Getting to know: Minister follows family’s lead

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Isaiah Vance is following in his dad’s footsteps in being a campus minister at Eastern New Mexico University. Vance’s parents work in campus ministries in various places, and he said he saw how much they enjoyed it. He was born in Louisville, Ky., and still has family there. The ENMU instructor of religion moved to […]

Empty stocking fund: Mr. T

Today’s focus: Mr. T Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Mr. T” is going through a divorce and is currently looking for a job. His holiday hopes: For his children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt sizes 14-16, 8 and 18 months. Boys pants sizes 14, 8 and 18 months. Boys […]

2010 BAH rates released

Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan and Jenna Zamie The U.S. Department of Defense released the 2010 military Basic Allowance for Housing rates online Wednesday. Rates are different for each pay grade and base. At Cannon Air Force Base, most personnel are receiving an increase of less than 5 percent, according to rates on the department […]

Emergency volunteers sought

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Interim Fire Chief Gary Nuckols is putting out a call for help, encouraging volunteer emergency medical technicians to step up. Nuckols said the request is in response to an increased volume of calls for assistance in the county, numbers that doubled in just a year. “We’re just looking at […]

Zias at New Mexico Highlands capsule

ENMU (3-6) at New Mexico Highlands (5-2), 7 p.m. at Las Vegas, N.M. Radio: none. Last outing: The Zias overcame a 16-point deficit with less than 16 minutes left to beat Southwestern Oklahoma 73-70 on Monday and complete the sweep of a two-game Lone Star Conference crossover road trip. Notes: The Cowgirls, who upended the […]

MVD presents residents with new Web site

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico State officials were in Clovis and Portales Wednesday announcing the launch of a new Motor Vehicle Division website designed to streamline services. Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, said the site, which debuted about two weeks ago, will help cut down on wait times at local MVD offices. […]

Police: Homicide witness changes story

Freedom New Mexico Investigators say a woman who reported finding the body of Clovis’ latest homicide victim staged the discovery hours later and was actually in the apartment when he was shot. Sometime around midnight Monday or early Tuesday, Jeraldine McCoy told police she heard a gunshot in a back bedroom of her apartment at […]

Business feature: Farmer finds stability with company

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PNT staff Eldon Merrick was a farmer before he decided he needed to find something different to provide for his family. The answer for him was feed processor J.D. Heiskell & Co., where he is now plant manager. “I couldn’t sustain a good living for my family so I tried to get into something else […]

Salvation Army receives golden donation

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Salvation Army got a shiny and valuable surprise in one of their kettles Wednesday. Two Lady Liberty American Eagle gold coins were dropped into the kettle in front of Wal-Mart. After some research, Maj. Tammy Ray found out the one-ounce $50 gold pieces are worth about $1,200 […]

Clovis man arrested in fatal shooting

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By Liliana Castillo and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A 37-year-old Clovis man was arrested Tuesday and charged in the shooting death of Gary Gill, 48, at an apartment on West 10th Street. Police said Gill was shot once in the head. Lonzell Wiggins Jr. is charged with an open count of murder, tampering with […]

Meetings watch: City council approves zoning for proposed subdivision

PNT staff During the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, councilors: • approved a notice of intent to adopt an ordinance for zoning classification for the new Prairie Walk Subdivision. The plan is for four four-unit townhouses, a total of 16 homes, on 2.1 acres of land south of the city Recreation Complex […]

Portales woman hospitalized after crashing into MVD building

PNT staff report Police say an 88-year-old Portales woman was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital for observation Monday after her runaway car crashed into the state Motor Vehicle Division building and continued across several lanes of traffic. Around 10 a.m., Minnie Fulton, 88, left the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department on Avenue O, and her […]

Senior center prepares for winter wonderland event

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Senior Center is having a special guest fly into town for children to visit Friday. Santa Claus will be at the center to help collect toys for Operation Santa Cop and canned food for the food bank. Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder said she suggested the “Winter […]

Research reveals stress on families

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Multiple, lengthy wartime deployments by service members are taking an emotional toll on their children who report being anxious or stressed at rates much higher than children nationwide, a new study concludes. Researchers with the think tank RAND interviewed more than 1,500 home caregivers (or non-deployed parent) and their children, […]

Education data encouraging for Hispanics

Freedom New Mexico A new study of Hispanic youth in the United States offers interesting data about one of the country’s fastest-growing groups. For political and social leaders, it has valuable information about their attitudes and risks for the future. It also can help dispel many myths and assumptions about them. The Pew Hispanic Center […]

Meetings watch: Roosevelt County Commission

PNT Staff During their meeting Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Courthouse, Roosevelt County commissioners: • Approved an intent to adopt a franchise agreement with Southwestern Public Service Company. The agreement would allow SPS to continue to use county right of ways as necessary to provide electricity to county residents, County Manager Charlene Hardin said. The […]

School board approves sale of $1.9 million in bonds

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education has approved the issuance and sale of $1.9 million of general obligation school bonds, which are intended to finance roof repairs at Portales High School as top priority. The board voted unanimously for the measure at their meeting Tuesday in the district […]

Hounds hold on late against Bulldogs

Freedom New Mexico WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Junior guard Victor Reid scored 19 points and his jump shot with 1:59 left started a game-ending 9-0 run that secured Eastern New Mexico University’s 82-71 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Southwestern Oklahoma Monday night. The Greyhounds (5-4), who ended a three-game losing streak, built a 71-51 […]

Zias rally from 16 down to post win

Freedom New Mexico WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University erased a 16-point deficit with less than 16 minutes to go and edged Southwestern Oklahoma 73-70 Monday night in a Lone Star Conference women’s crossover game. Junior guard Cat Clay went 5-of-10 from 3-point distance for the Zias (3-6), finishing with 22 points, while junior […]

ENMU’s Clay wins LSC weekly honor

Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Cat Clay has been selected as the Lone Star Conference South Division Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in the Zias win at Cameron. The Deming native paced the Zias with a 22-point performance, leading ENMU to a 79-74 win Saturday at Cameron. She hit five 3-pointers […]