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Chamber of Commerce Spotlight For October

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

CalvaryBaptishChurchCalvary Baptist Church

To God be the glory!

Blessings! Blessings! And more blessings!

That’s what the Lord has poured out on Calvary Baptist Church over the past 41 years. That’s when our family began, in July of 1974, in the barracks next to Thriftway grocery store. And two years later, on July 4, 1976, the building we now worship in was completed and dedicated to God. Next July, we will celebrate 40 years in Calvary Baptist Church at 803 Maple.

The cornerstone by the entrance still expresses CBC’s commitment to God with the engraving of 2 Chronicles 7:14, which reads, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Praise God for our beautiful building where we can gather to worship through traditional hymns of praise and the preaching of His Holy Word!

Each week, we begin our Sunday morning with Sunday School at 10 a.m.; youth meet in the parlor under the teaching of Mrs. Christine Schoenhals, and the adults meet in the fellowship hall under the leadership of Daniel Cowan. Both are discussion classes where everyone participates and learns the truths of the Bible and practical applications for living a dedicated, purposeful and fulfilled life in Jesus Christ. We are currently learning some very important spiritual lessons from the patriarchs of Genesis.

The morning Worship Service begins promptly at 11 o’clock, with announcements and congregational singing straight from our beloved hymnbooks and then an inspirational message from God’s Divine Word delivered with passion and conviction by our preacher, Bro. Jim Powell.

Evening Bible Study is at 7 o’clock, with roundtable discussion in the fellowship hall, led by Dolly Cowan. We have been reading through the Bible, book by book. Right now, we’re in the book of 1 Kings, learning about all the kings of biblical times, good and bad, and how their obedience or disobedience greatly affected their lives and the lives of Israel’s nation as a whole. As we are seeing in our world today, history does repeat itself!

Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting is at 7 o’clock in the fellowship hall, where CBC’s faithful prayer warriors gather to lift up church members, loved ones, missions and missionaries that we support, elderly and shut-ins, the sick and afflicted of our community, the churches of Panhandle, our schools and teachers, our military service people, our nation and Israel.

Come join us at Calvary Baptist Church! You’ll receive a warm greeting and a solid dose of God’s Truth!

Chamber Of Commerce September Spotlight

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Dan Looten, Luke Jack, Greg and Tammie Smith

Dan Looten, Luke Jack, Greg and Tammie Smith

Looten Parts, Inc.

Looten Parts, Inc. is the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce Spotlight for the month of September. It is the local business for all your car and farming equipment parts and/or repair and the place to go for that cup of coffee as well as friendly welcome and service with a smile!

Dan Looten purchased Franklin Parts and Supply from the now late John and Mary Nell Franklin in August of 1992. Dan, Jay Harley Hedrick and Howard Newton opened the doors for business to what is now known as Looten Parts. Since 2001, Greg Smith has been the shop manager. Currently, Luke Jack assists Greg in the tire shop, and Greg’s wife, Tammy, runs the counter for customers at the front.

Looten Service Center provides a wide range of tire service including selling new tires, fixing flats, and providing vehicle oil changes along with car repairs. Dan and Tammy will assist you in getting any necessary part for your car or farm equipment. Appearance products include an array of tools, car grooming supplies, oil, belts, hoses, filters and batteries.

Located at 200 Elsie Street, Looten Parts regular business hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays 7:30 am – 2 p.m.

You are always welcome to visit your hometown NAPA for a free cup of coffee and let them assist you in all your parts needs.

Chamber Of Commerce August Spotlight

Thursday, August 6th, 2015


This month’s Panhandle Chamber of Commerce spotlights one of its older businesses, the Carson County Veterinary Clinic (CCVC), located just west of Panhandle on U.S. Highway 60.

The clinic was opened by the Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, Carol and Joe Hillhouse, in 1986. The clinic specializes in both large and small animals, including cattle, horses, dogs and cats, as well as most household pets. Carson County Vet Clinic offers a wide range of services from wellness checks of livestock and family pets to surgical emergencies.

What makes CCVC different from other vet clinics in our area is that Dr. Carol is a “Diplomate” from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). There are only 900 ABVP Diplomates in the United States and abroad. Dr. Carol made the choice to undergo a very long, very difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist. The process can take up to six years to complete, but does not end at certification. ABVP Diplomates are required to recertify every 10 years and something most other specialty groups do not require. In the end, the motivation behind the achieving Diplomate status is, very simply, excellence. Dr. Carol is the only ABVP Diplomate in the Texas panhandle and she receives many referrals from area vet clinics.

The Hillhouses expanded their practice in 1998 to include High Plains Animal Hospital in Borger, Texas.

The Carson County Vet Clinic staff includes three veterinarians, Carol Hillhouse, Joe Hillhouse and Leah Lee; technicians, Coy Lovvorn and Sally Townsend; Bookkeeper Tracy Collier; Receptionist KaCee Armstrong; and Summer Intern Katlynn Freeman. In addition to these folks at CCVC are the clinic’s pets ... “Pete,” the talking African Grey Parrot, “Kony,” a 35-pound African Spurred Tortoise and “Nigel,” the cat.

CCVC’s regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are located at 1329 U.S. Highway 60 (west of Panhandle) and they can be reached by calling (806) 537-3522.

CCVC shares on-call after-hour duties with the veterinarian clinics in Borger and Pampa, so in case of an emergency a veterinarian will be available to care for any injured or sick family pet.

Panhandle Chamber of Commerce Spotlight July 2015

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Coffee Haven owner, Christie Allen and Barista Kayla Campbell are ready to serve you.

Coffee Haven owner, Christie Allen and Barista Kayla Campbell are ready to serve you.

Coffee Haven

The Panhandle Chamber of Commerce spotlights a fairly new and delectable Panhandle business this month, the Coffee Haven, located at 124 Main Street.

The Coffee Haven was opened in May 2014 by owner, Christie Allen, and serves a large variety of gourmet coffees and teas, as well as juices, Italian sodas and fountain drinks. More than just a coffee shop, Christie freshly prepares and serves up a wide range of early morning breakfast items such as bacon or sausage and egg burritos, croissants and biscuits as well as fresh and yummy pastries. Lunchtime customers are treated to an awesome chicken salad, a variety of sandwiches and salads and lots of dessert options. Christie’s cooking area is small, but the results are huge!

The Allens purchased the historical building on the corner of Main and Broadway in 2012. The couple immediately begin their two-year renovation, rehab and remodel of the building, which includes three upstairs apartments, a woodworking shop in the downstairs back quarters and the Coffee Haven which fronts Main Street. Christie says that she knew that she wanted to open some type of business in the downstairs front area of the building. After talking with her family and many Panhandle friends, the idea for the coffee shop begin to percolate. The Coffee Haven also displays the remarkable talents of Winston’s woodworking skills and all of his displayed works are for purchase.

Christie and Kayla Campbell are the resident baristas and servers. “I am so thankful to the community and surrounding area who have supported us through our first year. This first year wouldn’t have been possible without all of our supporters, especially Mary Campbell, Mabel Dominquez and Brittany Tunnell Mireles,” Christie said.

The Coffee Haven is open Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Christie says that she is happy to open the Haven for special events, meetings and parties. The Coffee Haven is available for Class Reunions and will be open on the night of Homecoming following the game on Sept. 11. Reservations may be made by calling the Coffee Haven at (806) 537-3122. If you haven’t stopped in during their daytime hours, Homecoming is the perfect opportunity to stop in and try a coffee and/or tea and enjoy a wonderful pastry. The quaint and homey atmosphere encourages visitors to come in and sit awhile.

In celebration of the Coffee Haven’s spotlight month, Christie has a special buy one, get one free on all frappes and iced coffees beginning today, July 2, through next Wednesday, July 8. Also in celebration of the Fourth of July, the Coffee Haven will be open Saturday morning, July 4, from 7:30 to 10 o’clock. So stop by and get a freshing drink and a pastry before the parade starts!

City-Wide Garage Sale Saturday

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Panhandle Chamber of Commerce City-Wide Garage Sale is set for this Saturday, June 20, 2015.

In case you missed the deadline to have your address printed in the Herald, please contact Mary Beth Young at (806) 336-8801 no later than Thursday, 5 p.m. to have it added to Saturday’s listing.

There will be lots of “treasures” for everyone’s taste. So, get in your car and make a trip around Panhandle and Conway.

Don’t forget your MONEY!

City-Wide Garage Sale Set For June 20

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Panhandle Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a city-wide garage sale on Saturday, June 20, 2015. This year, there will be no cost for entering into the big day.

A list of participants will be published in the Thursday, June 18, Edition of the Panhandle Herald. Panhandle Chamber of Commerce, Panhandle Herald and Down the Bumpy Road will also post the participant list on their Facebook pages. Flyers will be posted around the City of Panhandle and the lists will be left at several Panhandle businesses, convenient for pick up.

If you are interested in this great opportunity, please text or call Mary Beth Young, 806-336-8801 and submit your address or post your information on Down the Bumpy Road’s Facebook page.

The deadline to be in the Panhandle Herald will be 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.

Don’t miss this chance to simplify your life and make some money.

Panhandle Chamber of Commerce June 2015 Spotlight

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

IMG_8965Gram Gram's

Great food, great atmosphere and great service…all right here in Panhandle.

Gram Gram’s is locally owned and operated by Tammy and Scott Burns. They moved to Panhandle in 2013 to be near their children and grand-children.

Tammy has been in the restaurant business for 45 years. Gram Gram’s opened in March 2014 in Conway. In July 2014, Gram Gram’s moved to Panhandle and conducted business out of a food trailer in the Thriftway parking lot. They moved to their current location, formerly Brickhouse Down on Main Street, in November 2014.

Located at 200 Main Street, Gram Gram’s is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. To-go-orders are available by calling 537-4712.

Tammy said her most popular items are Bacon Jalapeño Cheeseburger and Chicken Fried Steak.

Gram Gram’s staff which includes Jessie Spohn, Nettie Kisner, Rena Martinez, Corey Stribling, Tonya Nugent and Lesli Taylor are ready to serve you.

Chamber Seeking Citizen Of The Year Nominations

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The Panhandle Chamber of Commerce will be presenting a Citizen of the Year Award at its Masquerade Ball on May 2, 2015. The Chamber is seeking nominations from the community of an outstanding citizen who has contributed to making Panhandle a great place to live.

Nominations are by letter giving the name of the person and explaining why that person should be The Citizen of the Year. “Please give us as much information as you can about the nominee,” said a Chamber spokesperson.

Sealed letters of nomination should be delivered or dropped at the Panhandle Herald office, located at 319 Main. After hours, please use the drop box.

Chamber of Commerce – April 2015 Spotlight

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

TrinitychurchTrinity Church of Panhandle was constituted in 2011. The purpose of the church is to build God’s Kingdom by helping people to be saved, set free and set apart for God’s purpose for their lives.

For the first year of its existence, Trinity Church met at the PISD school cafeteria, but in 2012, the church relocated to its present location at 103 Main Street. The church renovated the space, which was previously a restaurant, so that the present structure includes a sanctuary, nursery, office, kitchen and fellowship hall.

Trinity’s services include Sunday morning worship at 10:30 and a children’s church, Wednesday evening children’s ministries from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Life groups that meet at various times throughout the week.

Larry Perkins is the pastor of Trinity Church and says: “We welcome all who need a place to worship God and find a place to belong to come and join us for services on Sunday! You will find a place to make friends and grow in your faith in a casual and warm environment! Join us this Easter Sunday a little early at 10 am and enjoy some breakfast with us too!”

Chamber of Commerce – March 2015 Spotlight

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

IMG_8163The funeral home in downtown Panhandle was originally established by Clyde L. Poston around the 1950’s. Mr. Poston had worked for A.M. Minton at Minton Funeral Home in Borger in the late 1940’s. Poston built the funeral home in Panhandle, which included a flower shop, with an apartment where he and his family resided.

The funeral home was later purchased by Otis Smith and was called Smith Funeral Home. Some years later, David Fox bought it and it was run under the title Smith Fox Funeral Home.

A.M. Minton’s son, Jake Minton, and Jerry Chatwell bought the building in 1989 and it became what we know as Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors, a full-service funeral home.

Minton Chatwell is proud to be a part of the Panhandle-Carson County community, serving the warm and wonderful people that call this area home.