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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, August 4, 2000
Early shoppers take advantage of tax holiday
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, August 4, 2000 - Early birds were on hand at local stores this
morning, taking advantage of the state's annual tax holiday weekend.
"It's still early, so we are expecting more people to come in and take
advantage of this," said Pecos Wal-Mart Manager Olga Guebara.
Texans get a break from state and most local sales taxes on between
12:01 a.m. today and midnight Sunday, the state's second annual tax holiday.
The Texas Legislature exempted most clothing and footwear priced under
$100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every
$100 that they spend.
"We're ready for all those back-to-school shoppers," said Guebara. "We
did real well last year, we were very busy."
"We have a lot of school supplies, even though the tax holiday won't
apply to those," she added.
Other local stores that will be participating include Dollar General
Store, Family Dollar Store, Beall's Department Store and Desiree's Boutique.
"This is state-wide so naturally we'll be participating in the tax-free
holiday," said Matt Lathrop, spokesman for Stage Stores, Inc., in Houston.
"And since the store in Pecos is one of the ones that will remain open,
we will be having new items in that store for back to school."
Guebara said this year Wal-Mart would allow the no-tax on layaway items.
"Individuals can put these items on layaway and the no-tax break will still
apply," she said.
Wal-Mart is also planning a back-to-school fashion show and talent show,
scheduled for a couple of weeks from now.
Tax-free items will include, baby clothes, bathing suits, belts with
attached buckles, boots-cowboy, hiking, caps/hats-baseball, fishing, golf,
knitted, choir robes, coats and wraps, costumes, diapers-adult and baby,
dresses, gloves (generally), gym suits and uniforms, hooded shirts and
hooded sweatshirts, hosiery, jackets and jeans.
It will also include, jerseys-baseball and football, jogging apparel,
such as bras, suits and shorts, neckwear and ties, pajamas, pants and trousers,
raincoats and ponchos, robes, shirts, shoes-sandals, slippers, sneakers,
tennis, walking, socks (including athletic), shorts, suits, slacks and
jackets, sweatshirts, sweat suits, sweaters, swimsuits and trunks, tuxedos
(not rentals), underclothes and works clothes and uniforms.
School supplies, however, will not be exempt, according to Carol McAnnally,
with the Texas Comptroller's office.
"This sales tax holiday applies to clothing only," she said.
Beall's currently is in reorganization, and parent company Stage Stores
announced the closing of several locations last week, but only one is located
in the Permian Basin, on Andrews Highway in Odessa.
"We were really busy this morning," said store manager Delma Arreguy.
"We opened at 8 a.m. and had quite a bit of customers."
Arreguy stated that local store did really well last year and that they
are hoping to beat that this year. "Our goal is to do better than we did
last year," she said.
Beall's is opening a couple of hours earlier this weekend. Store hours
usually begin at 10 a.m., but the store will be open from 8 a.m. until
8 p.m., this weekend, according to Arreguy.
"We have a lot of new back-to-school items, we just received a new freight,
just for back to school," she said.
The store is also having another promotional, giving customers 10 percent
off, from 8 a.m. until noon. And while they don't offer lay-a-way plans,
the store offers a credit card. "We'll be taking applications for the credit
card and if they are approved, they get an extra 10 percent off," said
"We real busy last year and we'll probably real busy this year as well,"
Items that will be taxed include accessories (generally)-barrettes,
elastic ponytail holders, wallets, watches, backpacks, baseball cleats
and pants, belt buckles (without belt) boots-climbing, fishing, rubber
work boots, ski, waders, buttons and zippers, cloth and lace, knitting
yarns, and other fabrics, dry cleaning services, football pants, golf gloves,
handbags and purses, handkerchiefs, hard hats, helmets-bike, baseball,
football, hockey, motorcycle, sports, ice skates, jewelry, laundering services,
leather goods-except belts and wearing apparel, pads-football, hockey,
soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder, personal flotation devices, rented clothing
(including uniforms, formal wear and costumes), roller blades and skates,
safety clothing, glasses and shoes _bicycle (cleated), bowling and golf
The tax break is expected to save Texas consumers millions in state
and local sales taxes.
West side raid nets drugs stolen stereo
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, August 4, 2000 - Pecos Police, with the help of the Reeves County
Sheriff's Department and Trans Pecos Drug Task Force executed a search
warrant Thursday afternoon in which drugs were reportedly found in a west
side home, but no arrests were made.
At approximately 3:45 p.m., officers went to the home of Vicky Renteria,
1900 Rhodes Street.
During the search of the residence a substance believed to be heroin
was found on the premises along with paraphernalia commonly used in the
injecting and packaging of heroin, according to Pecos Police Investigator
Also during the search a car stereo was located within the residence,
according to Deishler.
"It was confirmed that the car stereo had been stolen from a vehicle
at the Town and Country Food store on July 31," said Deishler.
Police also discovered a ladies Seiko watch in the house. "It is believed
that this watch could be stolen and if anyone within the community is missing
this brand of watch, please contact Investigator Olga Lopez at the the
Police Department," said Deishler.
Deishler said no charges were filed following the search of the home,
but added "Arrests are pending and the investigation is continuing."
New addition for Crockett almost ready
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, August 4, 2000 - Students at Crockett Junior High were unable
to pick up class schedules today due to some technical difficulties, and
a second date to pick up schedules has been set for Tuesday.
Seventh grade students may pick up their schedules in the morning. The
scheduled pick up times are: A-I between 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., J-R between
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., S-Z between 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Eighth grade students may pick up their schedules that afternoon. The
scheduled pick up times are: A-I between 1 p.m.-2 p.m., J-R between 2 p.m.-3
p.m., S-Z between 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Despite the scheduling problems Juanita Davila, principal, said the
campus is almost ready for the new school year.
The new science building extension is in the final stages of completion
and should be ready for the teachers to move in soon.
"It's pretty much ready to be occupied," Davila said. "There is some
minor things to be completed."
She said the new building is state-of-the-art with sensor lighting and
sensor lavatories making the new building one of a kind between Odessa
and El Paso.
Davila said she enjoyed being a part of the building construction.
"It was a lot of fun watching the different stage of construction,"
she said. "This building is something to be proud of."
The extension to the building is not the only thing new at Crockett.
For the first time in 13 years Crockett will have both seventh and eighth
grade students in the same school. New lockers have been moved in to accommodate
the number of students.
There also are three brand new teachers to the district that will be
at the school. They are Barry Truelove, Jerri Akers and Kelly Cooper. Truelove
will teach math and algebra as well as serving as head coach for the junior
high team. Akers will teach math. Cooper will teach special education and
also be an assistant coach.
Frank Morin, an 18-year veteran to the district, is also taking on a
new role as assistant principal.
"I'm a newcomer to this position but not to education," he said.
Morin said he is excited about his new position and is looking forward
to the new-year.
"I foresee that it's going to be an excellent year," he said.
Morin said he has worked with most of the teachers at Crockett and knows
all of the students.
"That's why I feel like it's going to be an excellent year because of
the fact I know them," he said. "It'll make it easier."
Morin will handle the disciplinary referrals from the teachers as well
as along with Davila supporting the school and students at school events.
Davila said she is looking forward to working with the new teachers
as well as the ones she's worked with before and also working with the
"I know these kids from when I was principal at third grade," she said.
"I've watched them grow up."
This is the 23rd year Davila has been in education and said
she is still enthusiastic every morning.
"This year is just as exciting at the first," she said.
Davila said the teachers are also ready for the year to start.
"They're enthusiastic, they're fired up and they're ready to go," she
said. "We'll be ready the first day of school."
Physical forms due by Monday for HS athletes
PECOS, August 4, 2000 - Practice opens Monday for Pecos High School football,
volleyball and tennis players, and physical forms, must be filled out by
a doctor and returned to their coaches by then in order to participate
in pre-season workouts.
Volleyball workouts will be split into early morning and evening sessions,
while tennis practice will run from 3 to 6 p.m. and football will be from
5 to 10 p.m. on Monday. Practice times will vary for varsity, freshmen
and junior varsity players.
Junior high players at Crockett Middle School have an extra week to
get their forms filled out by a doctor and returned to their coaches. Practice
for both seventh and eighth grade volleyball and football players will
begin on Monday, Aug. 14.
Paula Pallan, 80, of Midland, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at San Juan
Catholic Church with burial in Fairview Cemetery.
She was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Presidio, married Leonor Y. Pallan, Sr.,
in April of 1940 and the couple made their home in Pecos. She moved to
Midland in 1976, after Mr. Pallan's death in 1974 and was a member of San
Juan Catholic Church.
Survivors include her companion, Ray Mata of Midland; five sons, Tito
Payan of Midland, Pete Pallan of Camarillo, Calif., Lupe Pallan of Odessa,
Arturo Pallan of Pecos and Sammy Payan of Crane; one daughter, Susie Stringer
of Plano; three brothers, Bruno Lara of Casa Grande, Ariz., Santiago Lara
of Pecos and Ramon Lara of Bakersfield, Calif.; four sisters, Cruz Lara
of Casa Grande, Ariz., Rosa Levario of Pecos, Manuela Monreal of Casa Grande,
Ariz. and Juana Reyes of Salinas, Calif.; 38 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Ellis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jimmy White, 67, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2000, at Reeves County Hospital.
Services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Pecos Funeral
Home Chapel with Gene Lindsey officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood
He was born April 23, 1933, in Livingston, was United States Army Veteran,
retired, had lived in Pecos since 1980 and a Baptist.
Survivors include his mother, Mary White Warren of Pecos.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, August 4, 2000 - High Thursday 102. Low this morning 68. Forecast
for tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the upper 60s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph.
Saturday: Sunny and continued hot. High near 107. Southeast wind 10-20
mph. Saturday night: Mostly clear. Low in the upper 60s. Sunday: Mostly
sunny and fair at night. Low in the mid 60s to near 70. High between 101-105.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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