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Rotary District Governor To Visit Panhandle Rotary Club

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

District Governor John Scott will visit the Rotary Club of Panhandle at their regular meeting at noon on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at the Carson County War Memorial Building. John represents the 1,800 Rotarians in District 5730 which stretches from Perryton to Pecos covering the Panhandle, South Plains, Permian Basin and Rolling Plains. He will share how Rotary is eradicating polio, supports international disaster relief, supports local and international education, and seeks to improve the lives of people around the globe.

The Rotary Club of Panhandle is comprised of business and community leaders who subscribe to the motto “Service Above Self.” The Rotary Club of Panhandle provides two $500 scholarships to Panhandle High School seniors each year through fundraising. The Panhandle club has also been blessed with the ownership of Rotary Park which encompasses the Panhandle baseball fields and Carson County Ag Barn. We believe Rotary has a vital role to play in Panhandle, Texas and the world.

About Rotary
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.org.

Snack Pak 4 Kids Update

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Snack Pak 4 Kids is a program started in Panhandle Schools in 2013 to benefit children in Panhandle that are food insecure. This program feeds children on the weekend when they are not in school where they have breakfast and lunch. Snack Pak 4 Kids operates on donations only. One hundred percent of the donations go to feed our children. The children are chosen by application through Panhandle ISD. Any family that needs food for their child(ren) can apply.

Snack Pak 4 Kids program was started in Amarillo and now covers most schools in the area. It has been determined that children that are fed on the weekend have a better week in school. They know they do not have to worry about food for the weekend. “Our Snack Pak volunteers meet periodically to pack food for these kids. Each Friday, we send home 11-12 wholesome items discretely in the child’s backpack. This includes pop-tarts, cereal, juice, crackers, meat sticks, ravioli, fruit cups and etc.,” said Panhandle Snack Pak spokesperson Dianna McGill.

If there is any group, club or organization that would like to sponsor a child for a week or month or make any donation, this will certainly be appreciated. For more information about Snack Pak 4 Kids, please call the PISD grade school or First Baptist Church office.
“We would be glad to explain the program to anyone who would like to know more about it. We need support to continue our program which has been successful in taking care of our kids. It cost about $133 per child each school year to provide weekend food. We also need donations of pop tarts and 18 oz. jars of peanut butter.” said Mrs. McGill. Peanut Butter is sent home with the students on long weekends and holidays. Snack Pak also helps to feed the school children’s younger siblings who are not in school yet. The program also delivers food during the summer months. A donation barrel is located at Panhandle Thriftway or can be dropped off at the First Baptist Church office.

“Please come join us on March 19, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. for the next packing session at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. We appreciate any and all volunteers. We will prepare approximately 200 sacks for school distribution in less than an hour,” said Mrs. McGill. The sacks are delivered to the school each Thursday afternoon for distribution on Friday. “It is truly a blessing to be able to provide food for our own. We depend on this wonderful community of Panhandle to help. Thank you!” she added.

Knights Of Columbus Set Dates For Annual Fish Fries

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The St. Francis Chapter of the Knights of Columbus will be holding two “All You Can Eat” Fish Fries during Lent.

The Fish Fries will be held on Friday, Feb. 20 and Friday, March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $6 for children (7-12), and children six and under eat for free.

The Fish Fries will be held at the St. Francis Catholic Church Hall, located 10 miles east of Amarillo off Hwy. 60, one mile east of Tyson Meat Processing Plant.

Six Honored In Arrow Of Light Crossover Ceremony

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Brady Mosteller, Joshua Zimmerman, Tayte Ogletree, Hayden Forbes, Payton Pohlmeier, Justin Melton were honored in the Arrow of Light Crossover Ceremony on Jan. 5, 2015. These young men started scouts with leader, Tara Ogletree, as Tiger Cubs in first grade and have worked their way up the Cub Scouting ranks to receive the highest award given to a Cub Scout, the Arrow of Light.

This ceremony is the bridge between Cub Scouts, which is adult driven, to Boy Scouts, which is scout driven. “It has been my privilege to watch these boys grow through each stage of Cub Scouts. I was able to get to know each boy and push them to try new things and watch as they succeeded. I look forward to see what they accomplish in the future, because they are capable to do great things,” said Scout Leader Tara Ogletree.

Carson County Livestock Show And Sale Set For Jan. 22-24

Friday, January 16th, 2015

The Annual Carson County Junior Livestock Show and Sale is Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 22-24, 2015 at the County Agricultural Building in Panhandle. The goat show will start at 10 a.m., the lamb show at 11 a.m., and the heifer and steer show will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23. Pigs will show at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. This year, there will be five heifers, 13 steers, 28 lambs, 11 goats and 145 pigs.

The stock show will also be having a concession stand again this year and will be open each day. On the menu this year are hamburgers, corndogs, breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, chicken strips, frito pie, nachos, barbecue sandwiches, French fries, pie and other various items. The concession stand will be open from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday; 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday; and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. and then reopen at 6 p.m. until sale is over on Saturday.

This year the Stock Show Sale will be held at the Carson County Agricultural Building, beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24. There will be no banquet or dinner, but the concession stand will be open during the sale for drinks, candy and pie only.

The judge for goats and lambs will be Cade Wilson. The judge for the heifers, steers and swine is Brandon Anderson.

For more information, or to donate to the Carson County Junior Livestock Association, contact the Carson County Extension Office at 537-3882.

2014 Fall Cub Scout Activities

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Tiger Cubs and Dads with their spaceships.

Tiger Cubs and Dads with their spaceships.

By Court Olson

Cub Scout Pack 501 appreciates the support from the community of Panhandle and would like to share what they have been up to this Fall. A “Back to the Pack” swim party was held at Panhandle Country Club in August. In September, 15 new Scouts joined the Pack. The first campout, called the Bivouac, was held at the Scout Hut. Scouts enjoyed a scavenger hunt, campfire, smores and a pancake breakfast cooked by the Boy Scouts. Also, the Webelo 1’s (4th Graders) went on a mountain biking adventure at Camp Don Harrington.

In October, Cub Scouts got into the fall spirit by attending Spook-O-Ree at MK Brown Scout Camp near Wheeler. Scouts shot BB guns, bow and arrows and painted pumpkins during a beautiful fall day at MK Brown. That night, some Scouts and their families stayed the night at the Fall Family Camp. We had a great campfire with guitars, singing, smores and of course some scary stories. Also in October, the Carson County Sheriff’s Department gave a tour of the county jail and Trooper Chris Ray coordinated a DPS Helicopter landing. The Scouts were able to speak with the pilot and see the helicopter up close. The night concluded with the excitement of watching the helicopter take off, spotlight the scouts and then fly away. October was concluded with a Halloween Party and wrapping up popcorn sales. We are excited to report that Pack 501 sold $19,535 in popcorn! We want to say a BIG thank you to the Scout families and community of Panhandle for buying popcorn and supporting Pack 501! The popcorn sales allow us to do many great activities throughout the year.

In November, Mr. George Grover of KQTY Radio in Borger gave the Wolves (2nd Graders) a tour of the radio station and recorded a Pack 501 radio commercial. All of the Scout Dens have been active this fall. The Tigers (1st Graders) built space ships and rain gutter regatta boats. The Wolves are building rain gutter regatta boats. The Bears (3rd Graders) have built cub cars and are learning how to use pocket knives. The Webelos (4th and 5th Graders) have built catapults and are working on a bridge building contest. The Cub Scouts also had the honor of raising the American Flag and leading the Pledge of Allegiance at all home football games.

On the weekend of Dec. 5, a group of Cub Scouts traveled to Arlington, TX for a campout at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Scouts were treated to a pizza party, sporting activities, a tour of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’ locker room, a tour of the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room, a movie on the jumbo-tron with popcorn and finally setting up their tents and sleeping on the field of the stadium.
As we look back on a great fall and look forward to the spring activities we would like to thank the community for supporting Pack 501.

Editor’s Note: Please watch the Herald for more Cub Scout photographs.

Panhandle FFA Participates In Texas FFA State Leadership Development Event

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Another banner for the wall is proudly displayed by the Panhandle Greenhand FFA Quiz team, left to right, Brennon Freeman, Kaylee Brassfield, Grace Kuehler, Taylor Wood and Noah Ford.

Another banner for the wall is proudly displayed by the Panhandle Greenhand FFA Quiz team, left to right, Brennon Freeman, Kaylee Brassfield, Grace Kuehler, Taylor Wood and Noah Ford.

Members of the Panhandle FFA Chapter traveled to Huntsville on Friday, Dec. 5, to compete in Texas FFA’s Leadership Career Development Events.

Panhandle FFA Greenhand Quiz Team qualified for the state competition by finishing first in one of the state’s 57 district competitions and first in one of ten area competitions. A total of 5,637 entries began the statewide-tournament in 13 different events which reflect classroom instruction in basic leadership skills.

Panhandle FFA placed fourth in the Greenhand Quiz Contest. Team members included: Kaylee Brassfield, Noah Ford, Brennon Freeman, Grace Kuehler and Taylor Wood. Brassfield was fourth high individual.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of 106,000 active FFA members. On average there are approximately 18 schools per district. FFA programs teach skills in leadership, career development and personal growth. FFA gives students the opportunity to practically apply classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state and national competitions.
Sam Houston State University has partnered with Texas FFA in hosting these competitions for 79 years.

Panhandle FFA Students Qualify For State Leadership Contest

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

State Qualifying - Greenhand Quiz Team, left to right, are Grace Kuehler, Noah Ford, Kaylee Brassfield, Brennon Freeman and not pictured, Taylor Wood.

State Qualifying - Greenhand Quiz Team, left to right, are Grace Kuehler, Noah Ford, Kaylee Brassfield, Brennon Freeman and not pictured, Taylor Wood.

Panhandle FFA took nine leadership teams to Amarillo District FFA Leadership contest at Frank Phillips College on Wednesday, Nov. 12. They qualified two teams for Area I Leadership contest that was held at West Texas A&M University on Nov. 22. Area I competition consists of 1A to 5A schools from as far south as Lubbock and as far east as Childress.

The Greenhand (freshman) Quiz team, consisting of Kaylee Brassfield, Noah Ford, Brennon Freeman, Grace Kuehler and Taylor Wood won and will advance to State FFA Leadership Contest held at Huntsville on Dec. 6. This team takes a test over Parliamentary Procedure and FFA facts. To prepare for state contest this team has put many hours in studying, practicing and taking test before school.

The following are the teams and their placings:
Greenhand Quiz -1st District, 1st Area, State Qualifier: Kaylee Brassfield, Noah Ford, Brennon Freeman, Grace Kuehler, Taylor Wood

Greenhand Chapter Conducting – 1st District, 7th Area: Grace Kuehler, Noah Ford, Kaylee Brassfield, Kayla Williams, Mason Reynolds, Taylor Wood, Brennon Freeman

Greenhand Creed Speaking: Taylor Wood – 12th District; Mason Reynolds – 18th District

Greenhand Skills - Team A – 3rd District: Cole Bacon, Ashton Canada, Cammie Carpenter, Braedyn Kowalewski

Greenhand Skill – Team B – 5th District: Stephanie Hardy, Gavien McCoid, Hunter Whitmire

Senior Quiz – 8th District: Makenzy Arganbright, Justin Gandy, Mackenzie Leach, Haylei McCall
Radio Broadcasting – Team A – 7th District: Haylei McCall, Dakota McWhorter, Jacey Sims

Radio Broadcasting – Team B – 14th District: Justin Cochran, Mackenzie Leach, Will Weinheimer

Antigone Club Requesting Donations

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The Panhandle Antigone Club is once again preparing for their annual Christmas Basket Project. Collection jars have been placed in local businesses for those who would like to contribute to this project. All funds will be used to fill baskets with a complete Christmas dinner, along with small gifts and useful items for a Blessed and Merry Christmas!

Club members recently made fleece scarves, which they distributed to all Pre-K and Kindergarten students. In addition, each elementary student received a new pair of warm gloves.

Thank you, Panhandle, for your support. All donations are appreciated! This project would not be possible without your generosity.


Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Mike and Linda Germany, with the Carson County Historical Commission, are presented with the 2013 Distinguished Service Award by Judge Powers at the Commissioners Court meeting.

Mike and Linda Germany, with the Carson County Historical Commission, are presented with the 2013 Distinguished Service Award by Judge Powers at the Commissioners Court meeting.

The Texas Historical Commission honored the Carson County Historical Commission with a Distinguished Service Award for the 2013 year of service. The Texas Historical Commission issues Distinguished Service Awards each year to counties that demonstrate concerted efforts to preserve the history and character of Texas. This award was presented to Mike and Linda Germany during a meeting of the county commissioners’ court on October 27, 2014 to acknowledge the Carson County Historical Commission’s stewardship of our state’s unique cultural and historic sites.
“The Texas Historical Commission honors the Carson County Historical Commission for their dedicated service to the state of Texas,” said Texas Historical Commission Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “We commend these hardworking individuals for their efforts to save Texas history and look forward to promoting their accomplishments throughout the year.”
For more information about the Distinguished Service Award, visit www.thc.state.tx.us or contact the History Programs Division at 512-463-5853.