Welcome to the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce section

Chamber Plans Crime Prevention Program

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The Panhandle Chamber of Commerce will meet on Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Hazlewood Auditorium of the Square House Museum at 7 p.m.
Panhandle City Police Chief Sace Hardman will be presenting a special program, “Business Crime Prevention” which not only applies to area businesses, but would also benefit all residents of Panhandle.

“We encourage anyone interested in learning tips on how to keep your home, family and business safe. This an excellent opportunity to ask questions,” said Chamber President Tammy Wendel.

All Chamber meetings are open to the public and those interested in promoting Panhandle.

Panhandle Chamber Of Commerce February Spotlight – Carson County Square House Museum

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Carson County Square House Museum, located at 503 Elsie in Panhandle, Texas.

Carson County Square House Museum, located at
503 Elsie in Panhandle, Texas.

The Carson County Square House Museum (CCSHM) has been called the “gem of the Texas Panhandle” and is considered one of the top small museums in the United States. Over 1,877 people visited the Museum or participated in its offsite programs in 2014.

The historic Square House, built of lumber hauled from Dodge City, Kan. in the 1880s, is just one of 21 buildings, galleries, outdoor diorama and large outdoor artifacts that make up the Square House Museum complex. Case exhibits and full-sized diorama tell the story of the Texas Panhandle and its people, from mammoth hunters 12,000 years ago, through the Indian Wars, cattle ranches and the coming of the railroad in the 19th century to the oil boom of the 1920s and the region’s part in the space program of today. A wildlife gallery and two art galleries add other dimensions of history. These two galleries exhibit artwork from local artists, and displays are constantly changed with “hometown collections” from area residents. CCSHM has been accredited three times by the American Association of Museums. Last year, it received two Golden Nail Awards from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

The Museum started with the original white Square House. It became the nucleus of the present Square House Museum complex with its multiple buildings. The Museum was opened in 1967 and will soon be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. Many plans are in progress for this celebration. It was awarded a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark plaque in 1966 and was entered in the National Register in 1973.

Last year, the education outreach program visited over 40 schools, presenting educational trunks to over 3,449 students and nursing homes, assisted living centers, community clubs in Carson County and in the five adjoining counties of Armstrong, Gray, Hutchinson, Potter and Randall. A summer arts program is offered for students during the summer. Guided tours are also available with prior arrangements. In 2014, 20 tours were given to a total of 1,072 people.

The Hazlewood Auditorium hosts events such as the Mortenson and Blattner Energy Job Fairs and Trainings, the Amarillo Area Foundation Grant Workshop and Fall Roundup, Pantex Quarterly Meetings and the Farm Bureau County Convention, to name a few. The Museum also hosts the monthly Chamber of Commerce Meetings and the monthly Carson County Historical Commission meetings. Many beautiful weddings are held at the 100-year-old Conway Community Church, just south of the Hazlewood Auditorium.

The Museum could not exist without its many volunteers who help with tours, exhibits, collections, and whatever else is needed. The volunteers, along with the Museum Board, contributed over 3,522 hours of community service in 2014.

The Square House Museum is a non–profit organization that is funded by donations. Many people contribute memorials, which greatly help with funding. Admission is free.

Visit the Museum, located at 503 Elsie Street in Panhandle, opened Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., or call us at 537-3524 to schedule a tour. Take a step back into history! You will be amazed at what you find!

January 2015 – Panhandle Chamber Of Commerce Spotlight

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Staff Photo wMerry ChristmasThe Family Care Clinic of Panhandle, located at 102 E. US Highway 60, is a primary care clinic with a mission of promoting the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities throughout the Texas Panhandle. The Family Care Clinic is committed to providing accessible, high-quality health care and dedicated to taking pride in caring for all patients.

Since 2009, the clinic has gradually expanded its hours and services. Currently, the clinic is open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, and 8 – noon on Saturdays. Services include the following:
• Primary health care services to all ages from infant to elderly.
• Full lab & x-ray services daily
• Physical therapy services twice weekly through Advanced Physical Therapy.
• Physical fitness classes including CrossFit for beginners, regular group CrossFit classes, and the newest class scheduled to begin January 2015 - Pilates.
• Aesthetic services which include skin consults, facials, Botox and filler treatments, and professional skin care products.
• Allergy services that includes testing and treatment for the most common allergens in the Texas Panhandle.
• Healthy Life Journey – We are super excited about our new program designed to guide patients down a path of healthy living in order to meet and maintain their lifelong healthy weight goals. This medical weight management program is designed to assist patients in meeting weight goals while decreasing risk factors associated with obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. The kick off informational meeting will be held on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. – Call 532-2273 for information.

The Family Care Clinic has grown into one amazing Family!
Holly Jeffreys, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; Cheryl Gergens, MSN, APRN, FNP-C; Lisa Bouyea, MSN, APRN, FNP-C; Keith Black, DO; Beth Dumaoal, Office Manager; Candra Inman, Billing Specialist; Elizabeth Baumgarder, LVN; Angela Sims, LVN; Diana Alarcon, LVN; Ellee Leland, RN; Angela Clay, RN; Kadie Spinphrine, NT; Ashley Gilbert, Phlebotomist; Alexis Cordova, Healthy Life Journey Coach; Kristy Adair, Reception; Callie Folmar, Reception; Casey Muir, Reception; Jody Segura, LVN and Certified Allergy Specialists; Tom Prince, Physical Therapist; Brandon and Brea Reid – Certified CrossFit Instructors; and Gentry Williams – PT and Certified Pilates Instructor.

Panhandle Chamber Of Commerce – December Spotlight

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Robinson Grain Co., Inc. in Panhandle, Texas. Photo courtesy of Billy Brown

Robinson Grain Co., Inc. in Panhandle, Texas.
Photo courtesy of Billy Brown

Robinson Grain Co., Inc.

Anyone raised in the Texas Panhandle is familiar with the big white lonely skyscrapers that pepper the landscape of the West Texas Plains. We call them elevators.

Robinson Grain Co., Inc. operates eight of those elevators, located at Abell, Conway, Cuyler, Lark, Lee Switch, Masterson, Panhandle East and Panhandle Main. The locations of the elevators provide convenient access for farmers in Carson, Armstrong and Potter counties, and they operate from 7 a.m. until the last farmer brings in the last load of the day!

The elevators are kept in good operating condition by using a daily detailed maintenance schedule. Current Federal Warehouse Storage capacity for these elevators is 6,108,000 bushels, of which four commodities, corn, sorghum (milo), wheat and soybeans are handled.
Purchased in 2006, the grain company is owned by Carson County Grain Growers, LLC., which consists of 12 members. The company also owns and operates Robinson Fuel Inc., located just east of Panhandle on Hwy 60. They specialize in fuel at the pumps, fuel delivery, oil sales and anhydrous ammonia fertilizer.

The owners of Robinson Grain Co., Inc. have a lot of appreciation for all their customers and employees and look forward to future business opportunities!

Manager Ernest Cadenhead or Office Manager Andrea Hunt are happy to assist with any questions concerning the elevators and can be reached at 537-3581. Get the local grain prices at www.robinsongrain.com.

Shop Panhandle Next Week!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Panhandle will be lit up and bustling next Thursday evening, Dec. 4, as the crowds venture out into the crisp December air to experience Christmas On Our Town. You’ll want to be a part of this annual community festivity, as folks make their way from business to business, shopping, eating and enjoying the fellowship of each other!
Here are some of the businesses that will be participating: Lone Star Ballet will be open from 5 to 7 p.m.; Friends of Carson County Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will offer a cake and book sale; Panhandle Herald will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. and will offer pumpkin cake, cookies, hot apple cider and a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD (must register in office or fill out original form from paper and drop in box by Dec. 12 for drawing on Dec. 18 – limit one application per household); Panhandle Inn, hosted by Brooklyn Tompkins and Jessica McCoy, will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. and will offer homemade sweet treats, vintage street signs, handcrafted tile mosaics, art by beloved artist Nancy Riley, Panhandle Inn note cards and SAVE THE INN t-shirts; Main Street Gallery will be open from 5 to 7 p.m.; Gypsy Rose will be open all day and will offer an in-store drawing and Panhandle Drug Store will be open all day, Happy State Bank will be open until 6 p.m.; Panhandle Country Club will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. and will offer cookies and punch and a chance to win a One Free Month (June 2015) membership; across the highway, Bragnitup will be open all day; Panhandle Animal Shelter will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. and will offer special pet treats; City Hall will be open for regular business hours and are asking everyone to stop by and fill out a Parks & Recreation Survey to assist in the City’s planning, or you can fill one out at the War Memorial Building after hours; Coffee Haven will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then 5 to 7 p.m.; A New Look/Buttons, Bows and Balloons will be open all day and will have an in-store drawing; Gram Gram’s Café will be open until 9 p.m.; Panther Pizza will be open until 9 p.m.; Wild West Taxidermy will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; The Red Olive will be open all day; Panhandle Hardware & Feed will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. and will offer cookies, hot cocoa and coffee; Panhandle InterBank will be open until 5 p.m. and will offer an in-Bank drawing; Family Care Clinic will be set up at the War Memorial Building from 5 to 7 p.m. and will offer healthy chili, hot chocolate and information on their Healthy Life Journey weight loss program, Cross Fit and Pilates classes; the Square House Museum will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. and will offer fun activities and games.
Starting at 7:30 p.m., at the Square House Museum, the Chamber will have individual gift drawings for a Panhandle Country Club Golf Bucket, a Panhandle Herald one-year subscription to the paper, a Panther Pizza gift certificate, a $50 gift certificate from Panhandle Hardware & Feed, a gift certificate from The Red Olive, a Main Street Gallery gift certificate, two $15 Coffee Haven gift certificates, a $20 gift certificate from Gram Gram’s Café, four $20 Bragnitup gift certificates, a gift basket from the Panhandle Drug Store, a gift bag from Happy State Bank, two $25 Wild West Taxidermy gift certificates, a Panhandle Chamber gift certificate Package for a Date Night to the Lone Star Ballet, a gift basket donated by The Shag and a gift basket donated by Brandy Neil.
Bundle up with your mittens, hats and scarves and come Shop Panhandle for Christmas this year!

Chamber of Commerce Spotlight: Ed’s Liquor

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Mark Smith says he remembers going into Pete Ford’s drive-in restaurant as a little boy in the 1960’s. “The walls were lined with booths, and every booth had its very own juke box!” he said. The sign by the covered window on the east side of the building that reads “Drive In” is still lit up.
John Cotter bought the place from Mr. Ford in the 1970’s, and in 1982, Tony Brasher bought it and turned it into “Jamie’s Liquor.”
In the 1990’s, Choc Smith purchased the place with the understanding that his brother, Ed, would run it, which he did. For a few years, Choc’s son, Mike, ran it for his uncle. In 2003, when Uncle Ed was ready to retire, Mike’s brother, Mark, bought it and has successfully operated it for the past 11 years.
If you haven’t been inside Ed’s Liquor, treat yourself to a visual wonderland of colorfully and creatively packaged displays of wines, beers and liquors. They are as appealing to the eye as the beautifully bottled perfumes at the cosmetic counter in Bloomingdales!
Ed’s carries all of your favorite name brand beverages, and for a limited time, during the holiday season, Ed’s will have Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog, a customer favorite!
Visit Ed’s Liquor at 1389 US Highway 60 or call 537-5187 for special orders. Ed’s is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Chamber of Commerce October Spotlight

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Bamert logo 1951
Bamert Seed Company

The Bamert family has been producing and selling seed for over 60 years. Their production farm is located in Muleshoe, Texas. So why is the Panhandle Chamber of Commerce spotlighting them in our Panhandle Herald? Well, because they have purchased some land right near here and have already started planting for another production farm in Carson County!

The late Carl Bamert and his wife, Cookie, of Muleshoe, began growing native grasses in 1951, and Carl sold the seed himself until the late 60’s.

In 1981, Carl’s son, Nick, a graduate of Texas A&M University, moved back home to help his dad with the business.

Nick and his wife, who is also a Texas A&M graduate, became very involved in the company, and both of their sons, Brett and Austin, and their wives (all Aggies), are now all part of the family business.

Bamert Seed Company produces over 50 species of native grasses, legumes and wildflowers. They market the seed throughout the United States, mostly for reclamation projects. Oil and gas, coal mining, pipeline and wind generator companies and several State Highway Departments of Transportation, all call on Bamerts for the revegetation process. Their seed is used for wildlife habitats, too, such as Pheasants Forever and National Wild Turkey Federation.

Nick stated emphatically, “Conservation is part of our legacy and we are using native seeds to protect the soil and wildlife for future generations.”

Bamert Seed Co. sells Bird and Butterfly, Deluxe Prairie and Hill Country Blends; Big Bluestem, Blue Grama and Buffalo Grasses; Babywhite Aster, Black-eyed Susan, Engelmann Daisy, Purple Prairie Clover and Maximillian Sunflower of the Forbs Species and Catclaw Mimosa, Mesquite and Pricklypear of the Woody Species, just to name a few. All of these are indigenous to the area, and this particular vegetation makes this part of the country so beautiful.

Nick said, “We just want to be good neighbors! We chose Panhandle because we were so impressed with the community and school system.” He continued,

“There are a lot of similarities to Muleshoe.” Let’s welcome these neighbors! Visit www.bamertseed.com and check out all that Bamert Seed Company has to offer.

Panhandle Chamber of Commerce Monthly Spotlight

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Terry and Joyce Compton

Terry and Joyce Compton

Brickhouse Down on Main Street

Owning and running a restaurant is nothing new for Joyce and Terry Compton. They operated Mighty’s in Claude for 15 years before they opened Brickhouse Down On Main Street here in Panhandle on “tax day” of this year.

Located at 200 Main Street, the Brickhouse, as shortened by locals, is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. To-go-orders are available by calling 537-1020.

Known for their great burgers and sandwiches, they also make a killer chicken-fried steak and fried okra, which were mentioned, along with the restaurant itself, in none other than the New York Times magazine! In addition to the entrees mentioned, the Brickhouse also serves great appetizers and salads.

As you sit surrounded by mounted heads of indigenous beasts and framed pictures of the early days in Panhandle, you’ll not only enjoy a great meal, but you’ll get a little bit of complimentary history “where the deer and the antelope roam!” And buffalo, too!

Speaking of the old cowboy song, Terry says, “We hope to have live music on Thursday evenings soon.” And being the only public restaurant in Panhandle to be TABC approved, you can sip your glass of beer or wine as you relax and enjoy the musical offerings coming from the quaint little stage on the east end of the dining room.

The Comptons wanted to stress how much they appreciate their 12 employees and the community of Panhandle for the support they’ve received. They’d also like to invite you to visit their website at www.panhandlebrickhouse.com or look them up on Facebook.

If you haven’t been down to the corner of 2nd and Main in a while, get out and visit the Brickhouse Down On Main Stree

Business Spotlight of Month – August

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Stamps SprayingThis family-run- business, formerly known as STAMPS sPRAYING SERVICE, has been around since 1962. Established by J.W. Stamps and then purchased by his son, Gaylon, in 1975, the spraying service is still in the family. About two years ago, Gaylon’s daughter, Carissa and husband, Jason Davis, bought into the business, which is now known as S & D sPRAYING SERVICE.

The crop-dusting service operates during the spring and fall months from sunup to sundown. They spray mostly for weeds, but the wetter the season, the more they spray for crawly critters. This year, because of the rain, they’ve had to take care of some bugs and worms for some local farmers.

When asked about the prominent “PRAY” in the center of the business logo on the doors of the hanger, Carissa, who keeps the books for the business, explained, “Our faith is very important. It’s God-first, family-second, and then the business.” She said that her father’s and grandfather’s motto was ‘We pray as we spray!’

She and Jason, the main pilot, are running S & D sPRAYING SERVICE with this in mind and passing the tradition on down to their three children, Grayson – 11, Greenlee – 8 and Gemma – 4. Their son, Grayson, already helps out with the family business. He mows the lawn around the hanger, helps with some tree-spraying and performs other important tasks.

The business is located at 1366 Hwy 60 West. The phone number is 806-537-5143. If you’re headed east on the highway, you can’t miss them. Call S & D sPRAYING SERVICE if you need a crop duster and maybe a blessing, too!

Panhandle Chamber of Commerce Spotlight: Panhandle Herald

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Panhandle Herald Staff

Panhandle Herald Staff

In 1937, on the golden anniversary of the Panhandle Herald, in the July 22 edition, these words were written: “The record of 50 years was not achieved because of ability alone of the editors…This record is a tribute to the stability of the ‘Panhandle of Texas,’ a region which has surpassed probably the most extravagant hopes of the pioneers.” And we would add, 77 years later, that it’s a tribute to the wonderful people of this community, who contribute so much to our publication!

The Panhandle Herald is the oldest continuing business in the Texas Panhandle. All four pages of the Panhandle Herald, were first published on Thursday, July 22, 1887 by Henry Harrold Brookes with wooden blocks and wooden presses he built himself. Now, that’s tenacity!

We’ve come a long way! With all of the current technology, we’re able to send our information to the printing press with the touch of a button, and voila!

Of course, that doesn’t mean running the paper is easy! Our diligently gathered information entails extensive research, deliberation and sometimes headache-inducing editing! There’s a lot that goes into the publication of the news!

As far as we could tell, in January of 2001 the Panhandle Herald and White Deer News were combined. We could not find an article to confirm this, but that is the month and the year in the archives where they are both bound together for the first time.

Current owners of the Panhandle Herald/White Deer News are Shaun and Frank Wink, who acquired the business from Joe and Jean Miller in August of 2009.

As chief editor, Shaun, oversees both the Panhandle Herald and White Deer News, but can most often be found in her office in Panhandle with Traci McMinn in accounts payable/receivable and assistant editor Dolly Cowan. Lois Ricks is the editor of the White Deer News, and Linda Robertson is the circulation manager there.

Besides these five, we do have many other kind contributors, who make our job at the Herald easier; Ann Metcalf, Billy Bob Brown, Bill Gray, Tammy Wendel, Keirstyn Kelley and Christle Brown, to name a few. And, of course, the school, library, city and county offices are good to send us reader-interest material.

We, at the Panhandle Herald, take seriously our job to report news accurately and efficiently. We respect and appreciate our readers. Not all news in the Herald is good news, but most of it is!

The Herald office is located at 319 Main Street in Panhandle and operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, and our Friday hours are flexible. We will post a sign on the door if we are going to be out of the office. We will be closed this Friday, of course, in honor of our nation’s birthday!

There is a convenient drop box by the door of our office, in which payments, articles, etc. can be placed.

If you would like to put an article in the paper, the deadline is 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

If you do not have a subscription to the newspaper, you may purchase a paper from the Herald office or Thriftway Grocery Store. We also have back copies in the office.

Acquiring a subscription is as easy as a phone call or a visit to the office. Subscriptions also make great gifts! Online subscriptions are available, too.

We are always happy to come and take pictures for a story. Just call 537-3634 or email us at shaun@panhandleherald.com.

Thank you, readers and contributors, for keeping the Panhandle Herald an ongoing legacy we can be proud of!