Archive for July, 2014

Freeman & Witt Receive HLSR Scholarships

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Katlynn Freeman and Seth Witt, of the Panhandle FFA Chapter, were both awarded an $18,000 scholarship, sponsored by Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 14-18 in Fort Worth, Texas. During a luncheon honoring the scholarship recipients, it was announced that these students could receive an additional $16,000 if they maintained their grades, making this a $34,000 scholarship.

Both Freeman and Witt were awarded for their qualifications in academic achievement, leadership, SAE, FFA involvement, financial need and personal interview.

The 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention recorded more than 11,000 members and guests. Members of the agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture, to a broader-based encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in 1929. The organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 104,000 members and 1,045 local FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA visit

Cold War Relic Now On Display At Freedom Museum

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Pantex employees offload the empty shell of the last B53 nuclear weapon at the Freedom Museum in Pampa, dedicated to honor those brave men and women who sacrificed for Amercian’s freedoms. The museum exhibits both military and civilian artifacts and memorabilia of American military history.  ©2014 by Jim McBride/Amarillo Globe News

Pantex employees offload the empty shell of the last B53 nuclear weapon at the Freedom Museum in Pampa, dedicated to honor those brave men and women who sacrificed for Amercian’s freedoms. The museum exhibits both military and civilian artifacts and memorabilia of American military history.
©2014 by Jim McBride/Amarillo Globe News

Pantex delivered an inert, empty B53 nuclear weapon case to the Freedom Museum in Pampa last Wednesday, July 23. The museum is located at 600 N. Hobart Street.

Gregory Cunningham, Public Affairs Specialist of Consolidated Nuclear Security at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, said that the artifact is being loaned to the museum for display as part of the historical preservation effort.

On Oct. 25, 2011, Pantex, located in Carson County, completed the dismantlement of the final B53 nuclear bomb as part of its mission. The B53 was an enduring Cold War symbol and one of the longest-lived and highest-yield nuclear weapons ever fielded by the United States.

The Cold War tensions were at their highest during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, and that is when the B53 was put into service. It played a critical role in the nation’s nuclear deterrence through the end of the Cold War. It was considered the oldest, largest and most destructive weapon in the U.S. nuclear arsenal in 1997, when it was forever removed from the stockpile.

The disassembly workers at Pantex referred to the megaton-class relic as “The Last of the Big Dogs.” It weighed around 10,000 pounds and was about the size of a minivan!

The team had to overcome some challenges in dismantling the bomb. The fact that many of the engineers who originally developed the technology used to create the B53 were no longer living caused some complications. New tools for taking the bomb apart had to be created, along with new safety procedures. Its massive size, alone, was a major obstacle.

Constructed in Burlington, Iowa, the weapon contained 300 pounds of highly explosive material surrounding a uranium pit and was designed to be dropped from a B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber in mid-air.

The separation of the explosive material from the nuclear material is required for a weapon to be declared dismantled.

Get over to the Freedom Museum in Pampa and check out this incredible piece of history.

Charles F. Hood, Jr.

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Charles F. Hood, Jr. 1927 - 2014

Charles F. Hood, Jr.
1927 - 2014

Charles F. Hood, Jr., 86, of Amarillo, died Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Services were held July 28, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Greg Corona officiating. Burial was in Panhandle Cemetery in Panhandle. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

Charles was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Panhandle to Fred and Thelma Hood. He attained the rank of Army Lt. Colonel during his service to his country. He retired as an accountant for the U.S. Postal Service. Charles married Gardys Elizabeth “Betty” Armstrong on June 27, 1950. She preceded him in death on Nov. 15, 2013. Charles was a member of Hillside Christian Church and was an active Mason in Blue Lodge, York Rite and Scottish Rite. He volunteered with VFW and DAV. He was patron of and season ticket subscriber to the Amarillo Symphony for many years.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Fredrick Hood III and wife Patricia, Maurice Lynn Hood and wife Maria Consuelo and John Andrew Hood and wife Nancy; four grandsons; two granddaughters; three great-granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

The family suggests memorials be made to a favorite charity.

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Local 4-H Held Annual Banquet

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Carson County 4-H youth held their annual awards banquet on July 21. Those in attendance were presented their year pins and recognized for their accomplishments this past year. 4-H members that completed Recordbooks received special recognition for their hard work and commitment to 4-H.

Those completing a Recordbook were Jett Bradford, Tayte Ogletree, Grace Means, Olivia Horner and Markus Barker in the junior age division. The intermediate age division Recordbook participants were Acacia Barker, Baylee Ogletree and Daniel Byers. Jordan Pohnert was the only senior age division participant. Pohnert’s Swine Recordbook won her category at the District level and is now being judged at the State recordbook contest. She also received the “Gold Star” award and will be recognized at the District Gold Star banquet.

During the banquet, adult leaders and mentors were recognized for their commitment to Carson County youth. Joe Homer of Groom received the “Distinguished Lifetime Friend of 4-H” award for his contributions over the past 3 decades. Eddie “Slim” Finck, also of Groom, was awarded the “Outstanding Leader” award for his work on the livestock pens in Groom. Kristi Barker of Panhandle was selected as the Carson County Distinguished Leader for her hard work in many 4-H projects, namely the Food Challenge. Mrs. Barker will be recognized at the annual District 1 4-H Gold Star Banquet in October. Extension Agent Jeanene Montgomery said, “Carson County has so many good natured and well-mannered kids and we are very fortunate to have leaders like Joe, Eddie, and Kristi to help encourage them”.

Hayes Harrison Nymeyer

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

mavenhayesMaven Claire Nymeyer announces the birth of her brother, Hayes Harrison Nymeyer. He was born on May 13, 2014 at 5:27 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

His proud parents are Kelly and Michael Nymeyer of Denton. Grandparents are Karmen Gray, Michael Hill, Adda Sue Nymeyer of Denton and the late Frederic Nymeyer. Also welcoming Hayes is his Uncle John and Aunt Melyssa Hill of Amarillo.

Maxx Bryan Leven

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

IMG_2641(1)Congratulations to Karina and Bryan Leven of Roswell, N.M. who welcomed the birth of their son, Maxx Bryan Leven! Maxx was born on May 21, 2014 in Roswell, weighing 7 pounds .02 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

Proud grandparents are Teodulo and Delia Ramos of El Paso, Texas, Cindy and Dale Gabel of Panhandle and Diane and Neal Leven of Roswell, N.M.

Proud great-grandparents are Louella and Henry Leven of Panhandle, Evelyn Leven of Panhandle and Doris Gabel of Panhandle.

Room For Improvement At July 4th Celebration

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Seven people attended the post-evaluation meeting of the J.O.Y. July Fourth Celebration. Discussion centered on this year’s event and what needed to be done for next year.

The consensus of those present was that “overall” things went well this year, but that there is, as always, room for improvement. Definitely, more entertainment is needed, so please be thinking about that for next year. This is an excellent place to showcase your talents.

As for booths, please remember this is the only fundraiser that some organizations use to raise funds, so booth holders and/or venders are asked to sell only the item they have signed up to sell. For example: the Junior High J.O.Y. organization sells only sodas and bottled water, so they are the only booth who should sell those items. Next year, you will be asked to fill out a form stating what you intend to sell, and only you will sell those items. If you had a booth this year, you will have first choice for your item(s) next year.

Rules for the Little Prince and Princess Contest will remain the same. The contestant must be a resident of Carson County.

Luke Durst, Parade Chairman, would like to encourage more kids to decorate their bicycles and join in the Parade. Also, more families, groups and organizations need to enter floats.

All the activities, including the free-shot contest, sand-dig, frog race and the new obstacle course had lots of participation. Look for new events next year.

July 4, 2015 will be on a Saturday, so make plans for a fun-filled family week-end. Some new things are already in the planning stages.
Attending the meeting were: Luke Durst, Tammy Wendel, Kayla Hammer, Debbie Jones, Glenda Holt, Helen Beck and Ann Metcalf.

Bigg’s Weather Report

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

By Dolly Cowan

What else can we talk about but the rain! We’ve received 1.75 inches in the last two weeks at the third block of Main Street here in Panhandle, as of press time yesterday. It’s hard to believe we’re still considered to be part of Texas’ drought. Thank Goodness we’re not the driest place on Earth.

The driest place on planet Earth is not even in the United States. According to Brent McRoberts of Texas A&M University, “a small town called Arica in Chile has gone as long as 14 years without any measurable rain, and there was a 59-year period there when it averaged only three-tenths of an inch of rain.” Now, that’s dry!

The aptly-named Death Valley in California would have to be considered the driest place in the U.S., averaging less than two inches of rain each year. That still doesn’t compare to Arica, Chile. McRoberts says, “It would take a full century - 100 years – of their annual rainfall to fill a coffee cup full of water.”

So, a “Bigg(s)” THANK YOU to our Lord for blessing us with a nice amount of moisture so far this year! And, another “Bigg(s)” THANK YOU for placing us here instead of Arica Chile!

Commissioners Court Agrees To Ag Barn Renovation

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Disclaimer: These minutes have not yet been approved by the Commissioners’ Court, so content or clerical errors may be corrected after review by the Court in the next General Session.

The Carson County Commissioners’ Court met for General Session on July 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. Those present were Judge Lewis Powers, Commissioners Mike Britten – Precinct No. 1, James Martin – Precinct No. 2, Mike Jennings – Precinct No. 3 and Kevin Howell – Precinct No. 4.

The minutes of the July 14 meeting were reviewed and approved.

All claims, invoices and commissary were reviewed and approved.

County and District Clerk Celeste Bichsel asked the Court to review and accept the precinct results for the May Election for the City of White Deer and that they be admitted into the Commissioners’ Court minutes for future reference. Commissioner Jennings motioned to accept, Commissioner Britten seconded the motion and it carried.

Bichsel also requested the Court to approve the Order Appointing Election Officials to the Central County Station. Commissioner Jennings motioned to approve, Commissioner Howell seconded and it carried.

County Treasurer Denise Salzbrenner submitted the Second Quarter Financial Report for discussion. Commissioner Howell motioned to accept, Commissioner Britten seconded and it carried.

Tax Assessor/Collector Jackie Moore asked the Court to review the Road and Bridge Fee and the Child Safety Fee, as is done annually. Commissioner Britten made a motion to leave the Road and Bridge Fee at $10.00. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Jennings and it carried.

Judge Powers asked the Court to review the plans for the renovation to the Ag Barn restrooms and kitchen. Discussion ensued. Commissioner Howell made a motion to accept the plans for the addition, Commissioner Martin seconded and the motion carried.

The Court discussed whether a burn ban should be enacted. Commissioner Howell motioned not to enact. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Jennings and it carried.

Judge Powers asked the Court to consider re-appointing Janis Robinson to the Texas Panhandle Centers Board of Trustees. Discussion ensued. Commissioner Britten motioned to approve the appointment. Commissioner Jennings seconded and the motion was carried.

The Court adjourned upon the motion by Commissioner Jennings.

Minutes Of The Panhandle City Council – July 10, 2014

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Panhandle City Council met on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7 p.m., at City Hall, with the following members present: Mayor Doyle Robinson, Council Members Karrie Smith, Brad Maples, Brady Shadid, and Bill McLeod. Also present were City Manager Rob Roach, Chief of Police Sace Hardman, Public Works Director Shawn Watson, EMS Director Terry Coffee and City Secretary Veronica Willburn.

Item 1. Call meeting to order. With a quorum present, the meeting was called to order by Mayor Robinson.

Item 2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and the State of Texas.
After the Invocation was led by Council Member Brady Shadid, the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and the State of Texas Pledge were led by Chief of Police Sace Hardman.

Item 3. Minutes. Review with possible consideration the minutes of the June 12, 2014; July 7, 2014; and July 8, 2014 Council Meetings.
A motion was made by Council Member Smith and seconded by Council Member Shadid to approve the Minutes of the June 12, 2014; July 7, 2014; and July 8, 2014 Council Meetings with each member voting aye, the minutes were approved.

Item 4. Citizens Comments. None present.

Item. 5. Budget Policy Statement. Review with possible consideration of the FY 2015 Budget Policy Statement.

City Manager Roach will present a formal budget policy statement for approval including the information from the Council budget workshops held July 7 and 8 and the staff budget workshops to be held July 14 and 15.

Item 6. Park and Recreation Advisory Committee. Review with possible consideration the creation of a Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

City Manager Roach presented his idea of having a Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee comprised of one city staff member, one member of the City Council, plus five members of the community. Rob would like to be on the committee but not as a voting member. He would also like to have a public hearing to see what ideas the community has. The chairperson would bring back the ideas on what the community wants so that the City can go after it. Mayor Robinson has a list of people that might be really good in these positions. Mr. Roach will contact these people to see if they might be interested in serving on the committee. Mr. Roach stated that he would like to get with Mr. Fulce and let him recommend a couple of High School students to be on the committee to bring ideas from their age group but not as a voting member. No action at this time as this is information only.

Item 7. Consent Agenda. All consent agenda items listed are considered routine in nature by the City Council and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council Member so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered in its normal sequence on the agenda: Police; Building Permits, Fire, Code Enforcement, Recycling Report, Emergency Medical Services, Municipal Court, Work Orders/Pumpages, Financial Statement (June 2014).

City Manager Roach discussed the EMS revenues are up but not reflected correctly on the financial statement which is being corrected and also the utilities are not reported correctly due to using old templates in the AP process. Chief of Police Hardman reported on Code Enforcement and the progress he is making on cleaning up junk vehicles around the city. He has talked to several of whom have either taken care of the problem or they are in the process of moving or selling junk vehicles. If there is no action, a letter will be sent giving ten days to move the vehicles. A motion was made by Council Member Smith and seconded by Council Member Maples to approve all consent items with each member voting aye, the motion was approved.

Item 6. Executive Session. City Manager Evaluation, Job Description, and Employment Terms will be discussed in executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.074; Personnel Matters.

Council Entered into Executive Session at 7:45 p.m. and returned at 8:45p.m.
Item 7. Take action on Executive Session. Review with possible consideration any action to be taken from executive session.

A motion was made by Council Member Smith and seconded by Council Member Maples to approve all decisions made in executive session with each member voting aye, the motion was approved.

Operations and Information
1. Seal coat: City Manager Roach reported that he will be at a meeting on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Lubbock on the seal coat progress. The seal coat company will start South of Lubbock and move north which will probably put them here to do seal coating in August.
2. Outdoor screen: The outdoor screen was delivered this week and will be set up and hopefully running with all copyright privileges and be able to have a movie night by the end of the month.
3. Mosquito spraying and street spraying: The city is having the mosquitos sprayed as often as the law allows. No spraying can be done if the temperature is over 85 degrees or the wind is blowing over 15 mph. The best control is dual effort with the residents spraying their own yards along with the regular spraying by the city.
4. Audit Status: The audit will be presented at the next City Council meeting on July 24, 2014.

These items being information only, no action was taken.

There being no further business on the agenda, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.