Births — Aug. 8

Potter Brogan Wade Potter was born July 21, 2010, to Jason and Amanda Potter of Shallowater, Texas, at Covenant Lakeside in Lubbock. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Grandparents are Don and Linda Essary of Floyd; and Tom and Claryce Gainer of Levelland.

Sixth ‘Potter’ movie conjures fans

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico North Plains Cinema 7 assistant manager Manuel Romero will not tell any secrets about the sixth Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” But he says Wednesday — the movie’s release day — was busy. “It’s been pretty good,” Romero said between taking payment for tickets. Romero [...]

Harry situation

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By Tony Gutierrez and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Local bookstores threw parties Friday night to mark the launch of J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter book series, with many residents anxiously awaiting its release. Managers of Hastings in Clovis and Barnes and Noble in Portales invited local fans to wait with [...]

Safety major concern at public pools

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By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Public swimming pools are a hot spot for children to spend their summer days. Safeguards, including lifeguards and fences, border the area, but the element of danger is never far away. Rough play, falling, stubbed toes and novice swimmers venturing into water over their heads are some of the more [...]

Wireless Internet comes to eastern New Mexico

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The latest commodity to arrive in some eastern New Mexico cafes isn’t coffee-bean inspired. It’s called wireless Internet, wireless fidelity or Wi-Fi for short. In many booming metropolises, the service, which allows consumers to log onto the Internet without a cable or telephone connection, arrived long ago. Eastern New Mexico is [...]

Let’s put an end to curses, internet chain letters

By Helena Rodriguez If you don’t download this column from our newspaper Web site immediately and forward it to 12 people, you will be struck by lightning. Then as you get up and try to walk away, a bulldozer will run over you. Wait, that’s not all. Before you take your last breath, your lover [...]

Rattlers shaking county residents

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Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, who [...]

Meaning of Memorial Day lost on many

Rick White Somewhere between the time Jim Cowman was growing up in rural Michigan and his return from a tour of duty in Vietnam, the meaning of Memorial Day changed. Cowman, 65, cites a decline in patriotism and a more complex world as reasons why he thinks the national holiday honoring those who died while [...]