Independence Day’s is going to be a blast

By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Explosions of color will flood the skies this July Fourth in celebration of the nation’s 230th year of independence. Lucky for locals, they won’t have to travel far to see them. Clovis, Portales, Elida, Ute Lake and Sumner Lake will all hold events for this year’s Independence Day holiday. Clovis […]

Dry conditions, fireworks make for nervous mixture

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer With dry conditions and bans on some types of fireworks in place, local fire officials are nervous about the possiblity of fires while vendors are concerned that business may fizzle. Eric Segovia, the manager of two Segovia Fireworks stands in Portales said stands are going to have to go […]

Chamber officials ask for fireworks donations

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Firework fund-raising has already started and Roosevelt County Chamber officials are looking to raise enough money to reach their goal of $8,000. Roosevelt County Chamber Manager Sharon King said as of Thursday they have raised $5,000. “I’m hoping they will have a really good time,” King said. “Allan (Silvers) […]

No fireworks ban in Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Fire Department and other city officials will be reinforcing public awareness on the drought conditions and the dangers of fireworks, but have elected not to place a ban on the selling of fireworks. “I think in talking with Charlene (Hardin, county administrator) we feel we need to have […]

Mock council session evokes serious thought

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The possibility of no fireworks this year saddened some of the Portales High School and junior high students, but they were able to pass a recommendation during a mock city meeting to allow for a city fireworks display show. The Portales students held a mock city meeting Tuesday afternoon […]

Officials urge citizens to party responsibly

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Out with the old and in with the new. Area residents will be celebrating the start of a new year tonight, and local officials are urging citizens to “party responsibly.” Lt. James Schoeffel, public information officer for the Clovis Police Department, said New Year’s Eve will be safe and fun for […]

July 6 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The reunion in the Milnesand Community Building last Sunday. There were about 60 or so present for a meal and activities. Wesley McAfee was present and had charge of bringing a message from God’s word. He has retired from his regular church pastoring and he has moved back to Portales. Bro. Lewis […]

City celebrates freedom

By Kevin Wilson They gathered together with coolers and portable chairs, 14 in all. They had come from Clovis, Portales and Amarillo — and gathered to celebrate their independence. While in wording it might have seemed like a contradiction in terms, that’s just what one particular group did as part of its annual tradition at […]

Holiday means freedom … from eyebrows

By Bob Huber When Independence Day — the holiday, not the movie — rolls into town each year on a Wal-Mart truck, I always remember the launching of America’s first intercontinental ballistic missile. That singular event established once and for all that children should never play with matches. It began one summer when my friend […]

Communities gathering to celebrate fourth

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County residents will be celebrating the red-white-and-blue traditional holiday throughout the July Fourth weekend. Residents can view the fireworks display sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce via donations from residents and the lodger’s tax fund on Monday. Sharon King, Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce manager, said the […]