Student donates 300 DVDs to troops

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By Alisa Boswell An Eastern New Mexico University student donated more than 300 DVDs for military care packages being sent by ENMU professor Patricia Dobson and her Clovis church, Westminster Presbyterian. Dobson said she posts on her Facebook account when items are needed for the military care packages. She said this she was asking for […]

Official: Investigation into jail death to be completed by Friday

Freedom New Mexico A report on the investigation into the death of a man in Roosevelt County jail should be completed by Friday, Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Wednesday. Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell Dec. 19 according to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin. Lewis, […]

Sheriff’s office investigating inmate death

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Freedom New Mexico Slightly more than 4 1/2 hours after he was in court Monday facing felony child abuse charges, Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell at the Roosevelt County jail, County Manager Charlene Hardin said Thursday. Lewis, 22, died Tuesday at a Lubbock Hospital in what she […]

Prisoner dies in Roosevelt County jail

A 22-year-old man in custody at Roosevelt County Detention Center died Tuesday afternoon following a suicide attempt, County Manager Charlene Hardin said. Darrell Lewis was flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock about 9:30 Monday night, Hardin said. Hardin said she would not provide any additional information until she receives an incident report from jail […]

Hounds, Hardin Simmons play to weather-shortened tie

Freedom New Mexico ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University and Hardin Simmons played to a 1-1 tie in men’s soccer on Tuesday, withthe match cut short by lightning and looming darkness early in the first overtime. Trailing 1-0, the Greyhounds (7-3-2) pulled even when junior foward Emerson Rodrigues scored nearly 18 minutes into the […]

Commissioners back off parking issue

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission voted 3-2 today to delay any decisions about Courthouse parking until a stoplight is installed at Main and Second streets. Commissioners Gene Creighton, David Sanders and Paul Grider voted for the motion to delay. Commissioners Jake Lopez and Bill Cathey voted against the it. Recent […]

County commission to vote on gross receipt tax increase

By Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Commission is scheduled to vote on a proposed new gross receipts tax at its meeting at 9 a.m. today in the County Courthouse. At the Jan. 6 commission meeting, County Manager Charlene Hardin brought the matter before the commissioners. If passed, the tax of one sixteenth of 1 percent […]

Commission considers alternate building plans

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission is looking at a change in plans for the proposed multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds. At the commission meeting Tuesday morning in the County Courthouse, County Manager Charlene Hardin said the proposed 63,000-square-foot metal building would cost $5.8 million, which was not a viable option. […]

Commissioners agree to water pipline modifications

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County commissioners agreed to modifications to a water pipeline construction plan proposed by the city of Portales. The pipeline, which would pass under a county road, would be used to reroute water in the event of water-line breaks, which have plagued the city in recent years. Roosevelt County […]

It’s Their Job, Melissa Hardin

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Hardin’s contract renewed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Following a lengthy executive session, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted unanimously to renew County Manager Charlene Hardin’s contract for four years. “We’re all extremely satisfied with the county manager and pleased with the work she’s done,” said long-time commissioner David Sanders. As a part of the contract, Hardin’s salary will […]

Gas leak cause of courthouse evacuation

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Courthouse was evacuated late Tuesday morning while a gas leak was being investigated, according to County Manager Charlene Hardin. The evacuation cleared the district courtroom where jury selection was in progress for the first-degree murder trial of Demetrio Salas, 21, and David Griego, 31, of Clovis. The two are […]

Pigs on parade

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Ten-year-old Daniel James hasn’t had an easy life but it was hard to tell Wednesday as the ruddy-faced youngster beamed to the crowd from the show ring where he was showing his first hog. Daniel was excited as his pig Donkey (after the ‘Shrek” movie character) was penned by […]

Commissioners adopt salary survey results

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday adopting the results of a salary survey that lays out guidelines for new pay scales across every department in the county. Commissioners passed a resolution earlier this spring adopting a pay scale, but rescinded it after learning chief deputy positions were […]

Grackles wreaking havoc at Roosevelt County Courthouse

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as dusk settles in each evening. According to Charlene Hardin, Roosevelt County administrator, the birds have gradually taken over the trees at the courthouse. They’ve been there since the summer and have […]

County lifts fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With little discussion, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to lift the county fire ban in place by proclamation since January. County Administrator Charlene Hardin recommended commissioners lift the fire ban because it had become hard to enforce since statewide bans, which the county proclamation referenced, had been lifted. […]

County returns to full fire ban

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer After hearing concerns from local area fire department chiefs at Tuesday’s Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners special meeting, commissioners voted to return back to January’s proclamation of a complete fire ban for the county. The motion was passed 4-1. County Administrator Charlene Hardin said after the stand-by amendment was […]

Jail bonds hit snag

By William Thompson County commissioners tabled a vote on an ordinance Tuesday that would allow for the issue of a 20-year gross receipts tax revenue bond for a projected $3.3 million addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County commissioners will meet again today at 4 p.m. to vote on the bond. The bond was […]

Women get day out

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By Tony Parra It was a day for the women to enjoy and learn beauty tips, personal development and health in Portales as part of the second annual Women’s Day Out. The Portales Women’s Club helped sponsor the event along with the Roosevelt County Chamber of Comerce, Freedom Newspapers and Dillard’s Department Store. A couple […]

Big day planned for Portales women

By William Thompson Portales women can sign up for five out of 30 classes offered March 4 at the second annual Women’s Day Out sponsored by the Portales Women’s Club, The Portales Roosevelt Chamber of Comerce and Dillard’s Department Store. The event will be held at Greyhound Arena from 8 a.m. to 3:45 a.m. About […]