Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, December 4, 2000
Scholastic Book Fair planned
A Scholastic Book Fair will be held at Austin Elementary School, beginning
today until Friday, Dec. 8, in Room 16.
Parents and community members can purchase books from 8:30 a.m. until
Books make great Christmas stocking stuffers and gifts.
Crime prevention program topic at club meeting
A Public Affairs Department Program planned by Peal Gustafson, department
chairman, was held by The Modern Study Club, recently with the business meeting
held in the home of Joyce and Donald Morton, and the program, Crime Prevention
_ A Tour of the Reeves County Detention Center, conducted on the premises
by Warden Rudy Franco.
Franco, who has been in law enforcement since 1969 began his career as
a police officer in Las Cruces. He has had numerous letters of commendation
and awards during the Bureau of Prison career and has worked with the prison
system in 10 different prisons.
Franco was assisted with the program presentation by departmental leaders,
Guadalupe Regalado, assistant warden of programs; Tony Perez, deputy warden;
Leonard Lopez, assistant warden of operations and Mike LeCuyer, custody administration.
Modern Study Club members stood outside the entrance to the RCDC and waited
until a metal and brick entranceway was opened from the inside of the building.
They then entered the main building walking through a metal detector and
began the process of signing in, which included signing in as to name and
time of entrance, having all keys and paraphernalia locked in a strongbox,
having their hands stamped and acquiring ID tags from the officers in charge
of visitor security. Club members met the warden and assistant warden and
were then ushered through corridors and intricate locked door systems to
the court room for their program.
Warden Franco, who is in charge of the total facility, explained that
the RCDC is a $29 million operation that has generated approximately $1.8
million of income for Reeves County, which owns the facility. The purpose
of the facility is to incarcerate criminals, protect the inmates from themselves
and to implement the economy of Reeves County through income and jobs. Each
of the four of Franco's assistants also explained their areas of supervision
and their duties. A question and answer time was then held.
Each of the five supervisors had retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons
and were then re-hired by that bureau since the Reeves County facility is
under that system and not a privately owned facility.
The thought-quote for the meeting was, "The Family Unit plays a critical
role in our society and in the training of the generation to come." _ Supreme
Court Justice _ Sandra Day O'Conner.
Roll call was answered with answering the question, "Do you believe capital
punishment serves as a deterrent to crime or do you believe criminals can
The group then returned to the home of Mrs. Morton for refreshments and
the business meeting. During opening ceremonies Lena Harpham led the Club
Collect, and Joyce Morton led the pledges to the Texas and the United States
of America Flags, while the members joined in, repeating in unison.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurer's
report, with no disbursements was accepted. There was no correspondence
The Federation Report, presented by Lena Harpham, Federation Chairman,
was about HOBY (Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership) taken from an article published
in the GFWC Magazine, concerning a woman holding an important position, who
got her start as HOBY recipient, while a sophomore in high school.
During unfinished business President Travland presented a report on the
Western District of Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Fall Board Meeting
held in Big Lake. Lena Harpham, Joyce Morton, President Travland and Margie
Williamson attended from The Modern Study Club.
President Travland appointed an Outstanding Club Women/Volunteer Contest
Committee. Doris Moorman, was named chairman, with Pearl Gustafson and Paula
Fuller, as members.
The bi-monthly project for this meeting was to donate Teddy Bears to the
Pecos Police Department for their project, "Bears On Patrol." The Teddy Bears
are given to children the department encounters that are in stress due to
traffic accidents, family problems, etc.
Dorothy Barton was approved unanimously for membership.
Doris Moorman and Juracy Ray served as hostesses in the Morton home.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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