Archive for September, 2015

2015 Homecoming Queen And Her Court

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

2015 Homecoming Court (l to r): Kayden Smith, Merrit Mitchell, Bailee Perryman, Jordan Pohnert, Jaden Freeman, Skylar Freeman, Rachel MacNichol and Reganne Boyd.  Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

2015 Homecoming Court (l to r): Kayden Smith, Merrit Mitchell, Bailee Perryman, Jordan Pohnert, Jaden Freeman, Skylar Freeman, Rachel MacNichol and Reganne Boyd.
Photo courtesy of Kane Barrow

On Friday, Sept. 18, White Deer ISD held their annual Homecoming celebration before the Bucks’ game against Higgins.

Senior Jaden Freeman was crowned as Homecoming Queen. She is a senior and the daughter of Jem Ann Freeman and Joe Freeman, both of White Deer.

Other potential candidates were Rachel MacNichol, Bailee Perryman and Skylar Freeman.

Class representatives and members of the court were Reganne Boyd, Kayden Smith, Merrit Mitchell and Jordan Pohnert.

Help Redecorate Main Street For Christmas

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

By Kent Kelp

The City of White Deer is accepting donations for the new Christmas street light pole decorations along Main Street. There will be 20 symbols of the season (7 ½’ to 9’ tall) mounted on permanent brackets that will allow for easy installation and removal for storage. There will be four each of five different symbols such as candles, trees, candy canes, bells and stockings.

The decorations will be mounted randomly, in no special order, on the silver light poles from 2nd Ave. (US 60) to 8th Ave. on both sides of Main St. They have been ordered with 220 volt, L.E.D. bulbs for longer life and brightness.

The decorations had to be ordered by Aug. 31, in order to receive special pricing and they will have two metal storage containers for off season storage and protection.

I would like to recognize Beth and Bobby Blodgett for handling the order and getting the ball moving.

You can see a sample of the candles mounted on the pole in front of the Senior Citizens Building or you can see a colored picture and place your project donation or whole unit adoption in White Deer City Hall. You can also view the entire catalog online at www.crystalvalley.com/catalog.

The five items that were ordered for donations are shown on pages 19-20 of the 2015 catalog and are listed below”
Four of item A (8 foot vertical trees)
Four of item F (9 foot stockings)
Four of item G (7 foot 6 inch candy canes)
Four of item K (8 foot candles)
Four of item M (8 foot bells)

There are two ways that you can participate in this project. You can just make a project donation of the amount that you can afford or level that you feel comfortable donating and this money will be combined with other random amount donations to buy as many single items as we can. Or you can purchase (ADOPT) one or more units for yourself, your family, your business/businesses, your loved one/ones. You can also donate/adopt them in memory of someone special. You can donate as much money as you want or can buy as many units as you want.

Your name or how you want it listed will be placed on a plaque that will be on display at the City Hall year round, along with the project name and the date. The list on the plaque will also be displayed in the newspaper each year when the decorations are on display.

The cost of the decorations is $550 each; for a total of $11,000 with the options, storage boxes, freight, etc. These decorations will be purchased with donations only; no money from the City will be used. With everyone’s participation, along with various city clubs and organizations, we should have no problem meeting our goal and then some. The balance of the funds raised will be kept for additional decorations next year, and to refurbish the Main Street Deer and stand. Let’s all chip in and show our community pride.

White Deer City Council Approves Budget With Corrections

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

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.

A regular meeting of the White Deer City Council was held on Sept. 21, 2015.

Council members present were Mayor Kent Kelp, Michael Lenz, Lyn Luster and Wade Petty. Alan Warminski and Randel Barrett were absent.

Employees present included Katrina War-minski, Sheryl Starks and Darell Luster.

Guests were James Shaw, John Ingle, Bobby Hefner, Lois Maricich, Rosa Bilderback, Rebecca Odell and Linda Robertson.

Item 1. Call the meeting to order: With a quorum present, the meeting was called to order by Mayor Kelp.

Item 2. Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America and the State of Texas.

Item 3. The invocation was given by Council Member Lenz.

Item 4. Approve agenda for the meeting. Council Member Lenz made the motion to approve the agenda for the meeting, seconded by Council Member Luster; all for; motion carried 3-0.

Item 5. Approve the minutes of the Aug.17 regular meeting and Aug. 31 and Sept. 14 budget meetings. Council Member Luster made the motion to approve the minutes of these meetings. Council Member Petty seconded, and motion carried 3-0.

Item 6. Concerned citizens. Mr. Ingle thanked Mayor Kelp for getting the decals on the city vehicles and equipment. Mr. Ingle also commented that everyone needs to be aware of all the snakes and be careful. Mr. Hefner asked again about the speed limits signs; Mayor Kelp explained that TXDOT is in charge of the speed limit signs on the Highway, but he will get in contact with them and see if something can be done. Mrs. Robertson asked how the pay increases for city employees was done, because of council members being absent at the meeting it was voted on, and being as two employees have spouses on the council. It was explained to Mrs. Robertson that increases were given straight across for salary employees and hourly employees.

Item 7. Adopt 2015/2016 City Budget. After some adjustments were made and explained, Council Member Petty made the motion to adopt the 2015/2016 budget with the corrections. Council Member Luster seconded; all for; motion carried 3-0.

Item 8. Adopt the 2015/2016 effective tax rate. Council Member Lenz made the motion to accept the tax rate of 0.589860 for the 2015/2016 year. Council Member Luster seconded; all for; motion carried 3-0.

Item 9. Keep White Deer Beautiful. Mrs. Bilderback spoke on behalf of Keep White Deer Beautiful. Mrs. Bilderback presented the council with projects that Keep White Beautiful is working on. Project #1 Work to the Roadside Park. The committee wants to put a fence across the back of the back, a watering system, re-do curbing, re-do the doe on stand, and repaint the covered tables. Project #2 Work on the deer on Main Street. Robert Germany will be the project leader on this. And Project #3 Flags over White Deer. The committee will purchase poles, flags, pipe inserts and caps. They would like to place the a flag in front of businesses and homes of citizens on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, White Deer Rodeo weekend and Labor and Patriot’s Day. The cost of this will be $30 per year. The flag will remain property of KWDB. Volunteers will put flags out for each holiday and pick up by 5 p.m. that evening.

Item 10. Approve the Irrevocable Documentary Blanket Letter of Credit for the Railroad Commission for gas well. Council Member Lenz made the motion to approve the letter of credit in the amount of $25,000. Council Member Petty seconded; all for; motion carried 3-0.

Item 11. Approve the ordinance on Mayor’s spending limit. Council Member Lenz made the motion to approve the Ordinance 15-09 establishing the Mayors spending limit not to exceed $5000 in a 10 day period. If in an emergency the amount should exceed this, the Mayor would need the approval of the Mayor-Pro Tem or call an emergency meeting for council approval. Council Member Luster seconded the motion; all for; motion carried 3-0.

Item 12. Accounts Payable. Council Member Petty made the motion to approve the accounts payable for the month of August. Council Member Luster seconded; all for;, motion carried 3-0.

Item 13. The reports were looked over. Mrs. Starks presented the EMS report and Marshal Luster was present for his Marshal report.

Item 14. There were no additional comments from concerned citizens.

The next regular meeting date is set for Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. There being no further business on the agenda, Council Member Luster motioned to adjourn. Council Member Lenz seconded; meeting adjourned.

Junior High Little Bucks Defeat Higgins Coyotes

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Little Bucks Football Team, back row (l to r): Drake Damron, Jasper Chaney, Cy Darrow, Hunter White, Dathan Bosley, Jesse Valusek and Mason Mooney. Middle row: Coach Shemwell, John Perriman, William Sirmans, Raven Olney, Preston Sons, Jayden Mynear, Graysen Smith and Trystan Hunter. Front row: Tyler Boyd, Hunter Warminski, Nick Mize, Colt Pelfrey, Konner Anderson, Kayden Johnson and Yahir Rodriguez.

Little Bucks Football Team, back row (l to r): Drake Damron, Jasper Chaney, Cy Darrow, Hunter White, Dathan Bosley, Jesse Valusek and Mason Mooney. Middle row: Coach Shemwell, John Perriman, William Sirmans, Raven Olney, Preston Sons, Jayden Mynear, Graysen Smith and Trystan Hunter. Front row: Tyler Boyd, Hunter Warminski, Nick Mize, Colt Pelfrey, Konner Anderson, Kayden Johnson and Yahir Rodriguez.

By Ralph Shemwell

On Thursday, Sept. 17, we made our second road trip to take on the Higgins Coyotes.

Mason Mooney once again started us off scoring, followed by Graysen Smith scoring twice. William Sirmans added a running touchdown. Tyler Boyd returned an interception for a touchdown to cap off point total. We finished the game with the Little Bucks winning 32-6.

Although the offense seems to get the publicity, our defense dominated the evening by holding Higgins to very few yards.

Mooney added a two point conversion with John Perriman holding and Cy Darrow snapping. Drake Damron handled our kickoff duties very well, with us recovering several onside kicks so far this year. Jasper Chaney and Trystan Hunter did a great job with limited playing time. Dathan Bosley, Hunter White, Konner Anderson and Preston Sons contributed great effort. Hunter Warminski led the offense with Kayden Johnson, Jesse Valusek, Jayden Mynear, Raven Olney and Colt Pelfrey.

We hope to have Nick Mize and Yahir Rodriquez back on the field this week.

Please join us in Kress on Thursday night at 5 p.m., as we continue to prepare for our district opener in two weeks.

Bucks Host Coyotes For Homecoming

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

By Ben Smith

The White Deer Bucks hosted the Higgins Coyotes for Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 18.

The Bucks fought hard, but ultimately lost 34-22. The team was led offensively by senior Drestyn Bell carrying the ball 14 times racking up 81 yards and a touchdown. Robert Quilimaco also had 26 yards rushing on seven carries and 32 yards receiving on two catches. Tye Chaney had two receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. Braden Clay had you catches late in the game for 60 yards and a touchdown. Kason Vigil lead the passing game for the Bucks with two passes totaling 68 yards and a touchdown. Payton Freeman completed two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. Blake Rose made two kicks out of three to added four points to the board for the Bucks.

Defensively Dillon Cotton lead the Bucks with eight tackles five for loses. Bell also had seven tackles and a fumble recovery and an interception. Clay, Levi Chesser and Gage Freeman all had four tackles apiece and Hadley Freeman and Quilimaco both had two.

The Bucks fell short of the Coyotes, but plan to pick up the pace and get back on track facing the Kress Kangaroos this week. Everyone is invited to come to Buck Stadium for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Snack Pak 4 Kids Volunteers Work For Local Kids

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Claire Crutchfield, Janie Haiduk, Vanita Sloan, Lynda Paul, Nancy Garrison, Alyssa Roper and Peggy Chaney busy setting up and packing snack bags for distribution.

Claire Crutchfield, Janie Haiduk, Vanita Sloan, Lynda Paul, Nancy Garrison, Alyssa Roper and Peggy Chaney busy setting up and packing snack bags for distribution.

Snack Pak 4 Kids met on Monday, Sept. 21, at the WhiteDeer/Skellytown Lighthouse Food Pantry. The seven volunteers packed a total of 132 snack paks in 13:07:66. This is enough snacks for three weekends worth for our community kids who may not be receiving enough nourishment at home.

The snack paks are filled with foods such as fruit snacks, crackers, beef sticks, fruit cups, pop tarts, cereal, peanut butter, various nuts, cookies, milk and/or juice. The Snack Pak 4 Kids program is always needing more pop tarts and 16-18 ounce jars of peanut butter. For safety reasons, no glass jars please. If you would like to donate food items, there are drop offs at the First Baptist Churches in Skellytown and White Deer, the White Deer/Skellytown Lighthouse Food Pantry, the White Deer News and Hearts Desire Antiques and Collectibles located in White Deer at corner of Highway 60 and FM 294.

Last year the Snack Pak 4 Kids program was able to help 45 children in our communities. If you would like to sponsor a child, there are forms at both Skellytown and White Deer City Halls and the White Deer News. The cost is only $14 a month or $133 a year for each sponsorship.

The Snack Pak crew will pack again at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at the White Deer/Skellytown Food Pantry located at 404 South Main Street in White Deer. Any and all help would be truly appreciated from this worthy program.

WDISD School Board To Add Two Part Time Staff Positions

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

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 Sept. 21, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the White Deer Administration Building, 601 Omohundro, White Deer, Texas.

Members present were Timmy Bichsel, Kane Barrow, Shane Grange and Brad Haiduk.

Also in attendance were Karl Vaughn, Billy Boone, Rob Groves, Wendy Ruthardt, Josh Foraker and Travis McPherson with Western Builders.

Board Members Blaine Bolton, Joe Don Brown and Jim Bob Mitchell were 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. Grange.

Mr. Grange moved to approve the agenda of the Sept. 21, 2015 regular board meeting. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 4-0-0.

Mr. Barrow moved to approve the minutes Aug. 11, 2015 regular board meeting as presented with one correction – “Blaine Barrow moved to increase Rex Beck days”. It should read “Blaine Bolton”. Second by Mr. Grange. Motion carried 3-0-1. Mr. Bichsel abstained.

Mr. Grange moved to approve the minutes of the Aug. 27, 2015 special board meeting as presented. Second by Mr. Bichsel. Motion carried 4-0-0.

No one was in attendance at open forum.

Mr. Grange moved to approve Bid Package #2 as presented by Western Builders. Second by Mr. Barrow. Motion carried 4-0-0.

Mr. Vaughn and Mr. Boone discussed and clarified information on the 2015 Local Homestead Exemption. No action was necessary.

Mr. Grange moved to approve adding two additional staff positions, one being a half- time certified dyslexia and half-time special education teacher. The other position would be a half-time aide position. Second by Mr. Bichsel. Motion carried 4-0-0.

Mr. Vaughn discussed with the board the possibility of acquiring the property at 710 Doucette.

Administration Reports:
The board reviewed the following reports:
● High School
● Elementary
● AD/Athletic

Business Manager, Billy Boone presented the budget reports.

The Board reviewed the Master Card statement.

Mr. Grange moved to approve the accounts payable checks as presented. Second by Mr. Bichsel. Motion Carried 4-0-0.

Mr. Boone presented the cash reports, financial reports (actual to budget) and the quarterly investment report.
Superintendent Reports
● Update on E.on
● Update of allocated budget items
● Maintenance report
● Re-sanding the floor Antler Gym
● Enrollment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:47 p.m.

KWDB Offers Flags Over White Deer

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Keep White Deer Beautiful will have its next monthly meeting on Oct. 1, 2015, at the White Deer United Methodist Church.

On Oct. 3, KWDB will be hosting an iris swap. This event will take place at 10 a.m. at the White Deer First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. For more information about this event, please contact any KWDB member or call 806-662-6413 or 806-292-0912.

KWDB is also continuing the raffle ticket sales for a chance to win a Kindle Fire 7 HD. They will be at all home football games, with the winning ticket being drawn at the Bucks’ last game of the season on Oct. 30.
The purpose of this raffle is to help revamp the roadside park on West Highway 60, so stop by their table and help Keep White Deer Beautiful.

KWDB is also beginning a Flags Over White Deer project. With this program, residents and business will be able to pay a yearly fee and KWDB will place an American flag in front of their yard or business on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, White Deer Rodeo weekend, Labor Day and Patriot’s Day (9-11). The flags would be placed by 8 a.m. and picked up by 5 p.m.

Application forms for Flags Over White Deer can be picked up at city hall or the White Deer News. KWDB must receive your application and payment one week before the holiday in order for a flag to be placed by that holiday. Addition information is available on the application form. Gift subscriptions are also available. This is a great gift idea for a veteran or for the upcoming holidays.

All proceeds from this KWDB project will be used to further beautify White Deer.

Third and Fourth Grade Mean Machines Face The OU Sooners

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Third and forth grade Mean Machines take the field.

Third and forth grade Mean Machines take the field.

By Shawna Harper

The third and fourth grade Mean Machines played their best game to date, last Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Borger against the OU Sooners out of Borger

OU received the opening kickoff at the 30-yard line in their territory. They were able to make a 10-yard gain. On first and 10, Bryson Fuqua (#57) was able to cause a fumble. After a bit of a scramble, OU recovered. They continued on their drive and struck first with a touchdown and two-point conversion. OU was able to find the end zone once more in the first quarter. The Mean Machines would not let this go unanswered. After receiving the kickoff at the 35, White Deer was able to break away with a sweep play down the sideline. Brodie Weathers (#74) took it into the end zone for six points and a failed two-point conversion.

Brodie Weathers (#74) eludes the Sooners.

Brodie Weathers (#74) eludes the Sooners.

Max Neff (#80) for the Mean Machines was able to find the end zone with a dive play right up the middle, just one minute into the second quarter. The two teams continued to battle for the rest of the half with OU scoring another touchdown. Toward the end of the half, Mean Machines’ Justin Cotton (#67) was able to break out of the pack and make a 75 yard run before being taken down about the 10 yard line by horse collar tackle. The personal foul put the Mean Machines in scoring position with a first and goal opportunity. Unfortunately, the Mean Machines were unable to convert and lost possession of the ball on a fumble.

The second half was a good battle for both teams. The Mean Machines were able to force several turnovers on downs for OU and overall had a strong defense, despite struggling through several injuries throughout the second half. OU scored another 22 points in the second half. With about two minutes left in the game, the Mean Machines forced a turn over on downs for OU and took over at their own 30 yard line. They found success with a couple of long runs that took them to the 50 yard line. The Mean Machines again, found success, with a sweep play out to the right and Weathers was able to find the end zone again. The two-point conversion was good; bringing the final score to 46-20 in favor of OU.

The third and fourth grade Mean Machines continue to learn, grow and improve every single week. It will be an exciting adventure this season to see how far they go. Their next game will be against OSU, at the Tri-City Youth Football Fields in Borger on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at noon. Come support and encourage these young players.

GO MEAN MACHINES!!!

Chaney Takes Second At Tri-State Fair

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Mariah Chaney2Mariah Chaney, a senior at White Deer High School, entered the photography contest at the 2015 Tri-State Fair in Amarillo. She entered in the 13 to 19 age group amateur division with approximately 100 other entries winning second place with one of her pictures.

Chaney is a senior at White Deer High School and the daughter of Sarah and Rex Chaney of White Deer.