Archive for February, 2014

Important Notice From Carson County SO!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

By Sheriff Loren Brand

This one is pretty slick, since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want. Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it.

This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself. One of our folks were called on Wednesday from 'VISA', and another was called on Thursday from 'MasterCard'.

The scam works like this:

Person calling says - 'This is (name) and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460, your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing company based in Arizona?' When you say 'No', the caller continues with, 'Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching, and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address). Is that correct?' You say 'yes'.

The caller continues - 'I will be starting a Fraud Investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. 'Do you need me to read it again?'

Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works- The caller then says, 'I need to verify you are in possession of your card'. He'll ask you to 'turn your card over and look for some numbers'. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the last 3 are the Security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the last 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, 'That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?'

After you say no, the caller then thanks you and states, 'Don't hesitate to call back if you do', and hangs up. You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the card number. But after the victims were called on Wednesday, they called back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Victims were glad they did! The REAL VISA Security Department told them it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of $497.99 was charged to their card. They made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is reissuing them a new number. *What the Scammer wants is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them.*Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master Card directly for verification of their conversation.

The real VISA stated that they will never ask for anything on the card, as they already know the information, since they issued the card! If you give the Scammer your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.

It appears that this is a very active scam, and evidently quite successful.

DPS Trooper Seizes Over 75 Pounds Of Marijuana In Two Carson County Traffic Stops

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted a traffic stop Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, on IH-40, yielding over 50 pounds of marijuana valued at over $226,000.

At approximately 9:19 a.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Volkswagen Passat traveling eastbound on IH-40, for a traffic violation, near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Passat was identified as Robert Lawrence Brenner, 53, of Southern Shores, N.C. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered 51 bundles of marijuana in the trunk.

Brenner was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and booked into the Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from San Francisco, to Southern Shores, N.C.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted a traffic stop Sunday, Feb. 23, on IH-40, yielding 25 pounds of marijuana valued at almost $111,000.

At approximately 9:54 a.m., a DPS trooper conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 Nissan Versa traveling eastbound on IH-40, for a traffic violation, near Conway in Carson County.

The driver of the Versa was identified as Jo Beth Bynum, 28, of Klamath Falls, Ore. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered 22 bundles of marijuana in the trunk.

Bynum was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony, and booked into the Carson County Jail. The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Klamath Falls, Ore., to Memphis Tenn.

White Deer FCCLA Attends Regional Conference, Place In Multiple Events

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Allie Sandefur, sophomore, was elected Regional Vice President of Parliamentary Law.

Allie Sandefur, sophomore, was elected Regional Vice President of Parliamentary Law.

By Julie Brown

Members of White Deer High School’s FCCLA students attended the Regional Conference which was held in Amarillo on Feb. 21 and 22. FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. It is a national career and technical student organization that provides personal growth, leadership development and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Allie Sandefur was elected as a Regional Officer and will serve the region as the Vice President of Parliamentary Law.

There were also three groups who competed in STAR events.
Tisney Swanson, Angel McBee and Felicia Miller competed in Focus on Children, receiving fifth place.

Caci Freeman and Tori Barbour competed in Promote and Publicize FCCLA and placed fourth.

Austin Odell and Alyssa Roper competed in Sports Nutrition placing sixth.

Panhandle Panthers Make History Books With Win

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

2013-2014 Panhandle Panthers - Regional Quarter Final Champions Photo courtesy of Tammy Jewett Wendel

2013-2014 Panhandle Panthers - Regional Quarter Final Champions
Photo courtesy of Tammy Jewett Wendel

By Margaret Barnett

The 2013-2014 Panhandle Panthers made history with their 59-52 win over the Hale Center Owls on Tuesday night in Canyon. They became the first Panhandle High School boys’ basketball team to advance to the Regional Tournament.
The Panthers’ Tyler Hall controlled the opening tip and Josh Oliver scored the first points for the Panthers, when he connected on the first of his three three-point shots. With 6:51 on the first quarter clock, Oliver scored another two points for the Panthers with the assist from Hall and the Panthers had the lead 5-0.

Tanner Barnett with 6:22 on the clock fed Cory Free for two more points and the lead grew to seven points before Hale Center got on the board with six minutes remaining on the clock. The Owls connected on two more buckets in the quarter while Barnett added two points and Oliver connected with another three-pointer with 39 seconds left in the quarter. The buzzer ended with the Panthers on top of the Owls, 12-6.

The second quarter continued to be very physical but the Panthers managed to score another 12 points while the Owls added 14 points. Powers scored four points in the second quarter while Travis Jewett connected from three-point land. Barnett added three points and Hall contributed the final two points off of the charity line with 31 seconds remaining in the half. Great defense by Powers, Brayden Brandvik, Free, Barnett, Hall, Jewett, and Oliver kept the Owls contained to preserve the lead until the half ended.

In the third quarter, the Panthers extended their lead to 11 points with six minutes left in the period. Free hit two field goals and two free shots along with Hall’s free shot putting the Panthers up 31-20 before Hale Center scored with 5:20 remaining in the quarter. Hall added another field goal followed by Oliver’s two free shots with 3:55 on the clock kept the lead at 10 points. Hale Center battled back from the deficit to trail by only one point with 1:43 left to play in the third q uarter. Great defense shut down the Owls and Oliver added a field goal and with 14 seconds left, Barnett hit a bucket under the basket and was fouled. He was successful on the free shot to extend the lead to 39-34 to end the quarter.

In the final quarter, six Panthers put 17 points on the scoreboard to the 18 points by the Owls. Oliver led the charge with five points, followed by Free and Hall with four points each. Powers added three points while Jewett was good on two free shots. Barnett added the final point of the game for the Panthers hitting a free shot with 18 seconds left in the game. The Panthers never trailed in the 59-52 win but the Owls battled until the end.

Oliver led the Panthers with 17 points, hitting on three shots from three-point land. He also had five rebounds and one assist. Free followed with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Barnett and Hall ended the game with nine points. Hall led in rebounds with eight and steals with four. Hall and Powers both had four assists to lead the team. Barnett had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Powers added seven points, four rebounds and three steals. Rounding out the scoring was Jewett with five total points. He hit from three-point territory and added two charity shots. Brandvik had one rebound and one assist to his credit. Also seeing action in the game was Austin Terrell, Bryce Cathy and Kaleb Perkins. Jett Cates and Justin Hughey were ready to help if called on and gave their support throughout the game.

Panhandle (21-5) will play Smyer (27-5) in the Region I-1A Division I semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Texan Dome in Levelland. The Smyer Bobcats advanced to the Regional Tournament with a win over Tahoka.

Scores by Quarter
Panhandle 12, 24, 40, 59
Hale Center 6, 20, 34, 52

City Of White Deer Receives Signs Warning Of Fines For Engine Brakes

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

101_0201bcThe White Deer City Council recently decided to add a city ordinance prohibiting the use of engine brakes inside the city limits.

The signs that were ordered were received earlier this week.

The city will be contacting Texas Department of Transportation to have the five signs installed at all the entrances to the city, near the city limit signs. It is not known when TxDOT will actually install the signs.

White Deer City Council Presented With Local Alcohol Election Application

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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

On Feb. 24, 2014, the White Deer City Council met for their regular monthly council meeting.

Council members present were Mayor Jayson N. Smith, Dick Pierce, Lyn Luster, Michael Lenz, Linda Robertson and Alan Warminski.

Employees present included Katrina Warminski, Troy Fulton, Sheryl Starks and Darell Luster.

Guests were Inda Crawford, Blake Morgan. Andrew Yoder, Joe Freeman, Wade Petty, Nelson Britten, Bobby Hefner and John Ingle.

Mayor Smith called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Smith also gave the invocation.
Mr. Pierce made the motion to approve the agenda, Mr. Warminski seconded, all for. The minutes of the Jan. 20 regular meeting were approved with a motion from Mr. Lenz seconded by Mr. Pierce, all for.
There were no comments for concerned citizens at this time.

Mrs. Crawford presented the local alcohol election application to the council and Mayor and asked that the council approve the order for the local alcohol election for the mayor to sign. The contract was applied for on Dec. 20, 2013, and filed on Jan. 16, 2014, supplemented on Jan. 24, 2014, with the City Secretary. Names of the signer are as contained in the petition which is attached here to; made a part here of and incorporated by reference. Mr. Pierce made the motion to authorize Mayor Smith to sign order for the local alcohol election and post notice in accordance to the election law, seconded by Mrs. Luster, all for.

Mr. Blake Morgan with Lawrence Financial Consulting LLC presented the council with the final proposal of refinancing the General Obligation Refunding Bond, Series 2014 to refinance Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2005 and Limited Tax Note Series 2012. (These are the certificate of obligation on the water tower and the new Trash Truck note.) After looking over the proposal Mr. Lenz made the motion to refinance these two items at a 2.4% interest rate with Southside Bank, saving the city approximately $68,000, seconded by Mr. Warminski, all for.

Agenda item #9, Mayor Smith discussed the fine being accessed to the city by the Railroad Commission from the 2013 yearly inspection compared to the 2013 inspection. A fine of $114,000 is being accessed or if paid March 6, 2014 the fine $57,000. No action was taken on this item just discussion.

Agenda item #10 – Acting on the proposal from West Texas Gas on the gas system and Agenda item #11 – considering West Texas Gas becoming temporary controlling operators of the city’s gas system was tabled until further information is obtained with a motion from Mr. Lenz, seconded by Mrs. Robertson, all for.

No action was taken on Agenda item # 12- the council recommended to enforce the rules already in place in Chapter 8 in the Employee Handbook concerning the use of city utility vehicles.

Joe Freeman spoke on behalf of the EDC. The EDC is willing to help with the purchase and installation of a new warming system for the city with the council approval up to $50,000. Locations of the sirens will be one by the Methodist Church and the other by the water tower. Mr. Lenz made the motion to approve the EDC financial support for the new warming system not to exceed the amount of $50,000, seconded by Mr. Warminski, all for.

Mayor Smith called for the 2014 Municipal Election to elect two council members and mayor. Mr. Pierce motioned to approve election, Mrs. Luster seconded, all for. Motion passed for the May 10 election. Mrs. Luster made the motion to appoint Rosa Bilderback Election Judge and Aloise Martin the alternate Judge for the May 10 Election, Mr. Lenz seconded, all for. The two (2) 12 hour days for early voting will be April 29 and May 6 passed by a motion made by Mr. Warminski and a second from Mr. Pierce, all for.

The reports were looked over.

Officer Luster presented the 2013 racial profile report to the council during his report.

During mayor’s comments, Mayor Smith reported that Senior Citizens want to close the street south of them (4th Street) on May 3, 2014 for a car show fundraiser. Mayor Smith will notify them concerning not blocking the cross streets.

Also Mayor Smith contacted TXDOT about moving the speed limit signs on the East and West ends of town, TXDOT will have to do a survey to determine if this is possible, and the No Engine Brakes signs are in and TXDOT will install these signs also.

No additional comments were made by concerned citizens.

The next meeting date is set for Monday, March 24, 2014 at 5 p.m. Mrs. Robertson motioned to adjourn, Mrs. Luster seconded, meeting adjourned.

Senior Citizens News

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

By Nita Ramming

Here comes March marching as fast as it can. That means spring is just around the corner and ole St. Pat is going to be throwing four leaf clovers all over, everywhere. So you had better start thinking about getting your lawnmower ready to mow the pretty green grass. Maybe it will rain and the grass will say thank you.

The sign-in book looks like it has been in a big fight! It is really funny some times when I try to figure out some of the signatures. It seems as though we have some new people at time and then a light comes on and it’s just some of us oldies. Our attendance has been good this week.

Wednesday was the day for roast beef and was it ever good! Roast gravy can’t be beat! The salad bar is always full and has pickled okra on it every time. The boiled eggs are one of my favorite, too. There were 34 signers with eight take-outs and five guests. Lanya Blodgett and Karla Kotara visited with us. They are two talented ladies and have made some beautiful jewelry. Aloise Marting, Jeri Blodgett and Lois Marcich have the place all decorated like a new place. They painted the shelves and stuff burgundy and transformed the whole place into such a pretty place.

Now Friday the attendance went clear up to 51! Ten take-outs and 14 guests were great. The menu was catfish and all the trimmings. Shut-up dogs were right in amongst the trimmings. Lent will soon be here and we will have fish of some sort every Friday.

We had a bunch from Panhandle: Jackie West, Denise Salzbrenner (she works in Panhandle, but lives at White Deer), Marceline Flemins, Jean and Sace Hardman and Mozelle Urbanczyk. L.J. Kane, John Kane and June Kane were with Lorraine Williams, Grace and Eddie from Borger were visiting Bro. Jerry and Mary Lou Lane. We always enjoy having guests come and eat with us. We have some youngsters racing to reach age 55 so they can earn the title of “We made it”. We welcome all of you anyway because time goes by!

So…Monday gets here and downnnnn goes the attendance…32. Twelve take-outs and one guest left nineteen members. Chicken tetrazzini was the main entrée and the salad bar was filled with stuff. Lindsey, the Accolade nurse, was taking blood pressure and such. She is so sweet and efficient. She comes the last Monday of the month so mark it on your calendar and you can come get yours taken.

The ladies got the St. Patrick’s Day decorations put up. It looks so pretty with the new paint job. I think they are going to paint the kitchen cabinets a tan. They are trying to match the stripes in the wall paper. The books and puzzles are back in their place on the shelves. They look so neat and pretty all in a row. But if you are “old” you had better stay off the ladder or they will holler at you with all their might. It is so good that they care about us. Friends are really priceless!

Come on down and eat with us. The food is always good. See you soon!

God Bless!

Sylvia Faye Erwin

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Sylvia Faye Erwin, 84, of Amarillo, passed away and joined her Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.

A private burial was held on Feb. 15 at Llano Cemetery with a public memorial service following in the Chapel at Paramount Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

She was born to the late Roy and Lucille Morgan on April 9, 1929 in San Bernardino, Calif. Sylvia graduated from Panhandle High School and received her Masters of Education from West Texas State University.

Sylvia was a devoted teacher for 33 years, retiring in 1989. Most of those years were spent at Stephen F. Austin Middle School where she was passionate about making a difference in her students’ lives. She was active in her church, a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Service Sorority, enjoyed knitting, quilting and traveling. Most of all, she loved her family and helping others. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Leo Erwin, her two daughters, Kelli Erwin of Amarillo and Stacy Erwin Fore of Dallas. Also surviving her are a grandson, Cody Cutrell of Kingsville, Texas and her brother Bob Morgan of Tucumcari, N.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Comfort Cottage, P.O. Box 8002 Amarillo, TX 79114 or BSA Hospice at

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Bettie Jo Woolley Langdon

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Bettie Jo Woolley Langdon, 81, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Amarillo.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Roger Smith officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bettie Jo was born on May 18, 1932 in Blaine, Baca County, Colo. to Arthur Ray “Big Bill” and Gaberella “Gabe” Crill Woolley. She was raised on the HT Ranch near Gladstone, N.M. and graduated from Farley High School in 1950.

She was a homemaker and seamstress known for her wedding dresses and cheerleading uniforms. Bettie Jo was the bookkeeper at Texas Saddlery. She taught her children the importance of family
and hard work.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Jim Ray Woolley and Bill John Woolley.

She is survived by her sons, Joe Crill Langdon and wife Judy and Jim Langdon, all of Amarillo; a daughter, Shaun Wink and husband Frank, of Panhandle; brother, Ben Woolley and wife, Ann, of Dalhart; grandchildren, Micheal Wink of Panhandle, James Wink of Canyon, Tommy Conner, Lisa Hamilton and
Misty Wieck, all of Amarillo; thirteen great-grandchildren, Ashley and Kaitlyn Conner, Derrick Hamilton, Brandon Jones, Brittany McAlister, Nathanial McAlister, Nicholas Wink, Christian Wink, Taylor Bri Wink
and Langdon Wink; and great-great-granddaughter, Zoe Swindell. She is also survived by her former
husband, Fred Langdon; and a host of nieces and nephews, who she loved very much.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff of Heritage Convalescent Center of Amarillo for the loving care given to Bettie Jo during her time with them.

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Tomorrow Last Day To File For School & City Elections

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Friday, Feb. 28 is the last day to file an application for a place on the May 10 ballot for the Panhandle ISD Trustee and City Offices Election. Five o’clock is the deadline.

Applications have been received from Scott Mitchell, Terry Coffee and Clint McMinn for the PISD Trustee candidacy, from Doyle Robinson and Luke Durst for City Mayor and from Mark Urquhart and Bill McLeod for City Council.