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Tuesday, June 1, 1999

Storms don't spoil night for graduates

PECOS June 1, 1999--Thunderstorms stayed to the south of Eagle Stadium Friday night, allowing Pecos High School's 1999 graduation ceremonies to go off without a hitch before a crowd of family members and well-wishers who packed the west stands at the stadium.

A total of 135 seniors received their diplomas on Friday, following addresses by Valedictorian Alva Alvarez, Salutatorian Jeff Lam and guest speaker Dr. R. Vic Morgan, president of Sul Ross State University.

To those who didn't do as well in high school as some of the top grads, Morgan cited his own experiences and said "You too can recover from a poor start, and the time to begin is now.

"Commencement exercises represent a new beginning," Morgan said. "You're beginning the next phase of your education, whether you go to college, work or the armed services."

He cited 10 things the graduates should do in order to prepare for life in the real world, and added "All development is self-development as you make your way to the future," Morgan said.

Both Lam and Alvarez thanked their parents and teachers during their commencement speeches. Lam spoke of his spiritual feelings and told his fellow students to "Be positive and walk with God in life," while Alvarez read Robert Frost's 1916 poem "The Road not Taken" as the main part of her valedictory address:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The graduates were then certified by Pecos High School principal Danny Rodriguez, and diplomas were then given out to the 135 students, most of whom were accompanied to the podium by their parents.

Peacock taking East Texas pastor's post


Staff Writer

PECOS June 1, 1999--Rod Peacock has accepted the position of interim pastor for the 370-member First Presbyterian Church in Orange.

He will be leaving the First Presbyterian Church in Barstow, where he has been pastor since October, 1993. Prior to that, he was state chaplain volunteer coordinator for West Texas State School in Pyote for 12 years.

"I am so grateful to the Barstow congregation for giving me a chance to be a pastor again and to gain confidence that the Lord could use me in the pastorate, preaching, teaching and visiting," Peacock said. "I was just as proud of that church as a canon at his cathedral."

He looks forward to the new work in a church where former Pecos pastor Ben Gillespie was pastor for 20 years.

"They have a multi-purpose building next to the sanctuary named the Ben Gillespie Memorial Building," Peacock said.

He is to be examined by the presbytery on June 11 and will take the pulpit on June 13 - at the same time changing regional affiliation to the New Covenant Presbytery from Tres Rios Presbytery.

"Some of my fondest memories are of serving at the West Texas State School," he said. "I came to Pecos on Friday with kids to chop weeds and pick up trash. Jim Ed Miller, who was very active in First Christian Church, would have us come in for lunch and he would prepare it."

Miller usually had five or six members of the church or community leaders to sit with the students and give them personal attention during the luncheon.

Peacock said that he and his wife, Pat, have purchased a home in Kermit, and he will return there for one week out of six.

"When Pat gets our new home the way she wants it, she can come down and be with me there," he said.

When the church calls a new pastor, Peacock will be free to travel to any of the 50 states to serve in a similar position.

Pecos area able to avoid holiday fatalities

PECOS June 1, 1999--Pecos area highways were fatality-free over the Memorial Day weekend, though statewide the death toll was four above the number predicted by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The DPS said a total of 31 people died on Texas highways this weekend, four more than the 27 predicted for the holiday period.

Locally, the only rollover accident reported occurred on a residential street early Saturday morning, and landed a Pecos man in Reeves County Jail facing an alcohol violation.

According to Pecos police, Francisco Javier Lopez, 26, was driving a Chevrolet pickup at about 2:22 a.m., Saturday, westbound on Walthall Street, when he started weaving.

At this time he lost control of the vehicle, rolled it on the north side of Walthall and ended up in the yard of a house at 1413 S. Oak St.

No injuries were reported, according to investigating officer Kenneth Roberts, but the Lopez was charged with driving while intoxicated and was taken to Reeves County Jail.

No passengers were with Lopez at the time of the accident, according to Roberts.

Family nights start tonight at PHS pool

PECOS June 1, 1999--Family swimming night for the summer opens tonight at 6 p.m. at the Pecos High School natatorium.

Family nights at the high school pool will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m., according to PHS swimming coach Terri Morse. Fee is $1 per person and is for individuals age 14 and older, or children accompanied by their parents. For further information, call 447-7242.

Police Report

EDITOR'S NOTE: Information contained in the Police Report is obtained from reports filed by the Pecos Police Department, Reeves County Sheriff's Office, or other officers of those agencies.

The serving of warrants by an officer for outstanding fines of either traffic citations, animal control violations or other court costs are considered arrests and will be printed as such unless indicated that the fines were paid. In such instances we will indicate payment and release.


Ernest J. Supancic, 68, was arrested at 9:06 a.m., on May 21, in the 200 block of South Oak Street, for public intoxication.


Felipe Lopez Jr., 40, was arrested at 3:41 p.m., on May 21, in Balmorhea, on a warrant.


Oscar Dominguez, 47, was arrested at 6:03 p.m., on May 21, in the 1800 block of Adams Street, for assault by threat under the Family Violence Act and a warrant for assault causing bodily injury.


Elias D. Sanchez, 47, was arrested at 8:08 p.m., on May 21, at the Circle M Bar, for public intoxication.


Francisco Mendoza, 32, was arrested at 12:07 p.m., on May 22, in the 800 block of South Pecan Street, for public intoxication.


Ruben M. Salas, 20, was arrested at 12:24 a.m., on May 23, at the corner of 12th and Cherry streets, on a DWI refusal as a minor in possession.


Xochitl Armendariz, 21, was arrested at 8:17 a.m., on May 23, at the corner of Third and Cedar streets, for no driver's license.


Larry Dewayne Mosby, 37, turned himself in at 9:30 a.m., on May 24, at Reeves County Adult Probation Department, on a warrant out of Ector County (motion to revoke-sexual assault).


Jose Navarette, 42, was arrested at 6:18 a.m., on May 25, on a warrant for possession of marijuana (over 50 pounds, under 2000 pounds). He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Erica Tarin, 18, and Cesar Urias, 29, were arrested at 7:26 a.m., on May 25, in the 1500 block of West Fifth Street, each for assault under the Family Violence Act. They were taken to Reeves County Jail.


Hector U. Briceno, 50, was arrested at 6 p.m., on May 25, in Saragosa, for aggravated assault. He was taken to Reeves County Jail and was served with Capias Pro Fine warrants at 9:01 p.m. at the jail.


Ana Saenz, 24, was arrested at 1:55 a.m., on May 27, on a warrant for theft by check over $20, under $500. She was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Victor Mendoza, 19, was arrested at 7:49 p.m., on May 27, at La Tienda parking lot, on a warrant (motion to revoke-forgery). He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Julian Fuentez, 39, was served with a warrant at 9:41 p.m., on May 27, at Reeves County Jail, for making alcohol available to a minor.


Braulio Esquivel, 35, was arrested at 10:11 p.m., on May 27, at the corner of Fifth and Alamo streets, for assault under the Family Violence Act. He was taken to Reeves County Jail.


Ruben Garcia Jr., 20, was arrested at 1 a.m., on May 28, at the Flying J parking lot, for driving while license suspended.


Jesus M. Martinez, 21, was arrested at 1:01 a.m., on May 28, at the corner of Ninth and Cherry streets, for resisting and evading arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Lotto Texas drawing Saturday night: Winning numbers drawn: 01-15-18-32-46-47. Estimated jackpot: $10 million. Number matching six of six: none. Matching five of six: 53. Prize: $2,713. Matching four of six: 4,307. Prize: $120.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Texas Million drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 10-35-53-97. Number matching four of four in Group One: 0. Number matching four of four in Group Two: 1. Prize: $25,000. Number matching four of four in Group Three: 0. Number matching three of four in any group: 446. Prize: $300.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Friday night: Winning numbers drawn: 15-17-26-32-37. Number matching five of five: 0. Matching four of five: 228. Prize: $995.


AUSTIN (AP) Results of the Cash 5 drawing Monday night: Winning numbers drawn: 01-05-09-13-30. Number matching five of five: 3. Prize per winner: $24,108. Winning tickets sold in: Cedar Hill, Houston, Mineola. Matching four of five: 272. Prize: $399.


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Friday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 1-4-3 (one, four, three)


AUSTIN (AP) The winning Pick 3 numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery, in order: 4-8-1 (four, eight, one)


McKinley Hopper

McKinley Hopper, 76, died Friday, May 28, 1999, in Winkler County Memorial Hospital in Kermit.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m., today at Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit with burial in Kermit Cemetery.

Hopper was born June 30, 1922, in O'Donnell, was a Justice of the Peace in Loving County, had been a resident of Mentone for 65 years and was a Baptist.

Survivors include one brother, Bob Hopper of Mentone.

Cooper Funeral Home Chapel, Inc. of Kermit is in charge of arrangements.

Terry J. Martin

Terry J. Martin, 66, of Pecos, died Friday, May 28, 1999.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 31, at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with Jim Daniels officiating. Burial was in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 20, 1933, in Willisville, Ark. and was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Martin of Pecos; two stepsons, Darren Hester of Lubbock, Scott Bratcher of Morriss, Ill.; one step-daughter, Janice Hester of Pecos; two daughters, Vicki Price of Midland, Kim Patterson of San Angelo; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jose Salcido

Jose B. Salcido, 92, died Saturday, May 22, 1999, in California.

A mass was held at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Dinuba, Calif.

He was born Nov. 19, 1906 in Balmorhea and was a longtime member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church.

Survivors include four sons, Alex Salcido of Pecos, George Salcido of Binghamton, N.Y., and Benjamin Salcido and Joe Salcido, Jr., both of Fresno, Calif.; two daughters, Alicia Rodriguez of Pecos and Adelaida Lara of Dinuba, Calif., 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams, 80, died Sunday, May 30, 1999, at Reeves County Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 2, at Barstow Cemetery with Rev. Rod Peacock officiating.

She was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Midland, was a lifelong Pecos resident, a homemaker and a Presbyterian.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Williams.

Survivors include numerous friends and cousins.

Pecos Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


PECOS June 1, 1999--High Monday 103. Low this morning 70. Forecast for tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. low upper 60s. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Wednesday, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. high mid 90s. South to southwest wind 10-20 mph.

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