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Monday, August 13, 2001

Assistant gov in are Rotary talks in Pecos

Charles D. Cotten, the Assistant Governor for Area 8 of Rotary District 5730 was in Pecos on Aug. 2 for the first of four visits to the Pecos Rotary Club.

At their weekly noon meeting, at the Pecos Valley Country Club, Cotten talked about "Rotary International," along with the Programs of Rotary and the advantages of being a Rotarian.

Cotten has lived in Odessa since 1995 when he began as the Associate Director for the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute. Prior to moving to Odessa, he lived in Garland for 25 years working for the government and as an association executive. Shortly after arriving in Odessa, he was invited to speak to the Greater Odessa Rotary Club about the Institute and leadership education for young people. He was invited to become a member and gladly accepted, as Charles has always been involved in some type of community service.

In previous years he had served actively as a member of the Texas Jaycees, elected as state president in 1977-78. In 1996, he was invited to serve on the board of the Greater Odessa Rotary Club and has been on the board ever since. Last year he was president of the club and the club met or exceeded all the club goals in membership, projects and finances. He hopes to do the same with all the clubs he will be serving this year.

Recently he was married to the former Bonnie Dyer of Odessa. Charles and Bonnie look forward to an active and productive Rotary year. They look forward to meeting and working with all the members of the clubs.

TxDOT offers specialty plates to help school libraries in state

AUSTIN - As many Texans, young and old, prepare to return to school what better time to feature the Read to Succeed specialty license plates. The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and the local county tax assessor-collector's office can provi6e Texans with these plates, whose sales benefit public school libraries statewide

The, plates cost $30 annually in addition to the regular registration fee. Of that amount, $25 goes to a special fund set up to provide educational materials for the states public school libraries. Owners of fleets of 50 or more vehicles can obtain the plates for $20 per vehicle ($15 goes into the special fund). As of September 2000, more than $60,000 had been raised for the find through the sale of these plates.

The Read to Succeed license plate design features a golden background on the left side of the plate with a drawing of an open book depicting the Lone Star Flag. The words "Read to Succeed" are scrawled in red and blue across the bottom of the plate. There are currently about l,'700 sets of the plates on passenger vehicles and light trucks across Texas.

Motorists may obtain the Read to Succeed plates through applications made with county tax offices, accessing TxDOT's website (, calling TxDOT's Fax-On-Demand forms line at 1-888-232-7033, or calling the TXDOT Help Desk at (512) 465-7611. A customer will receive their set within two weeks of application.

The specialty license plate program began in 1965. Today, TxDOT has more than 85 different specialty plate designs, with many of them benefiting a particular group or organization.

Carlsbad Arts & Crafts Festival scheduled next Sunday, Monday

The fifth annual Carlsbad Summer Arts and Crafts Festival will be  held next Sunday and Monday, Aug. 19-20, at the Carlsbad Civic Center.

Exhibitors from throughout the Southwest will fill the building with original art, limited edition prints and handcrafted items. Hours for the festival are Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. There is no admission charge.

Mel Prather, organizer for the two-day event, said the upcoming show would feature a number of new entries. "These first-time exhibitors will offer items such as porcelain dolls, floral arrangements, wood wreaths, pottery, clothing, neck coolers, soup and dip mixes, candy, clay sculpture, jewelry, tole painting, country crafts, painted furniture, candles, pie mixes, Southwest jewelry, framed paper art, greeting cards, prints, metal sculpture, tee shirt, stained glass and outdoor art," Prather said.

Returning exhibitors will offer a wide assortment of items, including clothing, short sets, floral decorations, swags, Southwest ceramics, religious carvings, framed prints, quilt racks, wood baskets, dolls, jewelry, doll clothes, jar candles, votives, stained glass, night lights, country crafts, beef jerky, kitchen ceramics, canister sets, belt buckles, finished furniture, magazine tables, floor quilt racks, coca cola art, quilts and decorated antiques.

Also back are those with dress sets, silver jewelry, unfinished furniture, seasonal decorations, metal sculpture, address plates, coasters, Barbie doll clothes and homemade candy.

Crockett equipment pick-ups Thursday

Crockett Middle School seventh and eighth grade football and volleyball players can pick up their equipment between 6 and 8 p.m. on Thursday, at the Crockett Middle School gym area. Girls will pick up their equipment inside the gym while the boys can pick up their equipment at the same time by going to the locker room on the west side of the building.

All players need to return their physical forms before receiving any equipment or beginning workouts, which start next Monday, Aug. 20.

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