ENMU picks Smith as business dean

Freedom New Mexico Gene Smith, an assistant professor of accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems at Eastern New Mexico University, has been named dean of ENMU’s College of Business. His appointment is effective Jan. 2. He replaces interim dean Thurman Elder. “He has proven to be an excellent administrator and […]

Local schools to begin holiday concert series

PNT Staff Report Portales Municipal Schools begins its annual series of holiday concerts this week with a twist. According to Portales High School choir director and district fine arts coordinator Franklin Smith, this year’s concerts will include a promotion to provide prepaid phone cards for U.S. troops overseas. Smith said he became aware of how […]

11-11 Elida School News

FFA competes in creed contest Elida FFA members competed in the District IV Creed Contest in Clovis on Monday. The contest required students to recite the FFA Creed and then answer three questions. Thirty-five contestants from the eleven schools in District IV competed in the ninth-grade division. Amanda Cross-Smith won the contest and Autumn Thomas […]

10-21 Honors

Smith G13 Stand Out, showed by Greg Smith of Elida, won grand champion bull at the 2007 Keystone International Livestock Expo Angus Show Oct. 5, 2007, in Harrisburg, Penn.

Oct. 14 Honors

Thomas L. Musick of Portales registered the fifth most Angus beef cattle in New Mexico in fiscal year 2007, ending Sept. 30, according to a press release from the American Angus Association. According to the association, Robert and Mitzi Miller of Floyd ranked 10th in the number of Angus beef cattle sold during that same […]

Curry County manager resigns

Freedom Newspapers Staff Curry County manager Dick Smith has resigned, County Commissioner Robert Sandoval confirmed this morning. Sandoval said he received a call from County Commission Chairman Albin Smith on Thursday, who said Dick Smith had written a letter of resignation. Sandoval said he had no additional information. Attemps to contact Albin Smith and Dick […]

ENMU to honor Domenici

ENMU honoring Sen. Domenici during homecoming PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is presenting Sen. Pete Domenici an honorary lifetime alumni award during its homecoming breakfast on Oct. 6.  Also receiving alumni awards are Deborah M. Sawyer, founder, president and CEO of Environmental Design International; Clifton L. Smith, professor at the University of Georgia; and […]

Sept. 19, 1961

• Temperatures in Portales were recorded in the low 30s even though it was still summer on the calendar. • Montgomery W. Smith, received a two-year Army ROTC scholarship at New Mexico State University. Smith, a junior was studying mechanical engineering. • Charles Bennett, of Causey, won he showmanship trophy for the swine division at […]

Sept. 9 Honors

Smith Greg Smith of Elida has recently won numerous honors at Angus cattle shows across the country. On Aug. 14 a bull he co-owns, G 13 Stand Out on reserve grand champion bull at the 2007 State Fair of West Virginia Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show in Lewisburg, W. Va. On Aug 18 his […]

Clovis dentist no longer part of inquiry

The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A New Mexico dentist serving life in prison for murder is no longer a “person of interest” in the unsolved killings of several prostitutes in the Lawton area. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said James Smith, who once attended the University of Oklahoma, is no longer […]

Jones recalls times gone by

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elmer Jones jokes he can have a class reunion anytime he wants to because he’s the only one still living from his graduating class of 1931 at Portales High School. Quiet and unassuming, Jones recently celebrated his 95th birthday but the milestone isn’t slowing him down much. As a […]

Residents remember once bustling town

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A century of history and memories came to life in Elida as residents gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the community’s founding over the weekend. On Saturday, Elida School graduates, along with family and community members gathered in the high school gym to share memories, rekindle friendships and […]

Elida residents plan to showcase town’s history

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer One hundred years of history will be on display in several venues during the Elida Centennial on Friday and Saturday. Good’s Feed Store will be the site of an art show that will showcase work from artists that have lived in the area over the past 100 years, said […]

Elida fights hard, but loses in state semi’s

By Eric Butler, Freedom Correspondent Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. In a Class 1A state semifinal, Thursday morning in Los Lunas, Ward inserted reliever Caleb Widner in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team […]

Authorities: Dentist ‘person of interest’ in Okla. killings

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A local dentist serving a life sentence for killing a Clovis woman is considered a “person of interest” in connection with four unsolved homicides in Oklahoma, according to a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigators. Jessica Brown said Saturday that agents are investigating whether James Smith is connected […]

McNaughton case slated for feature on Court TV

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The case of a Clovis woman killed by a local dentist will be featured on a nationally televised crime show. In mid-April, family and friends of Laura McNaughton and local law enforcement participated in interviews and investigation reenactments and provided photos for the show “Body of Evidence: From the Case […]

Project provides senior citizens peace of mind

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By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Richard and Louise Smith value their independence, however, health problems and a string of attempted break-ins have left them worried about their safety. Peace of mind arrived for the retired Portales couple Thursday via the Newman Project, a senior safety program instituted by District Attorney Matt Chandler’s office. “I hated […]

Daylight-saving golf

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PNT Staff Report Zach Smith from Dora takes advantage ot the extra daylight hours and brushes up on his golf swing at the Portales Country Club Tuesday evening.

Cliff Cowgirls rope Elida Lady Tigers

By Eric Butler; PNT correspondent RIO RANCHO — Based upon results in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament, Elida’s followers might suspect that their Tigers would stand a pretty even chance with Cliff in the semifinals. But everything’s an inexact science in the state’s smallest classification, where teams from different corners […]

Dora edges Springer at state

By Eric Butler; PNT correspondent RIO RANCHO — After Dora’s thrilling 55-54 victory over Springer in a Class 1A quarterfinal game, Coyote Kyler Smith said he had heard of a famous NBA moment when Dennis Johnson stole a pass and fed Larry Bird for a winning bucket. Maybe Smith was just doing his best D.J. […]