Mason Lang has joined the staff of Leslie Massey Farmers Insurance as a Sales Producer. Mason has two years insurance sales experience but has decided to trade in his khakis and join the Leslie Massey Farmers Agency. 

CareXpress Anywhere, a virtual medical clinic developed by CareXpress Urgent Care, the area’s largest urgent care provider, is expanding its reach to help provide underserved areas in the Texas Panhandle with high-quality medical care. CareXpress Anywhere is available 24/7.

Governor Greg Abbott designated Amarillo Police Officer Susan Dorris to the Texas Violent Gang Task Force this past July. Dorris has 25 years of law enforcement experience.

Stephanie Coggins, a longtime City of Amarillo employee with more than a decade of service in various capacities, has been named city secretary. She assumed her duties on Aug. 23. The city secretary serves as a liaison between the city council and citizens.

SkyRite Signage Company announced the acquisition of Wellborn Sign Company on July 12, 2021. The new company will be known as SkyRite|Wellborn Sign Co.

Dr. Andrew Hay, former executive director of the Amarillo Symphony, joined the Cultural Foundation of the Texas Panhandle on Sept. 1 as its first executive director. CFTP was formed this year to preserve the culture of the Texas Panhandle and beyond, focusing the efforts of both Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, which produces the musical “Texas.” CFTP operates under the oversight of WT, as a member of The Texas A&M University System. 

Sister-Bear Foundation, an Amarillo 501c3 organization whose mission is to provide access to adaptive fitness and wellness resources for mobility-impaired adults, launched its Grants Program with its first gift in June. Darlene Martin, a retired Amarillo teacher who was born with cerebral palsy, received funds for therapy services at Re-Form Physical Therapy
& Pilates, which will pay for
24 therapy sessions not covered by her insurance. 

Xcel Energy spent close to
$524 million with Texas
and New Mexico vendors in
2020 to improve and maintain its extensive electrical system and provided more than $1.1 million in funding to nonprofits working to meet the needs of communities impacted by the pandemic.

West Texas A&M University named its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards in August. Jerry Don Logan, Claudia Stuart and Bruce Thompson were selected by the WT Alumni Association for achievement in their respective fields as well as their contributions to the Texas Panhandle community.

Blue Handle Publishing announced the hiring of two executives and the formation of a new editing services arm to complement its independent publishing house. Blue Handle, a traditional small press recently featured in Publishers Weekly’s BookLife, has hired Madison David as its Vice President. David, who grew up in Amarillo, was previously with Workman Publishing in New York. 

BHP has also hired Ricky Treon as its Editorial Director. Treon, raised primarily in the Texas Panhandle, is an award-winning author and editor who’s worked with New York Times and USA  Today bestsellers, including Romance Writers of America Hall of Famer Jodi Thomas and acclaimed thriller author Taylor Moore.



Upcoming Events

Good Times Celebration
Barbecue Cook-Off

Oct. 7

Tri-State Fairgrounds

Canyon Chamber Chow-Down

Oct. 15

Canyon downtown square