Archive for June, 2015

White Deer’s Newest Eatery, Harrah’s Bar & Grille, Opens

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

IMG_6639aHarrah’s Bar & Grille had a soft opening June 18-20, 2015.

Staff from The White Deer News had the pleasure of being invited to eat on Thursday, June 18. The atmosphere is modern and fresh with décor in gray, red and black. We started out with an appetizer of fried pickles and a side of blue cheese dressing.

Chelly Helms, The News contributor said, “I absolutely loved the fried pickles. They were thinly sliced and had a light breading and put all other fried pickles to shame. I definitely recommend trying these tasty treats. The blue cheese dressing was nice and thick with actual chunks of blue cheese, just the way us lovers of blue cheese dressing like it. Harrah’s also has marvelous dinner rolls served with cinnamon butter. Be careful not to fill up on these before your meal comes because they are very addicting. I opted for the Friday Night Lights plate that consisted of a hand-breaded chicken fried steak, fried okra and homemade macaroni and cheese followed by a piece of turtle cheesecake. The chicken fried steak was amazing, fried to perfection and melted in my mouth. I would definitely recommend everyone try the Friday Night Lights. The turtle cheesecake was a chocolaty, caramel dream. Anyone who loves cheesecake needs to try this dessert. It was moist and creamy with lots of gooey chocolate and caramel. My husband had the 20 ounce rib-eye steak cooked medium rare with fried okra and green beans. He was extremely happy with the size, tenderness and flavor of his perfectly cooked steak. Let me tell you, this is a big steak. Come with a hearty appetite or you will need a to-go box. For his dessert he ordered the Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding but by the time it got there he realized his eyes were bigger than his stomach, so I took it home and enjoyed it the next day. This is a chocolate lovers’ dessert for sure. I enjoyed all the different layers of flavor…chocolate, white chocolate, bananas and the whiskey sauce made from scratch. This could be an indulgent meal all on its own.”

Harrah’s Bar & Grille had its official opening on June 22, 2015. The owners and staff invite everyone to come enjoy a meal and check out all they have to offer. They have a variety of food choices; from something light like salad and soups, finger foods such as burgers and pizza to Mexican food and expertly cooked steaks. Meals can be enjoyed inside or on their beautiful outdoor patio with its own fireplace.
Take out is also available by calling 883-5621 or stopping by at 208 Main Street, White Deer, Texas. In addition to lunch and dinner, Harrah’s also serves breakfast from 6:30-11 a.m. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. Harrah’s hours are Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The bar has separate hours of Monday-Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

City Of White Deer Plans Rabies Clinic

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

The City of White Deer will be holding a rabies clinic this Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the White Deer Fire Department.
Residents can bring their pets to get rabies shots for $12 per animal; Parvo/Distemper shots for $18 per animal or all three shots for $30 per animal.

In addition to receiving shots, pet owners can also purchase their required City Tag. The cost of the City Tag is $1 for a spayed or neutered pet and $3 if the animal is not spayed or neutered. The City Tag is a requirement for all pet owners and helps locate owners when a pet has been lost or escapes from its home.

Rabies is a viral illness spread via the saliva of an infected animal. This occurs usually through biting a human or another animal. The virus infects the brain and ultimately leads to death. After being bitten by a rabid animal, the virus is deposited in the muscle and subcutaneous tissue. For most of the incubation period (which is usually one to three months), the virus stays close to the exposure site. The virus then travels via peripheral nerves to the brain and from there, again via peripheral nerves, to nearly all parts of the body. Any mammal can spread rabies. In the United States, rabies is most often transmitted via the saliva of bats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks. The virus has also been found in cows, cats, ferrets, and horses. Symptoms can occur as fast as within the first week of the infection. The early symptoms of rabies are very generalized and include weakness, fever, and headaches. Without a history of a potential exposure to a rabid animal, these symptoms would not raise the suspicion of rabies as they are very similar to the common flu or other viral syndromes. The disease can then take two forms: 1. With paralytic rabies (approximately 20% of cases), the patient's muscles slowly get paralyzed (usually starting at the site of the bite), is the less common form and ends in coma and death. 2. With furious rabies (about 80% of cases), the patient exhibits the classic symptoms of rabies, such as anxiety and confusion (The patient is often overly active.); encephalitis, causing hallucinations, confusion, and coma; hyper-salivation; hydrophobia (fear and avoidance of water); difficulty swallowing. Once the clinical signs of rabies occur, the disease is nearly always fatal.

In the “furious” form, wild animals may appear to be agitated, bite or snap at imaginary and real objects, and drool excessively. In the “dumb” form, wild animals may appear tame and seem to have no fear of humans. There are other signs, such as the animal appearing excessively drunk or wobbly, circling, seeming partially paralyzed, acting disorientated, or mutilating itself. However, most of these signs can also be indicative of other diseases like distemper or lead poisoning. There are few behavioral signs that are telltale of rabies alone. If a typically nocturnal animal, such as a raccoon or skunk, is active during the day and exhibiting abnormal behavior, you should seek advice from your local animal control, humane society, wildlife rehabilitator or state wildlife agency.

Any warm-blooded mammal can carry or contract rabies, but the primary carriers in North America are raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes. Thanks to an increase in pet vaccinations, wildlife now account for more than 90 percent of all reported rabies cases.
Rabies tends to be more common in different species in different places but is certainly not limited to these trends: Raccoons suffer the most from this disease in the eastern United States. Skunks are the dominant rabies victims in the north- and south-central states, although skunk rabies also occurs in the East. Bats suffering from rabies are not limited to any particular area but scattered widely. Foxes in western Alaska, parts of Arizona and Texas and the eastern U.S. are victims more frequently than foxes in other areas. Coyotes with rabies have been found in southern Texas in the past but rarely in recent years. Rodents (squirrels, chipmunks, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs), rabbits and hares rarely get rabies and have not been known to cause rabies among humans in the U.S. Squirrels may suffer from the fatal roundworm brain parasite which causes signs that look exactly like rabies.

Opossums are amazingly resistant to rabies. Hissing, drooling and swaying are part of the opossum’s bluff routine. It is intended to scare away potential predators, yet it looks just like rabies and is the reason people can be convinced they’re seeing “rabid opossums” when they’re not.

Despite the long odds of contracting rabies, the remote possibility of infection exists and should not be taken lightly:
● Don’t approach or handle wild animals.

● Vaccinate your pets—cats and dogs both—and any free-roaming cats under your care.

● If you see a wild animal that may be sick, contact your local animal control, veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator for help. Don’t handle sick wildlife!

● If anyone is bitten by any wild animal, get medical advice from a doctor or health department immediately.

● If your pet is bitten by any wild animal, get medical advice from your veterinarian immediately.

● Scrub any bite wound immediately and aggressively with soap and water, use antiseptic soap such as betadine or Nolvasan®, if available. Flush the wound thoroughly with water.

● If anyone is bitten by a potentially rabid animal, scrub and flush the wound then go to your doctor or an emergency room.

● If possible, the animal should be captured and tested for rabies. Unless you can do it without risking further bites, leave this task to animal control professionals.

● If you find a bat in a room where someone was sleeping or where children might have had contact with him, the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you assume the bat has bitten the sleeper or children and take the step for a known bite. CDC suspects that adults may overlook and children may underreport the bites of tiny bat teeth.

● Timely treatment after a bite or other exposure is 100 percent effective. The very few people who die from rabies are those who don’t get timely treatment.

There have been a few skunks seen on the south part of town during the daylight hours, so please be aware when outside. Keeping grass and weeds cut down will help and deter wild animals from hiding in your yard.

Alvin Floyd Cornelison

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Alvin Floyd Cornelison, 93, died June 23, 2015, in Pampa.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 26, at Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel, with Lee Cornelison, his son, officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery with military honors courtesy of U.S. Army. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

Mr. Cornelison was born July 13, 1921, in Forsythe, Mo. Alvin had been a resident of Pampa since 1946. He married Naomi Lee “Scottie” Medley on Feb. 3, 1947, in Pampa. She preceded him in death on May 10, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II as a motorcycle messenger in the 804th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He worked for Northern Natural Gas as a compressor engineer for 37 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Paula Burns and Peggy Adkins and husband Jim, all of Pampa, and Donna Gordy of Skellytown; a son, Lee Cornelison and wife Brenda of Pampa; six grandchildren, Michelle Duvall, Troyce Reeves, Stacie Furgason, Brady Burns, Jeanine Malone and Jeff Adkins; 17 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Missions, PO Box 621, Pampa, Texas 79066-0621.

James Paul Thurmond

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

James Paul Thurmond, 40, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Sapulpa, Okla.

Paul was born in Tulia, on April 30, 1975, to James and Pamela Joy (Denny) Thurmond. He graduated from White Deer High School in 1993. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Micro Biology from Texas Tech and his Masters Degree in Laboratory Technology from Arizona State. Paul worked for St. Johns Medical Center as a Medical Technologist. When he was in high school he played tennis and ran track. In his spare time he enjoyed playing with remote control racing cars, fishing, hiking and playing his guitar. He had a big heart and everyone he met loved him. He enjoyed life.

Survivors include his parents, James and Pamela Thurmond; his two sisters, Jenny Knocke and her husband, Nick, of Jenks, Okla. and Angela Jackson and her husband, Brian, of Omaha, Neb., along with several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Memorial services are at 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, 2015; at the Jenks First Baptist Church at 11701 S. Elm Street, Jenks, Okla. Reverend Rick Frie will officiate.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to Wounded Warriors or St. Jude's Research Hospital.

Arrangements were entrusted to Schaudt’s Glenpool Funeral Service & Cremation Care. Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences to the family online at

Glenna Sealy Haiduk

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Glenna Sealy Haiduk 1927 - 2015

Glenna Sealy Haiduk
1927 - 2015

Glenna Sealy Haiduk, 87, of Lubbock, passed from this life on June 17, 2015, in Lubbock.

Graveside services were Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Sacred Heart Cemetery in White Deer. Arrangements were by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

Glenna was born Sept. 17, 1927, to Clyde and Ollie Mae Watson Whitaker in Jones County, Texas. She graduated from both Hamlin High School and Shallowater High School and attended West Texas State University in Canyon and design school in Dallas. Glenna was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shallowater, where she resided until 1997. She married Gilbert R. “Bert” Haiduk on April 14 in 1997, and they have resided in Lubbock for the past 18 years.

For 53 years, Glenna enjoyed working in the field of design, from the lumber yard to retail sales in tile, flooring and wallpaper, among other aspects of decorating. Glenna was a longtime member of Delta Theta Chi Sorority which she joined in 1960.

Survivors include her husband, Bert Haiduk, of the home; a sister, Clydene Hay of Lubbock; a nephew, Art Hay and wife Nancy of Fort Worth; a niece, Donna Hay of Lubbock; two great nieces, Julie Hay and Harper Grace Hay; a great nephew, Charlie Hay; and seven stepchildren.

Memorials may be made to favorite charity.

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City-Wide Aerial Spraying Planned For Mosquito Control

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

By Terry Coffee, Interim City Manager

The City of Panhandle is considering aerial spraying for mosquitoes. With the recent rains and the amounts of water in and around Panhandle the mosquito population is getting ahead of our ground spraying.

For now, this will be a onetime application with the possibility of spraying again should the rains continue. We will still continue our ground spraying here in town, but there are also some things you can do to help us. We need citizens to keep their yards mowed and to treat your yards when you can.

We will be using the same chemical we use in our ground machine, Malathion. It is used in what is called ULV, Ultra Low Volume, and is being used around the country to keep mosquitoes down as well as the threat of West Nile Virus. Dallas and other large cities also use this method today. We also have several cities around us that use aerial spraying, and the only complaint they receive is when they don’t spray. After hurricanes in Florida, they use the spraying for longer periods of time and for many hours of the day.

This has been proven to be a quick and safe method for ridding cities of mosquitoes. It will allow for a larger area to be covered. There are still many alleyways that we can’t get down to spray with our ground machine, and this would help control the mosquitoes.

We want to give the public plenty of notice before we do this. This article, as well as, notices on your water bill, the city TV channel, possibly text blasts from the city and school will be used to notify all of you. The only thing you the public need to do is cover your backyard fish ponds and bring your pet’s outside food and water indoors. This spraying chemical is safe for humans and pets, however we suggest that you bring your pets indoors during the hour that we spray.

Remember, this is the same spray we are using in our ground machine, but the aerial spraying will allow us to cover a much larger area. Other cities I checked with only give a 24 hour notice, but we wanted our citizens to be more informed. Our first spray date will be Thursday, July 2. The spraying will take place at 6:30 a.m. and will take no more than an hour. If the wind is too high that morning, we will schedule for another day.

We want our citizens to be informed. We ground spray, but this season we need to be more aggressive, and this is the safest way to stop mosquito population and get on top of controlling the infestation again.

Panhandle EMS Plans Open House Sunday

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

The Panhandle Emergency Medical Service (EMS) will be hosting an open house of its new facilities this Sunday afternoon, June 28, from 2 to 4 o’clock. In case, you aren’t familiar with the EMS’s new location, they are located at 201 E. 7th Street, north of Allsups.

The open house is a come and go event and will allow visitors to view the new offices, classroom, bath and laundry facilities, sleeping quarters and ambulance bays. The ambulances will also be on site for public viewing.

The EMS is funded by the City of Panhandle, but not all needs of extra equipment and niceties can be met by the City or its taxpayers. A special fund has been set up by the “Friends of Panhandle EMS” to meet those needs with donations and/or memorials.

The new EMS facilities are still in need of housekeeping essentials such as towel racks, laundry hampers/baskets, bath-size trash cans, shower-size towels, cooking utensils and mirrors. A donation box will be available during the open house to assist the EMS with its extra needs.


Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Panhandle City Hall has changed its hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. effective immediately.

City Hall will be open during lunch for the convenience of its citizens to conduct business and/or pay utility bills.

Bichsel And Sherwood Recognized For Installation In State Organizations

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Disclaimer: These minutes have not yet been approved by the Commissioner’s Court so the consent or clerical errors may be corrected after review by the court in the next general session.

The Honorable Commissioner’s Court of Carson County met in regular session at the courthouse on June 22, 2015.

Those present included Judge Dan Looten, Commissioners Mike Britten-Pct.1, James Martin-Pct. 2, Mike Jennings-Pct. 3 and Kevin Howell- Pct. 4.

Commissioner Martin then asked the court to acknowledge that Celeste Bichsel was installed as Vice President of the County and District’s Clerks Association of Texas on June 27, 2017 and that Scott Sherwood was installed as a board member on the State Bar of Texas.

The court reviewed the minutes from June 8, 2015. A correction was made to item number 11 and then Commissioner Martin made a motion to approve the corrected minutes. Commissioner Jennings seconded this motion and the motion carried.

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

Then Treasurer Denise Salzbrenner submitted the May financial report. Commissioner Martin made a motion to approve the report and Commissioner Jennings seconded the motion. The motion was carried by the court.

Discussion ensued on making policy using FLS 407 Defining Work Time Agreement and FLS 871 Rounding of Hours Worked. Mrs. Salzbrenner asked the court to consider adopting policy 871 rounding hours of worked as prescribed by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Commissioner Britten made a motion to Adopt FLS 871 rounding of hours worked as the standard for Carson County and Commissioner Howell seconded the motion. The motion was carried by the court.

Discussion then ensued on a Surety Bond. Mrs. Salzbrenner asked the court to approve Pat Wyatt’s bond as Assistant Treasurer from Sept. 30, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016. Commissioner Jennings made a motion to approve the bond as requested. Commissioner Britten seconded the motion and the motion was carried by the court.

Discussion was held concerning the release of CUSIP 3133XWNBI and pledge of CUSIP 912828RF9. Mrs. Salzbrenner informed the court that she had Happy State Bank release CUSIP #3133XWNB1 for $300,000 and it was replaced with CUSIP #912828RF9. No action was taken by the court.

Judge Looten then informed the Court that the Carson County Historical Commission has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. He presented the award to Linda and Mike Germany on behalf of the Carson County Historical Commission.

Discussion was held about a Utility Easement. Jason and Karissa Davis asked the court to consider granting them a utility easement in Section 69, Block 2, Tyler Tap Railroad Company Survey. Commissioner Martin made a motion to approve the utility easement. Commissioner Howell seconded this motion and the motion was carried by the court.

Judge Looten informed the court that the county has a piece of land adjacent to the Davis property that they would like to purchase for access to a house. County Attorney Sherwood advised that the property is not a county road and can be sold to the adjacent landowner, but must be sold for the appraised value. Commissioner Howell made a motion to legally transfer the property to Mr. and Mrs. Davis upon receipt of appraisal. Commissioner Britten seconded the motion and the motion was carried by the court.

Then Brenda Vermillion, Emergency Management Coordinator, asked the court to approve a new Safety Resolution. Commissioner Martin made a motion to accept the resolution and Commissioner Howell seconded. The motion was carried by the court.

Discussion then ensued on equipment purchase for Precinct 3. Commissioner Jennings informed the court that he is looking to purchase one or two maintainers. Commissioner Britten made a motion to allow the purchase. Commissioner Martin seconded the motion and the motion was carried by the court.

The renovations to the Ag Barn was discussed with Judge Looten giving an overview the renovations. Commissioner Jennings made a motion to declare the guardrails and concrete as salvage and have it hauled away. Commissioner Martin seconded this motion and the motion was carried by the court.

Judge Looten then declared that the Fourth of July celebration setup will be on the morning of Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Judge Looten told the court that the budget workshop needed to be scheduled. Commissioner Britten made a motion to set the Budget Workshop on July 9, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Commissioner Howell seconded this motion and the motion was carried by the court.

Commissioner Jennings then made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Martin seconded the motion and the motion was carried by the court.

The Commissioners Court meet in regular session on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. The next regular meeting will be July 13 at 10 a.m.

Elizabeth Ann Steele

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Elizabeth Ann Steele 1945 - 2015

Elizabeth Ann Steele
1945 - 2015

Heaven gained a new angel on June 16, 2015, when the Lord called Elizabeth Ann Steele home. She was born on Jan. 7, 1945, to loving parents Clyde and Gladys Shoemaker in Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas. She had six brothers and sisters. Elizabeth spent much of her youth in Colorado City where she had many fond memories of brushing her grandfather's snow white hair, attending the picture show, to playing with her siblings Clydine, Johnny, and Ronnie.

As a young adult she made her home in Clyde raising her two young daughters. In Clyde, is where she met her husband John Steele when he asked her to go get a coke. They would marry on Feb. 13, 1971, in Clyde. Together with their four daughters, they would make their home in Tulsa, Okla. before moving to White Settlement, Texas and eventually making their home in Clyde. They added two more daughters to the family. Elizabeth worked at Timex before she and John started their business manufacturing printing equipment. She enjoyed taking long drives and playing Canasta, but her greatest joy was her grandchildren. She was not just a Granny but a Great-Granny experiencing the joy of great-grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren brought much love and joy into her life.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents Clyde and Gladys Shoemaker, stepfather Roby Barnard, sister Charlotte Hazel Bradford and brothers-in-law Raymond Moore, Bobby Bradford, Walter Johnson and Lewis Lassiter.

Elizabeth, is survived by her husband of forty-four years, John Steele; her children, Donna and husband Eddie Graham, Robin and husband Billy Dezern, Rhonda and husband Jay Woodard and Jennifer and husband, Jason Fanning, all of Clyde, Angela Martinez and Stephanie and husband Kent Bell of Panhandle; grandchildren, Nikki Graham and wife Lisa Byers, Misti and husband Joe Salas, Cody Dezern, Aaron and wife Brianna Martinez, Laci Graham, Brooke Dezern, Ashley and husband Anthony Terrell, Rebecca Woodard, Michael Woodard, John Fanning, Brennan Bell, Mason Bell, Josh and Stacey Glosson; and one grandchild, Jacob Bell will soon join the love; great-grandchildren Madelyn, London and Sebastian Salas and Kadance and Kylee Glosson. She is also survived by her siblings, Mary Moore of Artesia, N.M., Lona Mae Johnson of Abilene, Texas, Clydine Lassiter of Inman, S.C., Johnny and wife Chryl Shoemaker of Conroe, Texas and Ronnie and wife Irene Shoemaker of Hamlin, Texas. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Friday at Bailey-Howard Funeral Home in Clyde, with Kathy Edwards officiating. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Clyde Volunteer Fire Department or Hendrick Hospice.

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