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Helen Caldwell Meaker Mans

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Helen Caldwell Meaker Mans 1928 - 2014

Helen Caldwell Meaker Mans
1928 - 2014

God put the finishing touches on the canvas that was the life of Helen Caldwell Meaker Mans on Aug. 21, 2014. The painting of her life was started on Feb. 5, 1928 by Clarence and Theresa Caldwell – she was the fourth of five children.

Helen married Gilbert Meaker in1948. Helen and Gib added texture to her painting with two daughters; Dorothy Kitt and Katy Dawn.
She attended West Texas State University and received her BS, BA, MSEd, Teaching Certification, All Level Art Certification and Kindergarten Certification. She loved education, and was an inspiration to all who wanted to expand their minds and interests.

Helen was the first Art teacher the Panhandle Independent School District ever hired, and the curriculum she created developed student artists that won recognition at all levels of the state for decades and is still being used today. She taught art at the college level for a time, was a gifted artist in her own right, and many of her works and portraits won national acclaim.

After the death of Gib, Helen retired and moved to Amarillo where she was eventually blessed to meet Fred Mans. They married and loved to dance and travel. She embraced his children Tony and Melissa.

Fred brought her great joy and she always felt blessed to have been married to two wonderful husbands! She also adored her son-in-law Ken Menges who added necessary black and white to her landscape. He likewise adored her and was captivated by her always colorful world.

The painting of her life included her beloved granddaughter from Fred, Halli Mans of Gruver and her beloved granddaughter from Katy and Ken, Lyric Dawn Menges of Dallas. And Melissa’s precious daughter Katie Carden.

Framing her canvas and holding her painting are her extended family of her two remaining devoted sisters: Dorothy Knierihm and Janice Mecaskey and brother-in-law Raymond Mecaskey; and her brother Harrison Caldwell and sister Faye Walker who pre-deceased her.
She is remembered in love by numerous beloved nieces and nephews, along with countless students and families to whose lives she gave color and texture. She inspired family, friends and strangers to strive to do better and appreciate art in the world around us.

Her Lord has signed His name to her canvas and called it finished and well done.

Helen’s family expresses deep gratitude to the nurses, caregivers and hospice staff at the Hansford Manor in Spearman.

A Celebration of the Canvas of Helen’s Life will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Panhandle, Texas 79068. Arrangements are by Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell, Amarillo.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter Office, 4144 N. Central Expressway, Suite 750, Dallas, Texas 75204

White Deer ISD Welcomes New Teachers

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Left to right: Terri Wilson- fifth grade; Natalie Johnson- Junior High Reading; Travis Miller-AG; Brooke Owens- Coach PE; Kelsey Doke- Paraprofessional; Kerrie Ream- Paraprofessional; Robin Tucker- fourth grade; Rhonda Roberts- fifth grade; Mendy Boyd- second grade; Rob Groves-High School History and Coach and Kyla Bell- fourth grade.

Left to right: Terri Wilson- fifth grade; Natalie Johnson- Junior High Reading; Travis Miller-AG; Brooke Owens- Coach PE; Kelsey Doke- Paraprofessional; Kerrie Ream- Paraprofessional; Robin Tucker- fourth grade; Rhonda Roberts- fifth grade; Mendy Boyd- second grade; Rob Groves-High School History and Coach and Kyla Bell- fourth grade.

Crops/Weed Management Tour Set For Sept. 8 Near White Deer

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

By Kay Ledbetter

A Crops/Weed Management Tour, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Carson and Gray counties, will be held Sept. 8, starting at the Carson County Gin west of White Deer.

The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a sponsored lunch by the Carson County Gin, said Brandon McGinty, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Gray County.

Two general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be provided for pesticide applicators.

Speakers and topics will include:
- Insect Issues, Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo.
- Crop Progress, Harvest Aids and Varieties, Dr. Mark Kelly, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Lubbock.
-Weed Management with Late Season Issues and Controls, Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed and herbicide specialist in Lubbock.

McGinty said those attending also will be touring weed demonstration plots to look at different herbicides and effects on different types of weeds and will look at an irrigated cotton variety trial north of Pampa on the Davis Farms.

For more information or to inquire about cost to attend, contact McGinty at 806-669-8033 or b-mcginty@tamu.edu , or Jody Bradford, AgriLife Extension agent for Carson County, at 806-537-3882 or jmbradfo@ag.tamu.edu. Preregistration is needed by 5 p.m. Sept. 5.

White Deer City Council Continues Budget Workshop

Thursday, August 28th, 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 Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. the White Deer City Council met for their annual budget workshop.

Council members present were Mayor Kent Kelp, Linda Robertson, Alan Warminski, Wade Petty and Michael Lenz.

Lyn Luster was absent.

Katrina Warminski was present as an employee.

Guests included Randy Barett and Paul Kirby.

Mayor Kelp called the meeting to order, led the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation.

Mr. Warminski, made the motion to approve the agenda for the meeting, seconded by Mrs. Robertson, all for.

The council worked on the budget for the 2014/2015 year.

At 5:54 p.m. the council went into executive session to discuss personnel: Gov Code 551.074. The council came out of executive session at 6:14 p.m.

Mr. Lenz made the motion to give Darell Luster a 2% salary increase for the 2014/2015 budget year, seconded by Mr. Petty, Mrs. Robertson opposed, motion passed 3-1.

Mr. Lenz made the motion to give Mrs. Warminski a 4% salary increase for the 2014/2015 budget year, seconded by Mr. Petty, Mr. Warminski abstained and Mrs. Robertson opposed, motion passed 2-1.

Mr. Lenz made the motion to give Troy Fulton a 4% salary increase for the 2014/2015 budget year, seconded by Mr. Warminski, Mrs. Robertson opposed, motion passed 3-1.

Mr. Lenz also made the motion to give Jeremiah Wade and Tyrell Haynes both a 3% salary increase for the 2014/2015 budget year, seconded by Mr. Warminski. Mrs. Robertson opposing, motion passed 3-1. No other employee raises were given at this time.

The council continued working on the budget for 2014/2015. The council decided to finish budget workshop at the next regular council meeting schedule on Monday, Aug. 25.

Mr. Warminski made the motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Petty, all for, meeting adjourned.

On Aug. 25, 2014, the White Deer City Council met for their regular monthly meeting.

Council members present were Mayor Kent Kelp, Michael Lenz, Linda Robertson and Wade Petty.

Alan Warminski and Lyn Luster were absent.

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

Guests present were Dylan and Aubri Ball, Rita Poor, Bobby Hefner, Randy Barrett, Paul Kirby and Josh Cook.

Mayor Kelp called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Lenz gave the invocation.

Mrs. Robertson made the motion to approve the agenda, Mr. Lenz seconded, all for 3-0. Mrs. Robertson made the motion to approve the minutes of previous meeting with corrections to the July 21 regular meeting, Mr. Petty seconded, all for 3-0.

There were no comments for concerned citizens at this time.

Mr. Ball presented a request to the council concerning water at 2385 and County Road Y within the city limits. Mr. Ball and his wife are wanting to build a home in this area and would like a water line run to Hay street and have a meter installed at the edge of the property line. After discussion Mayor Kelp recommended this item be tabled until next council meeting due to the city needs to check on the pipe sizes in the area and also to check with other property owners and see if they are interested in having water run to their property as well at this time. Mrs. Robertson made the motion to table this agenda item, seconded by Mr. Petty, all for 3-0.

Mrs. Robertson made the motion to approve the Irrevocable Documentary Blanket letter of Credit for the Railroad Commission, Mr. Lenz seconded, all for 3-0.

Mr. Petty made the motion to deed the West 100 feet of Lot 17 BLK 26 OT to Freeman Bros. Inc. this is the location where the old sirens were located owned by the city. Mrs. Robertson seconded the motion, all for 3-0.

The reports were looked over.

During the fire department report, Fire Chief Troy Fulton told council the fire department needs an antenna booster and asked if this can be installed on the water tower. Mayor Kelp will contact the engineers and check to see if this will work.

During the Mayor comments, Mayor Kelp commented that he has a couple people interested in the Code Enforcement Position. Mr. Lenz commented that he appreciated the letter in the
paper that Mayor Kelp wrote, everyone agreed. Mr. Lenz also suggested that maybe we consider doing some type of reward for vandalism going on in the city.

During additional comments from concerned citizens Mr. Hefner spoke again about moving the speed limit signs on each end of town on Highway 60. Mayor Kelp will check with TXDOT to see the update on this process.

The council continued the budget workshop for the 2014/2015 year. There will be two public hearings on the propose tax rate for 2014; Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

The next regular meeting date is set for Monday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Mrs. Robertson motioned to adjourn, seconded by Mr. Petty, meeting adjourned.

White Deer Elementary Exceeds Three Indices, Misses Fourth By Two Tests

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

By Billy Boone

As you all know by now, White Deer Elementary received news earlier this month that our school was listed as “Improvement Required”. In the new Texas Education Agency’s school accountability system there are no longer any grades, such as under TAKS, where schools could be Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable or Unacceptable. Now all schools, regardless of how well or poorly they perform on the STAAR test, are either “Met Standard” or “Improvement Required”. It is basically a Pass/Fail designation. This is an important distinction because some schools were listed as “Improvement Required” due to the fact that they missed the state’s passing rate on all four indices. While other schools, like White Deer Elementary, surpassed the state’s passing rate on three of four indices. In our case, we surpassed the other three indices by a combined 60 points on a 100 point scale. (See Appendix I- “The Four Indices”) However, we missed meeting Index II by a single point. The passing rate was set at 33, and we received a 32. I will try to briefly describe our indices and what they evaluate before diving into the complexity of Index II.

Index I is the “Student Achievement” index. It simply looks at whether or not students passed or failed the STAAR test. The state set a passing rate of 55 points to meet this index and White Deer made an 82, which is 27 points above the state’s expectations. This index was the basis for the previous accountability testing, such as TABS, TAAS and TAKS. This pass/fail review is nothing new to educators and our community.

Index III is “Closing Achievement Gaps”. In this index it compares the passing rate of all your race/ethic groups, socio-economically disadvantaged and your SPED students to your total student body of test takers. Any sub-population that has 25 tests or more will be counted in this index. For White Deer, the only two sub-populations that met the minimum number of tests were “White/Anglo” and “Socio-economically Disadvantaged”. This index looks to make sure that no one sub-population is being ignored or denied educational services by the comparison of the part to the whole. In this index our “White/Anglo” and “Socio-economically Disadvantaged” were compared to all test takers. For this index, the state set a passing standard of 28 and White Deer Elementary earned a 41.

Index IV is “Post-Secondary Readiness”. While this sounds strange for an elementary campus to be concerned with, it is really evaluating high standard achievement. The purpose of this index is to look at students’ ability to meet the final passing standard on two or more STAAR tests in the same administration year. The current passing rate for student STAAR scores is at Phase-in 1, it will reach the final level by 2020. However, to qualify for meeting this index, the student must meet this higher passing standard in the present and do so on two or more tests. This task is even more difficult for students in fourth and sixth grade as they only take two STAAR tests that year. For this index the state set a score of 12, White Deer Elementary scored a 32.

Index II is the “Student Progress Measure”. In this index the state examines if students met a pre-determined amount of progress from the previous year on the same test. This index will look at the all student group (all qualifying tests) and all racial/ethnic sub-populations that have 25 or more tests. For White Deer we were evaluated in the all student group and the “White/Anglo” group. For this index, it looks at Math and Reading tests in grades four, five, six, seven and eight. Each student will be assigned a one, if they met the amount of pre-determined progress from their previous year, a two if they exceed the amount of pre-determined progress or a zero if they fail to meet the pre-determined amount of progress. Students who make roughly the same score as the year before receive a zero. (To see the amount of pre-determined gain necessary for a one or two, please see Appendix II- “Annual Needed Growth”.) For a student in fourth grade they must make an additional 82 points above what they scored on his/her third grade reading STAAR in order to receive a 1 and must increase an additional 165 points over their third grade score to receive a two. For example a student may increase their reading score 75 points in fourth grade and pass the STAAR, however, for index II that student will receive a zero, because they did not increase by the predetermined amount of 82. Another thing to keep in mind for our students is that if they ever make a Level III Advanced score on their STAAR Math or Reading, they must maintain that Level III ranking on all subsequent years in order to receive a one in the student progress measure (index II). This measure is much more difficult to meet for students who have higher scores as there are fewer points available to make progress towards a perfect score. Due to the way our numbers fall and the number of tests in our sub-populations, a student who is listed as “White/Anglo” will have his/her test counted in the “White/Anglo” group and the all students group. However, students in other ethnic/racial groups are only counted in the all students group, as there are not 25 tests in those sub-populations. When looking at individual scores, it would have taken one student in any grade four through eight, listed in the “White/Anglo” group and the all student group to answer a few more questions correctly on both their math and reading STAAR, and White Deer Elementary would have met index II. We missed the mark by one student on two tests.

Needless to say, this was disappointing, as our other scores on indices I, III, and IV were near the second quartile compared to other schools across the state. This student progress measure is something new in accountability. It represents a shift in thinking from the times of TAAS and TAKS when what was important was “Did the students pass the test?” Now the impetus has shifted to “Are students making progress?”

Now that White Deer Elementary has been listed as “Improvement Required”, what will happen? White Deer Elementary will be addressing these issues in the Campus Improvement Plan by offering more tutorials and help for our students, providing continued excellence in classroom instruction, providing small group instruction and additional one-on-one learning time and put in place policies that evaluate growth as well as proficiency. We have put in place excellent staff with many years of experience in the classroom. We have already provided teachers new training on asking higher order thinking skills and how to utilize STAAR caliber writing across all curriculums. We at the school, like TEA before us, must undergo a dynamic shift in the focus of our thinking. No longer can we simply relish in high passing rates, but instead, shift our focus to ensuring that every student makes adequate and appropriate growth each and every year. The question has changed, no longer should we ask, “Did they pass?”, but rather, “Did they make progress?” White Deer Elementary is still an excellent school. We have teachers and students that continue to do amazing things, make incredible strides, and excel in and out of the classroom. TEA has set forth the expectation of improvement this year, and improve we shall with the continued support of our parents and community members, our friends and family, our school board members and our teachers and most importantly our students, for they are the ones’ upon who’s performance will demonstrate the amazing growth.

County Commissioners Adopt 2014-1015 Budget

Thursday, August 28th, 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 Honorable Commissioners Court of Carson County met for a Regular Session at the Courthouse on Aug. 25, 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 Aug. 11, 14 and 28, 2014 were reviewed and approved by the Court.

All claims, invoices and commissary were reviewed and approved by the Court.

Tax Assessor/Collector Jackie Moore reported that taxes collected through July 2014 were 99.04%.

Treasurer Denise Salzbrenner submitted the July 2014 Financial Report. She also informed the Court that Happy State Bank and Groom State Bank have released two (2) CUSIP – CUSIP #31133EAJ66 and CUSIP #3128MCYR0 - in the amount of $100,000.00 each. Commissioner Jennings made a motion for the approval of the release of the two (2) CUSIP. Commissioner Britten seconded the motion and it carried.

Commissioner Howell told the Court that he will purchase a 938 CAT Loader for the purchase price of $184,781.00. Commissioner Britten made a motion to approve the purchase. Commissioner Martin seconded and the motion carried.

County and District Clerk Celeste Bichsel asked the Court to approve a Joint Election Agreement with the White Deer Independent School District for the Nov. 4, 2014 General/Bond Elections. Commissioner Howell made a motion to approve the agreement. Commissioner Jennings seconded and the motion carried.

Bichsel also asked the Court to accept the recent Criminal Justice Audit Report from the Texas Department of Public Safety on the Clerk’s Office. Commissioner Howell made a motion to accept the report. Commissioner Jennings seconded and the motion carried.

Judge Powers asked the Court to consider the approval of a Resolution Advocating Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and other Medical Treatments and Therapy for TBI and PTSD. Commissioner Martin made a motion to approve the resolution. Commissioner Britten seconded and the motion carried.

Sheriff Loren Brand submitted the Annual Report on Chapter 59 funds in the Sheriff’s Department. The Chapter 59 funds were received as a result of the sale of forfeiture or seized vehicles. Commissioner Howell made a motion to approve the report. Commissioner Britten seconded and the motion carried.

Emergency Management Coordinator Brenda Vermillion presented the Court with a Proclamation between Carson County & CNS Pantex Plant’s PreparAthon! The partnership is to help make more information available to the Citizens of Carson County. September is Preparedness Month. Commissioner Britten made a motion to approve the proclamation. Commissioner Martin
seconded and the motion carried.

Route 66 Wind Power LLC asked the Court to consider granting a Road Crossing Permit for electric lines going across County Road 7 in Precinct #2. Commissioner Martin made a motion to approve the request. Commissioner Jennings seconded and the motion carried.

Commissioner Britten informed the Court that he will be purchasing two (2) CH15 Batwing John Deere Mowers at the cost of $19,000.00 each. He will send the old mowers to an auction. Commissioner Jennings made a motion to approve the purchase. Commissioner Howell seconded and the motion carried.

Judge Powers opened a Public Hearing on the 2014-2015 Budget. Auditor Jackie West informed the Court that there had been a couple of minor changes to the proposed budget since the last meeting. Commissioner Martin decreased two (2) of his line items. County Attorney Scott Sherwood informed the Court of approximately $500,000.00 in additional income from the Pattern Wind Farm Project in the form of a PILT (payment in lieu of tax) and the County gained $92,750,000.00 in new property values. District Attorney Luke Inman requested $206,000.00 from the County for salaries and benefits for his employees. Jody Bradford and Jeanene Montgomery requested that they be included in any longevity pay benefit that is given to other County employees. Commissioner Howell suggested pulling money from the Contingency Fund to pay for a new pickup for the Extension Office. The Public Hearing was closed by Judge Powers at 12:10 p.m.

Commissioner Jennings made a motion to cap longevity pay at twenty (20) years of service. Commissioner Howell seconded and the motion carried. Commissioner Howell made a motion to fund Nandy Chandler’s salary and benefits in the District Attorney’s Office. The motion died for lack of a second. Judge Powers made a motion to fund Richard Gribble’s salary and benefits in the District Attorney’s Office as a Carson County employee. Commissioner Jennings seconded the motion. Commissioner Britten voted nay. Motion passed.

The Court took a short recess at 12:20 p.m. and resumed at 12:28 p.m.

Commissioner Britten made a motion to adopt the 2014-2015 Budget with the changes discussed. Commissioner Jennings seconded. Remaining Commissioners and Judge Powers voted aye and the motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Howell made a motion to adopt the Tax Rate to fund the 2014-2015 Budget as follows: .358409 General Fund, .034531 Lateral, .052851 Special Road and Bridge and .061130 Interest and Sinking for a total Tax Rate of .506921. Commissioner Britten seconded. Remaining Commissioners voted and Judge Powers voted aye and the motion passed unanimously.

There being no further business, Commissioner Jennings made a motion to adjourn. Judge Powers seconded and motion to adjourn carried.

Local Youth Places Eighth at World Championship Show

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

SavannahDawesThe American Quarter Horse Association, Oklahoma City - Savannah Jo Dawes of Panhandle, Texas earned eighth place aboard “DL Shot Gun” and 11th place aboard “Good Golly MS Haidas” in the Team Penning competition during the 2014
Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show on Aug. 9 in Oklahoma City.
In the Team Penning, 102 entries competed for world champion honors. Sixth through 10th place winners received a prize package that included a bronze medallion, top-10 patch and Professional’s Choice World Show jacket.

Savannah would like to thank her sponsors Logan’s Roadhouse, Tractor Supply, Dawes Quarter Horses, Panhandle Whips, Young’s Trailers, Heath Trucking, Bob Ellis Shoeing, Red Barn Arena and Jason Sinclair Custom Spurs for their help in getting to the AQHYA World Show.

The Ford Youth World is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 18 and under around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. More than 2,500 entries from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Venezuela competed for 35 world championships at this year’s event, Aug. 1-9 in Oklahoma City.

Carson County Library

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

By Mary Hare

Genesis Alarcon

Genesis Alarcon

Our Grand Prize Drawing for the Summer Reading Program took place on Aug 20. Winners of the Kindle Fire HD tablets were: Genesis Alarcon of Panhandle and Kye Mays of Groom. Other winners from Panhandle were: Whitney Kennedy – FIZZ BOOM READ Bag; Paisley Kennedy – FIZZ BOOM READ bag; Annie Pahl – FIZZ BOOM READ shirt; Lane Krogh – FIZZ BOOM READ shirt; Hudson Young – FIZZ BOOM READ water bottle; Lexi Nichols – FIZZ BOOM READ water bottle; Snow Cone from Family Freeze - Raynee Mitchell; Logan Krogh, Eleanor Kaluza, Kohynn Young and Kelby Olson; Fountain Drink from Panhandle Pharmacy - Leah Land, Eli Sloan, Adelia Stamps, Evelyn Kaluza, Kapri Bigham, Tayte Ogletree, Landon Krogh and Patrick Detten. Others who finished their Reading logs were: Ben Sosebee, Carly Land, Kyler Young, Araceli Alarcon, Mackie Land, Baylee Ogletree and Raylee Mitchell. Participating in this year’s
summer reading program were: 98 from Panhandle, 41 from Groom, four from Skellytown and 60 from White Deer.

We now have a Magnified Reading Device set up in the library. If you know of anyone who has trouble reading small print, please let them know.

We have an opportunity to host a free Writer's half-day class by accomplished authors for panel discussions and a workshop if we get enough interest. If you are a writer of books or memoirs and are interested in attending please let us know what kind of writing you would look to learn about. There are several authors to choose from.
Mommy & Me for children from birth to preschool will be on Thursdays from 10-10:30 starting Sept 4..

Our newest books include: “The 6th Extinction” by James Rollins, “Invisible” by James Patterson, “Lost Island” by Douglas Preston, and “Love Letters” by Debbie Macomber.

Some new audio books are: “The Matchmaker” by Elin Hilderbrand, “Cut and Thrust” by Stuart Woods, “The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank, “Wayfaring Stranger” by James Lee Burke.

Our newest DVD's include: “Rio 2”, “Divergent”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, and “God's Not Dead”.

Come by or check us out on facebook or the web at: www.harringtonlc.org/panhandle.

Panhandle’s Antigone Club “Expecting An Abundantly Blessed Year”

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Members of the Antigone Cub of Panhandle got together on Tuesday, Aug. 19 to organize and plan for the 2014-2015 club year. Members present were: Anna Lewis, Lynette Smith, Gayla Cates, Mahryhia Mills, Kay Williams, Linda Jewett, Katherine Murray, Stephanie Neuwirth and Tammy Wendel.

A Ladies’ Spring Luncheon and Style Show was held in April. Some of the proceeds from that event were used to make a $500 donation to the Tralee Crisis Center in Pampa. In addition, some of the proceeds were used to give two $1,000 scholarships to two 2014 PHS graduates. Travis Jewett and Tyler Hall were the recipients of those.

Our annual Tour of Homes is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Currently, the Tour of Homes committee is finalizing the list of homes that will be showcased this year. More details will be forthcoming – so save the date! If you’d like your home to be shown, please let one of the Antigone members know.

Officers for the 2014-2015 year were elected. They are: President – Tammy Wendel, Vice President – Anna Lewis, Secretary – Stephanie Neuwirth and Treasurer – Mahryhia Mills.

Meeting dates for the 2014-2015 year were set for Sept. 2, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 2, March 2, April 6 and May 16. In addition to these dates, important event dates were also decided on: Tour of Homes – Oct. 5, 2014, Club Christmas Party – Dec. 1, 2014, Ladies’ Spring Luncheon and Style Show – April 11, 2015 and the End of Year Breakfast – May 16, 2015.

The Antigone Club does a lot of good for our community. Special events that the Antigone Club sponsors or participates in are: the annual Tour of Homes, making/selling of home-made ice-cream at the Fourth of July Celebration and the Spring Luncheon and Style Show. Proceeds received from these events help purchase mittens and scarves for elementary students (possibly caps for this year), items for the Christmas Baskets of Blessing and scholarships for PHS seniors.

The theme for this year is “Expecting an Abundantly Blessed Year!” The Kick-off Meeting and Salad Supper will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2. “We’d love for you to be our guest,” said Mrs. Wendel. If you’d like more information about the Antigone Club, call Tammy Wendel at 806-674-9414.

Ewing & Tarver Plan November Nuptials

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Addisen Elizabeth Ewing and Matthew Gerred Tarver

Addisen Elizabeth Ewing and Matthew Gerred Tarver

Greg and Kim Ewing of Panhandle are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Addisen Elizabeth to Matthew Gerred Tarver, son of Mark and Lesa Tarver of Lutie, Texas.

Grandparents of the bride-elect are Bobby and Loretta Ewing and Bettie Strueber and the late Mike Strueber, all of Amarillo.

Grandparents of the prospective groom are Gary and Jimmie Tarver of Lutie and Mary Darrow and the late J.C. Darrow of Panhandle.

The couple plans to wed Nov. 30, 2014 in Panhandle.

The bride-elect is a 2012 graduate of Panhandle High School. She attended Amarillo College for two years and plans to continue her education.

The prospective groom is a 2008 graduate of Samnorwood High School and a 2011 graduate of West Texas A&M University with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture/Agricultural Business and Economics.

The couple will reside in Samnorwood.