Pin number theft causes concern

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Linda Mathews tried to buy a sandwich Wednesday, but instead watched, hungry, as her Visa debit card was taken from her and cut into pieces. After her pin number was stolen, Access Bank in Clovis ordered that her card be taken, she said. Access Bank officials said Mathews’ experience isn’t […]

Bank’s transition to new name, ownership expected to be smooth

By Tony Parra Access Bank is now officially the First Community Bank and banking officials said customers will notice the transition, but they’re confident that customers will only experience minor inconveniences. Linda Wedeen, senior vice president of First Community Bank, said the Access Banks in Portales and Clovis officially became First Community Banks in January. […]

Food bank prepares to collect items

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is asking Clovis residents to leave out more than their trash today. Volunteer drivers will cover Clovis looking for bags of non-perishable food by mailboxes and curbs, for the food bank’s third annual holiday canned food drive, according to Food Bank director Nancy Taylor. […]

Deep in the heart of Texas, there’s religion

By Bob Huber If you want to get deep into religion, find a Texan. They even think Moses was a Texan. As proof they point to a wall in the Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas, which contains the King Ranch version of the 10 Commandments. It reads: • There’s just one God. • Honor […]

Officials say man’s fall probably an accident

Tony Parra An incident involving an employee who fell 47 feet from a ladder while working at the Garvey Processing plant looks to be an accident, a state safety official believes. Matt Jackson fell from the ladder on March 1 and was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, prompting an inspection of the company […]

Chili cookoff to raise funds for school

Tony Parra The First Annual Chili Cook-off is ‘in the oven’ and it will be hot and ready by 5 p.m. today at the Portales High School cafeteria. The idea for the event was brewing in an art class room last December, when one of the students made the suggestion. Lou Sikes, a Portales art […]

Board of Regents discuss budget, tuition

Tony Parra Santa Fe is a political hot spot right now and the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents decided to meet there on Thursday to discuss budget-balancing and banking services for ENMU-Roswell as well as to meet with state legislators on the 135-mile rule. Colleges such as ENMU and New Mexico State University offer […]

Don’t go around Fred’s place at night

Don McAlavy “Old Fred Pair was a ring-tail tooter, “A cane raiser, and an out-house shooter. “He stood outside his kitchen door “And plugged that privy with a forty-four.” The time was 12:30 on the afternoon of Sept. 5, 1945, and the place was the little town of Morton, Texas, about 50 miles southeast of […]

Holiday closings for Portales

Freedom Newspapers The following places will have different hours on New Year’s Eve: Portales News-Tribune (closes at noon), Wells Fargo (closes at 3 p.m.), Portales National Bank (closes at noon), Roosevelt County Courts office (closes at noon), Roosevelt County District Attorney’s Office (closes at noon), Wagon Wheel (closes at 2 p.m.), La Hacienda (2:30 p.m.), […]

Obits 12-14

Imogene Godfrey, 74 Mrs. Imogene Godfrey, 74, of Clovis, a retired head bank teller, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at her home. She was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Granite, Okla., to James Bryan and Lola Orene Everett Godfrey. She graduated from Field High School in May 1947 and attended ENMU. She was employed at […]

Portales National Bank accused of dirty business

A Portales bank and a Clovis couple are battling over whether the bank took advantage of an elderly couple in loans on their Portales-area ranch. The fight began when Portales National Bank filed for foreclosure on Abe and Maurene Ribble’s 5,000-acre ranch in July 1999, saying the couple owed the bank more than $168,000. The […]

Commodity program to improve

Tony Parra Officials involved in the commodities situation in Roosevelt County seem optimistic the new changes will be implemented in late October or November. “We’re hoping to find out the best solution,” Executive Director of the Life Saver Food Bank Nancy Taylor said. “We’ve been working on this change since January. At the latest we […]

Residents worry about commodities

Tony Parra Low-income Portales residents may be worried about a new proposal in the commodities distribution, but organizers are not quite ready to begin panicking. A group of residents at Tuesday’s Portales city hall meeting expressed concerns that they would have to travel to Clovis to pick up commodities and that the amount would be […]