Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, November 11, 1998
Pecos veteran fondly remembers letters
By ROSIE FLORES
Veteran's Day brings back both fond memories and thanks from
a former serviceman to a Pecos teacher for the many letters
he received from her while stationed in Vietnam.
On this day, which honors all veterans and pays homage to
the service they did for their country, Richard Molina said
he never will forget Mrs. E.O. Bright who taught him and
many other students in Pecos, and never forgot any of them.
"On this very special day I would like to take this
opportunity to honor a very special lady that I will always
hold very close to my heart. She was my eighth grade teacher
at the Old East Pecos Junior High, her name is Mrs. E.O.
Bright," said Molina.
Molina said that Bright was the only person that he knew of
from Pecos that used to write to all service members who
were in Vietnam. "I remember how much pleasure it gave me
personally to receive mail, especially from my home town,"
Said Molina. "Other than my family she was the only one that
took time to write and keep us informed as to what was
"I'm sure her schedule was pretty hectic but yet this sweet
lady took time out to write to us. She was an excellent
teacher who practiced what she preached, that she really
cared for her students," said Molina.
He added that when he returned from Vietnam that both he and
another service member, Teofilo Garcia, took time to
personally go to the their old school and thank her.
"To her family, relatives, friends, fellow students and
other service members who remember her and her good deeds, I
ask that you remember her kindly for she indeed was a kindly
lady," said Molina. "I know she has gone to be with the
Lord, but she will forever be remembered here on earth by
this ex-service member."
Molina stated that thanks to her, a letter he wrote to her
about meeting up with Garcia in Vietnam was printed in the
Pecos Enterprise that year.
"I wrote her a letter which she had printed in the
Enterprise, she also kept the local people informed," said
"So on this Veteran's Day I ask that you remember your
service members, but let's not forget heroes of service
members, heroes like Mrs. Bright," he said.
Chamber eyes date change for parade
By ROSIE FLORES
Changing the date of the Christmas Parade to coincide with
the lighting of the luminarias at the West of the Pecos
Museum was an idea proposed Tuesday, at the Pecos Chamber of
Commerce's November board meeting.
"This was something we had discussed, the parade has been
scheduled for Dec. 11 and the lighting of luminarias will be
held Saturday, Dec. 5," said women's division president
Suann Cross during the noon meeting at the Pecos Senior
Cross said she and other members of the women's division had
discussed this at their regular meeting and thought it would
be nice if both could be combined to be on the same night.
"We think this would also bring more people out to both
events, the people in the parade could see the lighted up
luminarias and the parade-goers could go to the museum after
the parade to see them," said Brandy Owen.
Linda Gholson stated that it might not be possible to change
the date of the parade for this year, but would certainly be
something to consider for next year.
The lighting of the luminarias at the museum is done only
once each year, because real luminarias are used, according
"We can still change the date of the parade to that date, if
we could get the word out right away that the date has
changed and take care of all the details," said chamber of
commerce director Tom Rivera.
Board members agreed to pass the idea along to the executive
committee in charge of the parade and if it's not possible
to change the date of December's parade, to consider doing
it on the same night as the luminarias in 1999.
Cross also spoke on behalf of the Women's Division about the
Christmas Tour of Homes, which has been scheduled from 6-8
p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. Three homes are set up for this year's
This year's stops will be at the Richard Slack home, the Roy
Prewit home and the Celia Nazaroff home.
The Holiday Gift Show will also be held that Friday, from
6-9 p.m., at the Quality Inn, while the annual Christmas
Lighting Contest will be held weekly throughout December and
each week a new home will be chosen as the prize winner.
Board members were also told Judy Tipton will be next year's
Women's Division President.
In other business, two schools were noted for outstanding
community service and awards were presented to
representatives of both during the meeting. Crockett Middle
School was noted for cleaning up Fairview Cemetery and
Bessie Haynes Elementary School for cleaning the Santa Rosa
Rivera asked everyone to keep Sergeant Roy Benavidez in
their prayers today on Veteran's Day. "He's an outstanding
person who came to speak to Pecos High School students a few
years ago," said Rivera. "Right now he is in a San Antonio
hospital and is not doing very well," he said.
Benavidez was presented the medal of honor by the president
for his outstanding service. "Anyone wanting to write to
him, send him a card or something can contact me and we will
make sure he receives those," said Rivera.
The Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet has been tentatively
set for Jan. 22. "We're going to try to get Elvia Hernandez
of El Paso to be guest speaker," said Rivera.
A Hall of Fame application has been submitted for the
proposed Rodeo Hall of Fame. "They send the application back
to us, we corrected it and the last I heard was that it
everything would be okay," said Rivera. "We're still working
on trying to get the old train depot."
Rivera told the group that Chief Reserve Deputy Lionel Garza
had written a letter requesting help. "We don't realize
everything this group does for the community, they patrol
alleys, businesses and provide protection for the
community," he said.
"They're in need of some equipment and are requesting
donations," said Rivera. "It was suggested that $100 be
donated to this worthy group."
Board member Fred Dominguez made a motion that $200 be
donated instead. "This group does a lot for the community
and most of us don't realize just how much," he said.
Rivera passed out information on the Y2K computer problem
and the use of bed tax to board members Tuesday.
"People are always asking me how we know when and how to use
the bed tax," said Rivera. "I attended a seminar in Austin
recently that gave us simple information on it."
The information consists of a two-part test. "It's real
simple, if it passes the first test, then you can proceed to
the next step and it falls under the five categories, they
can use the bed tax," Rivera said.
Council to OK creation of corporation
Pecos City Council will canvass 4A sales tax election
results in their regular meeting Thursday, then adopt
articles of incorporation for the Pecos Economic Development
Corporation and appoint five directors.
Voters approved the sales tax in the Nov. 3, election,
diverting one-fourth cent of the city's 1 1-2 cent sales tax
- estimated at $127,000 per year - to economic development.
A temporary board of directors has steered the economic
development effort, which has been funded by the city,
county and hospital district. With the change, all functions
of the corporation will be subject to council approval.
Other agenda items for the 7:30 a.m. meeting include a
community recreation interlocal agreement; agreement for
engineering services for the 1997 water transmission line
improvements Phase IV; interlocal agreement with the Permian
Basin Regional Planning Commission for a recycling plant;
Pipeline easements; position of fire chief; proclamation for
Parental Involvement Day; presentation of appreciation
plaques to Crockett Middle School and Bessie Haynes
Elementary School; and reports from juvenile court,
ambulance service, civic center, advertising/tourism and
The meeting will be held at the council chambers in City
Board to discuss parental involvement day
Parental Involvement Day in schools across Texas is Thursday
and campuses within the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD have planned
several activities in conjunction with the annual event.
Some of the activities include a luncheon that can be shared
with the child during their assigned lunch period, and the
subject will be discussed later Thursday at the
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD School Board's monthly meeting,
scheduled for 6 p.m., in the board room, 1304 S. Park St.
Governor George W. Bush has officially proclaimed Thursday,
Nov. 12, as Parental Involvement Day in Texas. In response,
the State Board of Education issued a resolution supporting
both the third annual Statewide Parent Involvement
Conference and Parent Involvement Day.
The Texas Education Agency said in a press release that
research shows that parent involvement is essential to
improve the quality of education. Students whose parents
value education, build children's self-confidence, and
partner with schools score higher than do children of
similar aptitude and family background whose parents are not
Parents are encouraged to visit the schools, classrooms and
talk to the teachers on this day.
Along with the parental involvement discussion, board
members are also scheduled to recognize Pecos' district
championship teams in football, volleyball and tennis during
the regular board meeting.
Other items to be discussed Thursday include the payment of
employee's health insurance bills update; applying for
Improving Teaching and Learning the Texas Title-I
Demonstration Program Grant and approve attendance
Board members will discuss selling property, 2.760 acres on
`F' Street, the 1998 tax roll and an agreement of Education
for Non-resident students.
Other items on the agenda to be discussed and approved:
* Memorandum of Agreement with Region 18 Education Service
* 1998-99 Budget amendments.
* Replacing or re-roofing Pecos High School Building A.
* Purchasing Resolution with General Services Commission.
* District Improvement Plan.
* Faculty release time.
* First reading for Policy Update 59.
* Approve early release days.
* Tax report.
* Attendance Report.
* Depository securities report.
* Investment transaction report.
* Reconciled bank balance report.
* Cafeteria Report.
* List of commodities.
* Current bills and financial report.
The group will also meet in closed session, if needed, to
discuss personnel or hear complaints against personnel.
A funeral mass for Marcos Segovia, 53, of Odessa will be at
10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Odessa,
with Rev. Gilbert Rodriguez officiating. Burial will be in
A rosary will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Martinez
Funeral Home Chapel in Odessa.
Segovia was born on Oct. 10, 1945 in Pecos and died on
Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
Segovia was a longtime Odessa resident, a truck driver and
Survivors include a son, Daniel Segovia of Odessa, two
daughters, Rebecca Romo and Karina Florez, both of Odessa;
three brothers, George Segovia of Jal, N.M., and Dulces
Segovia and Joe Sosa, both of Odessa; four sisters, Jesuita
Lopez of Big Spring, Florencia Dominguez of Odessa, Julia
Briones of Kermit and Abby Montoya of San Angelo. He was
proceeded in death by one brother, Joe Segovia.
Services will be conducted under the direction of Martinez
Funeral Home of Odessa.
High Tuesday 67, low last night 35. Tonight, increasing
clouds. Low 40-45. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Thursday,
mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or
thunderstorms. High in the lower 60s. Southeast wind 10-20
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