Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, June 2, 2000
Parent company of Beall's files for bankruptcy
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, June 2, 2000 - Stage Stores, Inc., the Houston-based parent
company of Beall's, filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the United
States Bankruptcy Code on Thursday, three years after a major expansion
brought Beall's into small towns across the southwest.
The company announced the move in a press release, which added that
the reorganization would include the closing of under-performing stores,
though the exact locations of those stores have not been announced.
"Because we have taken this most serious step, we believe Stage Stores
will survive and be able to prosper once again," said Jack Weisner, Chairman,
interim CEO and President of Stage Stores. "Once we reorganize, we will
be a stronger company, more focused on our core business. This should result
in our becoming a more competitive and profitable company.
Weisner formerly served as CEO of C.R. Anthony Co., which was bought
out in a March 1997 deal by Stage Stores for $93 million. The deal was
made after the 75-year-old Anthony's chain went into bankruptcy in 1995.
Anthony's store in Pecos and those in other small towns across Texas,
Oklahoma Kansas, Arkansas and New Mexico were renamed Beall's. Stage previously
had only placed Beall's stores in medium- and large-sized markets, such
as Midland-Odessa. It currently operates more than 600 stores in 33 states.
"Despite the difficulties the company has experienced, Stage Stores'
basic business concept is viable because the majority of our stores are
profitable," Weisner said. "With our Stage, Beall's and Palais Royal stores,
we fill an important need by providing brand-name apparel to underserved
markets, mostly in small town America."
In its press release, Stage Stores said it is in final discussions for
a three-year $450 million debtor-in-possession credit facility with Citicorp
USA, Inc. as agent, subject to documentation and bankruptcy court approval.
Stage said the money would be used to refinance certain indebtedness and
provide for significant levels of incremental working capital.
"While this course of action is very strong medicine for our company,
filing bankruptcy can have definite positive aspects for our customers,
employees and vendors," Weisner said. "Once signed and approved, the debtor-in-possession
credit facility will provide a significant line of credit and access to
new capital. Payrolls and benefits will continue. In addition, we have
the opportunity to work with vendors to get the merchandise we need flowing
back into the stores."
Stage said it would try to offer employees from stores that are closed
other job opportunities within the company.
Area gets more needed rain overnight
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, June 2, 2000 - Rain fell for the second time in three days over
the Trans-Pecos early this morning, as the drought-plagued area received
some more needed rain.
Thunderstorms moved through Pecos about 4:15 a.m. today, after parts
of town received light showers on Wednesday. KIUN studios reported that
downtown Pecos received half an inch, while .45 inch fell in the area near
Crockett Middle School and the west part of town received 9/10 of an inch
Coyanosa, which received up to 10 inches of rain Wednesday, did not
get anymore rain last night, while to the west, Toyah only had sprinkling.
Reports show that up to one inch of rain fell in Barstow and to the south,
Fort Davis has had three inches over the past two days.
The Texas A&M Agriculture and Research Station ten miles west of
town reported two different readings. One station received 4/10 of an inch
and another station a quarter mile away received .85 inches of rain.
The rains came in from the north overnight, and resulted in flash flood
warnings being issued for Gaines County and Lea County, N.M.
Flash flooding also was reported by the National Weather Service from
near Amarillo and Canyon to near Lubbock Thursday night.
Amounts of 1 to 3 inches have fallen over the region since Thursday
afternoon. Some locations have received up to 7 inches of rain, the weather
A flash flood watch was posted for the South Plains and Permian Basin
north of the Pecos River.
This morning's rainfall finally brought the year-to-date total to over
one inch, according to figures at the A&M Experiment Station. Pecos
received just 4.02 inches of rain in 1999 and only 6 ½ inches in
TxDOT set to begin work on seal coating area roads
PECOS, June 2, 2000 - Reeves County drivers will have a hard time going
many places without running into Texas Department of Transportation projects
over the next few weeks, as the agency plans to seal coat about 70 miles
of road along five area highways during the month of June.
TXDOT project manager Jerry McGuairt said Lipham Construction Co. of
Aspermont would be applying new asphalt coverings to two highways in the
Pecos area and three in the area around Balmorhea beginning on Monday.
The month-long project will involve the following roads:
_ A 16-mile stretch of U.S. 285 from north of the Pecos city limits
to Highway 302 near Mentone, and a 12-mile stretch from Orla north to the
New Mexico state line.
_ A 20-mile stretch of Highway 17, from the Pecos city limits south
to near FM 3334 in the Verhalen area.
_ FM 2448 along its four-mile stretch from Highway 17 south to Interstate
_ FM 1215 along its four-mile stretch from I-10 north through Saragosa.
_ FM 3078 along its 15-mile stretch from Highway 17 in Toyahvale west
to Interstate 10, near the I-20 junction.
Motorists along these roads will encounter flaggers, brief lane closures
and a reduction in traffic speeds. Drivers are urge to find alternative
routes through those areas, if possible.
"We may reduce the speed of traffic in those construction zones, but
the flow of traffic will not be stopped," said McGuairt, "Drivers should
use caution and always driver carefully in those areas to avoid windshield
and paint damage."
The seal coat work in Reeves County in part of summer-long $6.2 million
preventive maintenance program involving nearly 400 miles of highways throughout
TxDOT's 12-county Odessa District.
Garza outlines agenda during campaign stop
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, June 2, 2000 - Isidro Garza has a powerful message to share,
he told a group of supporters at a stop he made in Pecos during his campaign
swing through West Texas on Thursday.
Garza, a Democrat will oppose U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-San Antonio,
in the Nov. 7 race for the 23rd congressional district.
A small reception was held for Garza at the Democratic Party Headquarters,
419 S. Oak St. Earlier in the day, Garza had made stops in the Midland-Odessa
"We get invited to areas where it's 100 percent Republicans or Anglo
Republicans and I ask why are they inviting me to speak to them," said
Garza. "It's because they feel a change is due, not just in the District,
but of mentality through the country and they want to be a part of it."
Garza won the Democratic Party's nomination in March to face Bonilla,
who became the first Mexican-American Republican elected to Congress in
1992. He is seeking is fifth term in office.
Garza said that he is proud to be an American, proud of our country.
"They tell me, what about this Mexican-American, like it's not right to
be proud of being a Mexican-American," said Garza. "Loyalties shouldn't
Garza of Eagle Pass, served as an officer in the United States Army
Reserve, and is a class of 1973 Texas A&M Engineering graduate with
a degree in mechanical engineering. He is a retired captain in the U.S.
Army Reserve. After working nine years as an engineer for Union Carbide,
Garza became city manager for Eagle Pass.
A son of a fireman, Garza has developed his sense of criteria based
on hard work ethics, moral principals, family values and reverence to God.
"I stand for conscience over convenience, issues not partisanship,"
Garza stated that sometimes "an ugly head crops up." "We should all
chop it off as Americans."
"Our agenda should become inclusive," said Garza.
"We have succeeded in balancing the budget and even talk about how we
are going to redistribute the hue surplus. In the process we have fallen
way short on our moral obligation to provide for the needs of our elderly,"
said Garza. "The majority of our senior citizens are on fixed income. They
send their loved ones to the drug store and ask them to bring back only
part of their prescription because they cannot afford the rest."
"Our senior citizens are forced to choose between food and medicine
because we as a society have not met our moral obligations to them," said
"Where is our conscience?" asked Garza.
Garza said he will work towards prayer in school, pro-life, organized
labor rights, aid to elderly, disabled and veterans, better education and
higher teacher's pay, increase in minimum wage and tax incentives for the
The biggest problem is partisan," said Garza. "I was born a Democrat
and will die a Democrat."
"We need to look at the issues and individuals," said Garza. "Obviously,
we've struck a nerve, where Republicans are listening to our message."
Garza stated that we need our conscience to kick in. "These other people
see hope in our agenda, an agenda that will be inclusive of all our problems,"
PECOS, June 2, 2000 - High Thursday 95. Low this morning 62. Rainfall last
24 hours .54 inch. Total for month .54 inch. Total for year 1.16 inches.
Forecast for tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the upper 60s. Saturday: Mostly
sunny. High in the upper 90s. Saturday night: Mostly clear. Low in the
mid 60s. Sunday: Mostly sunny and fair at night. Low in the upper 60s to
the lower 70s. High 100-105.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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