Archive for December, 2013

Mary Francis Stamps

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Mary Frances Stamps 1628 - 2013

Mary Frances Stamps
1628 - 2013

Mary Francis Stamps, 85, of Panhandle died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Amarillo.

Services were held on Monday, Dec. 30, in Panhandle Church of Christ with Gaylon Stamps and Bennie Cummings officiating. Burial was in Panhandle Cemetery with arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

Mary was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Ladonia to Maurice and Ella Gurley. She married Lowell Eugene Stamps on July 10, 1948. She was a member of Panhandle Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Gail Park and a sister, Pat Young.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Stamps; three sons, Ronnie Stamps and wife Truby of Anton, Thomas Stamps of Amarillo and Mark Stamps and wife Jean of Fritch; a brother, Charles Gurley of Pampa; 13 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Panhandle Church of Christ, 207 E. Fourth St., Panhandle, TX 79068.

Sign the online guest book at www.boxwellbrothers.com.

Hall County Grand Jury

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The Hall County Grand Jury met on Dec. 13, 2013 and indicted five persons. They are: Jason Dwight Bridges for Burglary of a Building, State Jail Felony on June 5, 2013; Bradley Kent Byars for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, 2nd Degree Felony on June 12, 2013; Dayron Nicholas Forbes for Money Laundering, Sate Jail Felony on May 9, 2013; Sergio Garcia for Burglary of a Building, State Jail Felony on Sept. 30, 2013; and Michael Joshua Lopez for Burglary of a Habitation, 2nd Degree Felony on Aug. 8, 2013.

Larrine Qualls

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Larrine Qualls 1931 - 2013

Larrine Qualls
1931 - 2013

PAMPA — Larrine Qualls, 82, of Pampa died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.

Mass was celebrated at on Dec. 24, 2013 in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Francisco Perez as celebrant. Arrangements were by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mrs. Qualls was born March 5, 1931, in White Deer to Mary and Julius Bednorz. She married Odis C. Qualls on June 8, 1953, in Clovis, N.M.

Survivors include her husband; her children, Steve Qualls of Austin, Mark Qualls of McAlester, Okla., and Angela Qualls Sparkman of Quanah; her sisters, Pauline Lowe of Vacaville, Calif., Mary Lee Hebert of Welch, La., Betty Calkins of Frankston, Leona Mathes of Lubbock, and Clara McNamara of Georgetown; two brothers, Doug Bednorz and Don Bednorz, both of Panhandle; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 810 W. 23rd St., Pampa, TX 79065; or Don and Sybil Harrington Cancer Foundation, 1600 Wallace Blvd., Amarillo, TX 79106.

Panhandle Resident Killed In Train Accident

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

A 21-year-old Panhandle resident was killed at a grain elevator west of Panhandle near U.S. Highway 60 and FM 2161 at approximately 12:30 p.m. this afternoon. Joe Dylan Spears was standing near the railroad tracks by the elevator and was struck by an eastbound train, according to Carson County Sheriff Loren Brand

Spears was pronounced dead at the scene by Carson County Justice of the Peace Jean Hardman.

This matter is being investigated by the Carson County Sheriff’s Office and the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad police.

Sancta Marie Convent Home To 60 Year Old Community History & Art

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

IMG_6396By Les Montgomery for the Panhandle Herald

In the legends of St. Francis of Assisi, his monastic dedication began by denying the inheritance of his father, setting off as a beggar to restore chapels, teach to the smallest of creatures and tuning himself to Jesus Christ. This tradition is alive in Panhandle, off a quiet junction of the busy U.S. Highway 60, at the Sancta Maria Convent.

Change has come to the Convent since being established in 1954. A children’s home and a nursing home have come and gone; while the service of the Sisters continues to focus on the Christian evangelization of youth and families. They travel throughout the Texas Panhandle teaching at area Catholic schools, leading summer camps and retreats and serving as needed at the different parishes. Currently, 18 Sisters are living at the Sancta Maria Convent. The community will be celebrating its 60th anniversary on Jan. 8, 2014.

For many years, the Sisters have been updating and renovating their buildings thanks to grants and donations. In 2009 came the grandest renovation, to the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel. They replaced cinder block and paneling with faux-granite textured sheetrock, woodwork, new pews, and a beautiful recreation of the 17th century painting, "The Trinity" by Guido Reni. The original of the painting hangs in Rome at the Parish of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter. The painting, in brilliant re-creation, almost flowing off the wall, is supported by paintings of four patron saints of the Franciscan order. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and Saint Clare of Assisi stand on the left of the painting and Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Anthony of Padua on the right. Gold
Leaf stenciling stretches through the works, hi-lighting the art, ceiling and walls. This same Gold Leaf can be found in the halls leading to the chapel where there is also painting by Panhandle artist Ann Beddingfield.

Statues of the Sacred Heart of Mary and Saint Joseph the Worker set on either side of the sanctuary dedicated to the memory of U.S. Army First Lt. Ben Britt, of Wheeler, Texas who fell in Iraq in 2005 and Raymond Huseman who died of leukemia in 2010. Wooden inlets focusing on the Stations of the Cross now run along the sides of the chapel.

“Our Superior General from Vienna asked us to make it ‘strong and beautiful’. We wanted our Motherhouse to be proud of this chapel as part of their Congregation. We also wanted to create a space that is prayerful and lifts a person’s heart to God,” said Sister Mary Michael Huseman.

The convent is now in the process of building a Passion Garden with a Gazebo and outdoor Stations of the Cross. Dedications and memorials are currently being sought for this project which can be viewed at www.panhandlefranciscans.org.

Deana Mercer Retires From PHS

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Deana Mercer

PHS Secretary Deana Mercer is retiring after 26 years of service to Panhandle High School this week. She was recognized by the teachers and administration at a retirement luncheon on Wednesday.

“Mrs. Mercer has not only been a service to the PHS, but to the community,” said PHS Principal Jerry Schaeffer. “She has always been a great help to our students and to our teachers.” That was the sentiment of the teachers present at the luncheon, many said that she always made their jobs easier with her help and always did it with a smile.

As for the Panhandle Herald staff, we wish Mrs. Mercer all the best in her retirement. Although, she never was an official member of our staff, she was always there to give us last minute details and to help us in the pinch of our deadlines. She will be greatly missed, but will always have a special place in the hearts of the lives that she has touched over the years!

2013 Panthers Named To District 1-1A All-District Honors

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Tannner Barnett First Team Offense - Line (Unanimous)

Tannner Barnett
First Team Offense - Line

Travis Jewett First Team Offense - Receiver

Travis Jewett
First Team Offense - Receiver

Tyler Hall Offensive MVP Quarterback

Tyler Hall
Offensive MVP Quarterback

Kyle Weiss Second Team Offense - Line

Kyle Weiss
Second Team Offense - Line

Ryan Shemwell Second Team Defense - Linebacker

Ryan Shemwell
Second Team Defense - Linebacker

Austin Terrell First Team Offense - Receiver

Austin Terrell
First Team Offense - Receiver

Jason Durham Second Team Defense - Line

Jason Durham
Second Team Defense - Line

Patrick Shadid Second Team Offense - Running Back

Patrick Shadid
Second Team Offense - Running Back

Dalten Luman Second Team Defense - Outside Linebacker

Dalten Luman
Second Team Defense - Outside Linebacker

Adam Jones Honorable Mention  Offense - Center

Adam Jones
Honorable Mention
Offense - Center

Elijah Tompkins Honorable Mention Offense - Line

Elijah Tompkins
Honorable Mention
Offense - Line

Kollin Abbe Honorable Mention  Defense - Line

Kollin Abbe
Honorable Mention
Defense - Lin
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By Margaret BarnettThe Panthers ended their 2013 season with a record of eight wins and four loses. They placed second in District Play, won Bi-District, and fell in the Area contest against Stamford. The Dream ended sooner than anyone in the town of Panhandle wanted, but the ONE TEAM played together until the end.

Offensive MVP was Tyler Hall, the Panthers’ quarterback for the past four seasons. Named to the District 1-1A Offensive All District team were Austin Terrell and Travis Jewett as receivers. Tanner Barnett was a unanimous selection for his play on the offensive line. Second team selections on offensive were Patrick Shadid as running back and Kyle Weiss on the line. Second team selections on defense were Jason Durham, defensive line, Dalten Luman, outside linebacker, and Ryan Shemwell, linebacker. Honorable Mention honors on offense went to center, Adam Jones and lineman, Elijah Tompkins. On defense Kollin Abbe earned Honorable Mention for his play on the line.

The 18 seniors will leave huge hole to fill but with the remaining returning underclassmen and the talented players that will move up from the Junior Varsity, next year’s team should do just fine. Next year the Panthers will be re-classified as 2A, but in reality it remains the same as this year. It is just the UIL removing the classification of 6-Man, and renaming it 1A. The District realignment will not be announced until February, so the Panthers’ District foes will not be known until that information is released.

Tyler Hall finished his senior year with great numbers. He carried the ball 192 times for a total of 1,094 yards and 17 touchdowns. Hall completed 152 passes out of 288 attempts for a total of 2,495 yards and 26 touchdowns. The combination of both rushing and passing totaled 3,589 yards with 43 touchdowns. Sophomore Sam McKinley, the back-up quarterback, saw limited action on offense during the season. He finished with three completions out of four attempts for 31 yards and one touchdown. McKinley also carried the ball three times for 16 yards.

Patrick Shadid, sophomore running back, totaled 950 yards on 132 carries and scored 11 touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 53 yards. Shadid returned kick offs and returned punts during the season. Junior Logan Lamberson had a great start to the season before an injury put him on the sideline. He finished with 60 carries for a total of 562 yards on the ground and he had four receptions for 19 yards. Even though he could no longer suit up, Lamberson continued to be a great sideline motivator for the other players. Senior Dalten Luman had 56 carries for 474 yards and three touchdowns. Reese Graham had four carries for 57 yards followed by Brayden Brandvik who had five carries for 44 yards. Jordan Varner had eight carries for 38 yards while Travis Jewett had four carries for 32 total yards. Freshman Dawson Hackett, had five carries to his credit for 11 yards.

Three senior receivers ended the year at the top of the receiving statistics. Austin Terrell led the crew with 47 catches for 761 yards and seven touchdowns. Travis Jewett had 600 yards on 39 catches and five touchdowns followed by Cory Free who had 26 receptions for 454 yards and six touchdowns. Seth Wood had 12 catches for 247 yards and three scores while Josh Oliver finished with six receptions for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Aaron Stamps had three catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns followed by Brody Powers with three catches for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Jett Cates had two receptions for 18 yards followed by Alex Davis, Aisia Bonner, and Tristin Inman who all had one catch each. Davis’ catch went for 20 yards, Bonner’s for 17 yards, and Inman’s for 13 yards and a touchdown.

The offensive success would not have been possible without the services of the offensive line. These duties were filled throughout the year by Kyle Weiss, Tanner Barnett, Elijah Tompkins, Ryan Whitt, Adam Jones, Kollie Abbe, Justin Leven, Jason Durham, and Luke Amos. Tucker Wise served as the extra point kicker for most of the 2013 season.

Defensively, the Panthers were led by Dalten Luman who had a season total of 19 solo tackles, 83 assisted tackles, two caused turnovers, two fumble recoveries, two blocked extra points, two deflected passes and three quarterback hurries. He was top in the solo tackles, caused turnovers, and blocked extra points. Leading in the assisted tackle category with 104 was Ryan Shemwell. He also tallied 10 solo tackles, one interception, two deflected passes and two quarterback hurries. Devin Yarger finished at the top of quarterback sacks with four and quarterback hurries with 16. He totaled 12 solo tackles and 82 assisted tackles along with one caused turnover. Brayden Brandvik led the team with five deflected passes while notching 14 solo tackles and 31 assisted tackles. Jordan Varner led in fumble recoveries for the season with three. He had 11 solos, 45 assisted, one quarterback sack and five quarterback hurries. Tyler Hall had three interceptions to lead the team while having 17 solo tackles, 28 assisted tackles, one caused turnover and four deflected passes. Josh Oliver scored the Panthers’ only defensive score when he returned an interception for a touchdown. He also had nine solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, two interceptions and three deflected passes to his credit.

Brody Powers, who was injured for a large part of the season, tallied 15 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, one interception, one caused turnover and one deflected pass. He was followed by Alex Davis who had 13 solos, 20 assisted, one fumble recovery and four deflected passes. Sophomore Red Hughey who started the year on Junior Varisty and due to injuries was moved up to varsity ended the year with 12 solos, 58 assisted, one caused turnover, two quarterback hurries and two deflected passes. Patrick Shadid had 12 solo tackles, 57 assisted tackles, one quarterback sack, one fumble recovery and one deflected pass to his credit. Sam McKinley who also started the year on JV ended with 12 solo tackles, 47 assisted tackles, one fumble recovery and one deflected pass.

Senior Tanner Barnett finished the season with nine solos, 41 assisted, one interception, one quarterback sack and two quarterback hurries. Barnett also handled the kick off duty. Logan Lamberson tallied eight solos, 48 assisted, one interception, one fumble recovery and three quarterback hurries followed by Austin Terrell who had 8 solos, 24 assisted, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and two deflected passes. Seth Witt had seven solo tackles, 22 assisted tackles and one deflected pass while Jason Durham had six solos, 76 assists, one-half of a quarterback sack, one caused turnover, one deflected pass and five quarterback hurries. Kollin Abbe was given credit for four solo tackles, 28 assisted tackles, one and a half quarterback sacks, one caused turnover, one fumble recovery and nine quarterback hurries followed by Seth Wood who had four solos and seven assisted tackles. Finishing with three solos, 14 assists, one quarterback sack and five quarterback hurries was senior Aaron Stamps while Will Weinheimer had one solo, 27 assist and three quarterback hurries. Sean Hightower was credited with two solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles and one interception followed by Adam Jones with two solos and four assists.

Ricky Peacock, head coach and athletic director finished his seventh season in Panhandle. His coaching staff consisted of Stevan Keys, Cory Lynch, Jacob Thompson, Jon Murphy and Joshua Strickland.

Brown Gets First Buck

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Kinsey Brown smiles brightly for the camera following her kill of her first buck. Kinsey made the shot on Dec. 12, 2013 at Allison, Texas. The buck sported an eight-point rack.

Kinsey Brown smiles brightly for the camera following her kill of her first buck. Kinsey made the shot on Dec. 12, 2013 at Allison, Texas. The buck sported an eight-point rack.

Holiday Closings

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The Panhandle Herald office will be closed the week of Dec. 23-27. We will return on Monday, Dec. 30. The deadline for that week’s issue will also be on Monday, Dec. 30. Our printer will not be working on New Year’s Day, but deliver of the Jan. 2, 2014 issue will be that morning. Please use our night drop for all items for that issue. In case of emergency or for more information, please call 681-7660 and leave a message.

Other holiday business schedules include:

Panhandle City Hall will be closed Dec. 24-25 and on Jan. 1, 2014;

Carson County Courthouse offices will close tomorrow, Dec. 20 from 11:30 to 1:30 for its staff Christmas party. The Courthouse will be closed from noon on Monday, Dec. 23 through Dec. 25. They will also be closed on Jan. 1;

Carson County Library will be closed Dec. 24-25 and on Jan. 1;

Panhandle InterBank will close at noon on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 and be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25. They will be open on Dec. 26-27 with regular banking hours. The drive-through window will be open until 3 p.m. on Dec. 31 and they will be closed on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1;

Happy State Bank’s lobby and drive-up window will be open until noon on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day with regular hours resuming on Dec. 26. The Bank will be closed on New Year’s Day;

Family Care Clinic of Panhandle will be open on Monday, Dec. 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Wednesday, Dec. 25; open Thursday, Dec. 26 from 8 a.m to 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and the regular schedule resumes the following week, but the Clinic will be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1;

Panhandle Drug Store will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve. They will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days. They will be open Dec. 31 from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.;

Panhandle Thriftway will close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed all day on Christmas Day. They will be open for regular hours on New Year’s Day;

Gypsy Rose will be open until 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day. They will close at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and be closed on New Year’s Day also;

A New Look at Buttons, Bows & Balloons will be open on Christmas Eve until 2 p.m. and closed Christmas Day. On the day after Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 26, they will open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve, they will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be closed on New Year’s Day;

The Red Olive will be open on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be closed Christmas Day. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, and will be closed on New Year’s Day;

Looten’s Parts holiday hours are from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas and New Year’s Eve and will be closed Christmas and New Year Days;

Family Dollar will have extended hours on Christmas Eve from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will be closed on Christmas Day. They will be open for regular hours on New Year’s Eve and Day;

Bragnitup Boutique will not be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Shop early on either Friday or Saturday this week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;

Panther Pizza will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They will be open for regular hours on New Year’s Eve but will be closed New Year’s Day;

Subway of Panhandle will be closed on both Christmas and New Year’s Days; they will be open until 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and until 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve;

Nissi’s Cafe will be open Christmas Eve during their regular hours and closed Christmas Day. They will be open during regular hours on both New Year’s Eve and Day; and

Dairy Queen will close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and be closed on Christmas Day. They will be open during their regular hours on New Year’s Eve and Day.

Carson County Library Review

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

By Mary Hare

Merry Christmas! From your librarians: Mary Hare, Alice Stamps, Laurie Morris, Robyn Stover, Tina Painter, Darlene Ledford and Beverly Warminski.

Thank you to all those who came out to the Carson County Christmas! What a wonderful way to start the Christmas Season!

Our “Friends of Carson County Library” booksale did really well, despite the cold weather. The “Friends” also donated 20 DVDs to our collection. Remember, the Polar Express Movie Night is Friday, Dec. 20 from 6:30-8:15 p.m. for Kindergarten to fifth graders at the Panhandle Library.

Come check out our newest books including: “Command Authority” by Tom Clancy, “The Gift of Christmas” by Debbie Macomber, “Hostage” by Kay Hooper and “Cross My Heart” by James Patterson.
Some new Audio books include: “Unseen” by Karin Slaughter, “Sweet Salt Air” by Barbara Delinsky, “Dust” by Patricia Cornwell and “King and Maxwell” by David Baldacci.
Our newest DVD’s include: “Planes”, “Red 2”, “2 Guns”, “White House Down” and “Turbo”.

Visit your local library and on the web at: www.harringtonlc.org/panhandle.