Council OKs public hearing on zoning change

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Portales City Council is set to consider a request that would allow a barbecue restaurant to open in a residential area near Portales High School. At their meeting Tuesday, councilors voted to schedule a public hearing on a request to change the zoning at 1309 E. Amazon St. [...]

Police: Hittson beaten to death with rock

A witness described seeing his coworker beat a 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver to death with a rock after the two had an argument in the early morning hours Thursday. The witness, an employee of a Roswell milk testing company, said he, Brandon Barela and Ronnie Hittson had left a Clovis bar together and, “went to [...]

Greyhounds earn series split

Freedom New Mexico Designated hitter Jereme Johnson’s walkoff single capped a three-run seventh inning to help Eastern New Mexico University claim an 11-10 comeback win over Abilene Christian on Sunday at Greyhound Field. The win earned the Greyhounds a split with the conference-leading Wildcats, which grabbed a 7-6 win in the nightcap. The teams split [...]

Hounds earn split with Angelo

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University earned its second walkoff win of the weekend against ninth-ranked Angelo State on Saturday. Paden Vendrely drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh inning and pinch-runner Jeremy Johnson scored from first base when Angelo center fielder Isaac Garcia misplayed Ethan Wagner’s single, giving the Greyhounds [...]

Stabbing, shooting on Ross Street

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Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man and his stepfather were in stable but serious condition at a Lubbock Hospital Wednesday after stabbing and shooting each other, according to police. Ricky Johnson, 45, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, while his stepfather Hezekiah Shirley, 61, received a stab wound to the neck. Both men live [...]

Local Bataan death march survivor dies

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Physically, John L. Johnson changed during World War II. He was 119 pounds lighter than his normal 215 pounds and three years older when he returned from his ordeal as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II. But his personality defied the starvation, disease and [...]

Feb. 1, 2009 Weddings

Johnson-Moreno Robinson Sandra Johnson-Moreno and Oscar H. Robinson, both of Portales, were joined in marriage Dec. 31, 2008, at the home of Rose and Gary Robbins. Rev. Galen Issaacs performed the Christian ceremony. The bride is the daughter of the late Tom W. and Mary Ann Johnson of Portales. The bridegroom is the son of [...]

It’s their job: Justin Johnson, Fitness and More Gym owner

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Name: Justin Johnson Job: Owner of Fitness and More Gym Time: Ten months Background: Johnson moved from Raton to Portales to study accounting and business administration at ENMU. He plans to graduate this December. What does your job entail? I usually just try to keep the day-to-day operations going. I keep track of the bookkeeping [...]

College business major purchases local fitness center

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University senior Justin Johnson is starting a local business, while wrapping up his education. Johnson, originally from Raton, is the owner of Fitness and More, a gym on the downtown square in Portales. He opened up the newly renovated sweat box in early December. Several years [...]

Barbecue can be healthy

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By Liliana Castillo Justin Johnson said it doesn’t take much to change a backyard barbecue into a healthy meal. “Instead of using hamburger meat, use ground turkey,” Johnson suggested. “It’s a lot leaner and is high in protein. You can also get turkey hot dogs.” Johnson is a certified personal trainer in Portales and makes [...]