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 [...]

Car dealers discuss new law

Jack King Area used-car dealers had varying reactions to the state’s new lemon law, which went into effect on Jan. 1. “We’re going to have to be very careful about disclosures, telling where (the vehicle) came from and what we did to it. We’re also going to have to be careful about trade-in’s, because if [...]

Lemon law helps used-car buyers in New Mexico

Jack King By Jack King Freedom Newspapers Jack_King@link.freedom.com Clovis used-car dealer Benny Pacheco said there used to be a saying among some used-car dealers: “If a customer buys a car and it breaks in half, the customer owns both halves.” A lemon law, passed by the New Mexico Legislature in 2003 nullifies that piece of [...]

Watch out for crazy women drivers

I like to think I’ve outgrown my days of heavy road rage, but every time I brag to my sisters, Julie and Nana, that I haven’t had a ticket in 3 1/2 years, they laugh and say, “That’s just because you haven’t got caught.” Oh yeah! Kind of like one of those “What came first, [...]

Family that lacks a car needs help this holiday

Eric Butler Like most 16-year-olds, there’s almost nothing Patrick would like more than to have his own car. But that wish won’t be met this Christmas because it ranks well below more pressing needs — a car for his mom, for example. For Eleanor, times would be good if she had the means to provide [...]

Teen arrested in Portales, accused of car-jacking, kid-napping

Darrell Todd Maurina Portales police on Sunday afternoon apprehended a 19-year-old ranch hand who allegedly went on a 2 1/2 hour crime spree through three counties where he robbed numerous people at gunpoint, broke into homes and hijacked cars — among other crimes. John C. Cates, 19, is being held in the DeBaca County jail [...]

Fiesta of faith continues at St. Helen’s

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Helena Rodriguez The four-day fiesta of faith at St. Helen Catholic Church draws to a close today, but not until after another full day of celebration, which will include the crowing of a queen and princess at noon. Today’s event will also include food and game booths, Christian music and a game of soccer at [...]

St. Helen Fiesta mix of faith, fun and food

Helena Rodriguez People can get well fed — spiritually and physically — at St. Helen Catholic Church’s annual Fiesta and Car Show which begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday and continues with daily activities through Sunday. The four-day fiesta of faith will feature “good food, praise and preaching,” according to Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of [...]

Gras remembers as kind, sincere

By Tony Parra Adelene Gras was as kind and sincere as the smile on her face revealed, her son Herman Gras said. Moreover, daughter Mary LeClear remembers her mother as being understanding, positive and non-judgemental. “She was a very loving person,” LeClear said. “She never had any bad things to say about anybody. She was [...]

Jury indicts man accused of vehicular homicide

PNT Staff A grand jury in Portales on Thursday returned an indictment against a Roswell truck driver who is accused of driving drunk and causing an accident that killed a two-week-old boy. Brian Moshier, 40, is accused of homicide by vehicle involving driving while intoxicated, knowingly leaving the scene of an accident result in death, [...]