CHS students take to stage with production of “The Elephant Man”

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers Equipped with professionally-created special effects, and a crew of approximately 30 determined drama students, the theater department of Clovis High School will present “The Elephant Man” Nov. 7-9 at the Lyceum Theatre. Widely known as the elephant man in the 1800s, John Merrick was stricken with a disease believed by […]

Housing proposal questions crop up

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Opinions on the idea of an affordable housing project in Portales appear to be mixed among builders and real estate professionals with some saluting the idea and others favoring a free-market approach. Led by Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., city of Portales officials have been studying an affordable housing project […]

Threading memories

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Laura Merrick proudly and carefully displays the two 1860s vintage antique quilts that were made by her paternal grandmother, Martha Jane Land, and reflects on their importance. Completed through a struggle and made entirely by hand, Merrick says the quilts are a precious memento that has been handed down […]

Greeks pool talents

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By Casey Peacock:PNT Staff Writer Tucked away in various locations throughout town, organizations are preparing floats for Saturday’s Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming parade. Combining forces, the Chi Omega Sorority and Kappa Sigma Fraternity are hard at work building their float at an undisclosed location. Chi Omega President Malia Rummell said the two organizations joined […]

Causey/Lingo reunion ready to reminisce

PNT Staff Most people living in eastern New Mexico these days may not remember the heyday of the communities of Causey and Lingo. Many may not even know where they’re located. But this weekend they’ll be the main topic for more than 200 people with ties to the two rural communities. The Causey and Lingo […]

Merricks open Ashley Furniture store in Portales

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By Tony Parra June Merrick said one customer entered the Ashley Furniture store this week and said, “It was like she left Portales and entered the big city.” The furniture store has undergone a complete facelift and employees made the transition into the new store this week. Monday was the first day the locally-owned furniture […]

San Jon girls hang on late to post victory

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT staff writer DORA — In her first experience as a basketball coach, San Jon’s Kristi Cargile learned the game, like many other sports, can be one of inches. Danielle Lee led the visiting Lady Coyotes with 19 points, and San Jon held off a dominant performance from Dora senior Rana Terry […]

Factory Direct expansion to double store’s size

By Tony Parra Store representatives said customers will have a better idea of what their house will look like once more showrooms are added to the Factory Direct furniture store in Portales. June Merrick, co-owner of Factory Direct furniture, said she is hopeful for having expansion complete at the furniture store by Jan. 2. Merrick […]

Cow dumping on rise

By Marlena Hartz Dust storms, blowing tumbleweeds and reckless drivers are normal nuisances associated with highway driving in eastern New Mexico. Now Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher says we can add one more to the list — cow carcasses. “We have increased incidences of dead cattle being dumped on right-of-ways and highways. It’s mostly Holsteins […]

Dec. 28 Obituaries

Hank Merrick Mr. Hank Merrick, 68, of Causey, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, in Causey. He was born on March 13, 1936, in Horse Springs, to Thelma and Robert C. Merrick. In 1954, near Magazine, Ariz., he graduated from high school and later returned to Causey. On Mar. 4, 1958, in Portales, he married Marcelle […]