Archive for March, 2015

Carson County District Court Hears Three Pleas

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Panhandle– On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, three pleas took place in Carson 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.

1. Jacob Alan Barnes was convicted for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to six years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ.

Barnes, 33-year-old resident of Childress, was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on Oct. 3, 2014 after being arrested on July 12, 2014 by Childress Police Officer Todd Gambol.

“Officer Gambol conducted a thorough DWI investigation on an offender who had other pending DWI felony cases in other districts,” said Inman. “Gambol’s hard work resulted in the plea without the necessity of a jury trial.”

Barnes was scheduled for a jury trial in Childress County on April 21, 2015.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Barnes was required to pay a fine of $1,000 to Childress County, $429 in court costs and $60 restitution.

2. Anselmo Garcia Silva, Jr., pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was sentenced to 10 months in the Collingsworth County Jail for the Class A misdemeanor offense of theft.

On Oct. 1, 2014, Silva, 36, from Wellington, originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on March 31, 2014, in Collingsworth County.

The State filed the motion on Jan. 6, 2015, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Silva is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Collingsworth County, a $250 fine, and $300 restitution.

3. Sompong Sybounleuang was placed on probation for the third degree felony offense of possession of marijuana for a period of five years.

Sybounleuang, 50-year-old resident of Fresno, Calif., was indicted by a Carson County Grand Jury on Dec. 4, 2014 after being arrested on Feb. 26, 2014 by DPS Trooper Casey Dawson.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Sybounleuang was required to pay a fine of $5,000 to Carson County, $336 in court costs, $180 restitution, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Sybounleuang violates probation, he faces up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Childress County District Court Sentences Four

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Childress– On Monday, March 30, 2015, four pleas took place in Childress County, Texas.

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

1. Thomas Neal Beck pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was sentenced to 20 months in the State Jail Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the state jail felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.

On Dec. 11, 2014, Beck, 41, from Childress, originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on June 30, 2014, in Childress County.
The State filed the motion on March 30, 2015, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Beck is also required to pay $400.50 in court costs to Childress County, a $3,000 fine, and $180 restitution.

2. Justin Scott Killough pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke and was sentenced to five years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the third felony offense of continuous family violence.

On April 8, 2013, Killough, 24, originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on July 10, 2010, in Donley County.

The State filed the motion on March 6, 2014, alleging seven violations of community supervision.

Killough is also required to pay $689 in court costs to Donley County, a $1,000 fine, and $451.22 restitution.

3. David John Ludd, Jr. pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Adjudicate and was sentenced to 12 months in the State Jail Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the state jail felony offense of possession of marihuana.

On Feb. 25, 2014, Ludd, 26, originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on Nov.15, 2013, in Childress County.

The State filed the motion on March 19, 2015, alleging five violations of community supervision.

Ludd is also required to pay $390.50 in court costs to Childress County, a $2,000 fine, and $140 restitution.

4. March Anthony Frost, Jr. was convicted for the third degree felony offense of unlawful possession of a firearm and was sentenced to ten years in the Institutional Division of TDCJ, but the sentence was probated for a period three years.

Frost, 24-year-old resident of Childress, was indicted by a Childress County Grand Jury on March 3, 2015, after Childress County Deputy Mike Warren investigated the case.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Frost was required to pay a fine of $3,000 to Childress County, $353 in court costs, and successfully complete 200 hours of community service. If Frost violates probation, he faces up to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the TDCJ.

Carson County Grand Jury Indicts 14

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Carson County Grand Jury met on March 26, 2015, and indicted the following:

1. Anou Lo, Possession of Marijuana (POM), third degree, on July 29, 2014.

2. Kenneth Rivers, Possession of Controlled Substance (PCS), Felony* (F* - punishment of 10 to 99 years or life in prison), on Aug. 19, 2014.

3. Charles Glenn Spencer, PCS, third degree, on Sept. 16, 2014.

4. Jade Scott Yorker, POM, State Jail Felony (SJF), on Sept. 6, 2013.

5. Jason Theadato Yorker, POM, SJF, on Sept. 6, 2013.

6. Odniel Gonzales, PCS with Intent to Deliver, F*, on Oct. 17, 2014.

7. Odniel Gonzales, PCS with Intent to Deliver, F*, on Oct. 17, 2014. (second charge)

8. Elmer Jaciel Osorio, PCS, F*, on Aug. 21, 2014.

9. Daniel Dastro Gallardo, Jr., PCS, F*, on Nov. 20, 2014.

10. Michael Vincent Daily, PCS, SJF, on July 20, 2014.

11. Patricia Kaye Moreno, POM, 2nd degree, on May 8, 2014.

12. Tina Marie McGee, POM, 2nd degree, on May 8, 2014.

13. Bryan Oneal Wheeler, Evading Arrest, 3rd degree and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (UUMV), SJF, on Dec. 31, 2014.

14. Mark Lebaron Traylor, UUMV, SJF and Tampering with Government Record, SJF, on Dec. 22, 2014.

15. Ethel Tina Renee Bone-Smith, Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Against Public Servant x4, 1st degree, and Deadly Conduct, 3rd degree, on Feb. 28, 2015.

Officer Brassfield To Travel To Dominican Republic

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Panhandle School Resource Officer Drew Brassfield will be traveling with a group from West Texas A&M University to the Dominican Republic (DR) in May. He will be working with at-risk youth and studying Human Trafficking at its core.

Humans are the second most exported “good” from the DR, right behind opium.

The children Officer Brassfield will be working with live in the agricultural areas where there are no schools.

With little or no education, it’s no surprise that these children are prime targets for human trafficking.

Officer Brassfield has challenged his class to raise school supply donations for the youth he will be working with in the DR in an effort to share this experience with the students of Panhandle High School.

The supplies that are requested are: pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, colored pencils, markers, chalk, glue, scissors, backpacks, paper, construction paper, coloring books (preferably in Spanish), pencil sharpeners, scotch tape, rulers, notebooks, staplers, staples, puppets, Spanish to Spanish dictionaries, silly putty or clay.

Supply donations may be taken to Panhandle High School, Jr. High and Elementary, Panhandle Thriftway or City Hall.

Money may be donated at Panhandle Thriftway, Panhandle Dairy Queen, Subway, Panhandle Drug Store, Family Care Clinic, Happy State Bank – Panhandle Branch or online at http://www.gofundme.com/p2aofw. All money raised will fund the transporting of the supplies to the Dominican Republic.

Officer Brassfield says, “I am not asking for money to pay for my trip or for money to buy me personal supplies. This money will go directly to supporting the work our group from WTAMU is doing with CSA in the DR.”

All supplies and monetary donations will be accepted from April 1 through April 30, 2015.

If you are unable to donate, please feel free to forward this information on to those who may be in a position to lend a helping hand.
Officer Brassfield added, “Thank you for all that you do for our criminal justice families, vulnerable populations, our children and the world at-large. You truly do make a difference!”

USDA Implements 2014 Farm Bill Provision To Limit Payments To Non-Farmers

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on March 24, 2015, a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. In the Farm Bill, Congress gave USDA the authority to address this loophole for joint ventures and general partnerships, while exempting family farm operations from being impacted by the new rule USDA ultimately implements.

“We want to make sure that farm program payments are going to the farmers and farm families that they are intended to help. So we’ve taken the steps to do that, to the extent that the Farm Bill allows,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The Farm Bill gave USDA the authority to limit farm program payments to individuals who are not actively engaged in the management of the farming operation on non-family farms. This helps close a loophole that has been taken advantage of by some larger joint ventures and general partnerships.”

The current definition of “actively engaged” for managers, established in 1987, is broad, allowing individuals with little to no contributions to critical farm management decisions to receive safety-net payments if they are classified as farm managers, and for some operations there were an unlimited number of managers that could receive payments.

The proposed rule seeks to close this loophole to the extent possible within the guidelines required by the 2014 Farm Bill. Under the proposed rule, non-family joint ventures and general partnerships must document that their managers are making significant contributions to the farming operation, defined as 500 hours of substantial management work per year, or 25 percent of the critical management time necessary for the success of the farming operation. Many operations will be limited to only one manager who can receive a safety-net payment. Operators that can demonstrate they are large and complex could be allowed payments for up to three managers only if they can show all three are actively and substantially engaged in farm operations. The changes specified in the rule would apply to payment eligibility for 2016 and subsequent crop years for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs, loan deficiency payments and marketing loan gains realized via the Marketing Assistance Loan program.

As mandated by Congress, family farms will not be impacted. There will also be no change to existing rules for contributions to land, capital, equipment or labor. Only non-family farm general partnerships or joint ventures comprised of more than one member will be impacted by this proposed rule.

Stakeholders interested in commenting on the proposed definition and changes are encouraged to provide written comments at www.regulations.gov by May 26, 2015. The proposed rule is available at http://go.usa.gov/3C6Kk.

Tuesday’s proposal was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets or rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill. To learn more about Farm Service Agency, visit www.fsa.usda.gov.

Varsity Boys’ Track Team Wins WT Comanche Relays

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The High School Track and Field Teams traveled to Stinnett last Friday for the West Texas Comanche Relays. The Varsity Boys ranked first place with 139 points. The Varsity Girls ranked second place with 100.83 points and the Junior Varsity Boys ranked third place with 120.66 points. The results of the events in each division are listed below.

Varsity Boys
100 Meter Dash: 1. Tristyn Hopkins 11.21
200 Meter Dash: 1. Seth Wood 22.56
400 Meter Dash: 1. S. Wood 51.28, 3. Patrick Shadid 53.84, 7. Trehern McGill 57.00
800 Meter Run: 6. JJ Gonzalez 2:20.91
1600 Meter Run: 5. Gonzalez 5:23.93, 8. Bryce Cathey 5:37.06
3200 Meter Run: 3. Cathey 12:13.36
110 Meter Hurdles: 7. Clayton Wood 18.93
300 Meter Hurdles: 9. C. Wood 46.25, 10. Josh Oliver 46.97
4X100 Meter Relay: 1. Oliver, Riley Graham, Hopkins, Shadid 44.18
4X200 Meter Relay: 1. Oliver, Graham, Hopkins, Jett Cates 1:35.41
4X400 Meter Relay: 1. Graham, C. Wood, McGill, ? 3:32.96
High Jump: 7. Shadid 5’4”
Long Jump: 1. S. Wood 21’, 4. Shadid 19’1.5”
Triple Jump: 2. S. Wood 39’8.75”, 3. Oliver 39’6”
Shot Put: 3. Elijah Tompkins 43’6”

Varsity Girls
100 Meter Dash: 14. Katelyn Lacy 15.43
200 Meter Dash: 6. Carley Hale 29.24, 12. Kennedy Helfenbein 30.02, 21. Kami Witt 58.25
400 Meter Dash: 6. Weslyn Urquhart 1:08.56
800 Meter Run: 5. Tanya Pavez 2:44.22
1600 Meter Run: 4. Angel Gonzalez 6:31.06
3200 Meter Run: 6. Madison Kauk 15:36.37
100 Meter Hurdles: 7. Callie James tied coincidentally with Allie James from Stratford 18.80
300 Meter Hurdles: 5. Casey Hicks 53.08, 8. James 54.14
4X100 Meter Relay: 2. Hunter Heck, Helfenbein, James, Witt 52.66
4X200 Meter Relay: 2. Hale, Heck, Helfenbein, Witt 1:52.93
4X400 Meter Relay: 2. Heck, Hicks, Pavez, Urquhart 4:25.68
High Jump: 4. Hale 4’6”
Pole Vault: 4. Heck 8’6”, 5. Kamryn Roberts 7’6”
Long Jump: 3. Lacy 14’8”, 5. Hale 14’1.5”, 16. Karson Powers 11’5.75”
Triple Jump: 2. James 33’8”, 4. Urquhart 32’10.5”, 7. Helfenbein 29’9.5”
Shot Put: 1. Brooklyn Tompkins 34’9”
Discus: Tompkins 96’7”

Junior Varsity Boys
100 Meter Dash: 4. Jayden Shaver 12.60, 8. Dawson Hackett 12.94, 9. James-Michael Rogers 13.21, 10. Braedyn Kowalewski 13.41
200 Meter Dash: 9. Rogers 27.54, 10. Kowalewski 27.84
400 Meter Dash: 5. Red Hughey 58.87, 9. Mason Reynolds 1:02.90, 13. Kaden Lynch 1:06.72
800 Meter Run: 4. Ethan Neil 2:22.52, 7. Reynolds 2:31.21
1600 Meter Run: 3. Cobi Pace 5:47.84, 6. Brennan Freeman 6:05.44, 7. Pryce Neuwirth 6:29.56
3200 Meter Run: 4. Pace 12:58.30, 6. Freeman 14:21.96, 7. Neuwirth 14:56.02
110 Meter Hurdles: 2. Noah Ford 21.46, 3. Corey Stribling 21.72, 4. Hunter Whitmire 23.34
300 Meter Hurdles: 5. Ford 51.31, 6. Stribling 52.02, 7. Whitmire 58.15
4X100 Meter Relay: Layton Lamberson, Colby Neeley, Reece Graham, Jayden Shaver 47.37
4X200 Meter Relay: 4. Neeley, Graham, Shaver, Hackett 1:46.18
4X400 Meter Relay: 1. Lamberson, Neeley, Graham, Sam McKinley 3:49.68
Pole Vault: 3. Hackett 8’6”, 4. Ford 8’
Long Jump: 6. Shaver 17’3”, 9. Kowalewski 16’1.25”, 10. Lamberson 16’1”
Triple Jump: 4. Rogers 34’5.25”, 5. McKinley 34’2.75”
Shot Put: 3. Ashton Canida 36’11”
Discus: 1. G. Barnett 119’.5”

PHS Golf Teams Take To The Links In West Texas High & Childress Tournaments

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

On March 3, the Panhandle High School Boys’ and Girls’ Golf teams competed in the West Texas High School Invitational Tournament at Phillips Municipal Golf Course in Borger.

The girls shot a team total of 472. Team members competing were Emily Jones 105, Lacie Townsend 109; Westin Ray 125 and MacKenzie Leach 133.

The Boys’ A team came in first in the tournament with a team total of 325. JR McCoid shot a 77 and was the second place medalist and Carson Brown shot a 78 for the third place medal.

Other team members competing were Logan Lamberson 85, Cannon White 85 and Dawson Hackett 91.

The Boys’ B team members were Ethan Neil 87, Gavien McCoid 104, Patrick McElhannon 129, Cole Bacon 130, Garrett McIroy 132, Ashton Canida 134 and Pryce Neuwirth 135.

The PHS Boys’ and Girls’ Golf Teams competed at Childress on March 16 and 17.

The Girls’ team placed third with a team total of 449. Jones shot a 103, Ray 109, Townsend 112 and Leach 125.

The PHS Boys’ A team placed first in the tournament with JR McCoid scoring a 74 to be the first place medalist. Lamberson shot a 83, White 83, Treh McGill 84 and Neil 96.

The PHS Boys B team also competed with Hackett shooting a 96, Lamberson 90, Josh Oliver 101, Triston Inman 103, G. McCoid 106 and McElhannon 133.

Panhandle Junior High Track Teams Compete At Bobcat Relays

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Junior High Track and Field Teams traveled to Sunray for the Bobcat Relays on March 6. Below are the results of each division.

The Seventh Grade Boys’ Team took fifth place with 33 points overall. The results of each event are as follows.
400 Meter Dash: 4. Thane Adams – 1:07.26
110 Meter Hurdles: 3. Colby Hall – 21.32; 7. Jayson Jones – 23.33
300 Meter Hurdles: 3. Hall – 51.82
800 Meter Run: 3. Houston Heck – 2:30.42; 6. Zach Baze – 2:42.31
4X200 Meter Relay: 2. Baze, Maverick Hale, Heck, Adams – 1:58.58
4X400 Meter Relay: 3. Adams, Hale, Hall, Heck – 4:28.78

The Eighth Grade Boys’ Team ranked fourth place with 60 points overall. The results of each event are as follows.
200 Meter Dash: 6. Ethan Shadid – 27.28
110 Meter Hurdles: 7. Brayden Kingston – 21.32
300 Meter Hurdles: 7. Braden Durst – 51.91
800 Meter Run: 5. Mack Leven – 2:42.82
4X100 Meter Relay: 4. Joe Smith, Kolden Segura, Dallan Jones, Kingston -54:77
4X200 Meter Relay: 3. Durst, Colton Purvines, Shadid, Luke Ray
4X400 Meter Relay: 4. Purvines, Durst, Baylee Ogletree, Ray – 4:18.33

The Seventh Grade Girls’ Team ranked third with 87 points overall. The results of each event are as follows.
100 Meter Dash: 4. Rebecca Urbanczyk – 15.18
200 Meter Dash: 5. Kinley Graham - 33.07; 7. Megan Anderson – 33.90
400 Meter Dash: 5. Riley Hedrick – 1:16.87; 6. Madilyn Cathey – 1:19.38
800 Meter Run: 3. Brayleigh McGill – 2:51.10; 5. Cathey – 2:59.45; 7. Evee Horner – 3:00.67
4X100 Meter Relay: 2. Hedrick, (names of others were not available as of press time) – 59.47
4X200 Meter Relay: 2. Graham, (names of others were not available as of press time) – 2:06.37
4X400 Meter Relay: 2. McGill, (names of others were not available as of press time) – 4:53.06

The Eighth Grade Girls’ Team ranked second with 73 points overall. The results of each event are as follows.
200 Meter Dash: 3. Gabby Bonner – 31.25; 4. Lynzee Keys – 31.39; 5. Ally McGaha – 31.46
400 Meter Dash: 2. McGaha – 1:14.16
800 Meter Run: 4. Alexis Corbitt – 2:56.39; 6. Autumn Gonzalez – 3:05.35
4X100 Meter Relay: 1. Bonner, (names of others were not available as of press time) – 57.12
4X200 Meter Relay: 1. Reining, (names of others were not available as of press time) – 2:00.37
4X400 Meter Relay: 3. Lainey Choate, (names of others were not available as of press time) – 4:55.60

Tucker Wise Places Second In Panhandle Open

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

tucker wiseIn the Panhandle Open at Canyon last week, the high school tennis teams, coached by Cory Lynch, ended up with mixed results.

In the Boys’ Singles, Tucker Wise defeated Brown from Tulia 8-4, McIntyre from Spearman 8-4, Tamrakar from Quanah 8-1 and DeLeon from Tulia 8-2. Wise lost twice to Gomez from Tulia 8-9 and 5-7.

Andrew Smith lost to Kern from Nazareth 0-8, and to Briere from Tulia 7-9.

In the Boys’ Doubles, James Rogers and Cobi Pace defeated Harp and Lopez from Sunray 8-1, but lost to Johnson and Morrow from Claude 2-8.

In the Mixed Doubles, Sarah Clay and Gage Alexander defeated Morris and Stone from Sunray 9-7 and Wells and Monroe from Hedley 8-0, but lost to Anderson and Herrera from Sunray 2-8 and Menefield and Castillo from Wheeler 5-8.

Colby Neeley and Amy Schilling lost to Anderson and Herrera 2-8 and Montanez and Chasco from Tulia 3-8.

In the Girls’ Doubles, Jessica McCoy and Madi Hall defeated Osborn and Thornton from Claude 8-6 and Elliott and Hughes also from Claude 8-3, but lost to Dockray and Northcutt from Canadian 1-8 and Schulte and Damron from Nazareth 0-8.

Childcare Facility Coming To Garretson Center

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Garretson Center Board of Directors gathered last Monday night to discuss the upcoming daycare that will be located in the facility.
Licensed daycare provider, Carrie Lesley, was there also. Mrs. Lesley and her husband, Kelly, own a successful daycare center in Amarillo. Mrs. Lesley will be in charge of the Garretson Daycare Center, projected to be fully operating by mid-summer of this year.

There will be a community meeting at Garretson Center on April 12 at 3 p.m. that all prospective parents of young children and prospective employees of the daycare are invited to attend.

The Directors of Garretson Center also discussed a future fundraiser and the success of the Senior Meals that they provide each week for members of the community. They are serving anywhere from 50 to 60 meals every Tuesday and every Thursday. An approximation given is that half of the meals are enjoyed at the Center, while the other half is either take-out orders or delivery.

The Board of Directors would like to remind the community that monetary gifts or memorials to Garretson Center may be made, and the money will go toward a meal for someone in need.

Mayor Doyle Robinson discussed the possibility of a future retirement center coming to the town of Panhandle and a tour of surrounding senior retirement centers.

The directors stated that the Claude Bridge Group recently met for a game of cards and social gathering in the beautiful facility. Other local clubs and groups are encouraged to utilize the building for a reasonable fee.