ENMU piano student set to compete

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By Celena Cordova, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University music performance major and international Chinese student Chenggang Wang loves competition, and his drive for competition helped him win first place in the Young Artist’s Piano Competition for New Mexico at the beginning of this month. According to a press release, Wang is now preparing […]

Former Hound recalls Olympic competition

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By Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: Freedom New Mexico is doing a series of stories on Olympians with ties to eastern New Mexico. The 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was just another place to run for Rex Maddaford.“It is an amazing experience and many get taken in by the whole idea of being […]

Brooks wins national music competition

By Janet Bresenham, Freedom New Mexico When B.J. Brooks was a little boy in Portales, he often spent weekends side by side with his grandmother Lucille, who loved to play the piano. “He wanted to learn ‘Home on the Range,’ so I used masking tape on the keys and numbered them on two octaves,” recalled […]

End-of-school scheduling conflicts still plague Portales High School

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter While the goal of many high school students is to graduate and receive that coveted high school diploma. Some Portales seniors will have to make a tough choice about their high school graduation. This year the seniors qualifying for state on the Portales Rams track team will have to […]

PHS choir is runner-up in state competition

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A state-wide choir competition had never been held in New Mexico until this year. Portales High School’s choir took advantage of the chance to compete and came away as the runner-up in Class 3A.

Cheer squad now no cause for concern

By Anita Doberman This past weekend I attended my oldest daughter’s first cheerleading competition. Actually, it was also my first cheerleading competition. I arrived at this event with mixed feelings. Cheerleading has been a big point of contention between my husband and me. Unfortunately, while he agreed to let our daughter be part of a […]

October 19, 1986

• The Portales Junior High School cheerleaders brought home the first place trophy for their performance at the Eastern New Mexico Cheerleading Competition. Team members Brandi Amundson and Donna Rogers were selected as “Shining Stars” during the competition. • A one pound box of Zesta crackers was on sale at Parkway Supermarket for 98 cents […]

High Plains Junior Rodeo begins today

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than 8, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

‘Bombs’ away

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Airmen from nine Air Force bases displayed their skills in two separate competitions Friday morning at Cannon Air Force Base. Eight of the bases represented, including Cannon, fall under the 12th Air Force, which is headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Airmen from Hurlburt Field in Florida also […]

Fists and feet of fury

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Keene Brown is like most 13-year-old boys. He works hard in school, helps his family on the farm and loves annoying his older sister. But there’s something different about this Portales boy — something revealed by that dark length of cloth wrapped around his waist. Keene is a first-degree […]