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February 8, 1999

State to rebuild I-20 westbound ramps

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 8, 1999--Truck drivers who stop at Flying J Travel Plaza near the Interstate 20/U.S. 285 intersection should find a new entrance ramp to I-20 to their liking.

The current entrance ramp, known as a circle type ramp, forces trucks to ease across the north service road, turning a little bit east, to enter the ramp. Not only is difficult for trucks to maneuver, it stops both eastbound and westbound traffic on the service road while they cross.

A new entrance ramp to the west of the current ramp would be the diamond type, which gives traffic a straight shot onto I-20, said Jerry Tschauner, director of regional services for the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission.

Tschauner said that the commission will consider a proposal from the Texas Department of Transportation to replace that entrance ramp and the exit ramp just to the west of it, known as the Country Club Drive exit ramp.

Both ramps will be moved to the west if the proposal meets approval PBRPC directors and others.

Tschauner said the estimated cost of the project is $331,849, and the work is scheduled to begin in October.

"It is part of the Rural Area Transportation Improvement Program for the Odessa District," Tschauner said. "It is a scheduled project that's been in the works for some time."

A direct entrance from the Flying J straight across the service road to the I-20 on-ramp was closed several years ago for safety reasons, after several accidents in the area of the I-20/U.S. 285 interchange. Flying J sealed off a driveway across from the ramp and truck now have to make a quick left-then-right turn from the parking area to reach the westbound lanes of the interstate.

Cser returns to job at rural health clinic

Staff Writer
PECOS, Feb. 4, 1999 - Michelle Cser has returned to the Pecos Valley Clinic as physician assistant, a position she held for three years before joining Dr. Orville Cerna in his private practice in March, 1997.

Reeves County Hospital operates the rural health clinic, with Dr. Cerna as Cser's supervisor. It is located in rooms 103-6, just off the hospital lobby.

"Just look for the Pecos Valley Clinic sign," Cser said.

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Thursday.

Cser works out of the Balmorhea clinic Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. That clinic is located at 125 N. Main Street.

Cser came to Pecos in 1994 to open the Pecos Valley Clinic for the hospital. When the hospital gained approval for a rural health clinic, she moved operations to the hospital proper.

Busy from the beginning, Cser continues to treat patients of all ages.

"I am very happy and very pleased that my patients followed me," she said. "It really humbles me. I appreciate their loyalty and love them all."

Cser said that she treats all ages, from 0 to 100 "and beyond."

"I see a lot of kids," she said. "I treat a lot of allergies and asthma."

She also does physicals, including sports physicals.

"We are so pleased that Michelle is back with us," said assistant administrator Iris Rives. "She is an excellent practitioner."

As a department head, Cser's supervisor is Chief Executive Officer Charles Butts.


William Kingston III

William "Bill" Lewis Kingston III, 79, formerly of Balmorhea, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 1999 in a Fort Worth hospital.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m., at the Geeslin Funeral Home in Alpine.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Christ The King Catholic Church in Balmorhea with burial in Balmorhea Cemetery.

He was a member of the Catholic Church, retired from the United States Army and a former manager of Kingston Hot Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.L. Jr. and Iola Halcomb Kingston, one brother, Walter Kingston, one son, Frank Briggs (MIA in Vietnam), and his wife, Dot Kingston who died in 1989.

Survivors include four sons, William Walter and Joe V. Kingston, Edward Bruce and Ray Bruce; one daughter, Martha Ann Gragg; one sister, Bea Paul of San Antonio; one brother, George L. Kingston of Balmorhea; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other family.

Geeslin Funeral Home of Alpine is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS, Feb. 4, 1999 - High Sunday 78; low last night 48. Tonight, fair and mild. Low in the mid 40s. Light southwest wind. Tuesday, partly cloudy and continued warm. High around 80. southwest wind 5-15 mph.

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