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Tuesday, September 5, 2000

Opening date for RCDC addition delayed

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 5, 2000 - The arrival of the first inmates for the new 1,000 bed addition at the Reeves County Detention Center has been pushed back from its originally announced date of this Wednesday, but completion of the construction and the arrival of the first new prisoners is still scheduled for later this month.

"They're working as hard as they can to stick as close to the scheduled completion date as possible," said RCDC Warden Rudy Franco.

Franco had earlier stated that inmates would be transported to the new facility on Wednesday, Sept. 6, but that date has been pushed back because final approval of the work has not been done.

"They are still waiting on the inspections they need to have before they can bring in inmates and I don't know when they have scheduled that," said Mark Schumacher, vice president sales and marketing with Banes General Contractors, Inc., which is the construction contractor working on the new facility.

"We still have some buildings that are not completed, we're trying to complete Phase I, so that they can transport the first inmates in here," said Schumacher.

The inmates, like those currently at the prison, would come from those being held within the U.S. Bureau of Prisons detention system.

"The system is moving them to Oklahoma City until we're ready to accept them," said Franco.

The completion date will still be before the end of September. "As soon as we open up a unit, we'll bring a batch of inmates in," said Franco.

A unit can hold 192 inmates and Franco said that at two of the units would be ready by the end of this month to accept new prisoners.

The facility will then undergo two inspections by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and the Bureau of Prisons before the first inmates are allowed into the new unit.

The RCDC was built in 1986 and originally handled about 300 inmates. It was expanded in the early 1990s to a capacity of 500 inmates, and 2½ years ago the prison population was increased to 1,000 inmates.

Local capture festival events in Balmorhea

Staff Writer

PECOS, September 5, 2000 - The 25th Annual Oasis of West Texas Labor Day Festival was a complete success according to Festival Coordinator Pat Brijalba.

Brijalba said the festival was full of people despite the heat.

"I think it was the biggest crowd we have ever had," he said.

People from all over West Texas competed in the various competitive events held on Saturday.

Joel and Florinda Madrid of the Bearden Café in Balmorhea beat 11 entries in the Gas Grill Fajita Cookoff to take home the first place trophy and prize of a Duquesne Gas Grill.

The second place winner of the fajita cookoff was Tommy Dominguez of Balmorhea with George Valerio of Fort Davis taking third.

The World Championship Frijole Bean Cookoff brought out 16 entries. Tami Dean of Tami Dean's Main Street Café in Balmorhea triumphed over the pack to take first place and receive a propane burner griddle.

Abel Dominguez of Balmorhea received second place and Salvador Garcia of Del Rio received third.

Pat Towler of Balmorhea delighted the judges' sweet tooth in the pie bakeoff with her Blueberry Delight pie. She won the first prize of a steak dinner for two.

Dianna Tollett of Toyah and Ernastina Castillo of Balmorhea both received a dinner for two with their pies.

Tollett won second place with her blueberry pie and Castillo won third place with her Pineapple Cream pie.

Brijalba said the competitions and games were very successful and also said the dance brought the people good music and lots of fun.

"Everybody seemed to enjoy it," he said.

Open House set for Kindergarten this Thursday

PECOS, September 5, 2000 - Pecos Kindergarten, at 10th and Hickory streets, will be having its annual Open House at 7 p.m. this Thursday.

Everyone is encouraged to come tour the school and visit with the teachers and staff.

Eagles' tickets for 2000 games remain on sale

PECOS, September 5, 2000 - Pecos Eagle Football Tickets remain on sale at the school business office for the team's five home games for the 2000 season.

Call 447-7204 to purchase tickets or for more information on season tickets for the games, which are Sept. 15 versus Alpine, Sept. 22 against Presidio, homecoming on Oct. 13 against Clint, Oct. 27 versus Canutillo and Nov. 3 against El Paso Mountain View.

Tickets also are available for individual games at the P-B-T school business office, 1302 S. Park St., at $5 per game.


Beth Boykin

Beth Oden Boykin, 79, of Colonial Heights, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at her residence.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morris and Son Funeral Home. Burial was in Blandford Cemetery.

She was born in Wichita Falls, but grew up in Pecos, where she graduated as valedictorian of Pecos High School in 1938. She then graduated from the Drawn's Business College in Wichita Falls, in 1943, served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was honored for her service by having her name inscribed on the Women's National Memorial at Washington D.C. She was a retired civil service employee with the Quartermaster and Consolidated Supply at Fort Lee, Va. She was Past Worthy Matron of Alpha Chapter #1 Order of the Eastern Star and a longtime member of the Walnut Hill Baptist Church in Petersburg, Va.

One sister, Quinnie Bell Oden Henson, preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Alton Boykin, Jr. of Petersburg, Va.; one daughter, Brenda Marie Boykin Thompson of Colonial Heights, Va.; two brothers, Bill Oden of Pecos and John E. Oden of New York City; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Colonial Heights Fire and EMS, P.O. Box 3401, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 or Walnut Hill Baptist Church, 310 S. Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23805.

J.T. Morris and Son Inc. Funeral Homes of Petersburg were in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, September 5, 2000 - High Monday 103. Low this morning 66. Forecast for tonight: Clear. Low around 70. Light southeast wind. Wednesday: Sunny and continued hot. High around 101. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Wednesday night: Clear. Low around 70. Thursday: Mostly sunny and clear at night. Low in the upper 60s. High 95-100.

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