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Monday, February 17, 2003

Pecos boys get 5th at class 4A state swim meet

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Feb. 17, 2003 -- Quality usually won out over quantity for the Pecos Eagle boys swimming team during the course of the 2002-03 regular season.

The Eagles took several meet titles despite a shortage of swimmers this season. So there was a bit of an irony that when the final point totals were counted at the Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin on Saturday, numbers ended up working to Pecos' advantage and got them a spot in the Top 5 in the final team standings.

Junior Will Oglesby had the only medal of the day for Pecos, taking third in the finals of the 100-yard butterfly, but the Eagles were able to place enough individuals in the finals, along with all three relays, to claim fifth place in the final standings, with 144 points, just one behind fourth place Highland Park and within striking distance of third place Conroe Oak Ridge, which ended up with 156 points.

Pecos' girls, who had more swimmers to work with during the season, were unable to advance to the finals from Friday's preliminaries, but did wind up in 16th place overall with 41 points and had a couple of third place finishes in Saturday's consolation finals.

The boys' matched their best finish in the state meet from three years ago, when they took fifth in the inaugural Class 4A and below state championships, though coach Terri Morse said, "I felt we could have done better. We had a couple of times that weren't as good as on Friday that hurt us, so we'll just have to go back to the drawing board and see what we can do better."

"Some of our kids swam their lifetime bests, and some did swim better today than they did in the preliminaries. For the others, we're just going to try and fix things," she added.

Oglesby swam the exact same time both days in the 100 fly, 52.53 seconds. On Friday, that seeded him second behind senior Tiger Christian of Nacogdoches, but on Saturday he was also beaten out by junior Chris Thornton of Willis, who had a 51.62 time to Christian's 51.46.

A little while later, Oglesby finished sixth in the 500 yard freestyle with a 4:57.72 time. It was 2.6 seconds behind his career-best time on Friday, and he was edged out for fifth place by .01 second by John Quinn of New Braunfels. Cameron Brooks of Richardson Pierce won the race with a 4:37.99 time.

At the start of the meet, the Eagles 200 yard medley relay team of Oglesby, Gary Garcia, May Key and K.W. Winkles cut .16 seconds off their prelim time and placed sixth in that race, with a 1:45.72 time, one spot below Friday's prelims. The 400 freestyle relay team of Oglesby, Winkles, Key and Daniel Quintana had a 3:26.31 to finish eighth in the finals, while the 200 freestyle team of Garcia, Quintana, Matt Elliott and Key were eighth with a 1:35.37 time. Both were slightly slower

Gholson first candidate to file for new term

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Feb. 17, 2003 -- Filing opened this morning for the Town of Pecos City,  Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD School trustee and Reeves County Hospital District  Board elections on May 3, with one incumbent having already entered her name  this morning for a new term.

Precinct 2 representative and current RCH Board president Linda Gholson filed to retain her seat on the board today, according to Nadine Smith, Human Resource Director for the hospital. Gholson's seat is one of two up for election this May, the other being the seat in Precinct 4, currently held by Hugh Box.

Two positions also will be open during the May election for the P-B-T school board. David Flores and Steve Valenzuela currently hold the three-year terms up for election.

In the Town of Pecos City elections, three seats will be up for grabs this May. Those two-year terms are currently held by Mayor Pro-Tem Gerald Tellez and councilmen Johnny Terrazas and Frank Sanchez.

Deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot is 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 19.

Tuesday, March 4, will be the first day to accept applications to vote by mail, and early voting by personal appearance will be held at the Pecos Community Center, 508 S. Oak, from April 16-29.

The last day a person may register to vote in the elections is April 3. The last day to receive applications for early voting ballots to be voted by mail is April 25 and the last day to vote early by personal appearance is April 29.

Balmorhea ISD and the city council seats in Balmorhea, Toyah and Barstow will also have positions up for election on May 4.

Balmorhea City Council has three seats that will be open and Balmorhea School Board has two positions currently held by Paul Matta and Tommy Ray Dominguez.

Overnight fire destroys home on Seventh St.

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Feb. 17, 2003 -- Officials are seeking the cause of a fire early this morning  that destroyed a home at the corner of Seventh and Bois D'Arc streets

According to Fire Marshall Jack Brookshire, the call came in to the Pecos Volunteer Fire Department of a structure fire at 3:01 a.m. this morning.

"A lady lived in the home," Brookshire said. "She was in the process of moving."

Beverly Bold-Warrior, an employee of the Reeves County Hospital is the resident of the home.

Brookshire said that Bold-Warrior still had her furniture in the house when the fire broke out. However at the time of the fire, she was out of town.

Brookshire said that the building was engulfed in flames by the time fire trucks arrived on the scene and the home was a total loss.

"We had everything out there," Brookshire said. "Which is seven trucks."

He added that they had a large number of firemen did respond to the early morning alarm, but the department is always shorthanded when dealing with a fire that big.

Brookshire said he would have to do further investigation before he could determine the cause of the fire.

Fundraising dance for PHS senior trip

PECOS, Mon., Feb. 17, 2003 -- A `Three D.J. Dance' is scheduled from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. this  Saturday at the Riverside Ballroom.

The dance will feature three different D.J.'s, including two from Odessa and Ricky Barreno of Pecos. A cover charge of $5 will be assessed.

The dance is being held as a fundraiser for the Pecos High School senior trip, scheduled for after graduation.


High Sunday 58. Low this morning 32. Forecast for tonight:  Partly   cloudy.  Lows  in  the  mid  40s.  Southeast  winds  5  to 15   mph. Tuesday:  Partly  cloudy.  Highs  in  the  upper  70s.  South  winds  5  to   15 mph  shifting  to  the  west  15  to  25  mph  in  the  afternoon. Tuesday   night:  Partly  cloudy.  Lows  in  the  lower  40s. Wednesday:  Partly   cloudy.  Highs  in  the  mid  60s. Thursday:  Mostly  cloudy  then   clearing.  Slight  chance  of thunderstorms.  Lows  near  40.  Highs   in  the  lower  70s. Friday:  Partly  cloudy.  Lows  in  the  upper  30s.   Highs  in  the  mid  60s.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report  is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department,  Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.  The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either  traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are  considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines  were paid.  In such instances we will indicate payment and release.


Philbert Kee Francher was arrested at 2:26 a.m. on Feb. 16 in the 1100 block of East Third Street for public intoxication.


Fortino Jacob Sandoval, 22, was arrested at 7:23 a.m. on Feb. 15 at the Cedar Street railroad crossing for public intoxication.


Alexander Portillo, 31, was arrested at 1:35 p.m. on Feb. 14 in the 1200 block of South Plum Street for public intoxication.


Luis Orona, was arrested at 6:38 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Veterans Boulevard and Eddy Street for warrants for default payment of public intoxication and default payment of dog fighting.


Harry James Tackett, was arrested at 5:38 p.m. on Feb.13 at the Greyhound bus station for public intoxication.


Raul Garcia, 30, was arrested at 10:49 a.m. on Feb. 12 in the 800 block of South Cypress Street for warrants for speeding and violation promise to appear issued out of Yoakum County.


Ernest Baca, 19, was arrested at 10:11 a.m. on Feb. 13 in the 900 block of Elm Street for ward county warrants for failure to appear (DWI).


Mario Rayos, 34, was arrested at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the 600 block of South Walnut Street for warrants for theft under $50 and violation failure to appear.


Hector Garcia, was arrested at 10:10 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Criminal Justice Center for warrant for graffiti.

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