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Friendship Rebekah Lodge Friendship Rebekah Lodge met Tuesday at the IOOF Hall with Vice Grand Earl Scott presiding. During the meeting Wanda Scott was elected representative with Evelyn Calder as alternate. They will represent the Lodge at the Rebekah assembly in Farmington in September Vicky Howard will be lodge deputy. The Rebekahs will be having […]

Ex-ENMU coach still bears pain of ex-player’s death

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When Earl Diddle saw the news Sunday night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, his first thought was of his daughter Colby. She was doing a fashion shoot in Manhattan when two planes hit the World Trade Center nearby. “They didn’t realize what happened until the second plane hit,” said Diddle, women’s basketball coach […]

Last of Conchas Dam builders to be honored

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico When Earl Flint was a boy, his toys all had wheels. “I was all about machines and how they would change the world,” he said. And they did change his world 75 years ago when he was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help build Conchas […]

Portales Past: May 9, 1955

May 9, 1955: Workers prepared to build a parsonage for the Assembly of God church at 519 S. Ave. A. The Rev. Earl G. Vanzant participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking.

My turn: Not everyone can stomach Thumper

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I got my first taste of country life with my grandfather, Butler Earl “Smitty” Smith. He was a wise and funny old man. Smitty liked to hunt, fish, go four-wheeling and hang out with his buddies at a local diner in Catersville, Ala. He taught me a little about […]

Former Greyhound coach discuses life and basketball

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Earl Diddle loves traveling, unless it happens on the basketball court. Diddle began his lifelong career in basketball before he can remember. He took his first coaching job as head coach in his hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio, at the age of 23, coached men’s basketball at Eastern New Mexico University for 10 years and […]

Have you been feeling a little Haggard?

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers He claims he’s just a common man. But yet he is revered as a musical legend by many across the globe. Merle Haggard is not just an Okie from Muskogee, but a man who puts life to music and music to life with songs such as “Mama Tried” and “Everybody’s […]

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 […]

Parkinson played hand he was dealt

By Laurie Stone Earl Parkinson of Roosevelt County had been a rancher all of his life. Growing up, he was shy and timid, but as he grew older he was known as being honest, easy going, and hardworking. “He was a happy man,” said Wilma Parkinson, Earl’s wife. “He was liked by everyone, loved ranching […]