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Tuesday, May 18, 1999

PHS seniors receive awards, scholarships

By ROSIE FLORES
Staff Writer
PECOS, May 18, 1999 -- Pecos High School seniors were honored Monday evening for their outstanding work throughout their high school years.

The students were acknowledged at the Annual Senior Awards Assembly held in the Pecos High School Auditorium.

"The program went really well," said Pecos High School Counselor Pat Cobos. "It was very organized and we're just very proud of all of our students."

Scholarships were awarded, along with traditional trophies and awards during the two hour event.

The national anthem was sung by Lucio Florez; Pledge of Allegiance and Welcome was led by Senior Class President Mark Marquez and a big welcome came from Pecos High School Principal Danny Rodriguez.

Traditional Awards included the Dorothy Curfman Award, which went to Valerie Shaye Lara, who also won the Erica Dominguez Memorial Award. The Letha Prewit Basketball Memorial Award went to Monique Levario and the Bill Dean Memorial Award, the only junior award given out, went to Kevin Bates.

Several students received scholarships to prestigious colleges and universities. Alva Alvarez and Jonathan Fuentes both received scholarships to Harvard. Fuentes also received scholarships to both Rice University in Houston and the University of Texas in Austin. Alvarez also received a scholarship from UT in Austin.

In addition, Alvarez and Fuentes received scholarships as National Hispanic Scholars, while Efrain Rodriguez received a scholarship from another Boston area school, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tye Graham received a scholarship to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Midland College scholarship recipients were Sara Dominguez and Fernando Rios.

UTPB scholarship recipients included, Fernando Rios, Desiree Sanchez and Linsey Hathorn.

Texas A&M University scholarship winners was Jeff Lam; Paul Quinn College, Orlando Matta; Baylor University, Matt Ivy; Texas Tech scholarship recipient Allen Fleming and UT in Austin, Elizabeth Parent.

Business Professionals of America scholarship recipients were Luis Madrid, Efrain Rodriguez and Juan Angel Ramirez; Classic Cable Scholarship went to Efrain Rodriguez; the Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation, went to Jonathan Fuentes; Committee 88 Scholarship recipients were Mark Marquez, Juan Angel Ramirez, Lee Lyles, Lucio Flores, Sarai Garcia and Jason Salcido; Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship recipient, was Linsey Hathorn; Downtown Lions Frank Kelly Memorial Scholarship, Jeff Lam and Lucio Flores and the Earl Bell Alumni Scholarship Program, Erin Dominguez, Mark Marquez and Jason Salcido.

Albert Navarrette, Jennifer Guerra and Ana Izquierdo netted the Early High School Graduation Scholarship; Jeff Lam was awarded the Evelyn Turpin Dowling Scholarship; Jonathan Fuentes, Lucio Fuentes, Nancy Quezada, Oscar Luna and Monique Levario won Evening Optimist Club Scholarships; Noel Ybarra and Sarai Garcia received the Floyd Estrada Memorial Scholarship and Erin Dominguez, April Ryan and Jennifer Martinez received scholarships from the Golden Girl Scholarship fund.

The Herrera Scholarship in honor of Elsa and Jonathan Herrera who died in the 1987 Saragosa tornado went to Alva Alvarez, who also received the Knights of Columbus scholarship.

Alvarez also received the U.S. Marine Scholastic Excellence Award and the McDonald's Scholarship along with Sara Dominguez.

The Ollie Springfield Nunn Scholarship went to Efrain Rodriguez; the Pecos Aquatic scholarship to Elizabeth Parent; the Pecos Ladies Golf Association Scholarship to Alva Alvarez and Sarah Armstrong; the Pecos Business and Professionals Women's Club scholarship went to Rebecca Diaz and Jennifer Martinez; the Pecos Nursing Home scholarship, to Liz Parent and Valerie Lara; the Pecos High School Student Council Scholarship, Mark Marquez; the Permian Honor Scholarship Foundation, Linsey Hathorn; the P-B-T ISD Educational Secretaries Association, Elvira Dominguez and the Reeves County Detention Center Scholarship went to several students including, Albert Navarrette, Angie Ortega, Angel Martinez, Alvaro Abila and Lee Lyles.

Reeves County Sheriff's Posse scholarships went to April Ryan, Trever Warren and Linsey Hathorn; the Rotary Club Citizen Award and Scholarship to Casey Love; the Camp Ryla Award to Casey Love and Tye Graham; the Sam Walton Community Scholarship (Wal-Mart) to Jonathan Fuentes; the Texas-New Mexico Power Company scholarships to Jeff Lam and Juan Angel Ramirez and the Twentieth Century Club Scholarship to Luis Madrid.

Several students will benefit from the Texas State Teachers Association awards, including, Robyn Matthews, Alan Fleming, Elizabeth Parent, Tye Graham, Nichi Dannelley, Amy Armstrong, Juan Angel Ramirez and Erin Dominguez.

The Modern Study Club/Western District TFWC Alma Van Sickle Scholarship went to Nancy Quezada and the Youth Development Foundation to Alva Alvarez.

Recognition for leadership and excellent performance awards went to several students. Band Awards in this category went to Amy Carrasco, who received the U.S. Marines' "Semper Fidelis" Award and the John Philip Sousa Band Award. Carrasco, Fernando Rodriguez and Sarah Armstrong received the Pecos Band Booster award.

Presidential Award for Educational Excellence awards went to the top 10 percent of the class for outstanding Academic Achievement and the top 20 percent of the class received an Outstanding Educational Improvement Award.

UIL Scholar Awards also went to the top 10 percent of the class; the Kodak Young Leaders Award went to Jonathan Fuentes; Eric Machuca received the Speech Award and Jonathan Fuentes netted the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Award.

Closing remarks came from Erin Dominguez, the 1998 Golden Girl and a member of the Pecos High School Student Council, 1998-1999.

New Baptist church officially marks opening

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, May 18, 1999 -- It's official. La Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida is a church.

In a special ceremony Saturday, the congregation, led by pastor Pablo Garcia adopted a constitution and by-laws to govern future actions.

Rev. James Sain of West Park Baptist Church explained the mission of the church following scripture reading by Rev. Greer Willis of First Baptist Church.

Rev. Edward Garcia, pastor of the Van Horn congregation, gave closing remarks and the benediction. He is president of the Rio Pecos Association, of which Nueva Vida (New Life) is a member.

The new church also affiliated with the Pecos Valley Baptist Association. Both associations are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention through their state association.

Church members taking part in the program were Jaime Herrera, music director, and Lalo DeLaRosa, who voiced the invocation.

Earlier this year, the congregation dedicated their building at 301 W. Third St., where services are held twice on Sunday and on Wednesday evening.

Jury returns two-year term for smuggling

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, May 18, 1999 -- "Guilty," the 143rd District Court jury said Monday at the close of a marijuana delivery trial of Eva Franco Lozano, 33, of Van Horn.

The jury assessed a two-year term in state jail and a $950 fine for the offense that occurred June 26, 1997.

Lozano claimed in a motion to continue the trial that she came to Pecos from Van Horn on that date to give Alonzo Urias of Odessa a ride. Her attorney, John Elder, sought to delay the trial to give him time to locate Urias and subpoena him to testify.

George Perez, an investigator for the West Texas Drug Task Force in Midland, testified that he purchased marijuana from Lozano. David Legg, a chemist for the DPS lab in Midland, testified that the substance was marijuana.

Jury selection began this morning in a civil trial involving a traffic accident in which a man was killed.

Colt Chevrolet is the sole defendant in a suit filed by Gene Odgen et al. Several other defendants have been dismissed from the suit.

Saragosa day care facility tops CCRC's agenda

PECOS, May 18, 1999 -- Residents from Saragosa and Balmorhea will talk about the daycare facility at the Saragosa Multi-Purpose Center, during the regular meeting of the Community Council of Reeves County at 6 p.m. today at the Pyote Community Center.

The board hear from area residents before they consider and act on the daycare center at the Multi-Purpose Center.

Other topics on the agenda include the summer food program update; CCRC Fundraiser; TACAA (Texas Association of Community Action Agencies) board of directors meeting and the CCRC Proclamations of Community Action Month.

Under old business community council board members will discuss CSBG and ENTERP monitoring review report and the Ward County FEMA Funding.

Board vacancies include: Loving County - Private Sector, consider and act on new board member representative. (Loving County Commissioner's court appointed).

Reeves County - Private Sector. Consider and act on new board member representative. (United Methodist Church of Balmorhea appointed).

Ward County - Private Sector. (remains vacant).

Winkler County - Private Sector. Consider and act on the resignation of current board member.

Program updates will be on CSBG and CEAP; weatherization; elderly meals program and Head Start.

Local firemen raise $500 for child's medical costs

PECOS, May 18, 1999 -- Pecos Volunteer Firemen were busy again this past weekend. But they weren't putting out fires.

The group hosted a fundraiser to benefit Salvador "Howdy" Carrera's new baby.

Firemen washed cars and sold hot dogs and hamburgers and raised about $500 to benefit the child, who has a medical condition and is currently in Dallas undergoing surgery, according to volunteer fireman Freddy Contreras.

"We just want to thank all those who brought their cars to be washed or who purchased something during our fundraiser," said Contreras.

"We're very pleased with the outcome and it's for a very, very good cause," said Contreras.

Donations sought for PHS teacher after trailer fire

PECOS, May 18, 1999 -- Monetary donations are being accepted for Pecos High School Teacher Sandra Overcash.

Overcash lost her home in a fire on Saturday and is in need of help from the community.

Any and all donations can be made at the Pecos High School.

You can also contact Alicia Galindo or Terry Terrazas at PHS at 447-7223.

Seventh grade band receives highest rating

PECOS, May 18, 1999 -- Pecos Junior High Seventh Grade band members fared really well this weekend bringing home several honors.

The band was just one of about 30 bands to compete in Greenwood this past weekend.

Pecos brought home a Division 1 rating and 36 out of 37 band members who competed in solo and ensemble got first division medals.

"They did really well and we're just so proud of them," said Pecos High School Band Director William Goff. "Considering there were so many bands competing they did excellent," he said.

RCH board set to pick new officers

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer
PECOS, May 18, 1999 -- Reeves County Hospital District directors will elect board officers following swearing in of newly elected members in the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today.

Holly Key is the newest board member, elected without opposition for the Precinct 4 position vacated by president Jeannette Alligood. Marcella Lovett won re-elected in Precinct 2 without opposition.

The board will then consider resolutions for First National and Security State banks, changing the Tex Pool authorized representatives and for respite care.

Board committees will be appointed, along with a board member to serve on the committee for resale of property struck off at tax sales.

Consideration of the purchase of a transfer ventilator, tax abatement for the Border Patrol building, tax collection report, financial statements and bills precede the medical staff and administrator's reports.

In executive session, the board will evaluate personnel.

Lotto

AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Monday night: Winning numbers drawn: 3-17-21-22-37. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 205. Prize: $1,032.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Monday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 3-0-3 (three zero three)

Obituary

Alicia Galindo

Alicia H. Galindo, 64, died Sunday, May 16, 1999, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., today, at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel.

Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, at Christ the King Catholic Church with burial in Balmorhea Cemetery.

She was born June 9, 1934, in Balmorhea, was a lifelong Balmorhea resident, a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors include her mother, Timotea Hernandez of Balmorhea; three sons, Marcos Galindo Jr., Joe Luis and Hector Galindo of Pecos; three daughters, Polly Campos of Pecos, Janie Jaramillo of Carlsbad, N.M. and Rachel Elizondo of Odessa; two brothers, Luis and Alberto Hernandez of Balmorhea; four sisters, Virginia Vasquez of Balmorhea, Marianna Minjarez and Cruz Pacheco of Pecos and Cindy Lira of Van Horn; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Weather

PECOS, May 18, 1999 -- High Monday 91; low last night 60. Tonight, partly cloudy. Low around 60. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday, morning low clouds, becoming mostly sunny. High around 90. Southeast wind 15-25 mph and gusty.



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