My turn: Cranes provide home away from home

When Charlie and Martha Crane of Portales sit down today for Thanksgiving dinner, they don’t know exactly who will be there to join them, or if they’ll even share a common native language. In fact, odds are they will not. For the past 20 years or so, the kind-hearted Cranes have extended an open invitation […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Video games, fire rules and a good play, Charlie Brown

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video game of the week The latest from our own game specialist Jenna Zamie. Game: Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar Genre: Strategy System: DS What is it? The latest installment in the Harvest Moon series of farm sims.ESRB Rating: Everyone Web site: http://www.natsume.com Fire rules In […]

June 7 On the Shelves

Fugitive By Phillip Margolin After rescuing the warden of a state penitentiary during a prison riot, Charlie Marsh, a petty thief and con man, becomes a national hero. It doesn’t take long though before he is wanted again, suspected of killing a United States congressman. Charlie flees for home to face his murder charge, after […]

Trader Horn’s True Value marks half century in business

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Charlie and Norma Horn opened a small bargain store in Portales in 1958. Over half a century, the business has evolved from a small bargain and surplus store to a hardware store, and today, a home center. Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware — now owned by Max and June […]

College celebrates homecoming

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A circus atmosphere was prevalent as clowns, jugglers and circus-themed floats participated in the Eastern New Mexico University homecoming parade Saturday in Portales. Floats were festooned with balloons and streamers in colors of red, yellow and blue. Spectators lined the street and children picked up candy thrown from the […]

Planet Kevin makes its second orbit

By Kevin Wilson It’s not often I write two columns about something, but sometimes inspiration sends you an e-mail. During the summer, I did a column on “Planet Kevin,” a fictional planet with rules set to my values of common sense. It was loosely based on a standup comedy routine from Charlie Viracola called “Planet […]

Nov. 23 Obituaries

Earl Long, 80 Earl A. Long, 80, of Portales, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on Jan. 29, 1924, in Colgate, Okla., to Eva and Sanford Long. He served during World War II as a paratrooper in Europe. Following his military service, he married Clarice Cochran in […]

Sept. 8 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael There was a little more rain on Saturday night, so it was a Godsend on the fresh green wheat sprigs emerging from mother earth. It sure was nice on the seeds that are being sown now in other fields. It would be nice if could all be done in a day when […]

Planet Kevin worth the effort

By Kevin Wilson I was talking with a coworker recently, regarding the Mega Millions lottery that somebody won, and I thought about Planet Kevin. What’s Planet Kevin, you ask? Even if you didn’t ask, you’re about to find out. But I’m getting ahead of myself … back to the lottery story. The news report said […]

Family remembers special loved one

By Michelle Seeber Tamara Smart Smith, 28, who lived in Portales the last year-and-a-half of her life, was the mother of a daughter, Hailey Towler, of Artesia. She was a friend to her “special sisters, Misty, Sunnidae and Sandy Taylor” and to her “special mother,” Mary. But most of all, she was happy, family members […]

Lucero preached honesty, respect to sons, daughters

By Tony Parra Charlie Lucero, a music-lover, was best defined by family members as a giving, hard-working man with a great sense of humor. Lucero died on March 7 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Trementina to Juliana and Gasper Lucero. “He raised us when my […]

Obituaries 12-21

Imogene Taylor, 99 Mrs. Imogene Taylor, 99, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born April 26, 1904, in Gail, Texas, to Lula and Charlie Benjamin Morrison. The oldest of six children, she was baptized in the Church of Christ at an early age and was a faithful […]

South County News

Charlie Carmichael Area farmers are all busy in some way from planting overdo repairing or replacing sprinklers that were recently destroyed in area storms. The Corbins at Arch have their windows all replaced and are getting other repairs done. I’ve not heard of others besides the Davis family east of Arch who were as badly […]