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Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Hill home following heart attack

Staff Writer

Reeves County Commissioner Precinct 2 Norman Hill recovering at home, following a heart attack last Wednesday.

Hill missed Monday’s meeting of the Reeves County Commissioners Court due to his sudden illness. He was transported by AeroCare helicopter from Reeves County Hospital to Odessa Medical Center after suffering his heart attack late Wednesday morning.

“He was having heart problems and went to the emergency room,” said Debbie Riley, Hill’s daughter.

Riley said that the Reeves County emergency room crew did an excellent job of taking care of her father, who was then flown to Odessa.

“They knew exactly what to do, they put in a clot buster and stabilized him so he could be transport him to Odessa,” said Riley. “We really appreciate the good care they gave him.”

On Thursday, doctors inserted a stint, following an angiogram. “Ninety-nine percent of the artery was blocked,” she said.

Riley said that Hill had had some heart problems about six years ago, but not an actual heart attack.

“He’s doing really well now, he feels better and is at home recuperating,” said Riley.

Scott to leave rock collection with Museum

Staff Writer

A collection of unique rocks has been added at the West of the Pecos Museum, thanks to one of the founders of the museum who will be moving out of the area after living here for over 75 years.

Archie Scott donated a collection of “geos” to the museum recently that are not only interesting, but are valuable as well.

“I cut them myself and these are the best of the bunch,” said Scott, who has been an avid supporter of the museum and has seen it go through transformations.

“I helped clear out the second and third floors and helped start the museum in 1963 or 1964, along with Barney Hubbs,” said Scott.

Scott moved to Pecos in 1928 and has lived here ever since. “I came here when there were no paved streets and very few people,” he said.

Scott said that these are rocks that he has collected over the years. “And since we’re going to move, I wanted this museum to have this collection,” said Scott.

He said that all the geos were mined in Mexico. “I bought them from a metal dealer in El Paso,” said Scott. “These are the prize out of 7-8 tons of rock.”

Scott has been a rock collector for 30 years. Some of his collection can be found at the museum at Texas Tech in the mineral department, while another collection is housed at Texas Christian University.

“These are very rare in that nearly all of them have mineral growths inside of a hollow rock,” said Scott, who buys the rocks in 100-pound loads.

“I don’t know if they’re any good or not until I cut them up,” said Scott.

The rocks donated to the museum cost anywhere from $300 a pair to $500.

“When I first got started, they were selling them for $200-$300 a rock,” said Scott, who has also cut some of the rocks up and made bookends out of them.

Scott will be moving to Mansfield, just southeast of Fort Worth, with his wife, Mary Margaret.

“All my kids and grandkids live in that area and it’s about 400 miles every time they come out to see us,” he said. “So I decided we would just move over there to be closer to them, for these remaining years.”

Scott said that he hated to leave Pecos, but that he felt this was the right time to do it. He has been a member of almost every committee, group or organization there is in Pecos, among being a faithful Friends of the Museum member.

Scott was a member of the West of the Pecos Rodeo Committee for 14 years. “We built the stadium out there, so I’ve seen a lot of changes and a lot growth,” he said.

Scott has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club for 45 years, and was president of the Friends of the Museum after Barney Hubbs, Chairman of the Board of the First Christian Church for many years and many other organizations and groups.

He helped organize the museum and put it together. “We did a lot of work on it everyday and was president for a long time after Barney Hubbs,” said Scott. “I was president of the organization when we rebuilt it,” he said.

“So it’s really going to be tough saying goodbye, but I think it’s time,” he said.

Back to school pool events planned

Staff Writer

A pair of “Back to School” parties for elementary and junior high students have been scheduled for August 9 at the Pecos City Swimming Pool at Maxey Park.

The Back to School Splash Party will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, at the pool for Bessie Haynes fourth through sixth graders, and from 6 to 10 p.m. for Crockett Junior High seventh and eighth graders. The event is free to those students.

The events are sponsored by the Reeves County Juvenile Probation Department to have fun and to learn about making good “Choices.”

KIUN radio personality Cody West will be broadcasting live from the pool and playing everyone’s favorite music during the party for Bessie Haynes students. For the Crockett students, Radio personalities from KMRK 96.1 will be broadcasting live from the pool and playing everyone’s favorite hip-hop music.

Snacks, door prizes and games will be available at both events.

“The reason we are sponsoring this event is to provide educational materials for youngsters,” said juvenile probation director Louise Moore.

Materials presented will be scholastic crime stoppers, Stay Together, Texas Youth Hotline and others.

“We want to let youth know what community services and programs are available to them and their parents,” said Moore. “We want them to know that there is no problem that is too big and that there are people and services available to help them,” she said. The students are invited to come out and swim, dance, laugh and have a great drug free, crime free time.

In case of inclement weather the events will be moved to the Reeves County Civic Center.

For more information or details contact the Reeves County Juvenile Probation Department at 447-6901.

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