Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, November 10, 1999
New roof going onto State Theater
By SMOKEY BRIGGS
PECOS, Nov. 10, 1999 - The State Theater on Oak Street is getting a
new roof this week, along with new heating and air conditioning units and
new electrical wiring as well.
"We're finally making some noticeable progress on this project and it
is very gratifying," Richard Creasy said.
Creasy and his wife Lilian, bought the State in August 1998 and have
been working on restoring the 46-year-old building to working order ever
The theater was closed in December 1989 when its owner, United Artist
Theaters, decided to shut all of its non multi-screen movie houses.
"The roof has been the big hold up," Creasy said. "With a good roof
on, things will start falling into place."
Creasy said that the new roof is a polyurethane foam that is blown on
and then dries to form a seamless barrier.
"Once the foam cures it is capped with a sealant that protects it from
sunlight which is about the only thing that is damaging to it," Creasy
Creasy said that the new roof has an almost indefinite lifespan.
"If you take care of it, it will last a long time," he said.
Working alongside the roofers, Pecos Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal
is making preparations to set five new rooftop units in place that will
supply the heating and cooling for the 900 person capacity building.
R. S. Smith is doing the necessary electrical work on the project, Creasy
"None of this would have been possible without the financial support
we've received from the Chamber of Commerce and the Pecos City Foundation,"
Kevin Duke, chairman for the advertising tourism committee with the
Chamber, said that a portion of the bed tax collected from local motels
was set aside for community projects and that funding for the project came
from those moneys.
"This is a good project and it will be good for Pecos if we can get
a movie theater open again. I'm looking forward to it," Duke said.
Creasy said that another block of financial help came from the Pecos
Creasy said that the Foundation was a private foundation dedicated to
"The are funded through donations and I believe this is the Foundation's
first project," Creasy said. "They have really helped us out here."
Creasy said that he was hoping to have the theater open before the Rodeo
"I think that is a realistic date," he said. "We still have a lot to
do. Plumbing and tile work will be our next big projects but we are making
Friday fire at storage area ruled arson
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Nov. 10, 1999 - A Friday night fire on the east side of town
has been determined to have been set intentionally, according to Town of
Pecos City Fire Marshal Jack Brookshire.
The fire occurred at about 8:20 p.m., Friday, at 508 East Third St.,
in a storage building for Desert Rentals, a furniture rental company.
"It appears that the fire was intentionally set," said Brookshire. "The
fire started in a storage shed that was vacant, it just had old potato
tow sacks in there."
The fire began in the southeast corner of the building and quickly spread
into the storeroom. "There was quite a bit of furniture in the store room,
next to the vacant one," said Brookshire.
About $30,000 in damage was estimated on the furniture in the main building,
along with the fire damage done to the structure.
"There was an extensive amount of damage," said Brookshire.
The building is located right next door to the old Popular Thriftway,
which burned down in September, 1992. The grocery store's owner, Louis
Tellez, opened up a check cashing service, next door while retaining the
old store's name. That business is still open and didn't sustain any fire
"There's just a wall dividing us, but we didn't get any of the fire,"
said Tellez. "We are still open for business, a lot of people got the impression
that we were closed, but we're not."
Tellez Check Cashing Service, or Popular Thriftway is located at 510
E. Third St.
Brookshire said that officials have gotten a few tips on this and other
fires which have seem to have been set intentionally in Pecos. "We're working
on that and trying to get the culprits," said Brookshire.
Other fires have plagued a city block and those are under investigation
Pecos Volunteer firemen have visited the 12000 Block of S. Walnut Street,
at least three times this month.
"All in all, we've been in that same block at least nine times in the
last month and a half," said Pecos Fire Volunteer Fire Chief Roy Pena.
"They've boarded up the house and have been cleaning the yard," said
The homes are owned by Thomas Talamantez, who is also the owner of the
Del Rio Bar and Oasis Club, in Pecos.
The code enforcement officer has given Talamantez a certain number of
days to clear off the "junk" in the yard to help prevent further fires.
"The yard was a fire hazard, it had a lot of junk inside the yard,"
said Brookshire. "But they've been taking care of that problem and cleaning
up the yard, clearing it of junk, really well."
Schools, groups planning events for Veterans Day
PECOS, Nov. 10, 1999 - Americans will be asked to honor those who have
fought for this country over the past 223 years on Thursday, when Veterans
Day is observed across the United States.
The holiday will be observed in the area with several special events.
A Veteran's Day Celebration will be held beginning at 11:11 a.m., in
Downtown Balmorhea, with a free barbecue set for lunch. The public is invited
Pecos Elementary will have a special ceremony and has invited all veterans
and their families to the school. The celebration at the third grade elementary
school will begin at 9 a.m.
Austin Elementary will have a special flag raising and ceremony, beginning
at 8:45 a.m., at the first and second grade school. Everyone is invited
In honor of Veterans Day, the Pecos Post Office and both First National
and Security State Banks will be closed in honor of the special day.
Junior high consolidation on board's agenda
PECOS, Nov. 10, 1999 - Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school board members will discuss
consolidating seventh and eighth grades at Crockett Middle School and study
a source for financing during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday.
Seventh graders now attend Zavala Middle School, while eighth graders
go to Crockett. The current set-up was put in place 11 years ago, when
the district went to "neighborhood schools" for grades 1-8. However, due
to a decline in students and lower valuations in recent years, P-B-T board
members have discussed closing one or two schools in Pecos, after shutting
down Barstow Elementary prior to the start of the 1998-99 school year.
Reeves County and the Town of Pecos City officials will also be recognized
for helping to rebuild the Pecos High School track at the regular board
meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m., in the boardroom at 1304 S. Park St.
The Pecos High School Band and the girls' volleyball team will be recognized
during the regular meeting. Both advanced to UIL area competition in October.
Members will also discuss amendments to interlocal agreement for community
sports and recreation program between Reeves County, Town of Pecos City
and Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD; discuss request for staff to use district
facilities on Wednesday nights for community technology and approve early
release day for Friday, for a playoff football game at El Paso Ysleta.
In other business, the board will listen to the second reading and approval
of Policy FM (Local) _ student activities; second reading for TASB Policy
Update 61 and first reading for Policy EIC _ Academic Achievement Class
In addition, board members will once again discuss standardized or uniform
dress and take action on steps to successful implementation.
Also on the agenda for discussion and approval are attendance committees,
District Improvement Plan, Y2K update, 1999-2000 budget amendments, tobacco
compliance grant and ninth grade initiative grant.
During the meeting, the superintendent's evaluation forms will be distributed
to board members.
Board members will also discuss and approve:
· Enrollment/attendance reports.
· Tax report.
· Depository securities report.
· Cafeteria report.
· List of commodities received.
· Investment transaction report.
· Reconciled bank balance report.
· Date and time for next regular meeting.
· Calendar of events.
· Request for items for next agenda.
The group will meet in closed session to discuss personnel or hear complaints
against personnel and for a private consultation with the board's attorney.
In open session, they will take action, if any, on items discussed in closed
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Tuesday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 6-7-10-21-34. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner:
$77,556. Winning ticket sold in: Conroe. Matching four of five: 224. Prize:
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas
Lottery, in order: 3-1-9 (three, one, nine)
PECOS, Nov. 10, 1999 - High Tuesday 85. Low this morning 49. Forecast for
tonight: Clear. Low in the upper 40s. Light south wind. Thursday: Sunny.
High in the lower 80s. South wind 5 t0 10 mph. Thursday night: Clear. Low
45 to 50.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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