Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
By Peggy McCracken
has inmates at heart
Bill Kennedy's backpack caught my attention the first time I noticed
him walking across Oak Street near the courthouse. I've seen him many times
since, always with the backpack and always afoot. I felt a kinship with
him, since I walk morning and evening for exercise, picking up trash as
One Sunday morning a few weeks ago, Kennedy showed up at my church, and
I realized we had something else in common. Then when he brought a little
Christian newspaper to the Enterprise for printing, I learned he dabbles
in writing as well.
That's not all, though. When press foreman Carlos Nichols altered his
artwork on a couple of headlines to make them print clearer, Kennedy blew
his cool and chewed him out pretty good. Another thing we have in common. I
have a lot of trouble controlling both my temper and my tongue.
In his newspaper, which he is distributing at the Reeves County Detention
Center, Kennedy tells about his troubled childhood and three prison terms.
He said he started stealing at age 6 and remained a thief until age 37
when God drew him to His Son Jesus Christ - in Angola State Penitentiary
in Louisiana. Since then he has ministered in Florida prisons and traveled
several states, working as a painter and maintenance man.
How did he wind up in Pecos? I asked the 72-year-old convict-turned-preacher.
While traveling in his modified Buick that doubles as a bedroom, Kennedy
came through Pecos and stopped to apply for an apartment at the Pecos Housing
Authority. After spending some time in Carlsbad, N.M., he called back and
learned they had an opening in the elderly housing units along Second Street.
"I came to Pecos May 7, 2002 and moved into an apartment at 111 S. Willow,"
Kennedy says he misses the travel. "The essence of the soul is movement,"
he said. Since converting his car into a camper in 1988, he has lived in
several states, the most recent Kansas. While living in Florida and working
for $6 an hour doing yard maintenance at a hotel, Kennedy read in the Washington
Post that painters were earning $10 and up. So he climbed into his 1977
Buick and headed for D.C. with $20 in his pocket.
Selling a slightly used drill for $15, he managed to buy enough gas to
get into D.C., where he parked his camper by a construction site and turned
in for the night. Next morning, he found a painting job with one of the
many Arab Muslims in the area. "New mosques were going up practically everywhere.
I finally got with a man paying me $12 an hour cash plus my taxes," he said.
Kennedy doesn't mind telling you that, although his IQ of 132 rated him
in the genius range, he learned after meeting Jesus that he wasn't so smart
after all. "I discovered how ignorant I had been," He said. "I do firmly
believe that without the Lord Jesus, there is no real intelligence."
Amen to that.
"He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and
renounces them finds mercy." Proverbs 28:13
EDITOR'S NOTE: Peggy McCracken is Enterprise business manager
and webmaster. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools invite everyone to visit this week
The Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District will celebrate Texas
Public School week March 17 through March 21, 2003. The theme this year
is "Public Schools Your Texas Treasure." Texas public schools have
a proud history and a bright future, and the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent
School District provides an educational foundation that is vital to our
The community is always welcome to visit our schools, but this week is
exciting because our children have planned many special activities to demonstrate
the learning taking place every day.
Texas Public School Week is a celebration where everyone can participate.
This observation gives us a chance to shine the light on our students and
their outstanding achievements. It provides an opportunity for parents,
educators, business representatives, civic leaders and the community as
a whole to support and strengthen our schools.
We invite everyone to visit our schools so they can see a true "Texas
Thirty years ago this week
Page 1: Savings and Loan building planned
Pecos Saving and Loan President Joel Daniel announced today plans for
a new 6,400 sq. ft. building just across the street southwest of the present
location at Fifth and Cypress Sts.
Contractor S.V. Smith of Oasis Builders, Kermit, expects to begin construction
within about 10 days and completion should take about six months.
Architects are Pierce-Lacey of Dallas.
Daniel said the savings and loan firm, organized here in 1956, has ìgrown
outî of the present facilities built in 1959.
He said deposits have increased to $8,400,000 as of this year.
The new building will also include space for law offices.
Seven full-time employees and a part-time VOE student join directors Dr.
E. W. Schmidt, board chairman; Keith Camp, Joel Daniel, J. Robert Scott
and Glen Ellis in operating the firm.
Daniel said groundbreaking ceremonies are planned "in the next week or
New Explorer post for boys and girls
Spence January, district Boy Scout executive, has announced that all
boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 17 are invited to join in the
organization of a new Explorer Post at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the First
Sports: Basketball tourney pits best independent teams
The Pecos Independent Basketball League is sponsoring a tournament to
be held March 2 and 3.
Games will be held at the Old West Pecos School Gym and in Barstow. Ben's
Spanish Inn team (pictured)are Abe Torres, Juan Galindo, Danny Bitolas,
Luis Matta, Larry Windham, Leandro Tyson, Danny Martinez, Manuel Jiminez
and Danny Marquez.
Society: Rivera chosen for Presidential Classroom
Xavier Rivera, son of Mr. And Mrs. Pablo Rivera, 2430 S. Eddy St., has
been chosen to represent Pecos at a Presidential Classroom for Young Americans
in Washington, D.C. Xavier, a senior at PHS, will attend class number 6
March 31 through April 7.
Becky Rogers, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Jack Rogers, 1801 W. 6th St.,
will also attend class number 5, it was previously announced.
Nancy Box named DAR Good Citizen
Former students of Texas A&M choose Charles Weinacht for director
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Taking applications for part-time help. Apply at Colonial Food Store,
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Letters to the Editor:
One would surely think that the events of the past month or so would awaken
the Anglo minority in Pecos to the fact that they must work with the Mexican-American
and Negro people to improve Pecos. No longer is Pecos a purely "white"
town, and that fact must be realized by now.
The recent walkout was necessary to bring many bitter problems out into
the open. The walkout was not only to protest a haircut policy, as the administration
seems to be harping about. It was to protest years of unfair treatment
of the Mexican-American and Negro students in Pecos schools. It is time
that this discrimination, or whatever you may call it, is ended. It is past
time that the members of the school board and the school administration
resign. They are no longer performing adequately in their positions. They
are not interested in building a better school system in Pecos, or in building
a better Pecos for the future students that will live here.
Mr. Pena is to be commended for his attempt to help the Mexican-American
students at Pecos High School. Both they and the black students deserve
better treatment than they have received in the past. Mr. Pena tried to
see that improved treatment was forthcoming, and what happened? He was
bullied and pressured out. Is this the American way? What has happened to
free speech and the rights of the individual?
Name withheld by request
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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