Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, August 2, 1999
Stores prepare for sales tax holiday
By PEGGY McCRACKEN
PECOS, Aug. 2, 1999 -- Leona Smith knows a good thing when she sees
it. Looking forward to the weekend sales tax holiday, Smith has stocked
up on back-to-school clothes for the Family Dollar store in the Airlwan
Pointing to a storeroom stacked with cartons of clothes waiting to be
displayed, Smith said, "I hate to see my store for the next three days.
You can't keep it clean now. Those three days it is going to be worse."
Lt. Gov. Rick Perry said Aug 6-8 are sales tax holidays, when items
of children's and adult clothing and non-athletic shoes costing less than
$100 will be completely exempt from state and local sales taxes.
"Texas leaders estimate this sales tax holiday will save Lone Star State
consumers $69.2 million," Perry said.
Athletic shoes and clothing commonly used as everyday wear, such as
football jerseys, baseball caps or running shoes costing less than $100
will be exempt. But items used exclusively for athletic purposes, such
as golf shoes or football pants, are not eligible for the sales tax break.
In addition, jewelry, handbags, wallets and formal wear are not exempt.
"In a way I am excited about it and in a way I'm not," Smith said. "It
will bring lots more business."
Consumers will save 8.25 percent on their purchases of Wranglers, Red
Wings or Doc Martins, Perry said.
With Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD set to resume classes Aug. 16, parents
are expected to hit the stores hard this weekend.
Olga Guebara, Wal-Mart assistant manager, said she has added extra staff
"I think it will be very busy," she said. She beefed up the inventory,
especially in the underwear, socks and shoe departments.
Beall's manager Chris Metler also added extra stock in anticipation
of "lots of business in back to school items."
While she has not added extra staff, she expects employees to work additional
hours during the tax holidays.
"I am excited," Metler said. "I think it is a good opportunity for customers
to save money."
Savings will be double at Norma Jean's and the Style Shop, where half-price
sales are already underway.
"It think it is great," said Linda Gholson, Style Shop co-owner.
Kenneth Neal, city manager, said the city of Pecos may lose some sales
tax revenue, but the boost to the economy should offset any losses.
"It may hurt a small amount up front, but hopefully it will benefit
in the long run," he said.
Theft of deputy's gun lands teen in jail
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Aug. 2, 1999 -- A Pecos teen is currently in Reeves County Jail
facing two charges following an incident involving the theft of a gun from
a Reeves County Sheriff's deputy Saturday night at the Reeves County Civic
Isaac Granado, 17, was charged with taking a gun from the deputy and
evading arrest following the incident, which occurred at about 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, after Reeves County Sheriff's officers were dispatched to the
Civic Center in reference to a fight that had occurred earlier.
Deputy Danny Leos was already at the Civic Center investigating the
fight, when Deputy Ruben Dominguez and Reeves County Sheriff's Reserve
Officer Hivi Rayos met with Leos at the scene.
Rayos and Dominguez were leaving the center when they met up with two
individuals, identified as Granado and Luis Franco.
"They advised us that someone had broken a window on a vehicle which
was parked outside the civic center," said officer Dominguez. Rayos advised
the two to wait until the morning and file a complaint.
"Luis Franco said `no, I just want to talk to the one who did it," said
The officers then asked the two if they knew who broke the window, and
Franco said that Granado did, according to the report.
"We advised them at this point, that if they did go inside and look
for that subject, they would only start a fight," said Dominguez.
Franco said, `No, I just want to talk to that person.' The two then
went back inside the civic center and inside met with officer Leos.
"We told officer Leos that the two were looking for the person who had
broken the window of the vehicle," said Dominguez.
A fight then broke out at the west end of the outside portion of the
civic center, and all three officers responded and tried to break up the
"I got one of the subjects down to the floor, when I heard an unidentified
male subject saying that Isaac Granado had a gun," said Dominguez, who
let go of the subject he had on the floor and was going outside where officer
"On my way outside I checked to see if I had my gun, but my gun was
gone," said Dominguez. "When I got outside, I told officer Leos that someone
had taken my gun, while we were trying to break up the fight."
Officer Dominguez stayed with Granado, while officer Leos went to look
for the missing gun.
"I asked Granado where my gun was, and advised him that he was under
arrest," said Dominguez.
"As I started to handcuff Isaac, he ran from me and I started running
after him," said Dominguez.Leos saw that Granado was running and started
to chase him west toward McDonald's. "As we were chasing Isaac, officer
Leos' handgun fell out of his holster, we stopped to pick it up, at which
time Granado had made it across Highway 285," said Dominguez.
Granado was located a short time later in the bed of a pickup at 1409
S. Cedar by Pecos Police Sergeant Tony Dawdy and Pecos Patrolman Jeff Green.
Meanwhile, Dominguez went back to see if he could find his gun on the
Civic Center grounds and was told by a woman there the gun was under a
red vehicle beside the white pickup. "I looked under the vehicle and my
gun was there," he said.
Granado's bond was set at $8,000 for attempting to take a weapon from
an officer and $2,000 for evading arrest and is currently in the Reeves
Council to hold 2nd workshop
PECOS, Aug. 2, 1999 -- Pecos City Council will hold their second budget
workshop of the year at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, said manager Kenneth Neal.
In Friday's workshop, the council cut numerous items, Neal said.
"We have had to do a lot of cutting to maintain the same level of service.
We are cutting as much as we can," he said.
Friday's workshop lasted from 4:30 to 11 p.m.
Besides the budget, the council on Tuesday will also hear an update
on a water well drilled recently in the Worsham field.
"The well we drilled was not up to our expectations, so we will discuss
whether to drill another one," Neal said.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night:
Winning numbers drawn: 10-19-42-47-49-50. Estimated jackpot: $4 million.
Number matching six of six: none. Matching five of six: 59. Prize: $1,986.
Matching four of six: 3,702. Prize: $115.
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night:
Winning numbers drawn: 33-39-77-89. Number matching four of four in
Group One: one. Prize: $1 million Winning ticket sold in: Bridgeport Number
matching four of four in Group Two: none. Number matching four of four
in Group Three: none Number matching three of four in any group: 387. Prize:
AUSTIN (AP) — Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night:
Winning numbers drawn: 7-22-23-24-36. Number matching five of five:
three. Prize per winner: $29,474. Matching four of five: 229. Prize: $580.
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery,
0-5-6 (zero, five, six)
AUSTIN (AP) — The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas
Lottery, in order:
7-9-1 (seven, nine, one)
Carmen Nunez, 71, of Pecos, died Saturday, July 31, 1999, at her residence.
A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m., today at the Pecos Funeral Home
Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with burial
in Greenwood Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 25, 1927, in Juarez, Mexico, was a homemaker, a lifelong
Pecos resident and a Catholic.
Survivors include her husband, Manuel F. Nunez of Pecos; two sons, Pedro
Nunez of Pecos, Francisco Nunez of Odessa; four daughters, Gloria Gonzales
and Maria Nunez of Pecos, Ortencia Galindo of Odessa, Yolanda Villalobos
of Barstow; one brother, Donaciolo Hernandez of El Paso; two sisters, Martha
Hernandez of California, Alicia Terrazas of Midland; 18 grandchildren and
Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PECOS, Aug. 2, 1999 -- High Sunday 100; low last night 71. Tonight, partly
cloudy with a 30 percent chance of evening thunderstorms. Low in the mid
to upper 60s. East to southeast wind 5-15 mph. Tuesday, partly cloudy with
a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. High near 90. East to southeast
wind 10-15 mph. Extended forecast: Tuesday night, partly cloudy with a
slight chance of evening thunderstorms. Low in the mid to upper 60s. Wednesday
through Friday, partly cloudy with a chance of mainly afternoon and evening
thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Lows in the mid to upper 60s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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