Archive for July, 2015

Hall County District Court Sentences Two To TDCJ

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Memphis– On Thursday, July 30, 2015, two pleas took place in Hall County, Texas.

Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, prosecuted the cases for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Dan Mike Bird presiding by assignment.

1. Lorenzo Soto Salazar pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke Guilt and was sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the third degree felony offense of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more.

On July 2, 2012, Salazar originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on September 2, 2007, in Hall County, when he was arrested by DPS Trooper Joe Cannon.

The State filed the motion to revoke on June 1, 2015, alleging eight violations of community supervision.

Salazar is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County and a $3,000 fine.

2. Salazar also pleaded true to allegations listed in the State’s Motion to Revoke Guilt and was sentenced to four years in the Institutional Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the third degree felony offense of failure to appear.

On July 2, 2012, Salazar originally pleaded guilty to offense that occurred on Oct. 14, 2008, in Hall County.

The State filed the motion to revoke on June 1, 2015, alleging six violations of community supervision.

Salazar is also required to pay $376 in court costs to Hall County.

Tons Of Fun At The Annual White Deer Rodeo, Parade And Kick Back Day

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

White Deer Rodeo Parade’s Grand Marshall this year was K. Ray Armstrong.  Photo courtesy of Linda Robertson

White Deer Rodeo Parade’s Grand Marshall this year was K. Ray Armstrong.
Photo courtesy of Linda Robertson

White Deer’s annual Rodeo Parade and Kick Back Day were held this past Saturday, July 25.

The day’s festivities started off at 8 a.m. with the White Deer Cheerleaders’ Second Annual Splash Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk. Those brave enough to sign up had a nice run/walk that included getting sprayed by hoses and water guns. The WDHS Cheerleaders thank everyone who participated.

The parade registration began at 9 a.m. and the High School Ag parking lot filled up quickly, as they had more than 25 entries for this year’s parade.

Frank Diggs looked very patriotic in his military uniform followed by two soldiers carrying the United States flag and the Texas flag and a lone bagpipe player. See page 17.

Following the parade, Kick Back Day started off with David Swafford playing great music under the gazebo. There were many great food vendors and merchandise booths along with a silent auction. There was a bouncy house for all the kids to enjoy and plenty of delicious homemade ice cream to help keep the heat at bay. The White Deer Park Committee also provided blue awnings for their guests to sit under this year to help keep cool and out of the sun. They were definitely used and greatly appreciated.

The Kids R Cute contest sponsored by the WDHS Cheerleaders began at 11:30 a.m. Sidney Rodriguez won the 0 to 1 year old age bracket, Kori Kotara won in the 2 to 3 year old and Aiden Bradley won in the 4 to 5 year old. The best overall girl winner was Kori Kotara and the best overall boy was Aiden Bradley. All the babies, toddlers and kiddos were as cute as could be and the Cheerleaders appreciate all the participation and support. See pictures on page 16.

At noon, the Free-Throw competition, Horseshoe Tournament and Corn-Hole Tournament all began. There were many entrants and a good time was had by all competing. The Free-Throw Competition was won by Darla Forney, Leslie and Blaine Bolton won the Horseshoe Tournament and Kacy Davis won the Corn-Hole Tournament. The WD Park Committee appreciates the participation by all those who entered. Of course the Cow Chip Checkers Contest was going on all day with ticket #89 purchased by Pam Phillips being the winner.

At 1 p.m. the Boss Lion, Lyn Luster, announced the parade winners. This year’s Parade Grand Marshall was K. Ray Armstrong being driven by Diahanna Hillman in her red Vet. The Antique Farm Implement category was won by Gary Gortmaker with Zach Beznes coming in second place. Harrah’s Bar & Grille took first place in the Business/Organization category and Jump N Jive won second place. First place in the Non-Business float category was taken by the White Deer Junior High Cheerleaders, with the White Deer Elementary taking second place. The Classic Cars division was won by Denny Deaver and Nancy Swaney won second place. The Riding Club category first place winner was the Coors Cowboy Country Club with the Sand and Sage Club riders winning second place. Ronald Durr won first place in the Wagon Train category. The Service Equipment category had many entries with Panhandle Fire Department winning first place and the Skellytown Fire Department winning second. We appreciate all the hard work these departments do for us along with the WDVFD and the Hoover Fire Department. Thank you for protecting our town and county.

The White Deer Bank sponsored a money dig for 2 to 5 years old and 6 to 8 year olds. Sand was flying as the youngsters dug deep hoping to find the grand prize.

The White Deer Junior High Cheerleaders and the WDHS Cheerleaders performed several times during the day in addition to running contests and having a lollipop booth. They were able to show the town some of the new cheers they have learned as a preview for this year’s football season.

David Swafford took the Gazebo Stage again at 1:15 p.m. followed by a performance of Elvis LIVE!

At 2:35 p.m. the Pet Contest sponsored by the WD Park Committee took over the Gazebo Stage. Marlee Bichsel won best in show. Marlee is a Shih Tzu who is proudly owned by Averi Bichsel.

The Kick Back Day festivities winded down at 4 p.m. The winners of the silent auction were announced and everyone packed up to head home and rest up for the rodeo.

Important School Announcements

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

With summer winding down and the start of school right around the corner, various school activities are already beginning. The White Deer News is printing the School Events column starting this week to keep the community informed about upcoming events.

All WDHS football players are to begin workouts on August 3, from 7 to 11 a.m.

Summer band students will start their practice on August 4, in the afternoon. Mr. Witcher has more information on the band practices.
White Deer Elementary School will begin registration of students that have not registered on August 5. White Deer High School’s registration will be announced at a later date.

Cross Country workouts will begin on August 13, with the Midnight Run. Coach Beck will have more information about these workouts.
As a reminder, please check the SchoolWay App or the WDISD web page for additional details.

Clara Jane Oldfield Williamson

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Clara Jane Oldfield Williamson 1930 - 2015

Clara Jane Oldfield Williamson
1930 - 2015

Clara Jane Oldfield passed away Friday, June 19, 2015, at the age of 85, in Pampa, Texas. Memorial services were held at Elephant Butte, N.M. on July 20, 2015. She was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother.

Clara Jane was the daughter of Lucy Pearl and Noah Oldfield. She was one of 12 children. She was born at Mount Dora, N.M. on March 13, 1930. Clara Jane had eight children of her own.

Survivors include two sons, Carl Bell of Clayton, N.M. and Douglas Canon of San Diego, Calif.; three daughters, Linda and husband Joel Smith of White Deer, Sherrill Sinclair of Rio Rancho, N.M. and Nelda and husband Nels Pearson of Rio Rancho.; two brothers, Raymond Oldfield and Noah Lee “Tubby” Oldfield; three sisters, Lucy Walker, Veola Williams and Buella Brution; 16 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren plus two more on the way.

Clara Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Lucy Pearl and Noah Oldfield; three brothers, Eugene Oldfield, Charley Oldfield and Jimmy Oldfield; three sisters, Lillian Templeton, Hazel Oldfield and Stella Walker; two sons, Albert Bell and Kirk Tidwell; a daughter, Sharon White; two sons-in law, Bill Sinclair and Mel Lucero; two grandchildren, Charlie Jack Smith and Rachel White and two great grandchildren, Baby Rachel and Baby Autumn.

She was loved by so many family and friends. God bless the angels and all of you!

Memorials may be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice in Pampa, Texas.

Every Hero Has A Story, Summer Reading Program

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

By Beverly Warminski

Summer Readers continue to accomplish their goals and are returning readings logs.

There are only three weeks left of summer reading before the county wide drawing to be held on Aug. 19 in Panhandle.

All readers are asked to return the reading logs by Aug. 14 to the White Deer Library.

The Friends of Carson County Library have donated two cash prizes of $150.

The treasure chest at the White Deer Branch has new prizes and anyone reading four books can pick a prize from the chest. Readers have their art work displayed at the library.

Regular library hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

James “Jim” Otis Walker

Thursday, July 30th, 2015



James “Jim” Otis Walker, age 87, of Amarillo died July 27, 2015, in Amarillo.

A funeral service is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, at Schooler Funeral Home, Brentwood Chapel. Pastor Chris Downer of Bible Baptist Church in Slaton will officiate. The Volley for Veterans Organization will provide military honors. Burial will follow in the Claude Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia.

James “Jim” Otis Walker was born May 2, 1928, inside a small house on 10th Street in Amarillo. He was the son of Otis and Dolly Walker; and his grandparents, Milton Green and Tisha Walker who were original homesteaders to the Texas panhandle. Jim attended grade school in Conway, TX and was a graduate of Panhandle High School in 1945.

After high school, he worked as a ranch hand for the Wagner Ranch in Vernon, Texas and many other iconic Texas panhandle ranches. On Oct. 2, 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army as an infantryman. He served, a year and a half, in the Korean War where he fought on the front lines and was honorably discharged from the Army in February 1956. After his service in Korea, he continued his work as a ranch hand on the Matador Ranch in Channing, Texas. He loved the cowboy lifestyle; working with horses, sleeping under the stars and eating out of a chuck wagon.

In an effort by his mother and his sister, Nita, to make him more civilized in 1957, he went to work for Pantex. There he met the beautiful secretary, Carolyn Cayton, who became his wife for 41 years. Together they raised five children, Doug, Diane, Mary Lynn, Charlotte and Sherri. For the next 35 years, Jim spent his time working in agriculture; he ran his own cattle and worked at First Bank of the Southwest where he was a cattle and ranch appraiser. In June 2001, he married the second love of his life, Leta Fern Dye Rutherford of Claude, who was a faithful companion, protector and caretaker. The couple lived in both Claude and Amarillo.

The family would like to thank there compassionate caregivers, Cris and Laura Sanchez, Yazman Cordiel and Caryn Garcia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Carolyn; three children, Sherri Ann Payne, Ava Diane Veach and Douglas Cayton Cummings; and three brothers, Melvin, Robert and Jo Pat Walker.

He is survived by his wife Leta; his daughters Mary Lynn Nelson of Atlanta, Ga. and Charlotte Lowe and her husband John of Richardson, Texas; his sister Nita Duncan of Fort Worth; his grandchildren Meggie Thrasher, Matthew Nelson, Kira Lowe, Corey Lowe, Lauren Urbanczyk, and Michael Veach; two great-grandchildren, Truett and Quinn Nelson and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be offered to 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center, PO Box 50655, Amarillo, TX 79159 or at, a place dear to Jim’s heart.

Please sign the online guest registry at

Meet Dane Ashley, New PISD Athletic Director

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

He may be new to

The Dane Ashley family — Dane, Amy, Landyn, Allie and Teagan

The Dane Ashley family — Dane, Amy, Landyn, Allie and Teagan

Panhandle, but he isn’t new to what makes small town living so special. He understands and has an intimate knowledge of the warmth of a close-knit community where families raise their children knowing their neighbors and where school is the heart of the town.

Dane Ashley and his family moved to Panhandle, where he is leading the Panhandle Independent School District’s Athletic Department. Coach Ashley and his wife, Amy, are the parents of three children, Landyn, a fifth grader; Allie, a first grader; and Teagan, a three year old. Mrs. Ashley works from home as a freight broker as well as being a full-time mom and wife.

Coach Ashley has a long resumé both as a small-town kid and star athlete at Stratford High School and Angelo State University where he excelled as an offensive tackle. The oldest son of coaching and teaching parents, Nan and Russell Ashley, he has called Booker, Shattuck, Okla., Higgins, Dumas and Stratford home at some point in his early life. His brother, Nick, lives in Oklahoma City and sister, Erin, teaches Physical Education in Sweden at an Air Force Base.

His first coaching job was at Levelland High School from 2005-2006, he then coached at Amarillo High School from 2006 – 2010, Bullard High School from 2010 – 2013 and came to PISD from Tascosa High School where he coached from 2013 – 2014. He has coached both sides, offense and defense, and has lead the Bullard Powerlifting Team as head coach, was coordinator of the Tascosa High School’s Strength and Conditioning program as well as helping with the coaching duties in track.

Keen on strength and conditioning, Ashley has implemented a spring and summer program for both high school and junior high athletes. He said there have been between 65-75 boy athletes and 25-35 girl athletes who have shown up every day this summer to participate in the program. A firm proponent in strength and conditioning, Ashley said, “The program strengthens the muscles, then in turn protects the joints and body structure. The goal is to condition and strengthen muscles to increase performance.”

Ashley said he believes all athletic programs should be about the athlete — teaching ethics, toughness, instilling a competitive drive, discipline, accountability and selflessness — all of which impacts other aspects of their lives including academics.

The Ashleys are excited about being part of small town living, especially in Panhandle. Coach Ashley said they have felt a warm and hearty welcome in Panhandle. “I love the fact that everyone waves as you drive or walk down the streets of Panhandle,” he said.

If you should see Dane, Amy, Landyn, Allie or Teagan, wave and welcome them to small town living — Panhandle style.

Dauers Compete At Junior National Hereford Expo

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Ashby and Jared Dauer with their Hereford Heifers “Miss Neon” and “Katie” at the Junior National Hereford Expo.

Ashby and Jared Dauer with their Hereford Heifers “Miss Neon” and “Katie” at the Junior National Hereford Expo.

Ashby and Jared Dauer with their Hereford Heifers “Miss Neon” and “Katie” at the Junior National Hereford Expo.[/caption]Ashby and Jared Dauer recently attended the Junior National Hereford Expo held in Grand Island, Neb., on June 27 – July 3. The expo was host to over 800 exhibitor families from 39 states and had over 2,000 cattle entries.

The Dauers exhibited their purebred Hereford heifers in the Horned Spring Yearling Heifer division. Ashby placed fourth and Jared placed third in each of their respective classes.

They were also members of the second place Junior Judging Team along with Samantha Diezi of Wallis, Texas. Ashby received a second place award in the junior photography contest. The pair also participated in Junior Showmanship.

Prior to attending the national show the Dauers competed at the Texas Junior Hereford State Show held in Belton, Texas, on June 17-20, where they exhibited their Hereford steers and participated in several contests.

Ashby placed third and sixth with her steers and Jared had a seventh place. Ashby won top honors with her first place photograph in the junior division. They also competed in the Junior Judging Contest, Junior Showmanship, Junior Team Fitting and Junior Team Marketing contests.

Ashby and Jared are the fourth generation of the Dauer family to raise and exhibit purebred Hereford cattle. They are continuing the legacy started by their great-grandfather, the late Paul Dauer and continued by their grandfather, the late John Paul Dauer and now their father, Justin Dauer.

Woods Visit Panhandle To Tell Of Mission Work In Tanzania

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

WoodsFormer Panhandle residents, Gary and Judy Woods are visiting from Tanzania. They will be at Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday night, Aug. 2, with a slide show presentation of their work among the local tribes of Tanzania. Sandwiches and desserts will be served in the fellowship hall at 6 p.m.

The Woods, along with the Christian Mission Fellowship (CMF), began planting churches in Kenya, Africa, among the Maasai tribe in 1987. In 2004, they moved across the border to Tanzania, empowering Tanzanians to plant churches among unreached tribes there.

The Woods oversee the national church planters who are trained in the CMF Center in Arusha and serve as team leaders. Gary teaches at the Center and goes out in the villages to encourage and mentor new church planters and the churches that are established. He also researches unreached tribes and ways to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into their areas.

Since 2005, the Woods have trained 70 Tanzanian families, from 22 different tribes, to plant churches. At least 66 churches have been planted and thousands have come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior!

Gary and Judy appreciate all the spiritual and financial support they’ve received through the years from their Panhandle friends.

Join Calvary Baptist Church in welcoming them back and hearing about God’s good work through the Woods and CMF in Tanzania.

County Commissioners Met In Regular Session

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Disclaimer: These minutes have not yet been approved by the Commissioner’s Court so the content 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 on July 27, 2015.

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

The Court reviewed and approved the minutes from the regular meeting on July 13, 2015, and the Budget Workshop Meetings on July 9 and 13.
The Court then reviewed all claims, invoices, and commissary. County Treasurer Denise Salzbrenner asked the Court to include two additional claims for Precinct 4 for the first $98 to Magnolia Supply and the second for $580 to Courtyard Hotel. A motion to approve all claims was made, seconded and carried to include the additional claims presented.

Discussion then ensued on the 2015-2016 Chapter 59 Budget. Luke Inman, 100th Judicial District Attorney, presented the 2015-2016 Chapter 59 Budget. The total Budget was $517,650. The budget for the Traffic Enforcement Division is $147,000. Chapter 59 funds are not derived from taxpayer funds. Commissioner Martin made a motion to approve the budget as submitted. Commissioner Britten seconded the motion and the motion was carried.

Discussion then ensued on the request for Carson County to pay out the District Attorney’s additional State Salary Supplement. County Auditor Jackie West informed the Court that the State of Texas will be supplementing the District Attorney’s Salary because of changes in the employee contributions. They have asked that Carson County administer the funds to Mr. Inman through payroll. The amount is $4,421.87 per year. Commissioner Martin made a motion to approve the payout of supplemental state funds to the District Attorney. Commissioner Britten seconded the motion and the motion was carried by the Court.

Mrs. Salzbrenner then submitted the Quarterly Financial Report for approval. Commissioner Howell made a motion to approve the report as submitted and Commissioner Jennings seconded the motion. The motion was carried by the Court.

Judge Looten asked the Court to consider approving the Intergovernmental Agreement Between the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration and Carson County. He informed the Court that the County Attorney has reviewed and approved the agreement. Commissioner Britten made a motion to approve the agreement. Commissioner Martin seconded the motion and the motion was carried.

Commissioner Jennings asked the Court to consider entering into interlocal agreements between Carson County and Hutchinson County to provide assistance in the road preparation and laying material on approximately ½ mile on Deal Road, which is located 8/10 of a mile of Industrial Boulevard, ¼ mile of Annalee, ½ mile Arroya Verde, 2/10 mile of Santa Fe Trail, and ¾ mile of Branch. Commissioner Howell made a motion to approve the Interlocal Agreements. Commissioner Britten seconded the motion and the motion was carried by the Court.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.