Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, November 29, 2002
Pecos shoppers hit the streets on shopping day
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- ocal businesses were thriving today on what
is called the "busiest shopping day" of the year.
"We have been busy all morning," said Wal-Mart manager Olga Guebara.
Guebara said that the store was sponsoring a big sale on the day after
Thanksgiving and that the store had been full all morning. "We opened at
6 a.m. and already there were customers waiting," she said.
Guebara said that last year was a lot busier than this year, but that
there was still a steady stream of customers. "Our biggest sale item was
the 27-inch television sets that we had for sale at $148," she said.
The store was sponsoring a huge sale from 6-11 a.m., this morning and
the lines were long, because the items could be placed on lay-away until
Dec. 15, according to Guebara.
"We're still busy, and we expect more customers this afternoon," said
Guebara. "We had extra up posts to accommodate shoppers making layaways,"
Guebara said that the day after Thanksgiving has always been their busiest
day and expects it to be like this until after the Christmas holidays.
Beall's Department store had their share of early shoppers. "There were
some customers already waiting when we got here this morning," said Beall's
Assistant Manager Irma Valenzuela.
"We're doing great, we've been really busy," said Valenzuela. "We've
got more customers than last year at this time," she said.
Valenzuela said that this is usually one of their busiest shopping days.
"We're just very excited and happy about it," said Valenzuela.
Saul Herrera, manager of Desiree's Boutique said that they had a slow
beginning this morning. "But we usually have a lot more customers come in,
in the afternoon," he said.
Herrera said that they are sponsoring specials throughout the store.
"We have a lot of specials going on right now, practically everything in
the store," said Herrera.
Herrera said that they would be open until 6 p.m. today and again tomorrow.
"We welcome everyone to come in and browse," said Herrera. "We'll be having
specials throughout the Christmas holidays," he said.
Needlework's Etc. owner Peggy Walker was busy this morning with an out-of-town
shopper. "Every time she comes to visit her parents, she comes in because
she says she can find unusual items in here that she can't at the mall,"
Walker said that today is also one of her busiest shopping days and one
she looks forward to. "I just love it, I enjoy helping local and out-of-town
customers, find the right item," said Walker.
Walker features special and unique items and said that right now she
is offering a drawing for discounts on Brighton's shoes.
Needleworks will be open until 6 p.m. today and tomorrow to accommodate
shoppers. "I want to welcome both local and out-of-town customers," said
Walker. "Everyone is welcome to come in and look around," she said.
Fonnville Jewelers in downtown is open today and will be open special
holiday hours from this weekend through Christmas including Saturdays until
5:30 p.m. Traffic has been good today. It's been good for the last three
or four days," Bill Cooksey said. Cooksey owns Fonnville's.
Dave Thomas at Radio Shack also reported better traffic today than most
days. "All our toys are 50 percent off and people are beginning to shop
for Christmas," Thomas said. He also mentioned that Radio Shack would be
open Christmas Day, all day long, like always, to take care of Christmas
Day needs such as batteries and technical advice for high-tech-gift-giving
Brownlee hardware also reported increased store traffic for today.
Christian Home feeds 325-plus
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- Local citizens and high school students volunteered
their time on Thanksgiving Day in order to help the Christian Home with
the free Thanksgiving dinner and the Meals-on-Wheels program.
With their help director Bruce Dury said that they fed about 325 people
and about 99 of them where Meals-on-Wheels.
"We feed about 325 people at last count," Dury said.
He also said that the program worked out smoothly.
"It was beautiful," Dury said. "It worked like a clock."
Though people came to the Reeves County Civic Center, Dury said that
most of the people carried out their meals.
"A few of them ate here but most them took carry-outs to their home,"
Though they did not run out of food, Dury said that he would begin another
food drive for Christmas.
"I will need to get some more food for Christmas," Dury said. "I need
green beans, yams, dressing, pies, and turkey."
Dury said he would need about 12 to 18 gallons of green beans and yams.
He also said that they would also need more volunteers to help with the
Dury also said that he would like to thank everybody for their help with
"I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the program, from
the cooks to the servers," Dury said. "There was a lot of community effort."
Deadline today to sign up for program
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- Christmas will be brighter this year for a
lot of kids thanks to a group of hard working elves that are working diligently
towards their goal.
"Today is the deadline to turn in applications to be a recipient of the
program," said head elf Sofia Baeza.
Christmas for the Kids has been a program in Reeves County for several
years. The group provides the necessities to needy children in the community
during the holidays every year and this year is no exception.
The "elves" who support Pecos' "Christmas for the Kids" program have
been working hard to raise money for the fund that will help children in
the community enjoy the holiday season.
The group raised about $1,704 during their door-to-door drive and barbecue
plate sale, Baeza said.
"Our goal for this year is to raise $8,000, because the list of children
and families that apply grows each year," said Baeza. "We just want to make
Christmas a happy time for as many children as we can."
Baeza said that they are really close to their goal and have raised about
$6,000. "We're still $2,200 shy of our goal, but we're still optimistic,"
The "elves" will deliver the Christmas gifts, along with some cheer,
on Dec. 19. "We're very excited and we know the community will once again
come through for us," said Baeza. "We also want to thank everyone for their
help and donations," she said.
"We provide the essential items such as shoes, clothes, jackets and we
want to help every child that is on our list every year," she added. "We
want to make it a Happy Holiday, for these less fortunate children in our
"We'll also be taking donations for new and good, used clothing," said
Baeza. "We make grab boxes for those families that want to look through
them and see if they can find something they can use," she said.
"We enjoy handing out those gifts on Christmas, to children who would
otherwise not receive any," said Baeza.
Last year, Christmas for Kids helped out 511 children, with 173 families
benefiting from the special project. This year, the group already have 218
children whose families have applied and are eligible for the program.
Baeza said that they already have 513 kids on the list.
She said that the main goal of the group was to provide the best Christmas
ever for the kids in our community.
"Since 1996, when we started this program, our community has always been
there for us, I know it will be here again this year," she said.
For more information on the program call the Reeves County Sheriff's
Office at 445-4901.
GED testing scheduled
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- GED testing will be held Wednesday, Dec.
4 and Thursday, Dec. 5, at 4:45 p.m., at the Pecos High School.
Registration is Monday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 1-5 p.m., at
the Pecos High School Counselors Office.
Examinees must present a Texas driver's license or Texas Department of
Public Safety ID Card.
For more information contact Pat Cobos or Eva Arriola, Pecos High School
Counselors at 447-7229.
Blood Drive scheduled
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- A Blood Drive is scheduled for 12-6 p.m.,
Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Reeves County Hospital Lobby.
The event is sponsored by United Blood Services and the RCH Ladies Auxiliary.
Give the Gift of Life and come donate blood.
PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- Yesterday's high was 58. Last night's low
was 43. Today mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles. Highs near 60. Southwest
winds increasing to 10 to 20 mph. Tonight considerable high cloudiness.
Lows near 40. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph becoming northeast toward sunrise.
Saturday partly cloudy. Highs 60 to 65. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph becoming
southeast late. Saturday night partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Sunday
mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.
Gabriel Rubio, Jr. and Consuelo Cabral
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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