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Friday, November 22, 2002

Williams takes over as PHS grid coach

Staff Writer

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 on Thursday.

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 is track."

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 season.

"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 Friday night."

"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

Staff Writer

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 the man.

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

Staff Writer

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 Grounds. 

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 conflict."

"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

Staff Writer

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  Administration Office.

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 whole issue.

"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 it."

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 said.

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 said.

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 interior painting.

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," Gomez said.

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 area.

"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 Wheels customers.

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.

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