Amarillo area Our Town briefs for the week of September 25, 2022

Reward offered for missing animal belonging to a woman killed in an accident

A friend is trying to help his family locate one of the dogs belonging to a Florida woman who died in a vehicle accident earlier this month near Childress. The dog was one of two pets in the vehicle at the time of the accident and is now missing.

“Today my friend was in a car accident at US 287, 8 miles northwest of Childress Texas and she did not survive, her dog that I gave her was with her and went ran away from the car…he’s a male Beagle 1.5 yrs old Please if you know anything and can help me find him let me know my friend was moving from Miami to Colorado , we are devastated and we want our dog back, his name is Max and he has a red collar with his name and AKC Reunite ID, he also has a microchip,” reads Facebook at https://www.facebook .com/groups/229261740466652/permalink/5679159292143509/.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, at around 12:15 p.m. on September 18, a Miami, Florida couple was traveling northwest on US-287 in a 2004 Ford Expedition while towing a U-trailer. -Haul. The trailer began to spin out of control causing 57-year-old driver Gladys Roath to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle and trailer went into a skid and moved toward the median, causing them both to overturn. The vehicle came to rest upside down, while the trailer came to rest on its side, still attached to the vehicle.

Gladys Roath was pronounced dead at the scene. While the passenger, 58, Alan Roath of Miami, Florida, was taken to Childress Regional Medical Center for treatment for serious injuries.

According to the message, they are ready to give a reward to whoever finds the missing dog. The post says the accident happened closer to County Road 2, just east of Dr Carter’s house and closer to the Childress County line 12 miles to the west.

TxDOT Amarillo to Host ‘Save Me a Seat’ Campaign Event on Tuesday

As part of its annual “Save Me With A Seat” campaign, the Texas Department of Transportation travels across the state with an interactive digital truck to draw attention to the fact that 46% of all seats in auto are misused, as reported by the National Highway Safety Administration. To educate parents and caregivers about child car seat safety, TxDOT’s campaign coincides with National Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from September 18-24.

The local event will take place Tuesday, September 27 from 9-9:30 a.m. at TxDOT Amarillo District Headquarters, 5715 Canyon Dr., in the Amarillo Main Building parking lot.

In 2021, 78 children under the age of 8 died in traffic crashes in Texas, and 22 of them were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Among children aged 8 to 12 in 2021, 36 died in traffic accidents, 13 of them unrestrained at the time of the accident.

To sign up for a car seat check, visit

Registration opens for Discovery Camp: Spooktacular Day Camps at DHDC

Young learners will be shocked when they explore just how unscary science is on October 7-10. They’ll send ghosts flying through the air, watch in awe as we dance worms, and so much more on this not-too-scary camp day.

The Discovery Center now hosts day camps during AISD school holidays to provide educational and exciting childcare as a continuation of their highly successful Camp Discovery series. Spooktacular Day Camps will feature amazing demos, epic experiences, explorer-approved creations to take home, hands-on learning with educators and more. Places are limited and registration is now open on

The cost ranges from $20 to $50, and both pre-care and post-care options are available.

The next TPWM conference/seminar will feature DAR member Darlene Smith

On the first Saturday of each month, the Texas Panhandle War Memorial hosts a one-hour lecture/seminar on topics related to military history. These conferences/seminars, free and open to the public, take place at the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Center, 4111 S. Georgia, at 1:30 p.m.

Snacks are offered to participants. The lecture/seminar series is made possible by a grant from the Mary E. Bivins Foundation.

The next lecture/seminar will take place on Saturday, October 1 and will be presented by Darlene Smith, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She has a personal line of a patriot who fought in the Revolutionary War. The DAR commissioned the WWI Doughboy “Ready” statue which was recently moved from Elwood Park to the War Memorial. “Ready” has quite a history that reflects the love of our veterans in Amarillo. Darlene will talk about the history of DAR and its purpose which involves the value of monuments and the educational value of a statue such as “Ready”.

Take advantage of the memorial’s new hours of operation on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and visit their military history museum, test your knowledge in our high-tech education center with five computer kiosks displaying information on 11 American wars, and visit their outdoor exhibits including a Huey Helicopter, supersonic jet fighter/bomber, a piece of the deck and superstructure of the USS Arizona, and our monuments to over 1,550 Panhandle residents who gave their lives in the wars.

Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to visit the museum is free for veterans; adults cost $5, children and students $2. For more information, call 806-350-8387, follow them on Facebook and/or visit their website,

WT authors celebrate recent publication of four books

CANYON — Five faculty members from West Texas A&M University will celebrate the recent releases of their books at a special event Sept. 27.

The Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities book release celebration will begin at 7 p.m. on September 27 at The Shell, 1519 Fourth Ave. in Canyon. Each author will read a short excerpt from their work at the event, which will also include drinks, appetizers and desserts. Books will also be on sale.

Books and authors featured include:

• Dr. Timothy Bowman, “You’ll Never Be One of Us: A Teacher, a Texas Town, and the Rural Roots of Radical Conservatism”;

• Dr. Ryan Brooks, “Liberalism and American Literature in the Clinton Era”;

• Dr. Kimberly Hieb, “Andreas Hofer: Ver Sacrum Seu Flores Music (Salzburg 1677), Parts 1 and 2”; and

• Roos and Dr. Amy Von Lintel, “Three Women Artists: Expansion of Abstract Expressionism in the American West”.

Upcoming books by other College faculty members will cover topics as diverse as the art histories of the Texas Panhandle, the Indianapolis Speedway, and the rock band Iron Maiden.

WT Theater hopes to carve its way to SUCCESS with a new musical

CANYON – West Texas A&M University Theater presents a production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical celebrating the titular bee’s intense, goofy, and adorably weird contestants.

The musical, by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. from September 28 to October 1 and at 2:30 p.m. on October 1 and 2 at the Happy State Bank Studio Theater inside the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts . Complex.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and non-WT students, and free for WT students, faculty, and staff with a Buff Gold card.

Peyton Hastings, a second-year musical theater student from Sundown, who Olive Ostrovsky and Natalie Lawson, a theater student from Canyon, play Marcy Park. In addition to Hastings and Lawson, the cast includes Flower Mound musical theater specialist Zachary Todd as Chip Tolentino; Noa Sorrell, a second-year musical theater student from Southlake, who plays Logianne Schwartzandgrubeniere; JP Lay, an acting major freshman from San Antonio, who plays Leaf Coneybear; RJ Flud, a musical theater major from Midland, who plays William Barfée; Hunter Schineller, a musical theater specialist from Tempe, Arizona, who plays Rona Lisa Perretti; Aidan Tsichlis, a musical theater student from Plano, who plays Douglas Planch; and Michael Olinger, a musical theater specialist from Pearland, who plays Mitch Mahoney.

The stunt doubles are Abigail Martin, a young musical theater student from Amarillo; and Camila Gutierrez, a freshman musical theater student from Palm Desert, California.

Music teacher WT publishes first modern edition of Austrian composer’s sacred works

CANYON – A baroque composer’s 17th-century sacred music is now available to the world, thanks to research by a musicologist at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. Kimberly Hieb, associate professor of music in the WT School of Music at the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, has published two volumes of scores by Andreas Hofer, a church composer who worked in Salzburg , Austria, 1600s. ‘Andreas Hofer: Ver sacrum seu flores music’, which translates to ‘Sacred Spring or Musical Flowers’, celebrates a series of Catholic holidays.

This is the first modern musical edition of these compositions, which survive today only in age-old scores – individual music books for each instrument or voice, rather than being transcribed into a single combined score, according to the modern tradition – in Salzburg and the picturesque Bavarian city of Ottobeuren, Germany, Hieb said. Hieb, whose research was partially funded by a faculty development grant from the WTAMU Foundation, traveled to Austria and Germany for several years to transcribe Hofer’s music from the original sources.

The books are available from the publisher AR Editions or on Amazon. WT’s Cornette Library has physical copies as well as access to PDF files through the recent online music search.

Hieb was recently named the new host of High Plains Public Radio’s “Classical Music Amarillo,” which airs at noon on Sundays, with an encore airing at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

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