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Wednesday, February 2, 2000

Swim Team Pep Rally set

A Pep Rally will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, at the Pecos High School Natatorium, to honor the Pecos High School Swim Team.

The team will go to regionals on Feb. 11-12 and everyone is invited to come out and cheer the team on to their first regional championship.

Austin Elementary raises funds for school

Austin Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Treasurer, Mayra Munoz, presented the principal of the school, Beau Jack Hendrick a check for $1,300 and Rebecca Cervantes, school librarian, a check for $500.

The $1,300 will be divided among the teachers of Austin Elementary. The teachers will use the money to purchase materials, supplies, or whatever they might need for their classrooms.

The $500 will go to help with the Accelerated Reading Program. The office of Austin Elementary matched the $500 for a total of $1,000 toward the Accelerated Reading Program.

The P.T.O. money was raised with the help of local businesses, teachers, and parents, at events such as the winter Fun Night, popcorn and pickle sales, and pictures with Santa Claus.

"We're certainly grateful for all the work and time parents, teachers, administration and local businesses invest in our school. We have a school we can be proud of thanks to the dedication of so many," said Principal Beau Jack Hendrick.

For more information about Austin Elementary PTO, contact either Armida Johnson, Mayra Munoz, or Bruce Abbott through the Austin Elementary Office.

Local 4-Her's to join livestock show in Houston

Two 4-H members from Reeves County will be joining other FFA and 4-H members from all over Texas for intense competition in the show ring at the 2000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 18-March 5, at the Astrohall in Houston.

Katie and Michael Lee, both members of the Reeves-Loving County 4-H, will exhibit lambs during the annual event in Houston.

The junior show, which showcases the animal projects of these FFA and 4-H exhibitors, is held during the second week of livestock competition, beginning Feb. 24. Professional breeders and ranchers will compete for top prize money and global recognition in the livestock industry during the first week of the show, which kicks off Feb. 18.

Entries from both the open and junior shows, along with the horse show, combine to make the Houston Livestock Show the largest event of its kind in the world.

More than 14,000 entries, representing 1,014 Texas 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, will compete in this year's junior show. A wide variety of animals will be shown in both the junior and open divisions of the livestock competition, including market steers, market barrows, market lambs, market poultry, beef and dairy heifers, breeding gilts, breeding sheep, goats, llamas, ostriches, commercial steers and breeding rabbits.

The four market animal categories (steer, lamb, barrow and poultry) represent animals raised by exhibitors for food sources. The finest animals in each of these categories are eligible for their individual market auctions. In 1999, the Houston Livestock Show's junior market auction sales totaled $5,399,375, including a record $550,000 for the Grand Champion Market Steer.

"We're always looking to improve our Show," said John Sykes, assistant general manager, Agricultural Exhibits and Competition Department. "We're proud of being the world's largest livestock show, but we also want to be the best. Due to the overwhelming interest, we have expanded the steer show to three days, March 1-3, and have increased market barrow premiums, which will award an additional $127,000 to exhibitors."

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