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December 3, 1997

Community Christmas dinner planned

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 3, 1997 - A Christmas Dinner is being
planned for anyone wishing to share the holidays with others.

"We do this every year and we encourage anyone who would
like, to come join us," said Bruce Drury of the Christian

Drury and his "crew" fed about 160 people at their
Thanksgiving dinner this year.

"We didn't have as good a turnout as we expected, but maybe
it's because we changed the location we usually have it at,"
said Drury.

The Thanksgiving dinner was held at the Reeves County Civic
Center, 1600 S. Cedar St. The Christmas Dinner will be held
there as well, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Christmas Day.

"This is something new, having it at that location, but it's
for practical purposes," said Drury.

The kitchen in the center is what prompted the group to
change locations.

Last year, the group fed about 200 people during the
Christmas holiday and are expecting the same number this

"Right now, we still need some items," said Drury.

Drury stated that the group is in need of more turkeys,
green beans, yams, mashed potatoes and, of course, desserts.

Anyone wanting to donate any of these items can contact the
Christian Home at 445-2049, or take the items to 1201 S. Elm.

Volunteers are still needed to help serve those who will be
eating at the center and to help deliver the Meals on Wheels.

"Volunteers are always appreciated and there's never too
much help," said Drury.

The group will be delivering the Meals on Wheels to the
elderly and the homebound. Anyone who knows of someone who
is homebound and will require a meal delivered to them is
encouraged to contact the home early and let them know.

Book fairs open world of opportunities

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 3, 1997 - When you give your child a book,
you're not just giving them a gift, but a world of
opportunities, according to Pecos Kindergarten Librarian
Debra Garcia.

Garcia is also the librarian for Pecos Elementary School.
Both schools are currently holding their Scholastic Book
Fairs throughout the week.

"We have a variety of books, that are geared towards their
age group," said Garcia.

Both book fairs are open throughout the day beginning at 9
a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. until school ends for
the day.

"I would like to invite all the parents to come out and look
at our wide selection, because we have a lot to offer," said

Gift packs, posters and more can be purchased from the
library at both schools. You can even find cook books for
the little ones.

Katrina Hinojos, Ashley Ornelas, Bre'Ann Gomez, Vanessa
Granado and Meagan Contreras agreed with Garcia. The
kindergartners were found browsing this morning, with their
selections in their hands.

"I love the Barbie books," said Ornelas. Ornelas bought two
books at the fair this morning, including the Barbie book
and the Little Christmas Angel, filled with stickers.

"I always wanted the `earring book,'" said Ornelas. Ornelas
was referring to the Little Christmas Angel book filled with
the stickers. The stickers can then be used as "earrings."

Katrina Hinojos also enjoys being read to and said that she
too loves Barbie books.

The Teacher Wishlist program is also a big part of the book
fair. In the program teachers choose a variety of books that
they would like to see in their own classrooms. Visitors or
parents are then encouraged to purchase a book, fill out the
book plate and the book will be given to that particular

"This book fair is especially geared towards the younger
children," said Garcia, "but there is something for

The book fair ends Friday and Garcia encourages everyone to
come by and "just browse."

"There are some really nice books and of course, they make
great Christmas gifts," said Garcia.

PBT board wades through grievances

Staff Writer

PECOS, December 3, 1997 - Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD board
members held a special meeting last night to discuss legal
issues concerning some of the school district's former and
current employees. Most of the meeting was held in closed
sessions with those persons who have filed grievances
against the district and their lawyers, and the school
district's lawyer.

The first open session began at 6:43 p.m. and the board
voted to enter mediation to resolve the case styled "Audra
Lozano vs. Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District;
Cause Number 97-0615751 CVR" and decided to name Interim
Superintendent Kenn Norris to represent the district in
mediation in order to settle the case out of court.

After that decision was announced, board president Frank
Perea said that the rest of the executive sessions would be
held in one session, so the board would not be going in and
out of executive session for the rest of the evening. The
next open session began at 10:18 p.m.

In the second open session, the grievances of Norma Rubio,
Band Director Steven Clary, Crockett Middle School Principal
Juanita Davila, Guidance and Counseling Director Anna
Hernandez and Pecos High School Vice Principal Robert
Hernandez were all denied. The Anna Hernandez and Robert
Hernandez grievance denials were opposed by Trustee Freddy
Lujan, all of the other decisions were unanimous.

Perea said that the Rubio grievance was to seek the remedy
of the school district firing coaches Mike Farrell and Dan
Swaim, and that the other grievances were filed by district
employees seeking pay increases.

The Rubio grievance was related to an incident involving her
son and Farrell last spring. According to a letter Rubio
wrote and was published Sept. 12, 1997 in the Pecos
Enterprise, she claims that her son was assaulted by Coach
Farrell on May 27, 1997 and that she filed charges against
him on May 30. Although her letter states that the case went
to court on Aug. 22 and the coach was "given six months
probation, one hundred dollar fine and he writes my son the
written letter of apology and he is off," she still wished
to address the school board, and wrote further in the letter
that "the coach has yet to be reprimanded."

In her letter, Rubio said she had "no choice but to go
before the school board on Sept. 11, 1997, and hope that I
don't have to wait three months before something is done,"
but she didn't address the board at that time.

She filed charges against Swaim after he requested that her
son be transferred to another classroom in order to avoid
further conflicts.

"It's over as far as the school district is concerned. She
has exhausted all avenues here," said Perea.

"We took into consideration all the information that was
presented to us, and after extensive deliberation, voted to
deny all grievances," said Perea, who explained that this is
the middle of the school year and budgets are already set,
so salaries couldn't be changed.


PECOS, December 3, 1997 - The following suits were filed by
Calame Linebarger Graham & Pena, L.L.P. Nov. 25 for
delinquent Ad Valorem taxes on behalf of the plaintiff
Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District.

Cause No. Defendant

97-11-15,886-CVR Erasmo Acosta, et al

97-11-15,887-CVR Manuel Adame, et al

97-11-15,888-CVR Reyes R. Carrasco, et al

97-11-15,889-CVR Bernarda R. Chavez

97-11-15,890-CVR Manuel Escontrias

97-11-15,891-CVR Alonzo Travarez Garcia, et al

97-11-15,892-CVR Lupe Jeter

97-11-15,893-CVR Daniel Marquez, Jr., et al

97-11-15,894-CVR Francisco M. Martinez, et al

97-11-15,895-CVR Alberto Moreno, Jr., et al

97-11-15,896-CVR Sever R. Natividad, et al

Reward offered for missing professor

PECOS, December 3, 1997 - A $1,000 reward has been offered
for information leading to the location of a missing
airplane or its occupant.

Texas A&M University geology professor Norman Tilford took
off from Bryan Nov. 13 in his Cessna 180 bound for Van Horn,
120 miles southeast of El Paso. Tilford was headed for a
weekend camping outing with his students.

Assuming Tilford had been delayed by weather, the students
didn't report him missing until Nov. 15.

The Civil Air Patrol conducted searches for Tilford and his
plane but were unable to locate either.

Reeves County is considered in the flight path Tilford would
have followed and family members are urging area residents
to search for the missing plane and professor. Because he
was equipped with camping gear and supplies his family feels
Tilford may still be alive.

Anyone with information can call toll-free to (888) 656-2903.


PECOS, December 3, 1997 - High Tuesday, 61, low this
morning, 37. The Pecos area received 0.02 of an inch of rain
in the past 24 hours bringing the total percipitation for
the month to 0.02 of an inche and the year-to-date total to
9.26 inches. Light snow flurries fell in the Amarillo area
before dawn and forecasts called for a good chance of snow
in northwestern areas of the Panhandle today. Colder
temperatures were in store for most of the state tonight
with a slight warming trend expected on Thursday. The colder
weather came in the wake of a cold front that extended early
today from along the mountains of Southwest Texas to Central
Texas and to along the Texas coast. Away from the Panhandle,
West Texas will have mostly clear skies tonight with some
fog in eastern areas and clearing skies on Thursday. Lows
tonight will be in the 20s and 30s in West Texas. Highs
Thursday will be in the 50s and 60s.

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