Pep hosting annual Thanksgiving festival

The Pep, Texas, community will hold its 66th annual Thanksgiving Festival on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CST) Nov. 24 at St. Philip Neri Hall. The meal is self-serve and includes Pep’s famous German sausage and turkey. Adult admission is $9 and children under 10 years old are $5. Take out is available for [...]

Youth fishing clinic scheduled

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Alisa Boswell The annual Oasis State Park Kids’ Fishing Clinic will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park. Jim Whary, park manager, said the event will include nine learning stations in which children will learn how to cast, water safety, knot tying, biology and more. Each station will be 12 [...]

My turn: Church’s turkey day meal raises spirits in community

Today is the 58th year the First United Methodist Church in Portales has offered its annual “Turkey Day” to our area. The numbers are impressive. Last year, 1,855 people lined up to eat 46 turkeys, 84 gallons of green beans, 26 roasters of cornbread dressing and 156 dozen rolls. Volunteers chopped 450 apples and 150 [...]

Fundraiser aims to help Clovis family

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Alisa Boswell Funds from the third annual Oktober-Feast fundraiser will help build a new home for a Clovis family in a dire living situation, according to Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Joyce Davis. Davis said the next family on the Habitat for Humanity waiting list is sleeping on the floor at their current home because [...]

My turn: Partial to annual peanut festival

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I’m not a nut case. Well, maybe a Valencia peanut case. I proudly admit I was born and raised in Portales, despite the fact that I didn’t taste a peanut butter milkshake until only a few years ago. I’ve spent my entire life here in Goober Gulch, if you don’t count the two years I [...]

Friday morning briefing: Ethnic Fair, Cannon open house and The Kid’s first crime

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Ethnic Fair The annual Clovis Ethnic Fair is all day Saturday in the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street. Food, fun and lots more. Information: 749-6570. See Cannon The second annual Cannon Air Force Base open house is a free public event featuring [...]

Pair of prosecutors awarded

Freedom New Mexico A pair of prosecutors in the 9th Judicial District won two of the six annual awards at the Tuesday night awards ceremony for the Prosecutors Section of the New Mexico Bar Association in Albuquerque. Deputy District Attorney Ben Cross was recognized in the drug category, while Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover was [...]

Altrusa home tour set for Sunday

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The 39th annual Altrusa Home Tour will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at four Portales homes. According to Altrusa member Elly Helton, the tour is a fundraiser for the Altrusa Club’s community service projects, such as scholarships to the Eastern New Mexico University, the Reading is Fundamental Program, eye exams and [...]

Youths rake in profits at annual livestock sale

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Alisa Boswell Bids bounced around the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds show arena like ping pong balls Friday night as 54 youngsters paraded their prized animals for the annual junior livestock sale. “I think this will be one of the best years, a record year,” said auctioneer Johnny Paiz during the sale. “Even though the economy has [...]

New Mexico Children’s Home holds annual pork chop breakfast

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Alisa Boswell The second day of the Roosevelt County Fair kicked off with the New Mexico Children’s Home annual pork chop breakfast at the Jake Lopez Building, which is held to raise money for the home’s 4-H team, the Shooting Stars. Local residents piled into the building for a breakfast of pork chops, scrambled eggs [...]