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Tuesday, December 19, 2000

Peggy McCracken


By Peggy McCracken

Unity Christmas feast

draws churches together

Twas a week before Christmas,

And all through the Civic Center

Roamed Baptists and Catholics

And all who would enter.

Turkey and dressing rubbed shoulders

With tamales and beans,

Sweet potato pie smeared

Velvet dresses and jeans.

A unity celebration

The banquet was called;

Eight churches joined hands

And all had a ball.

Rey Carreon opened the show

And introduced each act

Of singing, poetry and sermon;

Gave out prizes, in fact.

Prayers by First Baptist,

Iglesia Bautista Primera and Mt. Zion,

Set the tone for for a season

Of praise to Judah's Lion.

"Jesus is the reason for the season"

Christina Sonnen's invite proclaimed.

And Jesus was glorified

When two sinners who came

Repented and turned

To Him for salvation

In response to Good News

Told in tongues of two nations.

New friendships were formed

In the unity fest.

Of Christmas gatherings,

This was the best.

"Gloria a Dios en las alturas!

"Paz en la tierra entre los hombres

"Que gozan de su favor!"

San Lucas 2, Dios Llega Al Hombre

"Glory to God in the highest heaven,

"And peace on earth to those

"With whom He is pleased."

Luke 2, Good News New Testament

Editor's note: Peggy McCracken is business manager and webmaster for the Enterprise. Her email address is

Our View

School board needs to make the call

The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board needs to step up to the plate on the high school scheduling issue.

Last week the board heard arguments from teachers supporting the current schedule and from administrators arguing for a different type of schedule.

After hearing the arguments, the board opted for a hands-off policy and left the matter in the hands of the administration.

"The chair feels that the consensus of the board is this is an administration matter," board president Louis Matta said.

That is the wrong answer.

The correct answer involves a decision by the school board. Leaving this to the administration is unfair to the administration and to the teachers.

While a school board should not micro-manage the administration, it is the job of the board to settle an earnest dispute between the two principal power groups within any school system _ and that was what was before the board.

Disputes like this are what a school board is for.

Your View

Balmorhea residents thankful for all the help

Dear Editor:
On Friday afternoon, on of our gasoline storage  tanks ruptured causing 4000 gallons of gasoline to fall over.  If not for the quick response of all those involved we  could have had a fatal situation.

Please allow us this opportunity to thank all the fire people involved in helping us avoid a potentially dangerous situation.

Special thanks to Luis Contreras and the Balmorhea Fire Department, Deputy Joe Gonzales of the Sheriff Department, David Matta of WTU, Armando Gil and Fire Marshall Jack Brookshire, Hector Rodriguez of the RCDC, West Texas Gas, Barry Lewis from Desert Distributors, Norman Roman of Sierra Supro, the TxDot and any others that helped avoid a catastrophe. Your hard work, professionalism, and quick response will not be forgotten. God Bless you all.



Balmorhea, Texas

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