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 […]

Religion column: Today is the best day of your life

Time was created for man. In God’s eyes there is no time. He always was and always will be. He is the great ”I Am.” Yet our time is limited. Time is too precious to waste it. Children grow up and leave the nest. Did we spend precious time with them? Our grandparents and parents […]

McGee: No shame in taking help

This is a message for the young man who came walking down the street the other day and offered to lend a hand as The Lady of the House and I were unloading a massive computer desk we bought at a yard sale. Hey amigo, thanks for offering a hand; it turns out we needed […]

Leave loving memories

Oil painting has caused me to see the world differently. I find myself studying clouds and landscapes. I like to see the tumbled down houses and barns as we travel along the highway. I wonder what stories they could tell of days gone by. How did they live their lives? Did they leave their home […]

Roosevelt County holding appreciation day

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Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is holding a Cannon Appreciation Day on Saturday for local military personnel. The event will include live music, food and door prizes along with bounce houses and face painting for children “It’s very much a family event,” Chamber Director Karl Terry said. “The purpose is to show […]

Friday morning briefing: Fifth Friday, blessing the beasts and a reason for neckties

Good morning. The Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing is the best way to start your day: Celebration Fifth Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. today features special sales at stores open late, food and entertainment in downtown Portales. Information: 356-8541. Hot cars There’s a car show 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Shopping Center in […]

Birthdays —

Winfrey Look who will be 80 on Oct. 8. Come help Sandy Winfrey celebrate his special day. Oct. 8 from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. at 5100 S. Prince St., Clovis — Submitted by Jimmie Lou Winfrey

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 […]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

Grant McGee: Don’t bet on winning big

I got busted the other day. The Lady of the House found out I’ve been spending money on lottery tickets. Actually it wasn’t so much that I got busted as I told her. “Oh well we didn’t win the $20 million last night,” I said. “I didn’t know we were buying lottery tickets,” she said […]

My turn: Entertainment of sorts

Alisa Boswell My new regular daily pastime now consists of learning a little bit more every day about how to run a newsroom. I’m sure for anyone else watching or for veteran journalists, it would probably be entertaining and somewhat amusing to watch, and as for me, it would definitely fall into the category of […]

Sept. 12 — Dora news

Graduation accessories being sold Jerry Clark of the Balfour Company will visit juniors and seniors at noon Wednesday in the library. Clark will be taking orders for class rings, caps, gowns and other accessories for graduation. College Day scheduled Dora juniors and seniors and counselor Delores Baca will attend College Day at Eastern New Mexico […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron was 17 years old and attending high school in Denver when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. It was a day that cemented his resolve to join the military and become a firefighter. “I try to take a step back every […]

Worry, fear gripped local residents on day of attacks

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Sharna Johnson Clovis shared in the fear and tension that gripped the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorist attacks created a sense of vulnerability that struck close to home for the community, in more ways than one. The tone was one of worry and fear as people around the U.S. watched in horror and […]

Grandmother’s angel visited one more time

Grandparents Day is Sunday and it reminds me of my dear grandmother. Of all the memories one stands out I will never forget. Granny lived along the highway during the depression. I cannot count the many lonely travelers she fed. A lonely, hungry soul walking down the highway moved Granny’s heart of compassion. Maybe the […]

Labor Day origin mystery

It’s Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end of summer. I’m not ready to give up summer but I’m sure ready for the thermometer to start acting like it’s fall. Most of my life I’ve never had Labor Day or its bookend holiday Memorial Day off work. In the newspaper business we’ve always been expected […]

Working holiday

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By Sharna Johnson Working on Labor Day is no big deal compared to other holidays, according to Eastern New Mexico University junior Adriana Soto. It was a little different when she worked July 4, was rushing to leave work, left her friends waiting and almost missed the fireworks. “That affected me,” the 21-year-old said with […]

Residents share Labor Day plans

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Alisa Boswell This weekend celebrates Labor Day, which means it’s the last weekend for local residents to enjoy a three-day holiday weekend in summer weather. Some Clovis and Portales residents are taking the weekend to get things done around the house while others are traveling over Labor Day weekend. But whether staying home or heading […]

Zias gain split in first day of Lady Buffs tourney

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University rallied from a two-games-to-one deficit Friday to edge Adams State 25-12, 23-25, 14-25, 27-25, 19-17 in the season-opening Lady Buff Classic volleyball tournament, hosted by West Texas A&M. Earlier, the Zias lost to Missouri Western 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18. ENMU finishes play in the event […]

Barrel racing this weekend in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The second annual Double Dash barrel race will be held Saturday through Monday at the Curry County Events Center in Clovis. Officials expects more than 200 contestants each day. Admission is free. Information: (806) 488-2144 or visit www.CBTProductions.com