Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003
By Smokey Briggs
a hero of mine
Lets hear it for J. C. Adams of Decatur, Georgia.
J.C. became a hero of mine recently when I read
the Associated Press story of his history of defending
his conveinence store.
I am also proud of the district attorney's office
And, frankly, I am amazed that the Associated
Press picked the story up although I doubt most of my
liberal minded editorial brethren chose to run the article in
J.C. has owned the Pac A Sac in Decator for 26
years. He has been robbed twelve times in that span and
was wounded in a shootout with robbers in 2000.
Three robbers walked into his store a week or so
ago and held the place up.
Or tried to.
The Pac A Sac should have been an easy mark.
There was one employee in the store along with J.C.
J.C. was in the back but could see what was
happening on the surveillance monitor.
J. C. is 74 years old.
J.C. also needs a walker to help him get around
since he just had knee surgery.
So, he grabbed his shotgun and his walker and
hobbled out into his store to confront the robbers.
When the shooting was over one robber was dead
and a second was on the floor bleeding. The third was a
female who was subdued by an employee. (I guess J.C. is a
little old fashioned, or maybe the girl wasn't waving a
"No need to let something like that live," he said.
Amen Mr. Adams.
The district attorney's office announced that J.C.
will not be charged with a crime in the incident.
Good for them. It is a shame that there would even be
a question of charging him. But that is the world we live in,
I guess - a world were the rights of criminals far
outweigh those of the victims.
Well, some of us live in that world.
J.C. does not. J.C. lives in a world where honest
citizens do not hide in terror every time a thug shows his face
on the street.
I think J.C.'s world is a better place to be.
I want to thank all the law enforcement officers,
hospital staff, and the folks who organized and provided
the refreshments for my retirement party, the suprising gift
of a gold watch from the County Attorney and his staff,
and the beautiful plaque.
After checking the records back to the 1940s it
appears that I served as the Justice of the Peace for Precinct
2 longer than anyone. I served for 25 years from 1977
Now that I'm retired I plan to spend the near
future visiting my children, relatives and friends in Arizona,
Texas, Lousianna, Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee. I also
plan to attend the 3rd Marine Division Reunion of which
there are not many left who served our country 61 years ago
in World War II.
The plaque is placed on the wall to remind me of all
the good times I experienced in the job I loved so well.
Thanks to my clerk for her hard work and
dedication keeping the office in order.
The Pecos High School Swim Team and
coaches would like to thank ALL of the people who helped
make the District Swim Meet a success. Pecos has a
reputation for having the best-run swim meets and this was
no exception. It takes many, many people to be able to
handle all of the many responsibilitiesfrom computer work
to sign making to mowing the lawn at the pool.
Thank you to all of you who gave up your time to
work. Everybody whom we asked to work, graciously accepted.
As coaches, we were able to coach our swimmers
during the course of the meet, and not have to worry about
one thing. As always, we get tremendous support from
our parents, administration and community. It does not
go unnoticed by our team or us.
Coach Terri Morse
Coach Joan Capshaw
Coach Evan Bates
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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