treat you.”

“Seize opportunity, embrace opportunity and be proud of who you are and where you come from. And remember that there is lots to be said about the power of the spoken word,” he said.

Rep. Price told students that the current population of Texas is 26 million, which is 11 million more Texans than when he was born. Texas is the best state in the union to live. The population is projected to double by 2060. “If Texas alone was a nation within itself, we would be economically the 14th largest nation. Texas needs its students to think forward to the future and career opportunities are infinite” he said.

Panhandle High School students were given the opportunity to ask questions of Rep. Price. Questions ranged from school funding, State infrastructure, health care, tax relief and compulsory voting.

55+ Club News

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

By Clara Jayne Kelly

The War Memorial Building was the place for the regular Wednesday, Oct. 23 meeting for the 55+ Club. A good attendance was had and the meal was, as usual, very good; in fact there were so many desserts, John Dale said everyone had to eat at least three...I really think some may have tried doing that!

The main topic of discussion was the meal being planned for Nov. 6, when the Club serves the Veterans a special Veterans Day meal. The RSVPs are coming in and we are assuming a good number will be accepting our invitation; there is still plenty of time for a call to reserve a seat on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Members are looking forward to welcoming those who come.

Cards and remembrances were sent to Pat Smith, in the death of her son in Missouri; also, Larry Profitt is adjusting to chemo and radiation treatments and David Martin is having a difficult time with his illness.

It was good to have a ‘tiny’ visit with Glenna McLeod when she came by to bring a guest book for the veterans to sign when they come as our guests. Seems she and Bill do lots of running back and forth in trips to Amarillo for various needs; and if it is ‘physician’ calls, those always seem to fall on Wednesday.
Ann Metcalf said the upcoming J.O.Y. Halloween Fun Night could always use cookies, pies, cakes and etc. for the cake walk. If interested, contact Ann or just take your ‘goodies’ out to the Ag Barn around 5:30 Saturday.

The butterfly puzzle was completed and was glued together for a wall hanging to be sent to Flois, the mother of Darlene Reed. Darlene says her mother loves butterflies, so this should be a beautiful gift to her. A winter scene puzzle was put out Wednesday morning and by 3 o’clock, it was finished! Those people work fast, and Billie Williams and Doris Hobbs stayed with it until they finished. May have to find a more difficult one, so it will last longer?

The Methodists’ fall dinner is to be held soon and Tommy Roark brought the quilt that they plan to give away. It is beautiful work done by Frances Sinclair; and tickets can be obtained by checking with the Methodist Church or see Tommy or Jony Thomas.

Marsha Thomas left us with a good bit of wisdom: ‘tact is making a point without making an enemy.’ If you succeed in doing this, not only you, but others will be blessed.

Cyclones Deflated By Panthers Ground Game

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Panther football seniors and their families were honored at the last home game of the season on Friday night. Also honored were the senior cheerleaders and student football assistants. Senior Panthers are, sitting left to right, Austin Terrell, Ryan Shemwell, Branson Brown and Aisia Bonner; kneeling left to right, Brody Powers, Jason Durham, Adam Jones, Travis Jewett, Cory Free and Dalten Luman; and standing left to right, Seth Witt, Tanner Barnett, Justin Leven, Tyler Hall, Kyle Weiss, Luke Amos, Braedyn Brandvik and Aaron Stamps.

Panther football seniors and their families were honored at the last home game of the season on Friday night. Also honored were the senior cheerleaders and student football assistants. Senior Panthers are, sitting left to right, Austin Terrell, Ryan Shemwell, Branson Brown and Aisia Bonner; kneeling left to right, Brody Powers, Jason Durham, Adam Jones, Travis Jewett, Cory Free and Dalten Luman; and standing left to right, Seth Witt, Tanner Barnett, Justin Leven, Tyler Hall, Kyle Weiss, Luke Amos, Braedyn Brandvik and Aaron Stamps.

By Margaret Barnett

Last Friday night was “Pink Out” night and “Senior Night” combined. The 18 senior football players, three student assistants and two cheerleaders were honored for their services before the game began. The Senior Football Players are Austin Terrell, Dalten Luman, Ryan Shemwell, Brody Powers, Tyler Hall, Brayden Brandvik, Travis Jewett, Kyle Weiss, Tanner Barnett, Jason Durham, Luke Amos, Adam Jones, Justin Leven, Seth Witt, Alex Davis, Aaron Stamps, Aisia Bonner and Cory Free. Michaela Roberts, Callie Boyd and Kelly Duckett serve as the Student Assistants while Kasey Hughey and Hanna Shemwell are the Senior Cheerleaders.

Senior Captains Hall, Powers, Jewett, and Weiss won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. Barnett started the game kicking deep to the Memphis seven yard line, with the return back to the Cyclones 43 yard line, where the Cyclones set up their offense. They managed one first down and then on fourth and two the Panthers’ defense held and the ball went over on downs. The Panthers began their first drive of the game on their own 28 yard line. Following over 50 yards rushing by Patrick Shadid, Hall scored on an eight-yard scamper and Tucker Wise added the extra point to put the Panthers on the board with 7:20 left in the first quarter clock.

On the ensuing kickoff, Barnett kicked into the end zone preventing any return by the Cyclones. Memphis drove the ball down the field and scored on a 12-yard run followed by a successful pass for the two-point conversion. So with 5:22 remaining on the clock, Memphis took the lead 8-7. The Cyclones kick was received by Seth Wood who set up the Panthers in good field position on the Memphis 47 yard line, but the offense was not able to get a drive going and were forced to punt. Hall punted the ball into the end zone and Memphis began their third possession on their 20 yard line. The Panther defense held on fourth down and the Panthers had the ball again on the Memphis 47 yard line. It took only two plays for the Panthers offense to cross the goal line this time on a 42-yard touchdown run by Hall. The following successful extra point kick by Wise with 1:56 still on the first quarter clock put the Panthers ahead of the Cyclones 14-8. The Panthers never gave up the lead for the remainder of the game. Memphis’ next two drives of the first half ended with a forced punt and having the ball intercepted by Hall. The first half ended on a 50-yard run by Hall leaving the score at the end of the first half with the Panthers 14 and the Cyclones 8.

The second half started with the Panthers on their 23 yard line. On the seventh play of the possession, Shadid scored his first touchdown of the night on a 55-yard run. Wise’s extra point was good, so with 9:42 left in the third quarter, the Panthers extended their lead to 21-8. Memphis answered with a touchdown of their own a little over two minutes later on a 25-yard pass. The two-point conversion failed and Memphis pulled to within seven points of the Panthers. The following four possessions for Memphis failed to produce any points. The Panther defense had two take-aways in the form of a fumble recovery by Shemwell and another interception by Hall. Shadid scored the final touchdown with 2:02 remaining in the game. This score came on a 50-yard run up the middle and was followed by another successful Wise kick. The final score of the game was the Panhandle Panthers 28 and the Memphis Cyclones 14.

The Panthers’ ground game dominated the game with Shadid going over 200 yards and Hall over 100 yards rushing. Shadid had 23 carries for 232 yards, with two touchdowns, one for 55 yards and one for 50 yards. Hall carried the ball 20 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He had an eight-yard and a 42-yard touchdown run. Jewett had two carries for 21 yards.

Hall completed eight of his 19 pass attempts for 55 yards. Terrell had three receptions for 26 yards followed by Jewett with three catches for 21 yards. Wood had two receptions for eight yards.
Leading the Panther defense was Shemwell with two solo tackles, nine assisted tackles and one fumble recovery. Devin Yarger was credited with two solos, seven assists and one quarterback hurry followed Red Hughey who also had two solos, six assists, and one deflected pass. Davis and Witt had two solos tackles, four assisted tackles, and one deflected pass each. Barnett was credited with two solo and two assisted tackles while Luman had one solo and 10 assisted tackles. Sam McKinley had one solo and 10 assisted while Josh Oliver had one solo and two deflected passes. Durham had five assisted tackles, Kollin Abbe had four assisted tackles and Hall had three assisted tackles, two interceptions, and one deflected pass. Shadid had three assisted tackles along with Jordan Varner. Stamps, Leven and Hunter Pool, each had two assisted tackles to their credit. Will Weinheimer had one assisted tackle to finish out the defensive stats.

The Players of the week for their play against the Cyclones on defense was Ryan Shemwell, Dalten Luman and Sam McKinley. The Offensive Players of the Week were Tanner Barnett, Kyle Weiss, Adam Jones, Elijah Tompkins and Ryan Whitt. These big guys provided the blocking that allowed the ground game to succeed. Tucker Wise was awarded the Special Team Player of the game for his perfect four out of four extra point kicks.

Last week, Tyler Hall was honored with “The Class 1A Player of the Week” honors in the Amarillo Globe News for his performance against the Clarendon Broncos. Hall threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 163 yards on 13 carries. His biggest run was an 80-yard scoring run in the second quarter that put the Panthers in the lead for good in a 48-13 win over the Broncos. The Panthers compiled more than 600 yards, the equivalent of a college or pro team gaining more than 800 yards in a 60-minute game. Coach Peacock was quoted, “He’s really matured as a player and as an athlete. He’s taken the reins for us on the field. He’s everything you’d like for your quarterback to be. He’s throwing the ball as good as he has thrown it all year.” Patrick Shadid was listed in the Honorable Mention for Class 1A with his 185 yards of rushing and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

Last week in the Amarillo Globe News “High School Football Statistics” for 1A Division Schools in the article published on Oct. 2, the Panthers continue to be well represented. In the Total Team Offense, the Panthers continue in second place behind Wellington with 1,672 yards rushing, 1,704 yards passing, for a total of 2,376 yards. In the Individual Rushing, Lamberson still remains listed with 60 carries for 562 yards and eight touchdowns even though he has been injured for most of the last two games. Hall still remains in second place in the passing category with 102 completions out of 189 attempts for 1,670 total yards and 19 touchdowns. In the Individual Receiving, Austin Terrell has 31 receptions for 505 yards and three touchdowns while Travis Jewett had 23 receptions for 392 yards and four touchdowns. Hall remained in first place in the Individual Scoring with 164 points.

The (2-1, 5-3) Panthers travel to Stinnett to take on the win less (0-3, 0-8) Comanches tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Panhandle: First Downs 16; Yards Rushing 45-408; Yards Passing 55; Total Yards 463; Passing C-A-I 8-19-0; Punts-Avg. 3-53; Fumbles-Lost 0-0; Penalties-Yards 6-40.
Memphis: First Downs 17; Yards Rushing 30-184; Yards Passing 169; Total Yards 353; Passing C-A-I 14-29-2; Punts-Avg. 2-44; Fumbles-Lost 1-1; Penalties-Yards 6-30.

Carson County Library

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

By Mary Hare

Happy Halloween from your local librarians!

As the holidays approach Carson County has several activities planned: 1) Saturday, Nov. 23: Decorate Courthouse Lawn. Begin early–all day–lunch provided; 2) Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.: Caroling Parade- Joy Park; 3) Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.: Entertainment-Courthouse; 4) Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.: Tree Lighting-Courthouse Lawn; 5) Thursday, Dec. 5 from 5-7 p.m.: “Friends of Carson County Library” Booksale. We will accept book donations in good condition for this sale!; 6) Thursday, Dec. 19, 10-10:30 a.m. Mommy & Me Christmas Party – Panhandle Library; 7) Friday , Dec. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: “Friends of Carson County Library” hosts “Polar Express Movie Night” - Panhandle Library.

Come check out our newest releases: “Storm Front” by John Sandford; “Inherit the Dead” by Lee Child; “Faithful to Laura” by Kathleen Fuller; “Silencing Eve” by Iris Johansen and The Longmire series by Craig Johnson.

Some new DVD’s include: “The Croods”, “Iron Man 3” and “World War Z”.

Our newest Talking books include: “The Final Cut” by Catherine Coulter, “Gone” by James Patterson, “Inferno” by Dan Brown, and “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks.

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Community Christmas Project Underway

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

A Community Christmas Program in Panhandle is being planned for Wednesday evening, Dec. 4 from 5 to 7 o’clock on the Courthouse lawn.

Bob Russ is chairing the event and is asking for community help in planning and with its participation in the event. Mary Hare is the volunteer entertainment chair. Anyone wishing to participate in the entertainment should contact Mrs. Hare by Nov. 18.

Activities are scheduled to begin with a Christmas Caroling Parade down Main Street from J.O.Y. Park to Highway 207 (the stop light on Main) and then back to the Courthouse. Everyone is invited to come and participate or just to come on down to Main Street and enjoy the caroling.

Following the parade, entertainment and refreshments will begin followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Decorating for the event will be on Saturday, Nov. 23 (the Saturday before Thanksgiving). Your time, talents and contributions are needed to make this celebration a big success.

The next planning meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, Nov. 18 at 7 o’clock at the War Memorial Building.

Attending the first planning meeting on Oct. 28 were Bob Allison, Colleen Butler, Mary Hare, Glenda Holt, John Dale Kelly, Josh Light, Dan Looten, Brad Maples, James Martin, Ann Metcalf, Dennis Moore, Rob Roach and Bob and Gay Russ.

For more information, call Bob Russ at 279-0465.

JV Elks Slide Past Panthers

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

By Linc Wood

Last Thursday, the Junior Varsity Panthers were in action against the Stratford Elks. The Panthers elected to receive the kickoff and took possession on an eight-play drive resulting in a turnover on downs. The Elks ran three plays and had to punt on their first possession of the half. The Panthers went to work midway through the first quarter. Riley Graham found pay-dirt on a 22-yard scamper giving the Panthers the early lead 6-0 with the unsuccessful two-point conversion. Stratford’s next series wasn’t very promising only resulting in four plays and a punt early in the second quarter.

On the ensuing possession by the Panthers a fumble by Colby Neeley ended the drive giving the ball back to the Elks. Neither team could establish themselves offensively, both stalling on their next two drives.

The Elks driving late in the second quarter attempted a half-back pass that was intercepted by Clayton Wood. The Panthers took a 6-0 lead into the half.

The second half action was fast and furious. The Elks’ first possession found the end-zone on an eight-play drive and a one-yard plunge for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good giving Stratford the lead 8-6 with six minutes left in the third quarter. Panhandle struggled on their next series and settled for a punt. The Elks went to work and quickly extended the lead to 14-6 on a 30-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed.

Fourth quarter action provided two more scores for each team. The Panthers went on an eight-play drive with big runs by Neeley and Graham. Graham ended the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run bringing Panhandle within two points of the Elks, 14 to 12.

The ensuing series for the Elks opened the game back to an eight-point deficit for the Panthers as the Stratford player took a handoff 60 yards for the touchdown to make the score 20 to 12 in favor of Stratford.

Panhandle would not go quietly, and Freshman Quarterback Neeley found Wood on a 37-yard pass and catch for the touchdown. The important two-point conversion failed making the score 20 to 18. That is where the game would end for the Panthers falling to the Elks by two in a nail-bitter, 20-18.

The JV Panthers will not play this Thursday, but will suit up with the Varsity Panthers on Friday night when they travel to Stinnett to play the West Texas High Comanches at 7 o’clock.

Junior High Game Scores
Eighth Grade
PJHS 32 - Memphis 32
Seventh Grade
PJHS 22 - Stratford 14

PISD & You

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

By Kim Ewing, Third Grade Teacher

You may have driven by the playground of Panhandle Elementary School and noticed a new structure. The third grade students are excited to be in charge of the greenhouse project and are learning many Science concepts. Besides the obvious, such as the plant life cycle and how a greenhouse works, we are also bringing in math, writing and research skills.

In our classroom study of the Solar System, we have learned that the tilt of the Earth on its axis and the orbit of Earth around the Sun cause the seasons. This fall we have been recording temperatures inside the greenhouse. Graphing the temperatures and drawing diagrams helps us to understand the Earth’s movement as the seasons change. We are also watching to see how long the growing season can be extended in the controlled environment of the greenhouse. We are learning lessons of life when some of the plants do not grow. We investigate to find out why that plant did not do well and another like it did.

In the spring we plan to continue using our greenhouse to start seeds early and then send them home for the students to plant and care for over the summer. We will also discuss environmental factors like drought, soil, pollution and volcanoes that effect the plant life cycle.

We are fortunate to have the greenhouse and to use it to relate the learning in the classroom to real life experience. I am confident that the third graders will remember these lessons and become lifelong learners. Watch as our greenhouse blooms!

Carson County Sheriff’s Report

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Erik Wayne Brown

Erik Wayne Brown

By Sheriff Loren Brand

The Carson County Dispatch and 9-1-1 Call Center received 42 calls for service this past week. Five calls were for traffic accidents, two were fire calls, two suspicious person calls were reported, there were four calls of civil disturbances and one with shots fired; 9-1-1 received seven calls for EMS services.

One person is currently being held without bond after violating a judicial protective order and attempting to elude officers. Eric Wayne Brown was booked into the Carson County Jail early Thursday morning following a pursuit that started in Randall County, went through Potter County and ending in Carson. He is charged with Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Evading Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He remains in our facility with his bond set at $30,000. Brown is 32 years of age and indicates he is a resident of Parsons, Kan.

We have 25 persons in our custody at this time.