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Wednesday, March 24, 1999

Odessa College approves campus for Pecos

Staff Writer
Pecos, March 24, 1999 -- A lengthy effort to bring a satellite college campus to Pecos moved a step closer to reality Tuesday night, when the board of Odessa College approved bringing a campus to Pecos.

Community members have been trying for several years to bring OC classes to Pecos full-time, in order to make getting a higher education and learning more about computers easier for area residents.

"We're very excited about this and are looking forward to making it a reality as soon as possible," said Odessa College President Dr. Vance Gipson.

He said the OC board had met last night and the decision was unanimous to approve a Pecos campus.

"We're just glad that Dr. (Norman) Harris has donated the old White's building and we can't wait to move in," said Gipson.

The building, located in the 1000 block of South Eddy Street, was most recently used by the Pecos Autoplex car dealership. The building contains four automotive bays, something OC officials sought for use by vocational classes. The remainder of the building will be divided up into classrooms for other courses.

The property committee, several OC administrators and Gipson visited the site recently and talked with members of the Pecos Economic Development Corporation.

Gipson said that prior to that, OC officials had done a survey in Pecos and assessed the needs of the community. Based on that the curriculum was chosen, as well as the site.

"We received several different ideas from the community through the survey," said Gipson.

The curriculum will consist of basic college level courses, academics, vocational, occupational courses and a complete computer lab.

"Later we may offer adult basic education, English as a Second Language and continuing education," said Gipson.

The OC president added that it will take awhile, but the college plans to move as fast as possible to make this a reality.

"The building is in need of some repairs, a few minor roof repairs, air conditioning and walls built to enclose the different classrooms," said Gipson.

"Other than that, the building is in very good shape," he said.

Renovating the White's building is expected to save several hundred thousand dollars over plans to renovate other local buildings that had been considered, or building an entirely new building for OC to use.

The Pecos Economic Development Corporation has offered to help and get operations moving as fast as possible, according to Gipson.

"We plan to do all the legalities and design of the building as soon as possible and move from there," said Gipson.

"Were just very excited to be able to extend these services to Pecos," said Gipson.

"We also need to get a director in there that will help everyone," said Gipson.

Financial aid will also be a top priority. "We want to make sure that everyone that wants an education can get one," said Gipson. "We'll be looking at Pell grants, financial aid, scholarships and other forms of financial options to offer," he said.

Gipson said the group has made a strong commitment to Pecos and the community. "We're just glad that we have the opportunity to do something for Pecos that will benefit them," he said.

County  discusses home rehab, burial problems

Staff Writer
Pecos, March 24, 1999 -- Reeves County Commissioners approved several items during their regular commissioners court meeting on Monday, and continued to deal with the aftermath of the burial of a Pecos man in the wrong plot at Greenwood Cemetery.

Commissioners approved a payment to Banes General Contractors for the Reeves County Detention Center support shell and recreation buildings during Monday's meeting, along with a contract between Reeves County and Texason Management Group, Inc. for juvenile boot camp program and a resolution to allocate motor fuel tax funds to support county road system.

The creation of a foreign medical graduate position at the RCDC was approved, at an annual salary of $28,500.

A mother and daughter were on hand at the regular meeting to discuss an ongoing problem resulting from a housing rehabilitation project the county was involved with in 1996.

"There's been some issues concerning this particular problem and Frank Subia asked that this be put on the agenda," said Reeves County Judge Jimmy B. Galindo.

The problem started when Lucia Lozano and her family wanted their house rehabilitated through the county-sponsored project. The home was actually two living areas -- two separate homes, according to Galindo.

"We've been out there to look at this and we still think it was divided just right," said Galindo.

"I don't know what he's problem is, because the county looked at it before beginning the project and we have paperwork that proves that was my mother's property they worked on," said Becky Sanchez, Lozano's daughter.

Lozano applied for the program and the home was approved for rehabilitation in the 1996 project. But workers found the home was attached to another one which is owned by Frank Subia, and Galindo said, "Well, now, Mr. Subia is stating that we ruined his home when we did the rehabilitation on the other part of the house owned by Lucia Lozano."

"It's written in the courts and it clearly states where the division is and the county wouldn't have remodeled my mom's home if it wasn't clear," said Sanchez.

She said that the family felt that it was Frank Subia's responsibility to hire a surveyor and a lawyer to look into the matter. "We don't have anything to lose, so if he wants to do something about it, he can go ahead," said Sanchez. "We just don't understand what it is he wants."

Galindo said that in his correspondence to the court, Subia had stated that he felt the county should reimburse him $6,000-$7,000 for defacing his property. Subia said that the county had damaged his home and should pay for it.

"I was out there the other day and I really don't see that the county damaged his home," said Galindo. "However, it's a matter that Subia will have to take responsibility for."

"Well, it seems to me that its his responsibility to provide more proof that it's his building, his land, before he brings charges against the county," said Precinct 2 Commissioner David Castillo.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Felipe Arredondo made the motion to forward this matter to County Attorney Walter Holcombe and to let him try and find a resolution to the matter.

Commissioners met in executive session to discuss an insurance settlement and reconvened in open session. The settlement was approved for $7,576.

Commissioners were also scheduled to discuss the Charlie N. Millan burial and plot resolution, but it was tabled because District Attorney Randy Reynolds was not available.

However, during the open session Commissioner Precinct 1 Felipe Arredondo tried to talk to the Millan family that was present in court and was rejected. "It's too late somebody should have called us right away," said Florencia Millan, Charlie Millan's widow.

The problem began when Millan was buried in the wrong plot, a plot belonging to former Reeves County Commissioner Precinct 1 Lupe Garcia.

Arredondo offered a solution to the problem and offered to pay for it himself, but the Millan family rejected him. Before leaving the court Mrs. Millan turned to the court and told them they had four months to do something and that nothing had been done. "You all haven't been right with us and now you haven't seen the last of us," she said.

Personnel and salary changes included a promotion for Anthony Baeza at the Reeves County Detention Center to case manager at an annual salary of $25,000 and Ruben Dominguez to counselor at an annual salary of $24,000 and Mary Luna to counselor at an annual salary of $24,000. At the Reeves County Sheriff's Department, Norma Martinez, from $16,700 to $17,000 annually.

District jurors convict Rayos on coke charge

Staff Writer
Pecos, March 24, 1999 -- District court jurors on Tuesday found Manuel Rayos, 39, guilty of possession of cocaine and sentenced him to two years in state jail, recommending probation.

Visiting Judge Joseph Connally presided for the trial and will enter judgment Friday.

Rayos was indicted along with two other suspects after the local drug task force searched a residence in Balmorhea on Sept. 29, 1998.

Also charged along with Rayos were Sylvia Roman, 37, and her son, Kenyon Roman, 18. Sylvia Roman pleaded guilty this morning before Judge Connally and received a two-year suspended sentence and a $500 fine.

District Attorney Randy Reynolds dismissed the charge against Kenyon Roman.

The trial began Monday afternoon, following a morning session of jury selection.

Council weighs enterprise zone expansion plan

Staff Writer
Pecos, March 24, 1999 -- Downtown Pecos is part of the enterprise zone extension proposed by the Pecos City Council, and they will hold a public hearing at 7:40 a.m. Thursday for public input on the changes.

The zone presently lies primarily along I-20 and Texas Highway 17. If the ordinance amendments on the council's agenda is adopted, the lines would be redrawn to encompass more land in that area, then extend north to take in much of the downtown area and Eddy Street.

La Nortena Tortilla Factory on East Third Street is one target of the new zone, as requested by the Pecos Economic Development Corporation. David Castillo, owner, has offered to share the large La Nortena annex across the street from the original tortilla factory with a barbecue sauce factory.

The council will also consider an ordinance establishing guidelines for tax abatement and reinvestment zones and another for tax abatement with Brad M. Bennett Inc..

Other items on the regular meeting agenda include a status report on the Third Street sewer project; an engineering agreement with Frank X. Spencer on a water well project; parking in residential areas and closing an alley in Block 15, original addition;

Dedication of an alley in Section 9 & 16, Block 5, Texas Community Development Program for fiscal year 1999; and a citywide Easter egg hunt at Maxey Park, sponsored by the Reeves County Sheriff's Explorers.

Routing monthly reports include municipal court, juvenile court, ambulance, tax collector and financial.

The council meets at 7:30 a.m. in council chambers at City Hall. Public comments are welcome on items not on the agenda.

 McCree noted for work in community

Staff Writer
Pecos, March 24, 1999 -- It's been just over a month, but a longtime Pecos resident, beloved friend and active community leader is not forgotten, especially by his mate of more than 60 years.

"I sometimes can't really believe that he's gone," said Elizabeth McCree.

Her husband, W.S. "Creamy" McCree, died Feb. 22.

McCree was known in the community as being active and was loved by all that knew him, according to Mrs. McCree.

McCree had been honored with several awards throughout his life, including being named Methodist Man, of which he was the president in 1962; he was president of the Lion's Club from 1950-1951 and received the Master Key from that club.

He had been employed with the Pecos Furniture Store and the Pecos Funeral Home and received an award from Texas Funeral Directors Association in recognition of his years of service.

He received an Outstanding Community Service Award in 1969 from the Pecos Chamber of Commerce and served as president of that organization in 1964. He was also named Citizen of the Year by that organization.

The Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children recognized him in 1986 for his outstanding service in that area add the Pecos Rodeo and Fair Committee awarded him a plaque for his years on that committee from 1956-1963.

McCree also served on the Toyah-Pecos-Barstow ISD board and was an active member of the Methodist Church.

Asked about the secret to a long and happy marriage, Elizabeth McCree stated, "Creamy was asked that once and his reply was that we had only one counselor and that was the Lord Jesus Christ."

"With him by your side everything is possible," she said.

McCree also belonged to the prestigious "Coffee Club," which was first established 70 years ago.

The couple were high school sweethearts and their love for each other is what had sustained them throughout the hard times.

They have two children, Nancy Sue Leavitt of Elephant Butte, N.M. and W.H. "Buddy" McCree of Dallas; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and three step grandsons.

"At least I have them now, that my beloved Creamy is gone," said McCree. "But it's so hard to go on by yourself after you've lived with someone for so long," she said.

Band Boosters auction planned for Saturday

Pecos, March 24, 1999 -- The 21st Annual Pecos Band Boosters Auction will be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at Saragosa Hall on East Sixth Street.

The event will also be televised on Classic Cable Ch. 6 and aired over KPTX-98.3 FM. Along with items up for sale to benefit the Pecos Eagle band, there will be a barbeque plate and a bake sale during the auction, along with a membership drive.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Tuesday night: Winning numbers drawn: 4-12-13-18-20. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 238. Prize: $943.


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Tuesday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 4-4-3 (four, four, three)


Kevin Jay Gradel

Kevin Jay Gradel, 30, of Austin, died Monday, March 22, 1999. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home near Pflugerville. Interment will follow in Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery.

Kevin was a Pecos High School graduate whose favorite hobbies were computers and photography. He resided with his grandmother, Ruth Wells, the retired business manager for the Pecos Enterprise.

Survivors include his parents, George and Barbara Bunch of Florida; one sister, Carey Herrera of Pflugerville; and his grandmother, Ruth Wells of Alpine.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Betty Hinkle

Services for Betty Hinkle, 72, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ernest Waggoner officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Pecos Funeral Home.

Hinkle was born on April 14, 1927 in Pecos, and died Tuesday, March 23, 1999 at Reeves County Hospital. She was a retired X-ray technician and a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.


Pecos, March 24, 1999 -- High Tuesday 76; low last night 44. Tonight, cloudy. Areas of drizzle and fog after midnight. Low in the mid 40s. Southwest wind becoming northeast 10-20 mph. Thursday, cloudy with drizzle and fog. A 20 percent chance of rain. high in the lower 60s. Northeast to east wind 10-20 mph.

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