My turn: Don’t wait until it’s too late

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My parents had soul. I was listening to good music from the moment I was in the womb. My father is a jazz musician and professor and I play alto sax and sing. So considering my appreciation for music, you can imagine how torn I was when I heard the news of Whitney Houston’s passing. […]

Singing easy in theory

I like to sing, but surprise me in the shower or rip the headphones from my ears and sometimes it’s not all that pretty. My elementary school teacher, Mrs. Brazzell, tried, bless her heart, but music theory and actual skills never did stick with me. If you handed me a flute-o-phone I still couldn’t play […]

Proud American: Bin Laden’s death inspired youth minister to sing national anthem

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Sharna Johnson Sunday night one Clovis man was so excited to hear Osama bin Laden had been killed, he ran into his yard and sang the national anthem while waving a flag. “We had just turned on the news and caught it right before they actually confirmed the reports (and) I thought of a flag […]

Thursday morning briefing: Grab some green, sing a song and a quirky quote

Good morning and Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Grab a cup of coffee and take a relaxing read. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Wearin’ the green The Portales Public Library has scheduled a St. Patrick’s Day party for the whole family at 6 p.m. today. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to wear […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Sing out loud, sharp knives and an act of defiance

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Joyful noise Three Eastern New Mexico University groups are set to perform a holiday concert Friday and they need you. The Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers and University Singers perform at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center. Audience […]

Tuesday morning briefing: the largest pencil and something to sing about

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: the world’s largest pencil. Details Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the district board room. The meeting is open to the public. Something to sing about The Eastern New Mexico University annual Spring Choral […]

My turn: Black-eyed peas make chili sing

I wouldn’t have thought to put black-eyed peas in chili, but my co-worker, Victoria Garrett, does. Her recipe for Black-eyed Pea Chili is modified from a version in the American Profile magazine, and she suggested it for this column. The recipe is tasty and nicely spicy, and Victoria says it’s easy to make, which is […]

We must sing through life’s storms

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I love to hear the mockingbirds sing. One night I heard a mockingbird singing all night long through a terrible storm. Thunder crashed and lightning snapped. The severe storm raged. During the lulls of the storm, I heard the mockingbird singing as if nothing surrounded him. To me, it seemed […]

Dec. 3 Local Briefs

PNT Staff Report Church offers toys, clothes The Third and Kilgore Church of Christ is giving away toys and adult and children’s clothing 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The church is taking donations of clean, used toys through Thursday. Information: 356-8088 St. Helen sending goods to Juarez St. Helen Catholic Church is […]

Celebrate the joy that comes from Jesus

By Joan Clayton Today is the day to be happy and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy, “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10). You can do anything […]

Area teen to perform at celebration in Clovis

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Helena Rodriguez When Lucero Davalos walked away from a truck rollover near Floyd last September without a broken bone, she told Jesus to do with her life as he wanted. From there, the 17-year-old said things just seemed to fall in place when she began taking a more active role with her father Abraham’s Spanish […]

Teen wins FFA singing competition

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By Helena Rodriguez Students in FFA are traditionally groomed for a life in agriculture. One Dora High School student, however, hopes the program will open doors to another career. Allie Brooks, 15, recently won the state FFA Career Development Talent Show at the FFA state convention in Las Cruces. After beating out 14 other competitors […]