Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, December 7, 2000
Oglesby named Security State's new president
PECOS, December 7, 2000 - W.H. "Bill" Oglesby was named President and Chief
Operating Officer of Security State Bank today, succeeding longtime president
Patrick Kennedy, Chairman of the Board of the 77-year-old institution,
made the announcement of the selection of Oglesby this morning at the bank.
Oglesby has been a vice-president at Security State for the past 13 years.
"I'm excited about this opportunity," Oglesby said. "I'm honored to
be able to continue the type of leadership our customers and employees
have come to expect."
Oglesby was born and raised in Pecos and has been a lifelong resident.
He graduated from Pecos High School in 1968 and holds a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from Angelo State University. He is a graduate of
the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University
and has been with Security State Bank for the past thirteen years of his
26 years in banking. Prior to that, he worked at First National Bank in
"In these innovative times of banking, there is no doubt that improvement
and progress are in the future," Oglesby said. "Our hope is that we can
help Pecos prosper as well."
Oglesby has also served as President of the Downtown Lion's Club, Chairman
of the Salvation Army Unit, President and Director of Pecos Chamber of
Commerce, Pecos Valley Country Club, American Cancer Society - Pecos Division,
and Pecos Aquatic Club. He and his wife Karen have two boys, Will and Matthew.
"We are very pleased that Bill agreed to accept this position of leadership
in the Bank," Kennedy said. "Bill is a person of high integrity and has
a great depth of experience in the banking business. He is well known and
well liked in the community. He understands Pecos and its people and will
continue to serve their banking investment and trust needs."
Montgomery is retiring from Security State Bank after spending 41 years
working for the institution. He will remain on the Board of Directors,
The Bank will honor Montgomery and his wife Patty at a holiday reception
on Friday, Dec. 15, 2000 and at a special dinner that evening.
City officials attend TML conference
By LEIA HOLLAND
PECOS, December 7, 2000 - Town of Pecos City officials and Pecos Mayor
Ray Ortega were among several thousand people who attended the 88th
Texas Municipal League Annual Conference last in Austin.
Along with Ortega, interim City Manager Octavio Garcia, Finance Director
Steve McCormick, Fire Chief Roy Pena, City Secretary Geneva Martinez and
Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator Lupe Nieto attended the four-day
conference that offered the chance for city officials from over 1,000 Texas
Municipal League cities to meet and attend workshops.
"We learned a lot," Ortega said. "We all went and had a good time."
The municipal officials were able to attend "pretty in-depth courses
of what affects municipal government," according to Ortega.
Martinez explained that many different courses pertaining to each position
in government were offered to all the officials.
"Each one has their own sessions," she said.
"It was informational," she said. "All the classes were very interesting."
Ortega said he met with many mayors from across the state and talked
to many of them about different issues that come up in municipal government.
"You get to meet with a lot of people," he said. "You get to network
and find out what other cities are doing with different issues."
Conference delegates also had the opportunity to hear speeches by Lieutenant
Governor of Texas Rick Perry and noted American journalist Neal Pierce.
Ortega said about 1,500 vendors were open at the convention hall so
the officials would be able to pick-up information about various companies
Ortega said members of the Pecos City government try to attend at least
two different conferences a year in order to obtain new information that
would benefit the municipal government.
"You've got to go and see what's out there to bring it back here and
see if it works," he said.
WTNB holds Open House for new name, ATM
By ROSIE FLORES
PECOS, December 7, 2000 - West Texas National Bank will be celebrating
its name change at the addition of the bank's new automatic teller machine
on Friday with an Open House from 1 to 5 p.m.
A grand opening for the ATM will be part of the event, after workers
completed construction and paving of the new driveway at Seventh and Cedar
President John Grant said employees from the bank would be outside greeting
new and old customers while serving hot dogs and drinks. Giveaways and
raffles are also a part of Friday's events.
Helium balloons will be released, which will contain giveaway certificates
in a few of them. Whoever finds those certificates can redeem them at the
bank to receive a prize, Grant said.
Entertainment is also a part of the plans for Friday's big day at the
bank, weather permitting.
Employees will also be on hand to sign up new accounts and allow current
customers to order an ATM card if they do not have one now, or they can
come in and order ATM cards right away if they do not want to wait until
New signs went up a week ago on Cedar Street, changing the name of the
93-year-old First National Bank to West Texas National Bank. The change
was made after FNB merged with other First National Banks in Alpine, Seminole,
Denver City, Crane, Kermit and Terlingua earlier this year.
New signs will go up on the bank's Oak Street side in the near future,
as part of remodeling work on the drive-through windows.
Grant said the ATM would be available for customer use next week and
is not restricted to WTNB customers.
"The ATM can be used by non-customers," he said.
Anyone who has an ATM, debit or credit card with a valid PIN number
would be able to use the machine. "Their account, wherever it is, can be
billed for that amount," Grant said.
The drive-thru windows will soon have new hours; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday
and 8 a.m.-6 p.m., on Fridays.
Customers are also able to check their balance over the phone by calling
the Star Oncall Banker at 915-445-6201 or toll-free at 888-588-8131.
Second major drug bust of week at Sierra Blanca
PECOS, December 7, 2000 - U.S. Border Patrol agents at Sierra Blanca made
their second large drug bust in three days on Wednesday, after discovering
a half-ton of marijuana inside a truck headed east on Interstate 10 which
brought this week's seizures to over $1.2 million.
According to Border Patrol officials in Marfa, 1,009 pounds of marijuana
was seized by agents just before midnight at the Sierra Blanca Checkpoint
on I-10 in Hudspeth County. A canine alerted to the back portion of a tractor-trailer
driven by a naturalized United States Citizen from Trinidad.
Total value of the marijuana was put at $807,744. The driver was arrested
on drug smuggling charges and the marijuana and truck-tractor were turned
over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Border Patrol agents also
seized a loaded pistol during the search, the report said.
The arrest occurred two days after agents arrested two other people
who were traveling on a bus headed from California to Tennessee, after
14 pounds of cocaine was found inside a bag belonging to them, located
in the bus' luggage compartment. Total value of the drugs seized in that
incident was put at $448,000.
Luncheon to honor Bunton scheduled Friday
PECOS, December 7, 2000 - A luncheon will be held to honor longtime U.S.
District Court Judge Lucius D. Bunton III in Midland on Friday.
Bunton, who stepped down earlier this year as Senior United States District
Judge for health reasons, will be honored at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m.
until 1 p.m., on Friday, at the George Mahon Federal Courthouse, 3rd
Floor Jury Room, in Midland.
Bunton will be honored for his 21 years of service on the federal bench.
The West Texas native served as Chief Judge for the Western District
of Texas during the 1980s, and was instrumental in getting approval for
the new United States District Courthouse in Pecos, which was named after
Bunton in 1995.
PECOS, December 7, 2000 - High Wednesday 55. Low this morning 28. Forecast
for tonight: Becoming mostly cloudy. Low 30 to 35. Light west wind, becoming
northeast 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Friday: Cloudy and cooler. High
in the lower 50s. Northeast wind 10 to 20 mph. Friday night: Cloudy. Low
25 to 30. Saturday: Partly cloudy. Low 25 to 30. Highs in the mid 60s.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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