Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Tuesday, October 1, 2002
Weapon found in bar beating of elderly man
By JENNIFER GALVAN
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
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
By ROSIE FLORES
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
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
By JENNIFER GALVAN
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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