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Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Weapon found in bar beating of elderly man

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 1, 2002 -- The Pecos Police Department said they have recovered the weapon used in the beating of an elderly man that occurred early Saturday morning at the Del Rio Bar, and are still investigating the incident in hopes of making arrests in the case, which has left the victim near death in a Lubbock hospital.

"We have some strong leads to some possible suspects," Pecos Police Department Lt. Kelly Davis said.

While police have some leads to the possible suspects, no arrests have been made as of this morning. However, Davis said, "We anticipate to make an arrest in the future."

As of this morning, Davis added that they had recovered the weapon that was used in the beating of 81-year old Anastacio Acosta, who is reportedly in extremely critical condition in the Critical Care Unit at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

Family members said Acosta's skull was crushed in the beating, and bones in his hand were broken and ligaments were torn when he attempted to defend himself from the attackers.

Acosta is not breathing on his own in the Lubbock CCU. Family members are planning to travel to Lubbock today, after which Acosta may be taken off life support.

Police said the assailants entered the Del Rio Bar, which is located in the 400 block of East Fourth Street, while Acosta was in his bed early Saturday morning and severely beat the elderly man.

The bar had not been open the night before the assault, according to Davis.

Police were called to the scene Saturday morning and found Acosta lying in his bed, located in between the bar and a storage area, where it appeared he had been beaten, Davis said. He was taken first to Reeves County Hospital, then flown by air ambulance to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

Because Acosta lived by himself, Davis said that they do not know whether he had been robbed or not. Davis also added that there were no signs of forced entry into the home.

Final preparations underway for Fall Fair events

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 1, 2002 -- Final preparation is underway for the Annual Reeves County Fall Fair, scheduled for this weekend at the Reeves County Civic Center, the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena and the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn and Arena.

"We have a lot of booth entries and are already planning on the decorations," said Area Chamber of Commerce Interim Director Linda Gholson.

Red, white and blue will be the colors surrounding farm animals at this year's annual livestock show.

"Students at Austin Elementary will decorate throughout with the red, white and blue and farm animals will be placed in different places," said Gholson.

Booths are limited and individuals who would like to participate are asked to contact the chamber soon.

"We have a booth available that can house arts and crafts," said Gholson.

She added that if the individual that purchases the booth does not want to stay at the site, the Fall Fair Committee would sell their wares for 10 percent of the sales.

Gholson said that there would be a lot of food vendors. "Each one will be selling different items, there will be no duplications," she said.

Events inside the Civic Center will begin Friday afternoon, while the Fall Fair Livestock Show will start at 9 a.m. Saturday. Entries are expected to be up this year because the lamb show will be a sanctioned showmanship event for the first time since 1999.

Along with booths and events inside the Reeves County Civic Center, the annual barbecue cookoff will be taking place to the south at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse.

The 28th Barbeque Cook-Off is scheduled to begin Friday night and continue on Saturday. The deadline for further entries set for 5 p.m. Friday, with a fee of $50 that same day.

According to this year's Cook-Off Committee Chairman, Cody West, he currently has 48 entries and about 80 percent of them are local contestants. Other contestants are from Odessa, Balmorhea and Midland.

The number of entries this year is up from recent years. Anyone wanting to sign-up for the cook-off can do so at KIUN in Pecos.

West said that contestants need to get their camps set up Friday afternoon and evening, because the gates to the Sheriff's Posse Arena would be locked at 8 p.m. Friday. West added that glass containers would not be allowed into the arena.

Contestants in this year's cook-off will be competing in two categories of beef brisket and pork spare ribs.

Contestants have till noon on Saturday to turn in their entries to be judged, West said.

According to West, there will be a first, second, third and fourth place winner in each of the two categories of beef brisket and pork spare ribs.

"First in each category will receive $500, second in each category will receive $250," West said. "Third in each category will receive $150 and fourth in each category will receive $50."

However, he added that a Grand Champion would be announced and they would receive a Silver Platter from Fonville's Jewelers.

This year a trophy donated by Fonville's will also be given to the best camp, West said. All the judges for the cook-off and for the best camp would be from out of town, he added.

Other events that will be held during the cook-off will be a jalapeno eating contest and a washer-pitching tournament.

According to West, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will be hosting a dance at the Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn on Saturday night.

The music will be provided by Romaldo y Estilo Band from Ozona.

"The doors will open at 8 p.m. on Saturday," West said. "It will be $8 per person and $15 per couple."

Also on Saturday night a Ranch Rodeo will be held at the Buck Jackson Rodeo Arena. The rodeo is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.

PHA board OKs rent increases for apartments

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 1, 2002 -- The Town of Pecos City's Pecos Housing Authority/Farm Labor Housing Board of Commissioners set rental rates for the agency's apartments during their monthly meeting last Thursday at the Administration Office.

According to Executive Director Nellie Gomez said that the board approved to implement the `flat tax rate'.

"The flat tax rate is determined by the market rent in the area," Gomez said.

Gomez added that the rent for one bedroom would now be $205 per month, $225 per month for a two-bedroom home and $252 per month for a three-bedroom home.

However Gomez added the ceiling rent for tenants already living in the PHA apartments would not increase to the new rent rates until the first of the year.

"It will affect all the other tenants as of October 1, today," Gomez said.

The board also reviewed a letter of the compliance review in which all the discrepancies were noted and corrected, Gomez said.

The approval was made by the board to accept the certification on the "Compliance with the Public Funds Investment Act," by Nellie Gomez and Jo Ann Cranfill.

The perimeter fencing on the west side of Orange Street is completed and the board is about to close out the 2001 Capital Funds and begin on the 2002 Capital funds, Gomez said.

Gomez also said the board approved the preliminary drawing and the work on the fencing project for 10th and 11th streets.

"Olga Lopez was also installed as the new commissioner," Gomez said. Lopez, an officer with the Pecos Police Department, fills a vacancy on the PHA and the FLH board.

A review of the PHA 2003 Annual Agency Plan made by the board as well as the monthly reports for both the PHA and the FLH were also approved.

Pancake breakfast scheduled Saturday

PECOS, Tues., Oct. 1, 2002 -- An "All You Can Eat" Pancake breakfast will be held during the Reeves County Fall Fair.

Pancakes, plus sausage and choice of coffee, milk or juice will be offered from 7-10 a.m., Saturday at the Reeves County Civic Center.

Breakfast for adults is $5 and the event is sponsored by the Pecos Rotary Club.


PECOS, Tues., Oct. 1, 2002 -- High Monday 96. Low this morning 67. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 65. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs 90 to 95. Southeast winds 10 to 20 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 65. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs 90 to 95. Friday: Mostly clear. Lows around 55. Highs 75 to 80.

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