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Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Pecos sporting new look for this year's Rodeo

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., June 17, 2003 -- The worn out and discolored flag banners that have lined Cedar Street during rodeo week have been retired and replaced with bright colorful banners with shooting stars flashing across them.

"Last year we repaired them," Pecos Area of Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Gholson said. "It would have been impossible to repair them this year."

Gholson said that the length of the banners made it possible for them to trim the torn ends and reuse them but that can only happen so many times.

She attributes the wear and tear of the banners to the windy conditions in Pecos.

Gholson said that because of a tight budget not as many banners were ordered so the new banners will be spaced farther apart than in years past.

"In the past we have had 96 banners," Gholson said. "We only ordered 40 new banners, so we will have to place them further out so we can get the most out of them."

She added that anyone wanting to contribute to the cause of ordering more of the new banners could.

"The banners cost $150 each with the brackets," Gholson said.

Currently several local business have become sponsors of the new banners with the help of Richard Crider.

"Richard Crider did a super job of getting sponsors for the banners," Gholson said.

Several of those sponsoring are Aluminum Screens and Windows, Elliott Printing, West Texas National Bank, Security State Bank, Allcom Long Distance, Peaceful Garden Funeral Home, Rusty Carpenter, KIUN Radio, Pecos Enterprise, Colt Chevrolet, Duke Outdoor Advertising, Alfredo's Mexican Restaurant, Bill Hubbs, Ernie's Smoke Shop, Rediger's Pharmacy, Wal-Mart and Quality Inn.

Gholson hopes that one day they will be able to mix and match banners that will complement each other throughout the town.

"Of course our dream is to some day have them (banners) down 285, Business 20 and down Eddy Street," Gholson said.

Gholson added that she encourages anyone who has a rodeo banner to put it up and those interested in making a donation to the new banners may do so through out the year.

"Only with everybody's help can we get everything done in this community," Gholson said.

She added that she appreciated the city and county for providing the manpower and equipment to help display the banners.

"We appreciate the city and county for putting them up for us," Gholson said.

School district making federal funding requests

Staff Writer

PECOS, Tues., June 17, 2003 -- Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD has filled out an application that will be turned in soon to seek federal money to be used in different ways in the school system.

"These are tentative entitlements that we are applying for," said PBT-ISD Curriculum/Special Programs Director Juanita Davila.

The school district will be applying for grants in the amount of $1.0 million.

"It's a requirement before we send in the application that we have a meeting and let the public know we are seeking these federal funds," said Davila.

The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m., Wednesday, in the Technology Center, 1301 S. Eddy.

"Anyone that wants to give their input can attend the meeting," said Davila. "We'll take their input into consideration and put it into our application," she said.

Davila said that the application itself was a lengthy, detailed process that has been completed already. "We'll be mailing it out in about three to four weeks and then get an answer back in August," she said.

"Of course, the sooner we get this application out, the sooner we'll know what we will be receiving," she said.

Davila said that the funds were federal monies awarded to the school district "This is in accordance with the number of free and reduced lunch meals," said Davila. "We have to apply for it every year," she said.

"At the end of the school year we do a program evaluation, which is also a requirement in order for us to continue receiving these monies," said Davila.

Since next year's program is still in the planning stages, community members that would like to give recommendations and their input can attend the meeting on Wednesday and they can incorporate those ideas into the application, according to Davila.

"We'll certainly take everyone's input into consideration," she said.

Money has already been appropriated for several projects under the funds in Title I-Part A. "These are the ones that we applied for and feel sure that we will be receiving," said Davila.

At this time, it has not been determined whether PHS will qualify to participate in the Title I program. "Participation is dependent on free/reduced lunch applications on file in October 2002 as reported," said Davila.

"That's for Title I-Part A, which is our largest program, because we're school-wide," said Davila.

In addition the district will be applying for Title II-Part A federal funding, for teacher and principal training and recruiting in the amount of $254,317. Areas that will be targeted include: teachers to significantly reduce class size and staff development in core curriculum areas.

Funding under Title II-Part D funding for technology will be in the amount of $30,263 and monies will be used to provide training in the integration of technology into curriculum and provide technology materials to improve classroom instruction.

Under Title V-Innovative Assistance Program, funding will be in the amount of $18,381. Funds will be used to provide parental training for Austin and Kinder; provide TAKS training for parents in every grade; Excel and classroom phonics and any materials to help improve TAKS scores.

"We provided TAKS training last year and plan to do so again next year," said Davila.

"We want to ask anyone that would like to provide input or just attend the meeting to do so," she said.

Public warning test scheduled

PECOS, Tues., June 17, 2003 -- The Office of Emergency Management has scheduled a test of the out-door public warning system on Thursday, June 19.

The sirens will be tested between the hour of 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. This will only be a test.

For more information call 445-5418.


PECOS, Tues., June 17, 2003 -- Monday's high 95, lows 69. Today increasing cloudiness. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Tonight partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the Upper 80s. East winds 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Lows In the mid 60s. Thursday partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Highs near 90. Friday mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s. Highs in the mid 90s.

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