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Monday, June 28, 1999

Griffin, Bowers wed in church ceremony

Ronda Marshane Griffin and Sean Matthew Bowers were united in marriage at 6 p.m., at St. Paul's Luther Church in Luckenback, Tx., on June 5, with Pator Don Ofsdahl officiating.

The bride is a 1993 graduate of Fort Stockton High School and a 1997 graduate of Texas Tech University. She is currently employed with the Canyon ISD as a special education teacher at Randall High School.

She is the daughter of Marsha and Fred Pearce of Pecos and Ronnie Griffin of Fort Stockton.

Bowers is a 1991 graduate of McArthur High School and is currently attending West Texas A&M University. He is employed as a customer service representative at Advantage Car Rental Company.

He is the son of Vickie and Pat Spoor of San Antonio and David Bowers of San Antonio. He is the grandson of Madie Douglas-Sawyer and the late nellie and Frosty Bowers, formerly of Pecos.

Matron of Honor for the special occasion was Emily Crump. Bridesmaids included Jeanna Martinez, Amy Hayter, Tracye Lancaster and Kate Bowers. Flower girl was Allie Hampton.

The bridesmaids wore ice powder blue straight dresses of crepe material and featured a high neckline and low back accented with buttons.

Serving as best man was Brandon Hanna. Groomsmen were Chris White, Paul Yarwood, John Bryant and Stephen Crump.

The gentleman's attire consisted of white tuxedo jackets with black trousers, black bow tie and black vest.

Ushers were Ron Griffin, Todd Griffin and Stefan Bowers.

The bride was given away in marriage by her father, Ronnie Griffin and her step-father, Fred Pearce.

Wedding colors were ice powder blue and pastels.

The bride wore a straight skirt, the bottom trimmed with sequence and pearl detail in an ivory color. The bodice was detailed with sequence and pearls and it featured a detachable chapel length train, which was detailed around the edges with the matching sequence and pearl detail.

When the train was attached it gave the dress the illusion of having a full skirt.

The bride's bouquet was made with nosegay of white and champagne roses accented with stephanotis.

She carried her grandfather's Bible as something old, it was issued to hime on Dec. 26, 1944 when he enlisted in the Army and her grandmother, Norma Lynn Mund, covered the Bible with one of her linen handkerchiefs and trimmed it with lace. Also attached to the inside cover was a picture of her grandfather and grandmother.

Something new was the bridal attire; something borrowed was her mother's diamond earrings and something blue was her garter.

Special readings at the church ceremony were by Mya Surratt who read a quote by Thomas A. Kempis and Korbin Reeves who read from the New Testament.

A reception, dinner and dance were held following the church ceremony.

The couple wen to the Poconos and New York City for their honeymoon and will reside in Amarillo.

TNMP helps out fire department

In 1998 Texas-New Mexico Power company set up a program to reward employee and retiree volunteerism. Four Pecos TNMP employees recently united in their volunteer efforts with the Pecos Fire Department to take full advantage of TNMP's program and garner maximum support.

As a result, TNMP made a matching contribution of $900 to the Pecos Fire Department as part of its Employee/Retiree Volunteer Program in honor of employee volunteer hours worked. The fire department will use the funds to purchase safety equipment.

"Each of our volunteers logged between 150 and 200 hours during the year with the Pecos Fire Department, and TNMP was able to match those hours with a monetary contribution," said employees donate personal time and energy to worthwhile causes in the community."

TNMP employees working with the Pecos Fire Department are Mike Kojis, Engineering Technician; Jaime Herrera, Senior Energy Tech; Harvey Gonzales, Energy Tech; and Ernest Matta, Systems Technician.

The Employee/Retiree Volunteer Program rewards non-profit organizations by matching volunteer hours or donations with a corporate contribution. It supports employees and retirees who share their time, talents and money with local community organizations.

TNMP believes that by investing in its employees' and retirees' community efforts, it also is investing in the future success of its communities and in the company. The annual limit per employee or retiree is $225, regardless of whether the matching is for dollars or volunteer hours, or a combination. The program was instituted in 1998, and was so successful that it was continued for 1999.

Texas-New Mexico Power Company provides community-based electric service to 85 cities and more than 229,000 customers in Texas and New Mexico. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of TNP Enterprises, Inc.

Vernon on six-month deployment

Navy Firemen Keat K. Vernon, son of J.L. Vernon of Pecos, recently departed its home port in Norfolk, Va. on a six-month deployment to the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas, and the Arabian Gulf while assigned to the guided missile frigate USS Elrod.

As part of the Middle East Force, Vernon's ship will participate in maritime interdiction operations which enforce the U.N. sanctions restricting trade with Iraq and to inspect vessels suspected of violating the sanctions by transporting contraband cargo in and out of Iraq.

Vernon's ship is a combatant ship designed to protect amphibious expeditionary forces, underway replenishment groups and merchant convoys from undersea attack. In addition to torpedos, frigates carry helicopters that have sonar and torpedo capabilities, expanding the ship's reach.

The 1996 graduate of Georgetown High School joined the Navy in November 1996.

Artists' work on display

Artist, Val Wilson comes from an established ranching family living in Texas since the 1900's. Primarily self-taught in art she studied with Dmitre Vail.

Val worked in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as a commercial artist before moving back to her grandparents ranch near Pyote.

There she has set up her studio using her experience working at area ranches and depicting the western ambience for subject matter.

Her art work will be displayed at West of the Pecos Museum through July 15.

Everyone is invited to come see the display.

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