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December 3, 1998

Barstow School to house Headstart

Headstart, a nationwide project designed to help children
from low-income families, has recently found a haven in the
old Barstow school.

The Pecos-Barstow Independent School District agreed to
lease the school to Headstart this past January. The doors
opened Tuesday, and already five classrooms are full of

The kids range from ages 3-6, and are given two meals a
day, not including their snack.

According to Richard Smith, who works with Headstart, the
project also provides for them physical, dental, vision and
skills assessments. If a child is found lacking in one of
these areas, and the parents canÆt afford corrective
measures, Headstart usually finds a way to assist.

Said Smith, ôHeadstart helps families out of poverty and
into self-suffiency.ö

If you have any questions, call The Greater Opportunities
of the Permian Basin, Inc. at (915) 337-1352.

Jimenez charged with meth possession

Jose Alejandro Jimenez, 39, of Wickett, was charged Sunday
evening with possession of a controlled substance, namely,

It started out as a minor traffic violation, but Deputy
Billy Sides, the arresting officer, then asked to search the
vehicle. Upon doing so, Sides discovered the heroin and
other drug parapharnelia.

Jimenez is also being charged with possession of

He is currently being held at the Ward County Jail. No
trial date has been set yet.

Exxon-Mobil deal to reduce costs

Amid much speculation as to the eventual effect worldwide,
Exxon announced Tuesday it will buy Mobil for $73.7 billion
creating the worldÆs largest company. It is the richest
corporate take over in history. Analysts have been
speculating for days about the effect the merger would have
on the oil and gas industry and also the retail gas and oil
business represented by the two companies.

Company executives said Tuesday they expect the deal to
reduce annual expenses by $2.8 billion. That includes the
elimination of about 9,000 jobs or seven percent of the
companies combined work force.

"Both Exxon and Mobil have been major players in the Permian
Basin and hopefully will remain the same," said this yearÆs
Permian Basin International Oil Show president, John Dinger,
noting that it is too early to predict what effect the
merger will have on West Texas.

ItÆs a sentiment echoed by MobilÆs Media relations advisor
Lauren Kerr.

"WeÆre very early in this process. It is too premature to
determine how the merger will affect specific operations or
areas," she said.

The companies well known gas station brand names will be
retained, along with the Exxon tiger and MobilÆs red
Pegasus. But analysts say government antitrust regulators
may force the two companies to sell off numerous gas
stations and refineries.

With the price of a barrel of crude oil around $11, experts
expect smaller companies to continue merging and the other
large players to eventually find partners.

Dinger felt the merger made sense.

"Worldwide, the two companies are doing common projects and
with the merger can be more efficient," he said.

"We need to face some facts. The world has changed," Mobil
chairman Lucio Noto said at a news conference. "The easy
things are behind us."

Christmas parade to end at Barrel

Through the courtesy of a lot of fine Monahans businesses,
organizations and individuals, Monday, Dec. 7, the community
will be treated to a Lighted Christmas Parade followed by
refreshments, entertainment and other holiday activities.
The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The floats will travel
north up Betty Street from the high school to Sealy and then
east to the Million Barrel Museum. Reserved seating is
available at the Main Street Association building for
residents of Monahans Senior Care Center and other senior

Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m at the Million Barrel
Amphitheatre. The Yule Log will be lit. Santa will be there
to visit with the children and members of the Future
Teachers of America will be on hand to assist the children
with their letters to Santa and oversee pictures with the
jolly old elf. Film will be donated by McDonalds and the
WomenÆs Division of the Chamber of Commerce. The BPA will
provide holders for the snapshots.

The Gift Shop has decorated the Holman House; the caboose
has been decorated by the Ward County Extension Service and
the Boy Scouts have made plenty of luminaries which will be
lit for that night.

Refreshments will be provided by First State and First
National banks along with the Chamber and Main Street
boards, the WDCC and the Hispanic Chamber.

There is no charge for any of the Christmas activities,
including the pictures with Santa. Organizers only ask,
ôthat if you can, please bring a donation of canned goods
for the Gleanersö.

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