ENMU security at new levels

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Students, faculty, administrators and campus police at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales are more aware and better prepared for an emergency than they were a year ago, officials say. One year ago today, a student at Virginia Tech University shot 32 students and faculty members, then himself. Students […]

Faith-based outreach program in Clovis celebrates anniversary

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico When Sistar G. Yancy traveled from California to Clovis about seven years ago to speak at a church-related workshop about prison ministry, she never dreamed she would move here. Now, Yancy is inviting people in the community to help celebrate the second anniversary of her faith-based education, training, counseling […]

Officials hoping flu outbreak has passed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Gripped by a flu outbreak with assessment tests scheduled this week, local school officials are crossing their fingers and hoping the worst of the outbreak has passed. “It’s been pretty bad, we’ve had a lot of students and faculty out with it,” said Randy Fowler, Portales Schools superintendent. “I’ve […]

Square dancing unique social opportunity

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico David and Alyse Josiwak danced on their first date 39 years ago. About 15 years ago the couple learned ballroom dancing. They spent Saturday afternoon twirling, promenading and dosidoing. In a seamless transition of figure eights, they switched with six other dancers in the Baxter-Curren Senior Center dance hall […]

Board approves sale of $4.5 million in bonds

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education approved the sale of $4.5 million in bonds to help finance the new Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School at a special meeting Tuesday, allowing the project to proceed at full steam. “This is a proud time for you folks,” said Al Clemmons of George K. Baum and […]

Rules would change if columnist in charge

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few years ago, I did a few pieces on how different a planet could be if I controlled the rules — a planet Kevin, based on the “Planet Charlie” standup routine of Charlie Viracola. Consider these rules of Planet Kevin, with explanations. More to come in the next […]

Zia, Hound soccer looks to season

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team set a goal of making the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament a year ago, and the Zias accomplished that by finishing sixth. Now, picked for sixth again this season, they’re looking to get past the first round. “I think we’re hopefully getting […]

Treatment of media setting China back

Editorial Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only to bolster […]

Grenade’s origin may stem back to boyhood antics

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Apparently last week’s story about a couple who dug up a grenade in a Portales front yard isn’t the first time hand grenades have made news in our burgh. I may have the answer to how last week’s grenade got there as well. Few recent stories have captured the […]

Police suspect knife-wielding woman has struck again

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A knife-wielding robber who held up a real estate office a few weeks ago may have struck again Thursday, according to Portales Police. Police received a report of an armed robbery at discount store Quality Sales, 612 E. Second St., shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. According to police, a female […]

Residents should feel obligated to donate

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I was renting a movie a few weeks ago, and the clerk asked me, “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Muscular Dystrophy Association?” That evening, I agreed and the clerk told me to write my name on the card “so people will know what a sweetheart you […]

Parenting includes need to have fun

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist When was the last time you really laughed out loud? If you have to think for a while before you answer, it was too long ago. I am not talking about smiling or a polite chuckle. I am talking about a real heartfelt laugh with teary eyes. I happened to […]

Wireless Internet comes to eastern New Mexico

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The latest commodity to arrive in some eastern New Mexico cafes isn’t coffee-bean inspired. It’s called wireless Internet, wireless fidelity or Wi-Fi for short. In many booming metropolises, the service, which allows consumers to log onto the Internet without a cable or telephone connection, arrived long ago. Eastern New Mexico is […]

Feb. 9 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael More showers in all of the South County area. Some from in the area didn’t venture out Sunday for church services. The roads should be settled for the bus routes this week. Sympathy Mavis and Weldon Carmichael received word last week about the death of one of her sister-in-laws in Lamesa. She […]

Jan. 12 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The crops in this area are all out so far as I know and the wheat is looking good, and some are grazing cattle on a few fields. Good news Layton Belcher is home now from the hospital. There are good reports on almost everyone who has been on our prayer list […]

Donation numbers drop for Salvation Army

Freedom Newspapers The local Salvation Army raised $37,464.22 with its Christmas projects this season, officials said on Sunday. The total is about $5,300 less than a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the difference can be blamed largely on wintry weather. “We had three days last week where we couldn’t get out (with donation kettles) […]

Stevens fills “superhero” role as mother

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Compiled by Laurie Stone Your name: Pam Stevens Your job: Secretary/ Education Director at Southside Church of Christ Your age (date of birth): 44 — Sept. 9, 1960 Your hometown: Roswell. Your family: Husband, Terry 44; Daughter, Carlee 14; Sons, Lane ,16, Shelby, 13 and Colton, 11. What do you think of Portales? “I love […]

June 23 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael There was also rain in the Milnesand, Pep, Bluit areas last week. They are the areas having been missed for so long. Some ranchers had to haul water for cattle a year or so ago. However, I understand there have been more wells drilled for their needs. Reunion The Milnesand reunion will […]

May 19 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Our area is no different than any given area in the world — some good news and some bad news. Now the problem with most reporters is the focus mostly on the bad. I am going to do the good first. We are praising God for Nancy Tivis finally getting her liver […]

May 19 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Young crops are coming up all over the irrigated area. The dry land wheat is showing stress from being so dry and hot the past two or so weeks. Merricks Hank and Marcella Merrick of Causey have a grandson in Iraq now. I was talking to Hank a few days ago and […]