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March 8, 2001

District honors Reynolds with G&T award

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 8, 2001 - It's been a good year for one Pecos High School student, who has earned several honors throughout 2½ months of 2001.

Randall Reynolds, a senior at Pecos High School, was recognized last month as the Student of the Year by the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce and has recently been selected as the Outstanding Gifted and Talented Student for the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD.

"I didn't expect to receive such an honor and I feel very fortunate that I was selected to represent our school district," said Reynolds.

A committee of Gifted and Talented Teachers at the high school makes the selection of a student in the district. "We always select a senior that is in the program," said G&T Coordinator Nancy Russell.

In addition to being selected Outstanding G&T Student, Reynolds also designed a logo that was used in all the items used in the regional conference. "They used his logo in all the certificates and the brochures at the conference," said Russell. "I think this is the first time that a student's logo is used."

Even though the logo was not something that was required, Reynolds drew up the logo and the committee liked it so much they submitted it. "At the conference they really liked it and it was used throughout," said Russell.

Celebration of Scholars, the ninth regional conference on education of gifted and talented, was held at the Midland Center, in Midland on Feb. 9-10.

Midland Independent School District and Region 18 G/T Cooperative co-sponsored the event.

"Randall was unable to attend the conference because he was at the regional swim meet," said Russell.

As part of the program, the accomplishments of outstanding high school students representing each sponsoring school district were recognized during the conference. School districts were asked to select each student representatives who met the following criteria:

· Participates in the approved gifted and talented program in their school district;

· Demonstrates the highest standards of scholarly performance;

· Evidences initiative and/or leadership as demonstrated by involvement in co-curricular, extracurricular, or community service projects;

· Earns a record of outstanding citizenship.

School districts were asked to involved school administration and teaching faculty in the selection of representative students.

Reynolds was awarded a certificate and a video, containing things about him and the other students selected for the prestigious honor.

He has been in the Gifted and Talented Program since he was in second grade and is involved in numerous school activities. He is the son of Randy and Lisa Reynolds of Pecos.

"I think that Randall is an excellent choice for outstanding G&T student, we're very proud of his accomplishments and also proud that he was chosen and that is logo was chosen to be on the brochures and everything," said Russell.

Reynolds said, "As I have matured in my young life, I have concentrated on focusing my abilities on things which I feel will prepare me for the real world. One of the activities that I use in order to better myself is art."

"It is something I have loved since the age of three, and I have been improving my talent ever since," said Reynolds. "Perhaps my greatest achievement in art is last year's contest win."

Microsoft held an international contest to design a logo for their web site in September 1999. Reynolds worked on an entry and sent it in to the company, and his logo was picked as the winner and used on their web site. "It was thrilling to see my design on the Internet," said Reynolds.

"When I am not drawing or creating designs with my computer, I enjoy lending a helping hand in the community," said Reynolds. "In the seventh grade I joined the Pecos Youth Advisory Commission, and I have been a member ever since."

The Pecos Youth Advisory Commission is a group of 21 teenagers selected by the Town of Pecos City Council to help make Pecos a better place in which to live.

"We enjoy serving our neighbors by holding clothing drives, adopting blocks and highways, and holding fun events for the young people of Pecos," said Reynolds.

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas the group delivers turkeys and desserts to needy families in the community and Reynolds has held officers in the commission including treasurer and secretary.

In addition to his commitment to the community, he juggles schoolwork with his position as Co-Captain of the Pecos Eagle Swim Team.

Reynolds qualified for state at the regional meet, and the placed seventh at the Class 4A State meet two weeks ago.

"I have set high standards for myself that will never change, no matter where I go or what trials I face," said Reynolds.

Council accepts settlement of suit against gas company

Staff Writer

PECOS, March 8, 2001 - The Town of Pecos City Council approved the settlement in the class action litigation against Southern Union Gas Company during the regular meeting this morning in Council Chambers at City Hall.

The cities of Mercedes and Weslaco in the Lower Rio Grande Valley successfully sued the gas company on behalf of about 35-40 other cities in Texas, receiving a total of $4.4 million in settlement.

The money will be divided in varying amounts among the cities, with Pecos due to receive over $17,000.

In order to receive the money set out for the cities, each city must pass an ordinance allowing Southern Union Gas to "adjust cost of gas and rate schedules for customers" without giving public notice, according to the ordinance.

"It is further ordained that all notices and time limits that may be otherwise required are hereby waived due to the necessity, urgency and public interests to which this ordinance pertains," according to the ordinance.

City Attorney Scott Johnson recommended to the Council to approve the ordinance in order to receive the money.

He said that the city would receive payments over a three-year period and getting the money is a nice surprise.

"It's unexpected," he said.

In the public comment portion of the meeting, Michael Benavidas with the Pecos Lions' Club reported to the council that he and Assistant Administrator to Reeves County Judge Randy Baeza attended a program in Lubbock recently for Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB).

"We are now a part of it," Benavidas said.

Benavidas said KTB is tries to help educate communities and help them gain pride in where we live.

He gave the Council a packet of information on the program that explained what KTB's mission is and such things as the benefits and responsibilities of the community.

"Keep Texas Beautiful's mission is to empower Texans through education to take responsibility for enhancing their community environment," according to the handouts.

Benavidas said that KTB has many educational tools to give to the communities that are a part of it including a curriculum for teachers.

Benavidas said that he has been working with many people to get this program going in Pecos and the next step is to form a board who would run the program in Pecos.

He said that the program, with the support of the city and county, would be beneficial to the community and it would help the city become a Main Street city.

"With your support, the city and county, this will be successful," he said. "The program is going to enhance the community."

Councilman Gerald Tellez motioned to table two items on the agenda in which the Council were to discuss renaming the Interstate 20 North Frontage Road (Pinehurst Street) as well as Rancho Street.

Tellez motioned to table the items for further study.

The council approved the order of election scheduled for May 5 as well as the location for the central county station to be at the Reeves County Courthouse and appointment of officials for the election.

Members also approved a grant of electric line easement to Texas New Mexico Power Company through a section of city property.

Utilities Director Octavio Garcia said the easement would allow the power company to get electricity to water well seven. "So we can get the easement, get the power and get the well going before summer."

The council approved an ordinance, authorizing claim for certain Pecos Volunteer Fire Department responses.

Johnson said the ordinance allows the PVFD to start billing for fire department responses to vehicle accidents, hazardous waste spills or release and certain other public health responses.

"There will be no billing charge to residents of the city of Pecos and Reeves County," he said.

In other business the Council approved the minutes from previous Council meetings, the ambulance and municipal court reports and the accounts payable.

The council has scheduled a workshop to discuss the proposed municipal criminal justice center at noon, on Friday, and also will have a special meeting at 12:30 p.m., to discuss a Texas Department of Transportation aviation grant.

Security State opening branch in Marathon

PECOS, March 8, 2001 - Security State Bank of Pecos announced that it plans to open a branch banking office in Marathon.

The branch is to be operated as TransPecos Banks _ Marathon and will feature all of the services presently available at Security State Bank.

These include business, agricultural, home and personal loans, a full array of checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit and retirement accounts, as well as trust and investment management services. It will be located in an historic building at 109 U.S. Highway 90, that at one time was home to the original Marathon State Bank founded in 1909.

Bill Oglesby, President of Security State Bank of Pecos, said that "the new branch will enable us to better serve the needs of West Texas ranchers, businesses and their families and is a continuation of Security State Bank's 78-year history of service to the TransPecos region. Security State Bank of Pecos is dedicated to serving the banking needs of West Texans."

The new bank facility is scheduled to open in early April.

For more information contact Brenda McKinney at Security State Bank of Pecos, 915-445-9000.

School district sets Spring Break election sign-ups

PECOS, March 8, 2001 - Individuals wanting to pick up a packet to file for a place on the ballot in the May 5 elections for Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board can still do so during Spring Break.

The school district will be on Spring Break the week beginning with Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, but the administration office will remain open.

Individuals can pick up packets at the administration office, 1304 S. Park, from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1-4 p.m.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.
The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instanced we will indicate payment and release.
Helena Fossum, 47, was arrested at 9:04 a.m., on March 6 at Reeves County Jail on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

Joanna Lee McCormick, 25, was arrested at 11:29 a.m., on March 7 at the DPS office for two outstanding DPS warrants for speeding and failure to adjudicate. McCormick paid the fines and was released.


PECOS, March 8, 2001 - High Wednesday 74. Low this morning 48. Forecast for tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low in the upper 30s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph in the evening: Becoming light and variable after midnight. Friday: Partly cloudy. High in the mid 60s. Light and variable wind in the morning: Becoming southeast 10 to 15 mph by afternoon. Friday night: Increasing cloudiness. Low in the 30s. Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High in the upper 60s. Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the mid 60s.

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