Archive for September, 2014

Carson County District Court Hears Three Pleas

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Panhandle – On Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, three pleas took place in Carson County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, assisted by Scott Sherwood, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

A total of $500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Sept. 26. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,656 in court costs.

1. Collin Ray Cross was convicted and sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the second degree felony offense of sexual assault of a child and the third degree felony offense of indecency with a child.

Cross, 21-year-old resident of Panhandle, was arrested in Carson County on July 21, 2014 for the offense that took place July 10, 2014.
Cross plead to an information filed by the State on Sept. 26, 2014. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Cross is required to pay $1,280 in and court costs.

2. Pamela Ann Klinekole was placed on probation for a period of two years for the Class A Misdemeanor offense of assault family violence. Klinekole pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Klinekole, 40-year-old resident of Wellington, was arrested in Collingsworth County for the offense that took place Sept. 3, 2014, and plead to an information filed by the State on Sept. 23, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Klinekole is required to pay a $500 fine to Collingsworth County, $376 in court costs and complete 100 hours of community service. If Klinekole violates probation, she could face up to one year in the County Jail.

Varsity Bucks Go Up Against Higgins Coyotes

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

By Clint Watson

On Friday, Sept. 19, the White Deer Bucks went north to play the Higgins Coyotes. The Bucks scored early and often, while the stingy defense only allowed 34 total yards for the game.

Andrew Bichsel took the first play from scrimmage 33 yards for a Buck touchdown!! The Buck defense stopped the Coyotes cold on three plays and forced a punt. Bichsel scored again on the first play, but due to a penalty, it was called back. So, on the very next play, he scored anyway. It was a total team effort and a very good night for the Bucks. All of the kids played well and contributed to the victory.
The defense played extremely tough. Robert Quilimaco and Clayton Pipes played outstanding from the defensive end position, while Luis Chavez and Travis Davis wreaked havoc at the nose position, which was the key defensively.

Offensively, the o-line blocked very well, made huge holes for the running backs and gave us time for the quarterbacks to throw ball. Payton Freeman came in as quarterback and had a very good night. He showed a lot of maturity and did a lot of great things. Braden Clay had a great night on both sides of the ball. Unfortunately, he broke his collar bone in the process. Drestyn Bell also played an outstanding game. Bell ran the ball well and had a couple of good catches. This victory was a total team effort. Great job BUCKS!!!!!

WD 27 22 0 6 55
Higgins 0 8 0 0 8

Offensive MVP:
Offensive Line

Defensive MVP:
Qulimaco

Big Hit of the Night:
Cuyler McAnally

Rushing:
Bichsel with nine carries, 183 yards and three touchdowns.
Bell with six carries, 100 yards and one touchdown.
Freeman with five carries and 75 yards.
Qulimaco with five carries, 44 yards and one touchdown.
Clay with three carries and 30 yards.
Taylor Patterson with three carries, 21 yards and one touchdown.
McAnally with two carries and 10 yards.
Total: 33 carries, 463 yards and six touchdowns.

Receiving:
McAnally with three catches, 42 yards and one touchdown.
Clay with two catches, 40 yards and one touchdown.
Bell with two catches and nine yards.
Bichsel with one catch and 27 yards.
Total: eight catches, 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Passing:
Patterson with two completions, six attempts, 37 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Freeman with six completions, 13 attempts, 81 yards and one touchedown.
Total: eight completions, 19 attempts, 118 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Defensive Stats:
Quilimaco with 15 tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception.
Pipes with nine tackles.
Bichsel with eight tackles and one forced fumble.
Chavez with seven tackles.
Clay with six tackles.
Freeman with four tackles.
Patterson with four tackles.
Travis Davis with two tackles.
Bell with one tackle.
Rhoan Cox with one tackle.

The Bucks will travel to Kress for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 26. Everyone is invited to go cheers for the team!

Continuing Excellence For Our Students Financing The Bond

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

By Miriam Lynch

The subject of school finances can be a complicated topic. In this article, I hope to explain how the finances of a bond election for the school district are utilized for improvements.

A school bond is similar to a home mortgage. It is a contract to repay borrowed money with a low-cost interest rate over time. Bonds are sold by a school district to competing lenders to raise funds to pay for the cost of construction, renovation and equipment. This is how most schools in Texas make improvements to their facilities.

The school district has two types of taxes that can be utilized. The Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and Interest and Sinking (I&S) taxes.

The M&O tax rate is used to raise funds to operate the school district, including salaries, utilities, furniture, supplies, instructional materials, food, fuel, etc.

The I&S tax rate is used to pay off school construction and/or renovations and improvements. The bond election only affects the I&S tax rate. The school district is required to send $0.21.5 cents of every M&O tax dollar to the state for yearly payment. This is called a recapture payment and is state law. This was $716,546 for 2013-14. The taxes raised from I&S are not subject to recapture payment to the state and stay entirely in the district for improvements.

The district’s tax base is increasing due to wind energy addition which gives the WDISD taxpayers the opportunity to make improvements to the facilities for present and future students. The tax impact is zero for taxpayers over 65 years of age on their homestead.

The projected impact for WDISD taxpayer’s homesteads is $8.34 per month for $80,000 homestead value. The bond will raise the I&S tax $0.154 per $100 homestead valuation. This will raise $14,150,000 million dollars for improvements to all areas of the district.
Next week, I will have specifics about the areas of improvement approved by the school board and Bond Advisory committee with the bond money. You can follow Facebook group Bond for WDISD Students 2014 for pictures about the areas that are being proposed for improvement and bond information.

Donley County District Court Takes Three Pleas

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Clarendon – On Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, three pleas took place in Donley County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding.

A total of $1,500 in fines was assessed as a result of the pleas that took place on Sept. 25. In addition to the fines, the defendants were required to pay a total of $1,200 in court costs and $2,532.12 in restitution.

1. Ricky Paul Salgado pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate Guilt and was sentenced to eight years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ for the third degree felony offense of assault against a family member.

On March 27, 2014, Salgado originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on May 4, 2013, in Collingsworth County.
The State filed the motion on Sept. 17, 2014, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Salgado is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County and a $1,000 fine.

2. Jessica Silva Rivas was placed on probation for a period of three years for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana. Rivas pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred adjudication for the offense.

Rivas, 23-year-old resident of Windsor, Calif., was arrested in Carson County for the offense that took place Jan. 28, 2014 by Danny Dawson. Rivas plead to an information filed by the State on March 24, 2014.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Rivas is required to pay a $500 fine to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $1,596.50 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Rivas violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

In addition to being placed on probation, Rivas’ plea of guilty subjects her to her country of origin, which is Mexico.

3. Jody Don Leffew was convicted and sentenced to 12 months in the State Jail Division of TDCJ for the state jail felony offense of forgery.

Leffew, 44-year-old resident of Clarendon, was arrested on March 25, 2014, 2014 for the offense that took place Sept. 16, 2013 in Donley County.

Leffew plead to an information filed by the State on Sept. 25, 2014. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Leffew is required to pay $488 in and court costs and $935.62 restitution.

Kathy Lynn McCurley Howe

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Kathy Lynn McCurley Howe 1952 - 2014

Kathy Lynn McCurley Howe
1952 - 2014

Kathy Lynn McCurley Howe, 61, of Dumas, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at the Mobeetie Cemetery. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Dumas with Rev. Claude Cone officiating and Rev. Jerry Howe, pastor of the church, assisting. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors.

Kathy was born Nov. 15, 1952, in Lindsay, Okla. to Dortha Everett McCurley and Ted McCurley. They lived in Oklahoma for several years before moving to the Texas Panhandle. Kathy attended elementary school in White Deer, moving to Pampa for her junior high and her high school years. The family moved to Mobeetie during her junior year of high school. She graduated from Mobeetie High School in 1971 with the highest GPA in her class.

She then attended West Texas A&M University where she graduated in 1976 with an all-level Music Education degree.
Kathy taught choral music and elementary music in Lamesa and Pampa, and then worked as Music Assistant at First Baptist Church in Pampa. She later taught elementary school music and junior high band at Grape Creek ISD near San Angelo, Ballinger and Levelland. She taught sixth grade science and social studies at Green Acres Elementary in Dumas followed by fifth grade music and sixth grade choir at Dumas Intermediate School. She retired in November 2013. Kathy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dumas where she was an accompanist and had played piano in Texas Baptist Churches for over 50 years.

Kathy married her Prince Charming, Jerry Lee Howe, on Dec. 9, 1984, at First Baptist Church, in Pampa. They were blessed with four wonderful children.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Jerry Lee Howe; her children and grandchildren, Carrie Boesiger and husband Darin, Abigail and Andrew; Cristofer Howe and wife Jessica, Ambree and Madison; Caleb Howe and wife Haleigh, Norah; and Cullan Howe; her parents, Ted and Dortha McCurley of Wheeler; her brothers and sisters and their families, Randy McCurley and wife Carol of Mobeetie; Becky Odell and husband Lee of White Deer; Bryan McCurley of Borger; nephews and nieces, Collin McCurley and his family, Matt McCurley, Holly McCurley and her daughter, Evan McCurley and his wife; and a host of favorite cousins, aunts and uncles.

The family suggests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 617, Dumas TX, 79029 or to Memorial Hospice, 224 E 2nd, Dumas TX, 79029.

Women On Mission

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Women on Mission met Sept. 8, 2014, with Janet Stevens, Anna McAnear, Kim Gaines, Allene Stovall, Glenda Thrasher and Laura Weese present.
Mary Hill Davis Mission is the call to give to State Missions. The ladies viewed a DVD about how our donations help missionaries in Texas.

Mrs. Thrasher shared how our missionaries are available to help people. James and Martha Harvey from Amarillo discovered many people sleeping in their cars when they came to visit relatives incarcerated in the Clements Unit. That inspired the building of the Hope Welcome Center. There are many missionaries who spread the Word in Texas. We helped by giving to the Mary Hill Davis offering.

Mrs. Gaines read the names of missionaries having birthdays and led the prayer for them.

Mrs. Stevens led the prayer for all Texas Missions and missionaries.

Annie’s Meals on Wheels were delivered to nine people.

The ladies nominated and elected officers for the 2014-2015 year: Mission Study Leader is Mrs. Thrasher; Secretary/Reporter/Historian is Laura Weese; Mission Prayer Support is Mrs. Gaines and Annie’s Meals Coordinator is Mrs. Stovall.

Our volunteers have completed the openings for meals. We appreciate our ladies and their work very much.

The ladies Fall Party will be held Oct. 14 with stew and cornbread being on the menu.

Mrs. Thrasher led a special prayer for a woman at the Harrington Center met by Mrs. Stovall. Then she led the closing prayer.

Message From The Superintendent

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

By Karl Vaughn

As previously mentioned in one of my earlier messages, we now have a link on the White Deer ISD website that is dedicated to information about the upcoming bond election on Nov. 4. Just go to our website at: www.whitedeerisd.net . Then, in the middle of the home page under “News” you will see a new link entitled, “2014 Bond Information”. Click on that link and it will take you to a page which has several documents and drawings to further inform voters on the proposed bond projects. These documents include a “Frequently Asked Questions” document with several pertinent facts about: what is being proposed for the bond; how the bond will affect taxes; comparison of total tax rates of other districts in our Region; why the district called for a bond; who pays for the bond; and voting information for all precincts in both Gray and Carson Counties. There are also drawings and floor plans to get an idea of where new construction is being proposed and how it will appear.

We will be adding additional documents to this link on our website in the near future as well so check back often. If, after viewing and reading these documents you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to call the Administration Office at 806-883-2311 or you can email me at: karl.vaughn@region16.net.

Little Bucks Victorious Over Coyotes

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

By Ralph Shemwell

On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Higgins Coyotes came to town to battle your Junior High Young Bucks.

Kason Vigil started off the scoring with a long run. The defense scored twice with a fumble returned for a touchdown by Tristan Bennett and Gage Freeman had a pick six. Also picking up a touchdown was John Perriman and Trystan Hunter.

Everyone on the team contributed to the 46-0 victory with great play by Justin Davis, Shaun Cotton, Emilio Solis, Shane Guttierrez, Drake Damron, Cy Darrow, Austin Gollihugh and Konner Anderson.

The team will host Kress tonight with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff. They will travel to Follett on Oct. 2. Everyone is invited to attend the games to cheer for the Little Bucks.

Venado Blanco Study Club

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Members of the Venado Blanco Study Club met Monday, Sept. 22, for their first meeting of the 2014-15 club year in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church.

The ladies enjoyed a pot luck meal that included a variety of salads, broasted chicken, banana pudding and Raisin Ribbon Bars. Hosting the evening meeting were LaWausa McCurley and Sue Hinkley.

LaWausa McCurley, president, recognized officers for the new year, including Rosalea McAnally, vice-president; Wendy Ruthardt, secretary/treasurer; Sue Hinkley, reporter and Denise Salzbrenner, parliamentarian.

The first meeting was scheduled to be a work night to assemble the club yearbook that had been organized and printed by Mrs. McAnally, and to work on the club’s scrapbook. It was a very productive evening and the ladies were able to catch up with lots of visiting.

In attendance were LaWausa McCurley, Anita Haiduk, Doris Freeman, Nan Vaughn, Denise Salzbrenner, Rosalea McAnally, and Sue Hinkley.

The club meets once a month on the fourth Monday. The October meeting is scheduled for the 27th.

JV Bucks Play Happy Cowboys

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

By Clint Watson

On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Junior Varsity Bucks traveled to Happy to take on the Cowboys. The Cowboys proved to be a worthy opponent, as they defeated the Bucks 45-0.

The Bucks continue to leave their heart on the field with each play and every game. Braden Barrow played a great game as quarterback, throwing the ball many times, with completions to Hadley Freeman and Dillon Cotton. Freeman and Cotton continue to play well at defensive
end.

The defensive line was playing strong, anchored by Hunter Broom, who had two fumble recoveries, James McBee, Carter Estes and Dustin Baumgardner. Freeman also had a fumble recovery.

The team is off this week and next. They will return to action on Oct. 9 when they travel to Nazareth. GO BUCKS!!!