Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, November 22, 2002
Williams takes over as PHS grid coach
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 22, 2002 -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Athletic Director Bubba
Williams will be moving from the baseball field to the football field
in 2003, after taking over the position of head football coach for
the Pecos Eagles on Thursday.
Williams replaces Fred Carter, who resigned after one season as head coach
for Pecos. In accepting the head football position, Williams is stepping
down as head baseball coach for the Eagles, a position he held for 21 seasons.
"I'm ready to accept the challenge, and I'm looking forward to it," said
Williams, who announced the change to Eagle players prior to off-season workouts
Carter, who served as a junior high coach for Pecos in the 1980s, was
appointed in June as head football coach, after three-year head coach Gary
Grubbs resigned to take the head coach and athletic director's position in
Eldorado. Carter's Eagles defeated Alpine in their season opener, 35-10,
but struggled for the remainder of the season both on offense and defense,
finishing with a 2-8 record, 1-4 in District 4-3A.
"Fred has submitted his resignation, effective immediately," Williams
said on Thursday. "He will finish out the year coaching a second sport, which
Williams said Carter announced his decision to the players on Wednesday.
Williams was an assistant football coach for the Eagles for 25 seasons
at the sub-varsity and varsity levels under Jerry Millsapps, Daylon Whitehurst
and Felix Urias and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Superintendent Don Love said he expected
a smooth transition over for Williams.
"I don't see any problem. He's been doing it (coaching) for 30 years,
so I expect he'll have a smooth transition," Love said.
"Once we got the resignation, Bubba said he was going to be the athletic
director and head football coach, and he'll be a good one, too," he said.
"I worked with Bubba for nine years and he knows football. I've got full
confidence in Bubba."
"I don't see any problem getting back into football. I'm a coach, and
I coached it for 20 something years before I was just a baseball coach,"
he said. "I've got my mind, heart and soul in it, and there are things you
don't forget that you learned."
Williams has served overall for 31 years as a coach in the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah
ISD system. He spent 10 years as an assistant baseball coach under Charles
Pattillo and Steve Peters before taking over as head coach in 1982. In 21
seasons, Williams had a 324-211-2 record as coach of the Eagles, making the
playoffs 11 times in that span.
His teams have reached the playoffs each of the past four years, advancing
to the regional semifinals in 1999, and qualified for the playoffs in all
but one year between 1984 and 1992. They advanced to the Region I-4A semifinals
in 1985 and 1987 and to the regional finals in 1986. Pecos was co-district
champions those three seasons and won the District 2-4A title outright in
1999, 2001 and this past April.
Williams was also diagnosed with a mild form of muscular dystrophy this
past spring, and has been undergoing treatment for the illness in the months
since then, while continuing to serve in the athletic director's position
he was appointed to by Love in January 1998.
In taking over the football program, Williams will be trying to improve
on the team's defensive efforts for the past two seasons, while seeking to
fix the Eagles' rushing game, which struggled to find openings to run through
for much of the 2002 season. The Eagles allowed over 325 yards offense six
times in 2001 despite a 7-4 record, and surrendered 37 points a game over
the final eight games of this past season. Offensively, Pecos ran for only
1,110 yards this year, after running for 2,556 yards during the 2001 regular
"Off-season is going strong right now," said Williams. "I'm looking forward
to the challenge, and looking forward to making everything right again on
"There will be some changes for the upcoming football season that will
be beneficial to our athletes and our football program," Williams said.
"The kids are going to work hard, the coaches are going to work hard to
bring the program back to a high level of competition," he said. "The kids
will work and the coaches will work to make this a successful year."
The next move for Pecos will be hiring a new head baseball coach before
pre-season workouts get underway in February. Love said the district would
advertise the position, and interviews will be conducted before the P-B-T
school board makes a final decision.
"We'll put it up for a minimum of five days and up to 10 days," said Love,
though he wasn't sure if a decision could be made prior to the school board's
next regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 12.
"Coach Williams, myself, Mr. (Pecos High School principal Danny) Rodriguez
and Mr. (P-B-T personnel director Gome) Olibas will interview the applicants
that apply and then make our recommendation to the school board," Love said.
Police release digital image of Allsup's robber
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 22, 2002 -- Pecos Police have released a digital drawing
of the suspect who robbed an Eddy Street convenience store shortly
after midnight on Nov. 11, and are seeking the public's help in identifying
According to Pecos Police Lt. Kelly Davis, police have determined a white
male was the robber of the Allsup's Convenience Store in the 2200 block of
South Eddy Street.
Davis said that they received a call at 12:44 a.m. on Nov. 11 in reference
to a robbery at the store. A male suspect came into Allsup's and had displayed
a gun to clerk Eduardo Fuentes, the only employee in the story at the time.
The amount of money that was taken had not been determined, Davis said.
Fuentes, who was working the midnight shift at the store, described the
robber as a medium weight male, in his mid twenties, with green eyes and
a height of about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot 11, Davis said.
The Pecos robbery was one of two armed robberies that occurred during
a five hour span on Nov. 10-11 in West Texas. The other involved the shooting
of a store clerk in Ozona about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, though Davis said that
he did not believe that the two incidents were connected.
Inaugural Pecos flea market event set for Saturday
By SMOKEY BRIGGS
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 22, 2002 -- Crafts, baked goods, and all the stuff that
you would expect to find at a good garage sale will be for sale tomorrow
at the first Pecos Peddler's Flea Market at the Buck Jackson Rodeo
According to Linda Gholson, the market will open to the public at 9 a.m.
and will be open until 4 p.m. Gholson is the executive director of the Chamber
of Commerce and a member of the committee that is sponsoring the flea market.
Bargain hunters will also have a chance at the 15 door prizes that were
donated by local businesses, she said.
"Each paid admission will have a chance at the prizes," she said.
So far 16 vendors have signed up and paid their fee.
"The fee is $50 but $25 will be refunded at the end of the day if the
vendor's space is clean," she said.
Gholson said that the flea market would try to accommodate as many vendors
as possible and that late entries were welcome right up to Saturday morning.
"If someone shows up with their $50 in-hand we will do our best to find
them a space," she said.
The idea for the flea market was hatched by a group of four women: Debbie
Thomas, Gail Box, Barbara Armstrong and Gholson.
"The committee is the real sponsor of the event, but the Chamber is helping
any way it can," Gholson said.
"We (the flea market committee) hope to be able to do this two or three
times a year," she said. "We wanted to hold it earlier in the year but this
was the first date when the area was available and our schedules did not
"We would like to see more events here in town, not just flea markets,
but different events that will be popular with different people," she said.
"The Chamber would work with anybody who wanted to sponsor an event."
While the Chamber is the booking agent for the civic center and the rodeo
grounds the fees are set by a committee.
Items for sale include: baked goods, tools, handbags, watches, caps, sunglasses,
porcelain figures, dishes, clothing, jewelry, scooters, collectibles, crafts,
quilts, antiques, candles, and general garage sale items.
Door prizes are: Airlawn Furniture _ one bar stool; Stylist Beauty Shop _
one free hair cut; Alfredo's Restaurant _ two free dinners; Rancho Viejo
- $10 gift certificate; Pizza Pro _ one large pizza; Wal-Mart _ Oreo Cookies
Split Kit; Hair by Connie _ one free hair cut; Gilda's Shear Talent _ one
free hair cut; Professional Pharmacy _ blood pressure monitor; Rediger's
Pharmacy - $25 gift certificate; West of the Pecos Museum _ $10 gift certificate;
Brownlee Hardware _ $10 gift certificate; Sally's North Side Café
_ enchilada dinner for two; Bob's Thriftway _ $25 gift certificate; LaTienda
_ two twelve-packs and one 10 lb turkey.
PHA weighs plan to lease day care site
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 22, 2002 -- The Pecos Housing Authority/Farm Labor Housing
Board of Commissioners discussed offering the Pecos Day Care center
building for lease and was updated on several projects during their first
meeting in nearly two months, held Wednesday afternoon at its
The meeting covered items on the agenda for both the October and November
PHA/FLH meetings. The board failed to have a quorum to meet last month.
During the regular meeting of the PHA/FLH, the commissioners discussed
their options on the advertising of the Day Care Building for lease during
the portion of the PHA meeting.
With the building now being up to standard, PHA/FLH Executive Director,
Nellie Gomez asked the commissioners what kind of use they thought the building
could be used for.
"The building could be used as a day care or something else now that it
is up to standards," Gomez said. "It has a new roof, it has been painted,
has cleaned up carpets and it now has central air conditioner and heater."
PHA/FLH Chairman Frank Perea said that they could give first choice to
the Texas Migrant Workers Council, since they contributed in making the improvements
to the building.
Perea and Gomez said that while making the TMWC aware of the building
and providing them with first choice, the council also needs to understand
that if the building is leased to someone else the migrants may not have
use of the building during the summer months.
PHA/FLH Resident Director, John Garza said that he was unsure about the
"I have my reservations on the whole thing," Garza said. "It just seems
underhanded that they put money into the building and we now want to lease
Perea said that was why the board wanted to give the Texas Migrant Workers
Council first choice. They could then decide on whether they would lease
it or not.
"I think they would accept a yearly lease if the price was right," Perea
Currently the TMWC are storing the things in the building at no cost to
them, Gomez said.
In other business, during the board's review of the annual inspection
reports and the evictions for failing inspection, Gomez said they have found
at least six houses that are a mess.
"In one month we will give another inspection to see if the cleaned up
their mess," Gomez said.
If the house continues to be a mess after the second inspection, Gomez
said that she would then give them 30 days to move out.
"They are some sharp girls but they do not make good housekeepers," Gomez
With that said, Garza said that maybe they could offer some educations
classes that focus on housekeeping, budgeting and other agencies.
In proving an update of the 2001 capital funds expenditures, Gomez told
the commissioners that they are currently working on just landscaping and
In updating the board on the 2002 capital funds, Gomez said the PHA is
going to wait until January to begin the sidewalks and the fencing on East
10th and 11th streets.
However, she told the commissioners that the biggest problem now is the
alleyways on the east side of town.
Because of all of the rain Pecos had received in October, some of the
alleys had large potholes and Gomez said that maybe they could cover them
up and pave the alleys with asphalt.
"I have talked to the city and they can probably do some of the work,"
She also that if the Town of Pecos City and Reeves County supplied the
equipment they could then pay for the labor.
Gomez said that she had tried to talk to County Judge Jimmy Galindo about
helping, but that when she has called no one answered at his office.
Board member Jim Workman made a motion to approve the minutes of the PHA
with Olga Lopez seconding it.
The board also approved the FLH minutes of its September meeting.
Under new business the board discussed the draft of the 2003 budget, and
were told by
Gomez says that as of now she was unsure on how to draft the 2003 budget,
due to not knowing the number of occupants in the Farm Labor Apartments.
Gomez said that currently the FLH has 12 residents and two more families
will be moved out later the month.
"We are averaging at least ten a month," Gomez said.
During the month of September, 14 residents occupied the housing units
while during the October and November months only 12 residents have occupied
the housing units.
With the numbers of occupants dropping by two, the board agreed to budget
for 10 units for two months at a cost of $256.
The board also discussed about advertising the housing units at least
once every other month.
"Nothing was budgeted for advertising," Gomez said.
With that said and the board wanting to advertise, the members of the
board agreed to include money for advertising within the budget.
The members then moved on the monthly reports of October and November,
with Workman making a motion to accept the reports and Lopez seconding it.
News director John Foster dies at 60
ODESSA, Texas (AP) - Odessa television station manager and veteran broadcast
journalist John Lance Foster has died. He was 60.
Foster suffered a heart attack on Wednesday and died Thursday from complications.
Foster was the general manager for KWES-TV, where he worked since 1991.
Foster had been in broadcast journalism for more than 35 years. Before
moving to KWES, he had worked at KMID television station for 25 years. During
that time, Foster was a co-worker with former Pecos Enterprise publisher
Mac McKinnon, who worked at KMID in the early 1980s.
Foster's broadcast acumen helped both stations shine. KMID became the
top-rated television station and KWES nabbed the No. 1 spot under his leadership.
Foster was instrumental in the TV stations producing telethons for MDA,
Easter Seals, Children's Miracle Network and the Permian Basin Blood Bank.
Foster was honored for his community spirit with the inaugural John Foster
Humanitarian Award presented by the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Nov.
14. KWES hosts the annual MDA telethon.
"At the roast and award ceremony, he was happy and jubilant and great,"
MDA Midland executive director Deanda Ballinger said in Friday's editions
of the Odessa American. "It's going to be a tremendous loss. "
KWES news director Jay Hendricks said Foster was well-known in the Odessa-Midland
"If you walked up and asked someone on the street about John Foster, odds
are that they'd know who you were talking about," Hendricks said.
Foster is survived by his wife, Linda; two sons and a sister.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Christian Home seeks food items, deliverers
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 22, 2002 -- The Pecos Christian Home is still seeking
donations for its annual Thanksgiving dinner next Thursday at the Reeves
County Civic Center, along with volunteers to deliver dinners to Meals on
Turkeys, cranberry sauce, green beans, yams and desserts are still needed
for the annual Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by the Christian Home. Director
Bruce Dury said that along with donations of food, if anyone would like to
volunteer to deliver meals they are asked to go to the Civic Center before
10 a.m. Thursday morning.
Donations can be taken to the Christian Home, located at 1201 S. Elm Street
or by calling 445-2049 and someone will pick up the items.
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 22, 2002 -- High Thurs. 76. Low this morning 37. Forecast
for tonight: Clear. Lows in the lower 40s. South winds 5 to 10
mph. Sat.: Sunny. Highs 75 to 80. SW winds 5 to 15 mph. Sat.
night: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Sun.: Becoming mostly
cloudy: Windy and colder. Highs 55 to 60. Mon.: Cloudy and
cold. Lows 30 to 35. Highs 40 to 45.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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