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Monday, August 2, 1999

Stores prepare for sales tax holiday

By PEGGY McCRACKEN
Staff Writer

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 Shopping Center.

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 for layaways.

"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
Staff Writer

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 Center.

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 Dominguez.

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 fight.

"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 Leos was.

"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 County Jail.

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.
 

Lotto

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.

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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: $300.

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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.

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order:

0-5-6 (zero, five, six)

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AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order:

7-9-1 (seven, nine, one)

Obituary

Carmen Nunez

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 Chapel.

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 19 great-grandchildren.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

Weather

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.
 



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