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Friday, November 29, 2002

Pecos shoppers hit the streets on shopping day

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- ocal businesses were thriving today on what is called the "busiest shopping day" of the year.

"We have been busy all morning," said Wal-Mart manager Olga Guebara.

Guebara said that the store was sponsoring a big sale on the day after Thanksgiving and that the store had been full all morning. "We opened at 6 a.m. and already there were customers waiting," she said.

Guebara said that last year was a lot busier than this year, but that there was still a steady stream of customers. "Our biggest sale item was the 27-inch television sets that we had for sale at $148," she said.

The store was sponsoring a huge sale from 6-11 a.m., this morning and the lines were long, because the items could be placed on lay-away until Dec. 15, according to Guebara.

"We're still busy, and we expect more customers this afternoon," said Guebara. "We had extra up posts to accommodate shoppers making layaways," she said.

Guebara said that the day after Thanksgiving has always been their busiest day and expects it to be like this until after the Christmas holidays.

Beall's Department store had their share of early shoppers. "There were some customers already waiting when we got here this morning," said Beall's Assistant Manager Irma Valenzuela.

"We're doing great, we've been really busy," said Valenzuela. "We've got more customers than last year at this time," she said.

Valenzuela said that this is usually one of their busiest shopping days. "We're just very excited and happy about it," said Valenzuela.

Saul Herrera, manager of Desiree's Boutique said that they had a slow beginning this morning. "But we usually have a lot more customers come in, in the afternoon," he said.

Herrera said that they are sponsoring specials throughout the store. "We have a lot of specials going on right now, practically everything in the store," said Herrera.

Herrera said that they would be open until 6 p.m. today and again tomorrow. "We welcome everyone to come in and browse," said Herrera. "We'll be having specials throughout the Christmas holidays," he said.

Needlework's Etc. owner Peggy Walker was busy this morning with an out-of-town shopper. "Every time she comes to visit her parents, she comes in because she says she can find unusual items in here that she can't at the mall," said Walker.

Walker said that today is also one of her busiest shopping days and one she looks forward to. "I just love it, I enjoy helping local and out-of-town customers, find the right item," said Walker.

Walker features special and unique items and said that right now she is offering a drawing for discounts on Brighton's shoes.

Needleworks will be open until 6 p.m. today and tomorrow to accommodate shoppers. "I want to welcome both local and out-of-town customers," said Walker. "Everyone is welcome to come in and look around," she said.

Fonnville Jewelers in downtown is open today and will be open special holiday hours from this weekend through Christmas including Saturdays until 5:30 p.m. Traffic has been good today. It's been good for the last three or four days," Bill Cooksey said. Cooksey owns Fonnville's.

Dave Thomas at Radio Shack also reported better traffic today than most days. "All our toys are 50 percent off and people are beginning to shop for Christmas," Thomas said. He also mentioned that Radio Shack would be open Christmas Day, all day long, like always, to take care of Christmas Day needs such as batteries and technical advice for high-tech-gift-giving parents.

Brownlee hardware also reported increased store traffic for today.

Christian Home feeds 325-plus

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- Local citizens and high school students volunteered their time on Thanksgiving Day in order to help the Christian Home with the free Thanksgiving dinner and the Meals-on-Wheels program.

With their help director Bruce Dury said that they fed about 325 people and about 99 of them where Meals-on-Wheels.

"We feed about 325 people at last count," Dury said.

He also said that the program worked out smoothly.

"It was beautiful," Dury said. "It worked like a clock."

Though people came to the Reeves County Civic Center, Dury said that most of the people carried out their meals.

"A few of them ate here but most them took carry-outs to their home," Dury said.

Though they did not run out of food, Dury said that he would begin another food drive for Christmas.

"I will need to get some more food for Christmas," Dury said. "I need green beans, yams, dressing, pies, and turkey."

Dury said he would need about 12 to 18 gallons of green beans and yams.

He also said that they would also need more volunteers to help with the Christmas dinner.

Dury also said that he would like to thank everybody for their help with the program.

"I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the program, from the cooks to the servers," Dury said. "There was a lot of community effort."

Deadline today to sign up for program

Staff Writer

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- Christmas will be brighter this year for a lot of kids thanks to a group of hard working elves that are working diligently towards their goal.

"Today is the deadline to turn in applications to be a recipient of the program," said head elf Sofia Baeza.

Christmas for the Kids has been a program in Reeves County for several years. The group provides the necessities to needy children in the community during the holidays every year and this year is no exception.

The "elves" who support Pecos' "Christmas for the Kids" program have been working hard to raise money for the fund that will help children in the community enjoy the holiday season.

The group raised about $1,704 during their door-to-door drive and barbecue plate sale, Baeza said.

"Our goal for this year is to raise $8,000, because the list of children and families that apply grows each year," said Baeza. "We just want to make Christmas a happy time for as many children as we can."

Baeza said that they are really close to their goal and have raised about $6,000. "We're still $2,200 shy of our goal, but we're still optimistic," said Baeza.

The "elves" will deliver the Christmas gifts, along with some cheer, on Dec. 19. "We're very excited and we know the community will once again come through for us," said Baeza. "We also want to thank everyone for their help and donations," she said.

"We provide the essential items such as shoes, clothes, jackets and we want to help every child that is on our list every year," she added. "We want to make it a Happy Holiday, for these less fortunate children in our community."

"We'll also be taking donations for new and good, used clothing," said Baeza. "We make grab boxes for those families that want to look through them and see if they can find something they can use," she said.

"We enjoy handing out those gifts on Christmas, to children who would otherwise not receive any," said Baeza.

Last year, Christmas for Kids helped out 511 children, with 173 families benefiting from the special project. This year, the group already have 218 children whose families have applied and are eligible for the program.

Baeza said that they already have 513 kids on the list.

She said that the main goal of the group was to provide the best Christmas ever for the kids in our community.

"Since 1996, when we started this program, our community has always been there for us, I know it will be here again this year," she said.

For more information on the program call the Reeves County Sheriff's Office at 445-4901.

GED testing scheduled

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- GED testing will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 5, at 4:45 p.m., at the Pecos High School.

Registration is Monday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 1-5 p.m., at the Pecos High School Counselors Office.

Examinees must present a Texas driver's license or Texas Department of Public Safety ID Card.

For more information contact Pat Cobos or Eva Arriola, Pecos High School Counselors at 447-7229.

Blood Drive scheduled

PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- A Blood Drive is scheduled for 12-6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Reeves County Hospital Lobby.

The event is sponsored by United Blood Services and the RCH Ladies Auxiliary.

Give the Gift of Life and come donate blood.


PECOS, Fri., Nov. 29, 2002 -- Yesterday's high was 58. Last night's low was 43. Today mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles. Highs near 60. Southwest winds increasing to 10 to 20 mph. Tonight considerable high cloudiness. Lows near 40. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph becoming northeast toward sunrise. Saturday partly cloudy. Highs 60 to 65. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast late. Saturday night partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s. Sunday mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.


Gabriel Rubio, Jr. and Consuelo Cabral

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