Family, friends remember Elida teen killed in crash

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Christina Calloway An Elida teenager killed in a crash Friday is remembered as a beautiful and bubbly girl with a big heart. Britt’ny Mowell, 17, died at a Lubbock hospital from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover crash outside Elida. “She loved everybody, everyone became her friend,” said Mowell’s sister, Mollie Crow. “She was […]

Following God’s guidance gives the heart peace

A brand New Year awaits us. Let’s resolve to put zest in it. The past is gone and a new beginning is here. Refuse to let life happen to you. You can happen to life. I am reminded of how a tiny grain of sand in the soft body of an oyster can be a […]

Elections, selective breeding same process

Humans always have taken to heart God’s behest to “have dominion” over all the animals. They practiced artificial selection in their breeding programs in order to produce what they thought would be better animals. They kept rabbits that had long ears and cows that happened to have no horns. Sure enough, sometimes those choices showed […]

Compensation for vets expanded

More than 84,000 Vietnam veterans afflicted with heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia are drawing disability compensation today thanks to a decision by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to expand the list of ailments presumed caused by exposure to herbicides, including Agent Orange, used during that war. Another 74,000 veterans have claims pending, […]

My turn: Fears pondered after dad’s accident

To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The saw bounced back from his […]

In search of ponies: Passengers ride at own peril

Sharna Johnson Only the strong of heart ride with me nowadays. Even still, those brave enough get the disclaimers: • He could run up your leg, if so I’m sorry in advance • Close your purse tight — not that I would mind if he hitched a ride home with you • I can’t guarantee […]

Monday morning briefing: Where to wear your heart, financial aid and here come the 70s

Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing.Fast Valentine fact In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned on their sleeves for one week. Thus, the expression “wearing your heart on your […]

Love comes straight from heart of God

Residents honored at chamber banquet

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Argen Duncan Three members of a Portales family found themselves on stage, honored for their community service, at the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Thursday night. Gaynelle and Leroy Thomas received the Warm Heart of the Sunbelt award, while their son, Don Thomas, was named Workhorse of the Year. Also, speakers said Portales […]

Libertarianism true love of freedom

How does a kid grow up in a deeply conservative background, and become libertarian? Probably by taking those teachings to heart and realizing there can be no double standards without compromising the principles he was taught. By internalizing the lesson that if someone is doing something you believe they shouldn’t be doing — unless they […]

Politicians extortionists at heart

It may have been Will Rogers or Mark Twain. I cannot now recall which of the two great American humorists it was who said all politicians are criminals. But it makes no difference because when something is true, its source is not the main issue. Fact is, politicians are extortionists at heart. Their forte is […]

Let peace rule in your heart

Life is full of wonderful treasures, and God blesses in so many ways. Things can be enjoyable, and we are grateful, but they really belong to God. We really don’t own anything when we are born into this life or when we leave it. Yet we can own a wealth of precious memories while here […]

Our people: Heart of the city

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Isidro Garcia, 80, has been an active resident in Clovis for more than 50 years. He served as Clovis City Commissioner for six terms.

Claims should be filed now

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B cell leukemia should file claims now with the Department of Veterans Affairs for disability compensation, not wait until VA publishes a regulation officially linking these diseases to wartime service. Advocacy groups are urging the swift filing […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Snow’s coming and time to pay up

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Heart jumping If you pledged money for Jump Rope for Heart…it’s due today. Several Clovis elementary schools are participating in the fundraiser as part of American Heart Month. Students participating in the fundraiser find sponsors to pledge payment for jump time. Zia students jump Friday; […]

Heart conditions now compensated

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The cost of war — on veterans’ health and taxpayer wallets — will loom a little larger in the new year when the Department of Veterans Affairs issues a final rule to claim adjudicators to presume three more diseases of Vietnam veterans, including heart disease, were caused by exposure to […]

Christmas is in your heart

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Here we go again. It’s getting a little boring, but I am still going to say, Let’s forget these two words, “politically correct.” Excuse me, but I’m getting tired of hearing “someone may be offended.” Hey, this is our country and we love the land of the free! I will […]

Services set for Elida chief

Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday while hunting Elk around Ruidoso. According to a news release, a firefighter’s funeral is tentatively set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Elida High School Gymnasium. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was farmer and worked with the youth ministry for a […]

Portales author wins award

Freedom New Mexico Darynda Jones of Portales has received a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for Best Paranormal Romance Manuscript for her story “First Grave on the Right.” Jones received the award last Saturday in Washington, D.C. “It’s very surreal,” she said. “I never thought it would final in the first place.” Jones […]

Rep. Paul’s call for federal audit on right track

Freedom New Mexico Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul has used his newfound prominence (coupled with deep concern over the ongoing financial crisis) to push for a measure that has long been close to his heart. Paul, whose spirited campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last year elicited a great deal of enthusiasm and intensity but […]