It’s their job: LaWanda Wortham

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: LaWanda Wortham Job: Librarian at Brown Early Childhood Center Time on the job: 11 years Background: Wortham was a stay-at-home mom, volunteered at the library, attended Clovis Community College, and did substitute teaching. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Ordering, processing and placing books on shelves. I […]

Tatum named judge in 9th Judicial District

Freedom New Mexico SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed Drew Tatum of Clovis to fill a vacant seat in the 9th Judicial District. Tatum, whose principal office will be in Portales, replaces Judge Joe Parker, who resigned from the position for health reasons on July 31. There are five district judges in the […]

Jury selection continues in Clovis trial

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Jury selection began Monday in the case of two Clovis men charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a 10-year-old Clovis boy while he slept. “We are still in the process of jury selection,” 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said by phone late Monday. Chandler said 52 jurors […]

Zias beat West Texas A&M for first time

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Freedom New Mexico Staff Freshman forward Hannah Dozier had a goal and an assist on Sunday as the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team edged West Texas A&M 2-1 at the ENMU pitch, the first win for the Zias over WT in the program’s history. It was the Lone Star Conference opener for both […]

Rodeo a family affair

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Rodeo is a family affair for Lovington native and current Zia Raelyn Gardner. Both of Raelyn’s parents participated in the sport, and both did so at Eastern New Mexico University. During her time at ENMU, Raelyn’s mom attended the College National Finals twice, and her dad also made the event. […]

Retailers: Base means business

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico For as long as the Foxy Drive-In has been in Clovis, airmen of the 27th Fighter Wing and their families have had a place to eat. “We did quite a bit with the air base as far as airmen coming and eating with us and everything. We still do, […]

Good help hard to find for many reasons

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico There may be different theories on why good help is hard to find. However, there is one thing experts seem to agree on — low unemployment in the region makes it harder. As of July, unemployment in Curry and Roosevelt Counties was just over 3 percent. Of those who […]

Trial set to start Monday in Portales

Freedom New Mexico Staff The first-degree murder trial of two men accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy while he slept in his Clovis home will begin Monday in Portales. Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, are scheduled to have a 10-day trial. Jury selection will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. District Judge Pro Tem […]

Country full of hallowed ground

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hallowed ground, a place to reflect on the world, has always been a mountain stream or river for me. I can lose myself in my own thoughts and concentrate on the most important things in my life, God, family, career and health while wading in a trout stream. Recently […]

With or without education, military service highest goal

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist What is the purpose of an education? And more specifically, an elite education? I ask this question in light of an editorial written by a young college student attending Columbia University (my alma mater) and published in the Columbia Spectator, the college newspaper. I encourage you to read it at […]

Sept. 23, 2007 Blotter

The following is a sampling of calls received by Portales police dispatchers during the past week. According to reports: Saturday • At 8:29 a.m., a caller reported items missing from a shed in the backyard of a residence in the 2000 block of West Beech. • At 8:10 p.m., a caller reported that someone was […]

Sept. 23, 2007 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Tio S Ford, 26, and Chyanne Handley, 27, both of Clovis. • Shane Seetin Dill, 24, and Nichole Marie Bare, 24, both of Portales. • Arturo Holguin, 21, and Mallory D Marez, 21, both of Portales. • Federico Rosendo, 68, and Miriam […]

Sept. 23, 2007 Dispositions

The following disposition was recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: • Dominic Morin, 22, pleaded no contest to the charge of criminal trespass (posted), was ordered to serve one year unsupervised probation, and pay a $1,000 fine.

Greyhounds bust Broncos

Freedom New Mexico EDMOND, Okla. — Senior quarterback Michael Benton ran for 243 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another Saturday night as Eastern New Mexico University defeated Central Oklahoma 21-7 in a Lone Star Conference crossover game. Benton, the LSC’s leading rusher, scored on runs of 51 and 39 yards after the Bronchos […]

Rams and Lady Rams swept by Hatch Bears

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer After a month of playing junior varsity teams from around the state, the Ram and Lady Ram soccer teams had their first taste of New Mexico Class 3A varsity soccer Saturday afternoon at Hatch, and although they lost, they discovered that they can compete. The girls lost 1-0 and […]

Bull riders compete in Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Bonner Bolton didn’t need to rub a rabbit’s foot or keep a horeshoe, or even wear lucky socks Friday night when he got on Chaotic, about 1,500 pounds of riled-up muscle. “I don’t have any rituals — I’m a firm believer in Jesus Christ,” said the 20-year-old bull […]

ENMU seeking 4-0 start

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s option offense, potent through its first three games this season, should face its stiffest test so far tonight when the Greyhounds take on Central Oklahoma in a Lone Star Conference crossover contest at Edmond, Okla. The Greyhounds lead NCAA Division II in rushing at 427.3 […]

Zias win school-record sixth straight

Freedom New Mexico PLAINVIEW, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team scored twice in the first seven minutes on Friday and the Zias made those goals stand up, edging Wayland Baptist 2-1 to set a school record with their sixth consecutive victory. The previous record was a five-match winning streak during the […]

Years of a clown

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Dale “Gizmo” McCracken keeps his audiences guessing every time he steps into the arena. Sometimes he’s dressed as an overweight country police officer, other times he’s a long-haired rock musician, a safari hunter or a horse head on a man’s body. These are the characters inside McCracken’s head when […]

Convenience store chain Town & Country sold

Staff and wire reports CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Convenience store operator Susser Holdings Corp. said Friday it will acquire privately held convenience store chain Town & Country Food Stores for $361 million in cash. Town & Country operates 168 convenience stores in Texas and New Mexico, incluidng 28 locations in eastern New Mexico. Town & […]