Archive for November, 2013

New Life For Garretson’s Home Discussed At Community Meeting

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The Board of Directors of Garretson’s Home hosted a community meeting on Monday evening, Nov. 25 at the First United Methodist Church. The meeting was held to get feedback from the community about the possibilities of reopening the home and what the needs of the community are.

Steve Butler of Architect and Associates gave a synopsis of the current condition of the home and how that condition will affect the future of the home. He was very encouraging that the home can be functional and support certain needs within the community of Panhandle. However, he couldn’t assure the community that a retirement or assisted living home would be an option because of the structure
and condition of the home meeting required regulations for such a facility.

Mr. Butler advised the citizens present that they should put a brochure and presentation together and apply for grant monies to help fund and offset the cost to the community for the revamping of the home.

The citizens present discussed several possibilities for the home including a child daycare center, remodeling and updating a kitchen area for a Meals-On-Wheels program, building of new cottages for assisted living, a community meeting room and/or fitness center.

The Board has plans to call another community meeting after the first of the year to discuss putting together a brochure and applying for grant assistance.

Boards of Director Members are Julie and Rex Young, Sheri and Mark Urbanczyk, Kay and Charles Burk, Doyle Robinson, Dixie Surratt, Scott Sherwood, Rob Roach, Frances Sinclair, Mary Lou and Jerry Lane, Buddy Payne, Mark Land and Dr. Holly Jeffreys. Advisory Board Members are Jean and Wayne Cox and C.L. Edwards.

Community members present at the meeting were Dena Hileman, Mary and Don Bednorz, Sharon Daughters, Tammy and Greg Wendel, Kay Williams, Brenda and Doyle Robinson, Dan Looten, Kay and Charles Burk, Bill McLeod, Frances and Erskine Sinclair, Paula and Don Vance, Marcia Carter, Ann Metcalf, Celeste Bischel, Jeanene Montgomery, Joli Arial, Carla McIlroy Collier and Rob Roach.

Two Days Of Holiday Fun Planned

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Two days of fun, entertainment and shopping are planned to kickoff the Christmas season next week.

A Community Christ-mas Tree Lighting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the County Courthouse beginning with a caroling parade up Main Street to the school where the young and young-at-heart will meet Santa led by the Pride of Panhandle Band. The parade will carol its way back to the Courthouse lawn and Gazebo for entertainment and visits with Santa. A schedule of events is located on page 8 of this week’s Herald. The evening will be topped off with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and refreshments inside the War Memorial Building.

The Community Christmas Tree Lighting is chaired by Bob Russ, who has worked all year to make this event a special and memorable one for the community. He and volunteer workers have constructed a wide variety of lighted displays for the enjoyment of the community. The community event is being made possible through donations from area businesses and individuals. Everyone is encouraged to come out and be a part of this celebration. Mr. Russ told the Herald, “Jesus, is the reason for the season. What better way to celebrate Christmas than for our community to come together and rejoice.”

The annual Christmas on Our Town: Shop Panhandle is set for Thursday, Dec. 5. Panhandle merchants and businesses will have extended hours for Panhandle shoppers with lots of bargains and discounts. A list of all the participating businesses can be found on page 8 of this week’s Herald.

The Panhandle Chamber of Commerce sponsored Shop Panhandle night will conclude with a drawing for prizes and gifts at the Hazlewood Building of the Square House Museum at 7:30 p.m.

Panthers Lose Area Playoff Game To Stamford

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Panthers fans suit up for the cold in Bowie, Texas after game time and location change. Photo courtesy of Tammy Wendel

Panthers fans suit up for the cold in Bowie, Texas after game time and location change. Photo courtesy of Tammy Wendel

Icy, snowy weather delayed the Panthers’ Area Playoff game on Friday, Nov. 22. The Panthers’ were to meet the Stamford Bulldogs to decide the winners of the Area Championship, originally scheduled for 7 p.m. in Post, the game was moved back to 5 p.m. when weather forecasts predicted extreme cold temperatures and ice. The Panther team and coaches where on the road to Post when the game was postponed
Friday morning due to icy road conditions and rescheduled for Saturday evening in Bowie, Texas. Many of the playoff games scheduled in the panhandle area for that Friday were cancelled.

Cold temperatures prevailed even in Bowie, a distance of 260 miles from Panhandle. The Bulldogs came away the winners with a final score of 56-35.

Due to the weather delays and early press deadlines this week, the game wrap-up will be published next week. The Herald apologizes for the delay, but it seems that is the norm for this particular playoff game. Please look for the highlights and story next week.

Carson County Sheriff’s Report

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

More than 100 tractor trailers created a backup in the westbound lane of traffic on I-40 and FM 2373. The Amarillo District for the TxDOT and local law enforcement responded to 148 crashes from Friday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 24. A total of five people died in these crashes in a pile up near Vega. The total number of injured persons during the three day period was not available. Photo courtesy of Terry Coffee

More than 100 tractor trailers created a backup in the westbound lane of traffic on I-40 and FM 2373. The Amarillo District for the TxDOT and local law enforcement responded to 148 crashes from Friday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 24. A total of five people died in these crashes in a pile up near Vega. The total number of injured persons during the three day period was not available. Photo courtesy of Terry Coffee

By Loren Brand

The Carson County 9-1-1 dispatch center had 35 calls for service this last week including nine traffic accidents, four medical calls and two fire calls. With the icy road conditions, traffic was stopped on I-40 westbound for some time and that created a backup of nearly 100 trucks and other vehicles while the road was cleared. Our dispatchers answered over 75 9-1-1 calls during that period and the exact number of vehicles that slid off the road or were stuck for a period of time is unknown. At least seven of our traffic accidents took place over Saturday and Sunday.

Nineteen persons who were stranded Saturday night do to the storm were given shelter at the First Baptist Church of Groom. A shelter had been planned for such conditions and was quickly set in place by Carson County Emergency Management Coordinator Brenda Vermillion and the caring folks in Groom and the Baptist Church. The American Red Cross assisted in the operation and we had no casualties due to the weather.

We have a number of senior residents who live alone. We check on them when bad weather hits and make certain they are doing okay. If you have concerns about a friend, neighbor or family member in bad weather, please call us and we’ll check on them for you. The fewer people on the road, the less risk for all of us.

Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Ronald Keith Wolfe

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Ronald Keith Wolfe 1953 - 2013

Ronald Keith Wolfe
1953 - 2013

Ronald Keith Wolfe “Ronnie, Ron, or Wolfe” as most called him, 60, of Lubbock, Texas entered eternal life on Nov. 16, 2013.

A day of celebration began as Ron’s beautiful soul entered the world on March 1, 1953 to his parents, David and Mabel Wolfe in Amarillo, Texas. Ron served in the Army, was a Vietnam Veteran, and was proud of our country and our military. He was rarely seen without his Vietnam Veteran hat on. Ron married the love of his life, Karen Wossum in 1971 and although they later divorced, Ron thought of Karen fondly. Ron was a welder and was a longtime member of the Lubbock chapter of the Plumber’s and Pipefitter’s Union.

Ron was excited to know His Lord and Savior personally, learned Hebrew later in life and studied his bible daily. Family and friends were important to Ron and he enjoyed cooking chicken fried steaks and baking pies from scratch for those he loved and found friendship with. Ron’s amazing spirit is carried on through his two daughters, Teresa Murdock and Katrina Stockley and his “podunks,” who he was so proud of: Blake, Jake, Evan, and Brenner.

Ron is survived by his daughters, Teresa Murdock and her husband Andy of Panhandle; Katrina Stockley and her husband Chris of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandsons Blake and Jake Murdock of Lubbock and Evan and Brenner Murdock of Panhandle; siblings Carol Delaney of Lubbock; Jim Wolfe and his wife Judy of Leavenworth, Kan.; and Steve Wolfe of Lubbock, Texas; a niece, Shawna Kelly and her husband Ciaran of Lubbock and their children Ashley Martinez of Canyon; Arienne Martinez and Declan Kelly, both of Lubbock; and many other family members.

Ron is reunited with his father and mother, David and Mabel Wolfe and countless other family members who are in heaven to welcome him with open arms. He will be greatly missed.

Services for Ron were be held at Lake Ridge Chapel in Lubbock on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. followed by visitation.

Burial will be at the Miami, Texas Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.

The family suggests memorials be to the Disabled American Veterans Association.

To leave your words of encouragement to the family and view tributes visit

55+ Club

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

By Clara Jayne Kelly

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, the 55+ Club met in the War Memorial Building for lunch and an afternoon of Bingo. If you care for the game of Bingo, we play every third Wednesday of the month; white elephants are usually the prize, however the first ever ‘black out’ prize was won by Doris Hobbs, and she liked what she got!

Those interested, were invited to a 7 p.m. meeting, Monday, Nov. 25 for any input anyone might have on decisions being made to utilize the old Garretson Retirement facility.

Jony Thomas reported l62 volunteer hours for the month of November. That is a generous amount of time given for the good of others. Now it is also time to bring Warm Things for the fall project; many items have already found their way to the Warm Things Basket; more is needed; and that will be available until December 11. The items will be used for those who have need of such 'warm and caring' things during the cold months ahead.

A lot of effort was given to make the Veteran's Day lunch and program available to our local veterans. One letter of gratitude was sent to us, and read from the Lloyd Sherrod's and we certainly appreciated the note of thanks. We were glad so many joined us for that special occasion.

We were glad to welcome Larry Profitt back after some medical issues he had; Marsha Thomas was absent due to some foot surgery she was having done; a guest with Darlene Reed was her sister, Connie, from Floydada. Also services were announced for David Martin, local resident, at the Panhandle Cemetery on Thursday.

Nancy Garner showed the quilt that will be given away soon; your chance at the beautiful quilt is by donating $2 per ticket or 6 tickets for $10. Check with Nancy for any questions concerning when and where that will take place.

November had one anniversary: Bob and Sue Allison; from what we hear, Sue got a beautiful anniversary gift...on 4 wheels! Congratulations, and drive carefully! Also, birthdays were shared for the month by, Harold Caraway, Jules Exnicious, Joyce Hoffman, Evelyn Metcalf and Tommye Roark. Speaking of November birthdays, John Dale and Clara Jayne are proud great-grandparents of twins! They were born Nov. l3, and share that date with Jony Thomas’s new granddaughter. All seem to be doing well, and more information on those births can certainly be obtained, with pictures, from either of the Grands!

There will be no meeting of the club Nov. 27; we just pray everyone can be with family or friends enjoying the holiday. We often read the newspapers or watch TV media and we wonder what kind of world we live in? But we have God's Word that holds so many beautiful promises: we can have Him in our everyday lives, and we can be so thankful for the blessings, not only for Him, but for friends and family and a great place to live like Panhandle, Texas. Now doesn't that make you smile?

Joan Chapman Griffin

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Joan Chapman Griffin

Joan Chapman Griffin

Joan Chapman Griffin passed away November 20, 2013 in Dallas. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger.

Born in Fort Worth to William Earl and Allis Chapman, she grew up in Midland. She graduated from Texas Tech in Lubbock, where she met her future husband, Lt. Carroll R. Griffin, who preceded her in death. She spent her early married life raising her two children, teaching grade school, and accompanying her husband to his various military assignments in Europe and the US. Prior to moving to Dallas, she lived in Lubbock, where she was a member of Lakeridge United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Mark H. Griffin and his wife, Marsha, of Dallas; her daughter, Rebecca Gillespie of Fairfax, Calif.; her brother, W. E. Chapman of Lubbock; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She will be remembered for her constant support and love for her family, and her grace, humor and unfailing good cheer.

Elementary School Honor Roll – Second Six Weeks

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Third Grade

A Honor Roll: Kinlea Ford, Brendi Green, Katelyn Haney, Colter Lynch, Dylan McWhorter, Rainee Mitchell, Kelby Olson, Annsley Rawlins, Grace Sims, Savannah Sinclair, Julianna Smith and Corbin Throgmorton.

Honorable Mention: Hudson Inman.

A B Honor Roll: Trae Austin, Shyann Bixby, Wyatt Brookshire, Jadyn Coffee, Greg Ehrenberg, Izeah Elmquist, Drake Harkins, Kylee Kowalewski, Larke Leven, Whitman Martin, Kaegan Massey, Maccie Northcutt, Daylee Overton, Zachary Prather, Marcus Slater, Elijah Stidham and Zachary Whitt.

Fourth Grade

A Honor Roll: Markus Barker, Cash Bixby, Jett Bradford, Karsyn Brown, Audree Brassfield, Jenna Cates, Wyatt Conway, James Dillon, Kandin Ford, Maycie Hammer, Caroline Jones, Spencer Keys, Kloe Kowalewski, Kate Kuehler, Macklynn Land, Christopher Lanham, Kendall McCall, Christopher McLaughlin, Moses Montgomery, Tatum Neuwirth, Tayte Ogletree, Payton Pohlmeier, Ryne Purcell, Casey Purvines, Caden Rocha, Sydnei Smith, Adelia Stamps, Audie Stark, Emma Tow, Graci Veazey and Rylee Ward.

Honorable Mention: Cassidy Caraway and Brady Mosteller.

A B Honor Roll: Elizabeth Allen, Edmundo Chairez, Lhandis Corbitt, Hayden Forbes, Elijah Gonzalez, Lillian Hager, Aiden Harris, Cabhan Horner, Devin Jones, Andrew Kolka, Marlee Leland, Levi McGill, Kiara Montoya, Aiden Spohn, A.J. Thompson, Hunter Thompson, Shaylin Weathers and Joshua Zimmerman.

Fifth Grade

A Honor Roll: Genesis Alarcon, Luke Battle, Joy Bigham, William Conway, Grayson Davis, Halle Ford, Olivia Horner, Ryan Howes, Mason Jones, Wesley Jones, Grace Koone, Jackson Kuehler, Raylee Mitchell and Jacey Neusch.

Honorable Mention: Ethan Crawford, Dylan Dunn, Maddox Reynolds, Makenna Reynolds and Prezley Shadid.

A B Honor Roll: Kloe Baumgardner, Jason Brown, Christopher Coffee, Faith Corbitt, Raven Garza, Ashleigh George, Gauge Hackett, Mia Hann, Hagan Heck, Maci Hicks, Sterling McCall, Logan McCoid, Camden Pace, Antonio Segura, Dylan Segura, Mikaela Stidham, Ellie Teas, Cayli Thiem, Alex Thompson, Olivia Thorman, Emory Veazey, Bailey Walterscheid, Tyler Whitt, Evyn Winborne, Zachary Wood and Kendall Woods.

Players Of The Week – Area Playoff Game

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Offense Cory Free

Cory Free

Offense Tyler Hall

Tyler Hall

Offense Dalten Luman

Dalten Luman

Defense Justin Hughey

Justin Hughey

Defense Tanner Barnett

Tanner Barnett

Offense Austin Terrell

Austin Terrell

Carson County Library News

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

By Mary Hare

Happy Thanksgiving! And, Christmas is on its way! Come to our Carson County Community Christmas Event on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Courthouse from 5-7 p.m. “Friends of Carson County Library” are planning to hold their book sale on Shop Panhandle Day, Dec. 5, and will host our “Polar Express Movie Night” on Dec. 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Mommy & Me in Panhandle will meet again in December from 10-10:30 on the 5th, 12th and on the 19th when we will have a visit from Santa Claus.

Come visit your local library and check out our newest books including: “The Double Ride” by Max Brand, “Secret Santa” by Fern Michaels, “Mirage” by Clive Cussler, and “Winners” by Danielle Steel.

Some new Audio books are: “Gone” by James Patterson, “Inferno” by Dan Brown, “Just One Evil Act” by Elizabeth George, and “Never Go Back” by Lee Child.

Our newest DVDs include: “The Croods”, “Epic”, “Pacific Rim” and “World War Z.”

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