Archive for December, 2014

Emmitt Bob Helker

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Emmitt Bob Helker 1927 - 2014

Emmitt Bob Helker
1927 - 2014

Emmitt Bob Helker, 87, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2015, in Forrest, N.M. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo

Emmitt Bob Helker was born Oct. 4, 1927, in Forrest to John and Katie LaGrange Helker. He worked as a cowboy for many years. He had worked at Bain Ranch.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Laufer.

Survivors include a son, Bob Helker of Amarillo; three daughters, Emma Morgan of Mesa, Ariz., Judy Callison of Tucumcari, N.M., Cindy Lindsey of Panhandle; three brothers, Orville Helker of Forrest, Leach Helker of Colorado and Ennis Helker of Oklahoma; a sister, Versi of Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

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Junior Varsity Does Cage Lady Eagles

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

IMG_3045 by Rosalea2By Rex Beck

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, the Junior Varsity Does traveled to Fritch to battle the Lady Eagles.

The Does caged the Lady Eagles taking a 34-13 victory. The Does controlled the game forcing numerous turnovers and playing good defense.

The inside duo of Jacey Haiduk and Beth Collier accounted for 20 points as each player scored 10. Blair Baldridge and Mikalyle Roberts each added four. Claire Crutchfield had three; Raegan Brown two and Lauren Cotton one.

It was a good team win for the Does. The Does hosted Miami on Dec. 19 then went on Christmas break. The girls will travel to Clarendon on Jan. 6. Tip-off is at 4 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend the games.

Meadows Receives Quilt Of Valor

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

100_8984aIn November, Plez Meadows was presented with a Quilt of Valor.

Members of the White Deer Stitchers created the quilt for him and presented him with it. The quilt will be registered through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

White Deer ISD Board Of Trustees Adopt Order Authorizing Bond Series Sales

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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

A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the White Deer Independent School District was held on Dec. 15, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the White Deer Administration Building, 601 Omohundro, White Deer, Texas.

Members present were Joe Don Brown, Brad Haiduk, Jim Bob Mitchell, Blaine Bolton and Kane Barrow. Also in attendance were Karl Vaughn, Denise Adams, Debra Cook, Billy Boone, Rex Beck, Vince Viaille and Paul Jasin of Specialized Public Finance.

Board Member Shane Grange arrived at 7:05 p.m. Board Member Terry Harrah was absent.

After a quorum was established, the meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Brad Haiduk. The prayer was offered by Mr. Mitchell.

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the agenda of the Dec. 15, 2014, regular board meeting. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the minutes of the Nov. 17, 2014, regular board meeting. Second by Mr. Bolton. Motion carried 5-0-0.
No one was in attendance at open forum.

Board President, Brad Haiduk read the names and hours of Board Member training set forth by the Texas Education Code. The standard training hours are as follows:
•Brad Haiduk: 17.75 hours, met
•Jim Bob Mitchell: 17.75 hours, met
•Terry Harrah: -0- hours, not met
•Blaine Bolton: 19.50 hours, met
•Shane Grange: 13.00 hours, met
•Joe Don Brown: 17.75 hours, met
•Kane Barrow: 19.75 hours, met

Mr. Mitchell moved that the Board of Trustees of White Deer ISD adopt the Order authorizing the issuance and sale of White Deer Independent School District Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2014; levying a tax and providing for the security and payment thereof; approving the sale of the bonds; approving the purchase agreement; and enacting other provisions relating thereto. Second by Mr. Brown. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Selection Committee including Darla Forney, Karl Vaughn, Board of Trustees and architects from Lavin. The Selection Committee will meet Dec. 29, 2014, at 7 p.m. to evaluate and rank each submission in relation to the criteria set forth in the RFQ. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Barrow moved to nominate Chris Rapstine to serve a two-year term (2015-2016) on the Carson County Appraisal District Board of Directors. Second by Mr. Mitchell. Motion carried 5-0-0.

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the Board Request for Information form for the reporting of newly required PEIMS data pursuant to TEC Section 11.1512. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 6-0-0.

Mr. Bolton moved to hold a public hearing to discuss our District AEIS report on Feb. 16, 2015, at 6:30 pm. Second by Mr. Brown. Motion carried 6-0-0.

Mr. Barrow moved to accept the bid from Vibra Whirl to apply a Blue structural re-spray on our track and associated track event areas. Second by Mr. Grange. Motion carried 6-0-0.

High School Principal, Darla Forney, reported that Junior High competed well at the UIL Events Contest. LDE teams of Public Relations and AG Advocacy advanced to Area Contest and placed ninth and 12th.

Elementary Principal, Billy Boone, discussed 1-to-1 tablet classrooms. He has been working with Michael Keough and WTAMU to receive a grant to create a 1-to-1 tablet classroom. The amount from WTAMU will enable us to receive approximately 24 android tablets. This amount would not allow us to make one entire grade 1-to-1. Mr. Keough, who will be helping conduct the research for WTAMU, contacted several area businesses to see if they would be willing to help donate to the research grant. K&K has donated to the school in the amount of $1200, which will enable us to purchase 14 additional android tablets. Bringing our total to 38. This will enable us to make fourth grade entirely 1-to-1 and even allow us to distribute some additional tablets to other grades. Elementary students competed well at the UIL Events Contest.

Athletic Director, Rex Beck, discussed football. White Deer Bucks had three players make First Team All- District, three Second Team All-District and two Honorable Mention. White Deer Bucks also had five players make Academic All-District. White Deer hosted its first Annual White Deer Basketball Tournament Dec. 11-13. The varsity boys and girls basketball teams will be participating in the Canadian Basketball tournament Dec. 29 and 30.

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the 2014-2015 State Compensatory Education Policy and Procedures Manual as presented. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 6-0-0.

Business Manager, Denise Adams presented budget reports.

The Board reviewed the Master Card statement.

Mr. Mitchell moved to approve the accounts payable checks as presented. Second by Mr. Bolton. Motion Carried 6-0-0.

Mrs. Adams presented the finance reports including accounts payable, cash report, financial reports (budget to actual), the quarterly investment report and the K&K donation.

Superintendent, Karl Vaughn discussed:
•Maintenance Report
•New employees, Amie Daily, custodian and Gracie Germany, bus driver and part time custodian.
•We have a vacancy in the maintenance department and a part-time secretary position at the elementary.
•White Deer ISD will be distributing smoked turkeys on Dec. 18 from 2 to 4 at the Admin to all employees.
•Technology: Increase need for more bandwidth from 10 Mbps to 50 Mbps.
•Progress on Bond project including design and timelines.

There being no further business, motion by Mr. Mitchell, second by Mr. Barrow to adjourn at 8:45 pm.

City Of White Deer Passes Ordinance To Sell Gas System In Special Meeting

Wednesday, December 31st, 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 Dec. 18, 2014, the White Deer City Council met for a special meeting at 6 p.m.

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

Katrina Warminski was the only employee present.

Mayor Kelp called the meeting for order, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. Lenz gave the invocation.

The agenda was approved by a motion from Mr. Warminski, a second from Mrs. Luster, all for.

Mr. Warminski made a motion to approve and pass the ordinance for the sale of the gas system to West Texas Gas, seconded by Mr. Lenz, all for.

The meeting was adjourned with a motion from Mr. Petty, and a second from Mrs. Luster.

Loretta Lucille “Matthews” Hiltbrunner

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Loretta Lucille "Matthews" Hiltbrunner 1934 - 2014

Loretta Lucille "Matthews" Hiltbrunner
1934 - 2014

Loretta Lucille “Matthews” Hiltbrunner, 80, of Odessa passed away on Dec. 27, 2014, in Odessa.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, at Sunset Memorial Chapel with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Braswell, officiating. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

Loretta Lucille “Matthews” Hiltbrunner was born in White Deer to Ida Mae Ring Rutherford and Kenneth Matthews on May 20, 1934. She attended high school in Shamrock. She married Billy Gene Hiltbrunner on May 28, 1950, in Shamrock. She worked as a front-end manager for Gibson’s till she retired in 1980.

She was involved in MDA, Special Olympics, member of Temple Baptist Church and in her spare time, she loved to crochet, play solitaire and assemble puzzles.

Loretta is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Gene Hiltbrunner; her son, Gary Hiltbrunner; both her parents, Ida Mae and Kenneth Matthews and her brother, Charles Matthews.

She is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Vearner of Amarillo; Mary Louis Bailey of Pampa; Juanelle and her husband Bobby Harris of Humble and her brother, Wallace Matthews and his wife Kayron of College Station; three grandchildren, Travis and William Simmons of Odessa and Nickie Vinson of Odessa and daughter Julie Hiltbrunner and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Manton Ray Dodson, III, Jonathan J. Dominey, William B. Simmons Jr. and Travis B. Simmons.

The family of Loretta wishes to thank the caring staff of Medical Center Hospital and the Texas Tech Physicians for their many efforts to help mom. Every nurse and doctor who helped her took extra care and went above and beyond to make her final days comfortable.

Bob Sanders

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Bob Sanders 1953 - 2014

Bob Sanders
1953 - 2014

Bob Sanders, 61, of White Deer, died Dec. 17, 2014, in White Deer.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Central Baptist Church in Pampa, with Pastor Andy Dietz of First Baptist Church of Groom, officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Mr. Sanders was born May 26, 1953, in Dumas. As an infant, his family moved to Pampa where he attended Pampa schools, graduating from Pampa High School in 1971. He attended West Texas State University, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology. He married Cheryl on Aug. 4, 1984, in Magic City. Bob worked for Tinney Lumber and Top O’ Texas Builders for several years before starting his own construction company. In 1987, he opened Sanders Construction which he owned up until the time of his death.

Bob enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews. He was a lighthearted, fun loving man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Lindon Sanders.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Sanders of the home; his son, Andy Starnes of White Deer; his mother, Wynola Sanders of Pampa; his brother, Gary Sanders and wife Amy of Amarillo and two sisters, Becky Dietz and husband Andy of Groom and Sandra Langford and husband Mark of Pampa.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the High Plains Food Bank, 815 Ross, Amarillo, Texas 79102.

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Varsity Girls Defeat Lady Eagles

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

By Rex Beck

The Does traveled to Fritch Tuesday, Dec.16, to face the Lady Eagles.

The Does got off to a slow start, trailing 10-6 after one quarter and took a 19-15 lead into the locker room at half.

The Does came out the second half and took control on the defensive end and outscored Fritch 19-6 in the third quarter to lead 38-21.

The Does continued to dominate in the fourth to win 50-27.

Cassidy Crutchfield scored 11 points, dished out six assists and had five steals. Merrit Mitchell added eight points and eight rebounds. Angela Parsley and Courtney Barrow each had six. Chancie King had five points. Rylee Brown and Karlee Vigil had four each. Destany Perriman, Skylar Freeman and Jaden Freeman had two apiece.

The Does forced over 20 turnovers and played good half-court defense for the win. The Does improved their record to 8-6. They hosted Miami on Friday, Dec. 19 and participated in the Canadian Tournament Dec. 29 and 30. The team will travel to Clarendon on Jan. 6. Everyone is invited to attend the games starting at 4 p.m. with the Junior Varsity Girls.

Nicklas Named To Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities And Colleges

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

EmilyNicklasOne hundred twenty-six Southwestern Oklahoma State University students on the Weatherford campus have been named to the 2015 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

The Who's Who award is one of the biggest academic honors on campus—students are selected from among some 900 seniors at SWOSU.
Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory select the students based on academic achievements, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

The SWOSU students will be honored at a reception on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. in the SWOSU Fine Arts Center on the Weatherford campus.
Among the students being honored is Emily Niclas. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at White Deer High School in 2011. She is the daughter of Jeff and Connie Nicklas of White Deer.

Grain Elevator Workshop Scheduled For Jan. 29 In Amarillo

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

By Kay Ledbetter

The Texas High Plains Grain Elevator Workshop will be held Jan. 29 at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, 8800 Interstate 40 W. in Amarillo, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

The meeting is set for 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., said Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo. Registration and fees are requested by Jan. 23. Checks and a registration form should be mailed to Ronda Fisher, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. W., Amarillo, Texas 79106. Make checks payable to: Tri-State Chapter of GEAPS.

Program topics and speakers include:
– Aeration, Dr. Carol Jones, Oklahoma State University agricultural engineer, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
– Dust management, Ben Kice, Kice Industries Inc., Wichita, Kansas.
– Stored grain, Jones.
– Laws and regulations, Steve Boston, Texas Department of Agriculture, Lubbock.
– Weed control, Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension, Amarillo.
– Worker protection standards, Brian Foote, Ag Producers Co-op, Sunray.
Continuing education units by the Texas Department of Agriculture for commercial, non-commercial and private applicator licensees are pending at this time, Bynum said.

For a registration form, go to:

The program is jointly sponsored by AgriLife Extension and the Tri-State Chapter of Grain Elevator and Processing Society. For more information and cost of registration fees, contact Fisher, 806-677-5600, or David Hoffman, president of the Tri-State Chapter, 806-676-3418.