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Thursday, September 27, 2001

School district AD Williams OK following diabetic attack

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 27, 2001 -- Homecoming for the Pecos Eagles is scheduled for tomorrow, but  the Eagles may have to fly solo without their leader.

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD athletic director Lawrence "Bubba" Williams is currently in Reeves County Hospital, following a diabetic attack this week.

"He found out he is diabetic following that incident," said his wife, Laverne Williams.

Williams said her husband is doing well and will have to take better care of himself. "He'll have to watch his sugar," she said.

Williams said her husband, who had been feeling badly, is currently doing well, but is still in the hospital. "We're hoping he can get out today, but we'll have to see what the doctor says," she said.

Williams said that the first thing her husband thought about was the Pecos Eagles' homecoming game against Monahans scheduled for tomorrow. She said that the first thing he said was, "I have to be out of the hospital by Thursday, so that I can attend the game on Friday."

However, whether Williams will be out at Eagle Stadium tomorrow will depend on what the doctor's orders are, his wife said.

Williams has been the P-B-T ISD athletic director since 1998, and has served as head baseball coach for the Pecos Eagles for the past 20 years. A Pecos High School graduate, he also served as an assistant baseball, football and basketball coach over the past 30 years.

McCain, Heinz complete buy-out of Anchor Foods

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 27, 2001 -- A Canadian-based company has completed the three-company deal  to purchase the production facilities and foodservice business of  Anchor Food Products Inc. 

McCain Foods Limited has purchased the operations of Anchor Foods, including its Appleton, Wis. headquarters and Wisconsin operations, along with its plant in Pecos and another operation in Mexico. As part of the deal, H.J. Heinz Company purchased Anchor's branded retail products business. Specific terms of the three-party transaction were not announced.

Anchor began operations in Pecos in 1990, moving into the former Pecos Cantaloupe Co. building. The company began locally processing batter-dipped onion rings for shipment around the United States, and in the past decade has grown into the city's largest employer, with about 750 people at the company's Interstate 20 plant.

Gilles Lessard, chairman and CEO of McCain Foods U.S.A. in Oak Brook, Ill., says the acquisition of the Anchor foodservice positions McCain sales in the U.S. to about $1.5 billion. He added that the acquisition positions McCain as a major player in frozen appetizers, as well as its original frozen potato business.

"We now are positioned to showcase our innovation, production capabilities and customer service to an even broader range of foodservice customers," Lessard said.

Anchor had sales of $503 million in 2000. Along with onion rings, it produces and markets cheese appetizers, stuffed jalapeno peppers and vegetable appetizers, along with rolled and other specialty appetizers.

McCain Foods USA is a major manufacturer of frozen French fries, appetizers and pizzas. It is part of McCain Foods Limited on Nova Scotia, Can., with operations in 13 countries on five continents and sales of about $4 billion.

The new Food Service Appetizer Group will produce and market a wide variety of brands, including Poppers, Anchor, Moore's, Brew City and Golden Crisp, to the food service trade.

Bill Raaths, Anchor's president and CEO who will head the combined appetizer business group, also sees synergies in the merger. "Anchor is recognized for its new product innovation and marketing sizzle. Coupling this with McCain's operational strength, solid brands and major international presence produces a winning formula."

Along with its plants in Pecos and Appleton, Wisc., McCain's other appetizer plants are located in Rice Lake and Ft. Atkinson, Wis.; Grand Island, Neb., and in Toluca and Cuahtemoc, Mexico.

Vandals again able to torch PHS bonfire

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 27, 2001 -- Pecos High School students, along with numerous members of  the community, were scrambling to stack up wood for the  Homecoming Bonfire this morning after the original bonfire pile was set on  fire about 1:30 a.m. today, the second year in a row the bonfire has  been burned the night before the scheduled event.

The Pecos Volunteer Fire Department were called to the bonfire site, south of the Reeves County Golf Course, at 1:45 a.m., were they found the fire going strong.

PHS Principal Danny Rodriguez said that Fire Chief Roy Pena called him at home to inform him of what had happened.

Rodriguez said that once the fire department arrived the fire was already high and it was decided to let it continue to burn.

"We couldn't stop it," he said. "So we decided to wait until morning to see what we could do."

Fire Marshall Jack Brookshire said that the fire was started by someone lighting up debris surrounding the bonfire.

"They just set the debris that was out there and it just kept spreading until the whole thing was on fire," he said.

Rodriguez said the premature fire did upset the students at the high school. "They were really upset because they worked hard building it," he said.

Rodriguez added that the students are coming together, with the help of community members and businesses, and rebuilding so the bonfire will go on as scheduled.

Rodriguez said that once the school decided to continue and rebuild the community joined in to help in the rebuilding process.

"People have responded well," he said. "Everybody has just kind of joined forces."

Rodriguez said that many people have donated wood for the rebuilding as well as manpower.

Rodriguez said that he does not want to speculate on who set the fire, he just wanted to focus on rebuilding it for the students.

"We will not let that stop us. We will rebuild," he said. "We want to do what is right for our kids."

Last year's bonfire was also set on fire before it was time and the students rebuilt that one as well.

Rodriguez said that it turned out that a few out-of-town workers who were staying in the nearby Swiss Clock Inn had started last year's fire.

Brookshire said that once those men were caught the city was only able to charge them with setting a fire within the city limits, which is a Class C Misdemeanor.

He said that they could not charge the men with arson because in order for that to happen something of value would have to have been destroyed.

Brookshire said that he was told that some students were working at the bonfire until approximately 1:15 a.m., but left thinking that no one would bother the bonfire that late at night.

The city is investigating this morning's fire but so far they do not have much to go on.

"We got a report of a vehicle seen leaving the area but that could have been the students," he said. "We really don't have any leads to go by."

Rodriguez also said that sometime this week approximately 15 yard signs belonging to football players were found in the city zoo.

"Somebody had stolen them and put them in there," he said.

Rodriguez said that the bonfire would not stop the school from enjoying the 2001 Homecoming festivities and hopes to see the community and PHS Exes come out for the pep rally and football game.

The Homecoming Parade is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., today along Eddy Street in Pecos and the bonfire will happen as scheduled at 9 p.m.

Schools schedule GED registration early next week

PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 27, 2001 -- GED registration has been scheduled for 1-5 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Pecos High School Counselor's Office.

Test dates will be held at 4:45 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 and Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Examinees must present a Texas Driver's license or Texas Department of Public Safety ID Card.

For more information call Pat Cobos or Eva Arriola, Pecos High School Counselors at 447-7229.


PECOS, Thurs., Sept. 27, 2001 -- High Wed. 87. Low this morning 48. Forecast for tonight:  Clear.  Lows in the mid 50s. Light SE winds. Friday:  Sunny. Highs in the upper 80s.  South winds 5 to 15 mph. Friday night:  Mostly clear. Lows in the mid  50s. Saturday:  Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Sunday:  Partly  cloudy. Lows in the 50s. Highs in the 80s.

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