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Tuesday, June 1, 1999
Storms don't spoil night for graduates
PECOS June 1, 1999--Thunderstorms stayed to the south of Eagle Stadium
Friday night, allowing Pecos High School's 1999 graduation ceremonies to
go off without a hitch before a crowd of family members and well-wishers
who packed the west stands at the stadium.
A total of 135 seniors received their diplomas on Friday, following
addresses by Valedictorian Alva Alvarez, Salutatorian Jeff Lam and guest
speaker Dr. R. Vic Morgan, president of Sul Ross State University.
To those who didn't do as well in high school as some of the top grads,
Morgan cited his own experiences and said "You too can recover from a poor
start, and the time to begin is now.
"Commencement exercises represent a new beginning," Morgan said. "You're
beginning the next phase of your education, whether you go to college,
work or the armed services."
He cited 10 things the graduates should do in order to prepare for life
in the real world, and added "All development is self-development as you
make your way to the future," Morgan said.
Both Lam and Alvarez thanked their parents and teachers during their
commencement speeches. Lam spoke of his spiritual feelings and told his
fellow students to "Be positive and walk with God in life," while Alvarez
read Robert Frost's 1916 poem "The Road not Taken" as the main part of
her valedictory address:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
The graduates were then certified by Pecos High School principal
Danny Rodriguez, and diplomas were then given out to the 135 students,
most of whom were accompanied to the podium by their parents.
Peacock taking East Texas pastor's post
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS June 1, 1999--Rod Peacock has accepted the position of interim
pastor for the 370-member First Presbyterian Church in Orange.
He will be leaving the First Presbyterian Church in Barstow, where he
has been pastor since October, 1993. Prior to that, he was state chaplain
volunteer coordinator for West Texas State School in Pyote for 12 years.
"I am so grateful to the Barstow congregation for giving me a chance
to be a pastor again and to gain confidence that the Lord could use me
in the pastorate, preaching, teaching and visiting," Peacock said. "I was
just as proud of that church as a canon at his cathedral."
He looks forward to the new work in a church where former Pecos pastor
Ben Gillespie was pastor for 20 years.
"They have a multi-purpose building next to the sanctuary named the
Ben Gillespie Memorial Building," Peacock said.
He is to be examined by the presbytery on June 11 and will take the
pulpit on June 13 - at the same time changing regional affiliation to the
New Covenant Presbytery from Tres Rios Presbytery.
"Some of my fondest memories are of serving at the West Texas State
School," he said. "I came to Pecos on Friday with kids to chop weeds and
pick up trash. Jim Ed Miller, who was very active in First Christian Church,
would have us come in for lunch and he would prepare it."
Miller usually had five or six members of the church or community leaders
to sit with the students and give them personal attention during the luncheon.
Peacock said that he and his wife, Pat, have purchased a home in Kermit,
and he will return there for one week out of six.
"When Pat gets our new home the way she wants it, she can come down
and be with me there," he said.
When the church calls a new pastor, Peacock will be free to travel to
any of the 50 states to serve in a similar position.
Pecos area able to avoid holiday fatalities
PECOS June 1, 1999--Pecos area highways were fatality-free over
the Memorial Day weekend, though statewide the death toll was four above
the number predicted by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The DPS said a total of 31 people died on Texas highways this weekend,
four more than the 27 predicted for the holiday period.
Locally, the only rollover accident reported occurred on a residential
street early Saturday morning, and landed a Pecos man in Reeves County
Jail facing an alcohol violation.
According to Pecos police, Francisco Javier Lopez, 26, was driving a
Chevrolet pickup at about 2:22 a.m., Saturday, westbound on Walthall Street,
when he started weaving.
At this time he lost control of the vehicle, rolled it on the north
side of Walthall and ended up in the yard of a house at 1413 S. Oak St.
No injuries were reported, according to investigating officer Kenneth
Roberts, but the Lopez was charged with driving while intoxicated and was
taken to Reeves County Jail.
No passengers were with Lopez at the time of the accident, according
Family nights start tonight at PHS pool
PECOS June 1, 1999--Family swimming night for the summer opens tonight
at 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School natatorium.
Family nights at the high school pool will be Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 6 to 8:30 p.m., according to PHS swimming coach Terri Morse. Fee is
$1 per person and is for individuals age 14 and older, or children accompanied
by their parents. For further information, call 447-7242.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained
from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's
Office, or other officers of those agencies.
The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either
traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered
arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were
paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release.
Ernest J. Supancic, 68, was arrested at 9:06 a.m., on May 21, in the
200 block of South Oak Street, for public intoxication.
Felipe Lopez Jr., 40, was arrested at 3:41 p.m., on May 21, in Balmorhea,
on a warrant.
Oscar Dominguez, 47, was arrested at 6:03 p.m., on May 21, in the 1800
block of Adams Street, for assault by threat under the Family Violence
Act and a warrant for assault causing bodily injury.
Elias D. Sanchez, 47, was arrested at 8:08 p.m., on May 21, at the Circle
M Bar, for public intoxication.
Francisco Mendoza, 32, was arrested at 12:07 p.m., on May 22, in the
800 block of South Pecan Street, for public intoxication.
Ruben M. Salas, 20, was arrested at 12:24 a.m., on May 23, at the corner
of 12th and Cherry streets, on a DWI refusal as a minor in possession.
Xochitl Armendariz, 21, was arrested at 8:17 a.m., on May 23, at the
corner of Third and Cedar streets, for no driver's license.
Larry Dewayne Mosby, 37, turned himself in at 9:30 a.m., on May 24,
at Reeves County Adult Probation Department, on a warrant out of Ector
County (motion to revoke-sexual assault).
Jose Navarette, 42, was arrested at 6:18 a.m., on May 25, on a warrant
for possession of marijuana (over 50 pounds, under 2000 pounds). He was
taken to Reeves County Jail.
Erica Tarin, 18, and Cesar Urias, 29, were arrested at 7:26 a.m., on
May 25, in the 1500 block of West Fifth Street, each for assault under
the Family Violence Act. They were taken to Reeves County Jail.
Hector U. Briceno, 50, was arrested at 6 p.m., on May 25, in Saragosa,
for aggravated assault. He was taken to Reeves County Jail and was served
with Capias Pro Fine warrants at 9:01 p.m. at the jail.
Ana Saenz, 24, was arrested at 1:55 a.m., on May 27, on a warrant for
theft by check over $20, under $500. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.
Victor Mendoza, 19, was arrested at 7:49 p.m., on May 27, at La Tienda
parking lot, on a warrant (motion to revoke-forgery). He was taken to Reeves
Julian Fuentez, 39, was served with a warrant at 9:41 p.m., on May 27,
at Reeves County Jail, for making alcohol available to a minor.
Braulio Esquivel, 35, was arrested at 10:11 p.m., on May 27, at the
corner of Fifth and Alamo streets, for assault under the Family Violence
Act. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.
Ruben Garcia Jr., 20, was arrested at 1 a.m., on May 28, at the Flying
J parking lot, for driving while license suspended.
Jesus M. Martinez, 21, was arrested at 1:01 a.m., on May 28, at the
corner of Ninth and Cherry streets, for resisting and evading arrest, unauthorized
use of a motor vehicle.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 01-15-18-32-46-47. Estimated jackpot: $10 million. Number
matching six of six: none. Matching five of six: 53. Prize: $2,713. Matching
four of six: 4,307. Prize: $120.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning
numbers drawn: 10-35-53-97. Number matching four of four in Group One:
0. Number matching four of four in Group Two: 1. Prize: $25,000. Number
matching four of four in Group Three: 0. Number matching three of four
in any group: 446. Prize: $300.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 15-17-26-32-37. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of
five: 228. Prize: $995.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Cash 5 drawing Monday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 01-05-09-13-30. Number matching five of five: 3. Prize per winner:
$24,108. Winning tickets sold in: Cedar Hill, Houston, Mineola. Matching
four of five: 272. Prize: $399.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery,
in order: 1-4-3 (one, four, three)
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 4-8-1 (four, eight, one)
McKinley Hopper, 76, died Friday, May 28, 1999, in Winkler County
Memorial Hospital in Kermit.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m., today at Belvue Baptist Church in
Kermit with burial in Kermit Cemetery.
Hopper was born June 30, 1922, in O'Donnell, was a Justice of the Peace
in Loving County, had been a resident of Mentone for 65 years and was a
Survivors include one brother, Bob Hopper of Mentone.
Cooper Funeral Home Chapel, Inc. of Kermit is in charge of arrangements.
Terry J. Martin
Terry J. Martin, 66, of Pecos, died Friday, May 28, 1999.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 31, at Pecos Funeral Home
Chapel with Jim Daniels officiating. Burial was in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
He was born Dec. 20, 1933, in Willisville, Ark. and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Martin of Pecos; two stepsons, Darren
Hester of Lubbock, Scott Bratcher of Morriss, Ill.; one step-daughter,
Janice Hester of Pecos; two daughters, Vicki Price of Midland, Kim Patterson
of San Angelo; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jose B. Salcido, 92, died Saturday, May 22, 1999, in California.
A mass was held at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Dinuba, Calif.
He was born Nov. 19, 1906 in Balmorhea and was a longtime member of
St. Catherine's Catholic Church.
Survivors include four sons, Alex Salcido of Pecos, George Salcido of
Binghamton, N.Y., and Benjamin Salcido and Joe Salcido, Jr., both of Fresno,
Calif.; two daughters, Alicia Rodriguez of Pecos and Adelaida Lara of Dinuba,
Calif., 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Barbara Williams, 80, died Sunday, May 30, 1999, at Reeves County Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 2, at Barstow
Cemetery with Rev. Rod Peacock officiating.
She was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Midland, was a lifelong Pecos resident,
a homemaker and a Presbyterian.
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Williams.
Survivors include numerous friends and cousins.
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS June 1, 1999--High Monday 103. Low this morning 70. Forecast for
tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. low upper
60s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday, partly cloudy with a 20 percent
chance of thunderstorms. high mid 90s. South to southwest wind 10-20 mph.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
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