Agency tour depicts life of foster child

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A gust of wind blew through the rooms of the abandoned Clovis house, twisting and turning the photos that hung from fishing line above the doorway. Youth pastor Daniel Gleaton held one still with his hand. He didn’t really need to, though. The photos were merely blueprints for the house [...]

Friends of Buddy Holly singing at music festival

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers At a pharmacy in Lubbock, Texas, a mutual friend introduced musician Buddy Holly to Gary and Ramona Tollett, a young couple from Arizona pursuing a career as gospel singers. “He gave me the first impression of being a shy, young man,” said Ramona. The introduction led to a friendship and [...]

9/3 Local Roundup

Local’s death still under investigation The death of J. C. Tucker remains under investigation, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said Friday. Tucker, 67, was found dead in his office at Tucker Auto Sales two years ago Sunday. Police said he was shot three times, his left-front pocket empty of the cash he always carried. The [...]

Area schools, businesses band together to send aid to victims

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Freedom Newspapers Sympathy and horror at Hurricane Katrina’s devastation have galvanized into action groups of schoolchildren, grandparents, business owners and state employees in and around Clovis. The efforts of students of the Clovis Municipal Schools system touched Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. “The people in our school system are just an incredible group of human beings. This [...]

ENMU accepting college students displaced by Katrina

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Around the country, people are doing their part to help victims of Hurricane Katrina get their lives back to normal. Across New Mexico and in Portales, colleges are trying to do their part to make sure education continues as well. Eastern New Mexico University is accepting college students displaced from [...]

Day Trip: Pinatafest celebrates party tradition

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Roswell is home to the Coyotes of Roswell High, the Rockets of Goddard High and UFO fanatics. It’s also home to the annual “Pinatafest.” The festival is set to be held Friday through Sept. 11. The event is sponsored by the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with [...]

Peanut growers get lessons

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer In the midst of concrete and asphalt in the city of Portales there is the essence of nature and eastern New Mexico agriculture — a peanut field. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service has a demonstration plot off of the Floyd highway, just east of La Casa [...]

Local groups plan efforts to help hurricane victims

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The residents of Eastern New Mexico are responding to pleas for help from the south, in the wake of demolished neighborhoods in a horrified New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina hit states along the Gulf Coast earlier this week. Spearheading relief efforts are unlikely team-ups of professionals such as New Mexico [...]

Gas spike not changing driving habits

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers In the wake of the recent level-4 hurricane that wrecked local offshore gasoline production and refining operations, concerns about supply shortage and protests against soaring prices are increasing, even as local officials assure the public that everything is under control. Even with gas prices creeping to an-unheard-of $3 per gallon, [...]

Zias making changes coming in to home opener

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Since Mike Maguire became the head coach in 1987, Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team has occasionally struggled against NAIA foe Wayland Baptist. Never, though, have the Zias actually lost to Wayland — until Tuesday’s stunning four-game setback in the season opener at Plainview, Texas. On Wednesday, Maguire canceled the [...]