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Tuesday, November 16, 1999
P-B-T teachers earn Region 18 honors
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Nov. 16, 1999 - Two Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD teachers have won
a coveted regional award, and will be honored at a luncheon on Nov. 20
Sue Parent, a teacher at Pecos Kindergarten and Ronny Daniel, a seventh
grade English teacher at Zavala Middle School were named Teacher of the
Year for Region 18, which includes most of the Permian Basin and Trans-Pecos
region of West Texas, including the cities of Midland and Odessa.
They were chosen based on their dedication to the field of education
and to the students they teach, according to Region 18 members. Parent
and Daniel are examples of what caring teachers do, but also what teachers
can achieve with hard work and a will to make students successful.
These two winners, along with other regional winners, will be honored
at a luncheon on Nov. 20, in Austin at the Capital Marriott Hotel. Each
will be recognized and the state winners and national representatives will
be introduced and will speak at the luncheon. This event is being sponsored
by the Texas Education Agency and Southwestern Bell, the corporate sponsor
of this event.
Daniel has been an English-language arts teacher at Zavala Middle School
for the past nine years. He was involved with Result Based Monitoring,
and has been a member of the Campus Improvement Committee since its inception.
He has worked with his students to create a courtyard on campus, and he
used surplus computers to establish a makeshift computer lab.
Daniel has served as acting principal and was Vice President of the
District Education Improvement Committee. He publishes a school newspaper
through his Gifted and Talented class and has been an academic team leader.
He helped to begin the accelerated reading program at Zavala and implemented
a very successful economics unit. He was the Pecos Chamber of Commerce's
Teacher of the Year last year, and is the GT facilitator at Zavala and
a UIL sponsor.
Daniel was born on Jan. 30, 1948 in Lubbock and attended public schools
in Monahans and Pecos. During those years he was an athlete as well as
a member of the Future Teachers of America and the President of the Student
After high school graduation he attended Tarleton State University,
Southwest Texas State University, and earned a Bachelor's and Master's
Degree from Texas Tech University. While in college, he became a member
of Sigma Nu and Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity, serving as president of the
latter. He was consistently on the Dean's List and was awarded both a teaching
assistantship and a research assistantship during graduate school.
After serving as head basketball coach at Wilson Junior High in Lubbock
for four years, he entered into the business field in Pecos. As a Pecos
businessman, he was elected to and served as President of the Amusement
and Music Operators of Texas as well as becoming Vice President of the
board of trustees of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.
During this time he served on the board of directors of the Reeves County
Tax Appraisal District, the Reeves County Recreation Department, the Pecos
Chamber of Commerce and was president of the Pecos Valley Country Club.
He is now president of Dan Daniel Music, Incorporated.
Daniel is married to Jennie and is the proud father of six children,
Jennifer, Christopher, Megan, Cortney, Rebekah and Dane.
He has served repeatedly as a mater of ceremonies for the Chamber of
Commerce Banquet, the All Sports Banquet, and the Golden Girl Revue. He
is in his 21st year of broadcasting Pecos Eagle football games
for KIUN and KPTV in Pecos.
His hobbies include computers and golf.
Susan Parent attended Bridgewater State College in Southeastern Massachusetts.
She enrolled in education courses the college offered and found that she
enjoyed them tremendously.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a
minor in Psychology. "Psychology has always interested me, and it is this
interest that has helped me to better understand and relate to children,"
Living the first 22 years of her life 20 miles south of Boston and then
finding herself on the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico was an extreme
but welcome change, according to Parent. "Residing in a small pueblo village
gave me the feeling that one person could make a difference, and I will
always appreciate how Zuni enriched my life," she said.
Parent's job while employed by the Gallup McKinley Schools, was to teach
fourth through sixth grade limited English students to read. "Not an easy
task. I was shocked when I realized that many students could not read on
a first grade level," said Parent.
While teaching in New Mexico, she acquired graduate hours to attain
reading certification K-12 and these courses and training allowed her to
qualify for an Early Childhood Endorsement.
"I moved to Texas in 1983 and my first assignment in Pecos was teaching
at Austin Elementary," said Parent.
She taught at Austin Elementary from 1989-1994, was Austin Elementary
PTA Teacher of the Year and served a two-year term on the DEIC.
"I transferred to my present position at Pecos Kindergarten in 1994,"
She was chosen as a campus representative for the Title I Math Grant
Workshop, where she received valuable instruction, over a two-year period
on how to train teachers on that campus. "I am the campus representative
for the Gifted and Talented program," said Parent.
She is a member of the GT K-3 Identification Committee and the K-3 Attendance
Committee. "I am also currently serving on the Campus Site Based Decision-Making
Team," she said.
Parent is married to Jerry Parent, a teacher at Zavala Middle School
and is the mother of three children, Mikel and Elizabeth, who are both
attending Texas A&M University and John, who is an eighth grade student
at Crockett Middle School.
Detention Center `sentences' published in poetry book
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, Nov. 16, 1999 - He was a poet and didn't even know it.
A poem written as a joke turned out to be an award-winning piece of
prose, and has launched its author in a new career direction.
"I wrote this one poem as a joke and a friend saw it and convinced me
to sent it in," said John V. Diehl Jr.
Diehl was working at the Reeves County Detention Center at the time
and claims he wasn't always interested in poetry.
Diehl's Poem, entitled, "In the Wake of Chaos," was chosen for inclusion
in a book called "America at the Millennium, the Best Poems and Poets of
the 20th Century," with the publication date for the spring
of next year.
He had previously had another poem published by the National Library
of Poetry and was also nominated for poet of the year for 1998 and 1999.
"I haven't sent them a new one, but I somehow got nominated for poet
of the year again for 1999," said Diehl, a 1994 graduate of Pecos High
He said English was not his strongest subject in school, although he
did enjoy reading and writing novels. "I'm currently working on a novel,
and have a contract with Phoenix Literary Agency in Atlanta, Ga.
He has also taken some correspondence writing courses and plans to someday
pursue his education further.
Diehl is co-writing a book entitled, "Blink of An Eye," with his friend
"I hope to someday become a novelist," said Diehl.
He has already begun his literary career, with two stories already written
and one in the works. "I'm working on a science fiction adventure, and
need to work on the final draft," he said.
Diehl has also worked on newsletters in the area including the Informer,
published for employees at the Reeves County Detention Center, and a newsletter
for the First Presbyterian Church in Barstow.
He enjoys listening to music especially those by Celine Dion and enjoys
reading. "I love Michael Crichton's novels and am a Shirley Jackson (the
novelist) fan," he said.
Chamber schedules Christmas Parade
PECOS, Nov. 16, 1999 - The Annual Christmas Parade has been set for Friday,
Line-up will be at the Pecos High School parking lot at 5 p.m. and will
start at 6 p.m. The parade will travel towards downtown and conclude at
the Reeves County Courthouse.
All individuals, clubs, organizations, businesses, and musical groups
are invited to participate in this year's parade.
Theme for the event is Christmas, past, present and future. Entry is
free and $100 award will go to the best overall float. Entrants are encouraged
to be colorfully light their floats, in the Christmas tradition.
No live Santas will be allowed on any float. The Pecos Chamber of Commerce
will provide a Santa to lead the parade.
Furgeson sentences drug, illegal entry cases
PECOS, Nov. 16, 1999 - U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson handed out sentences
to several defendants on drug and illegal entry charges on Monday and today,
and accepted guilty pleas from two men, with sentencing dates scheduled
The longest term was handed out to the only defendant whose case went
to a jury trial, Alfred John Kemp. Jurors found him guilty on Aug. 13 of
one count of possession of marijuana over 100 kilograms and under 1000
kg with intent to distribute, and was sentenced to 63 months in a federal
correctional institute in Florida.
Others sentenced by Judge Furgeson included:
_ Jose Gonzales Montanez, 18 months at the federal prison in Big Spring
for possession of marijuana over 50 and under 100 kg with intent to distribute.
_ David Corral, 18 months in the federal prison at Terminal Island Calif.,
for possession of marijuana. Corral had pleaded guilty to the charge on
Aug. 19 in federal court.
_ Jay J. Lujan, 24 months in the federal prison at Big Spring for possession
of marijuana over 50 kg and under 100 kg with intent to distribute. Lujan
pled guilty to the charge on July 30.
_ Justin Erik Krockenberger, 18 months at a correctional facility in
Lompoc, Calif., for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Krockenberger pled guilty to the charge on July 10.
_ Elizabeth Olivo, four years probation, with the first six months on
electronic monitoring, for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Olivo plead guilty on Sept. 14.
_ Stephanie Islas-Zaragoza, 34 months at the federal prison in Fort
Worth for possession of marijuana over 50 kg and under 100 kg. She pled
guilty to the charge on Sept. 24.
_ Mario Lopez-Sanchez, 57 months in the federal prison at Big Spring
for possession of cocaine over 5 kg. Lopez-Sanchez entered a guilty plea
to the charge on Sept. 7.
_ Esquiel Ibarra Barron, 12 months for illegal entry. Barron pled guilty
to the charge on Sept. 7.
_ Hector Fralin Valenzuela, five years probation for possession of marijuana
with intent to distribute. Valenzuela pled guilty to the charge on March
Sentencing was delayed until Dec. 6 for Johan Weibe-Thiessen, who pled
guilty on July 22 to one count of importing marijuana, and guilty pleas
were accepted from Humbero Aleman Gomez on one count of illegal entry,
and from Jose Ernesto Hernandez-Vega, for possession of marijuana over
100 kg and under 1000 kg. Gomez' sentencing was set by Judge Furgeson for
Feb. 16, 2000 and Gomez' for Feb. 14, 2000.
AUSTIN (AP) - Results of the Cash 5 drawing Monday night: Winning numbers
drawn: 1-10-14-17-24. Number matching five of five: 1. Prize per winner:
$77,253. Winning ticket(s) sold in: Lewisville. Matching four of five:
$237. Prize: $489.
AUSTIN (AP) - The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Monday by the Texas Lottery,
in order: 5-9-5 (five, nine, five)
High Monday 82. Low this morning 41. Forecast for tonight: Clear, lows
in the mid 40s. Wednesday: Sunny, highs in the mid 80s. Winds 10-15 mph.
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