Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
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
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
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
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
Everyone is invited to come see the display.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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