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Monday, February 24, 2003

Longtime Dairy Mart owner Malone dies Sunday

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Feb. 24, 2003 -- Bill, Malone, the longtime owner of the Dairy Mart Drive-In at  Third and Eddy Streets, died Sunday at the Reeves County Hospital at the  age of 72.

Malone, who had run the restaurant for over a quarter-century, is remembered by an employee as a very good man who always thought of others before himself.

"He was a sweet person," Ernie M. Flores said. "Bill was just Bill. We are all going to miss him."

Flores said that Malone opened Dairy Mart 26 years ago after having another business in town as a mechanic.

"I don't know why he wanted to open it," Flores said. "He just wanted to buy the place."

During his time as owner of the restaurant Flores said, "He was a good boss. We will never find another one like him."

Malone will also be remembered for always being at the restaurant, Flores said.

"He was constantly there unless he was paying bills," Flores said.

Helping others was something that Malone also was known for.

"He was always helping people," Flores said. "Bill was just Bill. He would do anything for any body. He would leave himself behind to help anyone that asked for help."

If anyone ever wondered why Dairy Mart was closed for two weeks during the end of July and beginning of August it was because Malone would plan for his national archery competitions.

"Archery was his hobby," Flores said. "That was his once a year vacation."

Flores said that before Malone took ownership everyone would take their vacation though out the year.

As a restaurant owner, Flores said that Malone introduced them into the chicken strip basket, which was not part of the menu till he came.

"We were only know for our tacos and cherry lime lemonades," Flores said.

Flores said that nothing will change with the passing of Malone and that they will still be open.

"It is still going to be open," Flores said. "So far until it gets to sell. Nothing is going to change"

Malone's children will be the owners of the restaurant and she will manage the place, Flores said.

Malone is survived by a son, Gary Malone of Ozona, a daughter, Sandy Smith of Pecos, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Commissioners approve payments for RCDC work

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Feb. 24, 2003 -- Property bids and request for payments to different contractors  working at the site of the new Reeves County Detention Center III were  approved during the regular Reeves County Commissioners Court meeting held  this morning at the Reeves County Courthouse.

Work on the interior of the 960-bed addition to the 2,000-bed facility is scheduled to be completed this week, and commissioners approved request for payment invoice No. 276-RCDC III from LMD Architect; payment invoice No. 2001070-ADD from Frank Spencer and Associates and Trinity Engineering/Kleinfelder request for payment for Invoices No. 39187, 43690, 49029 and 6783-RCDC III.

Property bids on property located at 1602 S. Alamo; 602 S. Palm; 2212 S. Alamo; 2018 Balmorhea Hwy. Blk. 16; 2018 Balmorhea Hwy. Blk. 15; 122 N. Alamo and Sunset; 320 S. Walnut were approved by the court.

In other action, commissioners approved an interagency agreement between the Trans Pecos Drug Task Force and Midland County, along with deputation and oath for Reserve Deputy Ruben Salazar and named individuals to serve on the salary grievance committee.

County residents who volunteered to serve on the committee include: Lavaughn Garnto, Janice North, Bruce Abbott, Alvaro Natividad, Carlos Lara, Julia Fleming, Larry Busby, Eva Martinez and Adan Martinez.

A Xerox copy machine was approved to be used at the Reeves County Annex Building. "They really do make a lot of copies and this new machine will help them out," said county auditor Lynn Owens.

Personnel and salary changes include: at the Reeves County Sheriff's Department, Delores Apolinar, part-time, at the front office at $7.50 an hour; Trina Orona, full-time at the Reeves County Sheriff's Department as cook/deputy; Rene Granado, part-time at the Reeves County Sheriff's Department for inmate transportation only; Oscar Rodriguez promoted to CO-II at the Reeves County Detention Center at $24,000 a year and Michelle Carrasco promoted to CO-II at $24,000 a year.

Volunteers stage clean-up at three sites

Staff Writer

PECOS, Mon., Feb. 24, 2003 -- Local volunteers gathered once more this weekend to clean up Pecos and  make it a nicer community to live in.

"It went good, but anytime you put together an effort to clean up it's really great," said Michael Benavides, organizer of the Keep Pecos Beautiful Committee.

Benavides has been organizing clean-up efforts in Pecos for a while now, and the group targets different areas around town.

This past weekend they were busy cleaning up the parking lot in front of Beall's and behind the old Showtime building in the Airlawn area of Pecos, and behind McDonald's at Cedar and Walthall streets.

Along with his ever-faithful volunteers, Benavides said that he had several youths doing community service who also participated on Saturday.

"I'm happy that I always have a few volunteers that show up all the time, like Manny Porras and his daughter and several others that are always there for me," said Benavides.

Benavides said that Porras targeted the grassy area in front of Beall's, where the old Texaco gas station used to be located. "He cleaned that whole area with his weed-eater," said Benavides.

The group also cleaned up behind Family Dollar Store, located next to the Showtime building, in the 1100 block of South Oleander Street. "We were going to clean the (rodeo grounds) area in front of McDonald's, but it was too muddy," said Benavides. "We just went back to the area behind Showtime and all along Walthall."

Benavides said that Gerald Tellez was out and busy picking up beer bottles on Third Street. "We're trying to curb the bottle problem and Gerald was out there picking up a lot of them," said Benavides. "That seems to be where the problem lies."

Benavides said that he is looking forward to the big cleanup set for early April. "That's in conjunction with the `Don't Mess With Texas' campaign," he said.

New volunteers are always welcome and very much appreciated, according to Benavides.

Little League holds meeting on Tuesday

PECOS, Mon., Feb. 24, 2003 -- The Pecos Little League will hold a meeting on Tuesday night at the Best Western Swiss Clock Inn to prepare for the 2003 baseball season.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. All managers, coaches and anyone else wanting to participate in organizing for the new season is urged to attend.


PECOS, Mon., Feb. 24, 2003 -- High Sun. 62. Low this morning 45. Forecast for tonight:  Mostly  cloudy. Slight chance of sleet or light snow. Lows in the mid 20s. East winds 5  to 15 mph. The chance of precipitation is less than 20 percent. Tues.:   Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of sleet or light snow in the morning. Highs in the  mid 40s. SE winds 5 to 15 mph. The chance of precipitation is less than  20 percent. Tues. night:  Cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s. Wed.:   Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers. Highs in the mid 60s. The chance  of rain is 20 percent. Thursday:  Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Highs  in the mid 60s.


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