Lady Tigers advance

PNT Staff Report ALBUQUERQUE — The toughest part of the Elida Lady Tigers (22-4) first-round match in the 1A state basketball tournament was apparently the bus ride back without a heater. The District 2 champion Tohajilee Lady Warriors (16-4) found themselves outmatched by District 4 runnerup Elida Friday in Albuquerque. Elida rode a 25-5 scoring […]

Parents who miss teacher conferences are not criminals

Editorial It had to happen. Now there’s a politician who wants to get the law-making process involved in the delicate business of teacher-parent relations. Rep. Wayne Smith, a Republican from Baytown, Texas, has filed a bill that would allow a $500 fine to be levied on parents who miss a meeting with their child’s teacher. […]

Graduates look toward future

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Amid cheering friends and family, 250 graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies at Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday. Sprinkling his commencement address with humor, KENW Director of Broadcasting, Duane Ryan, sent the graduates off with bits of wisdom and advice, as they […]

Smith prison bound

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. Laura McNaughton’s family had strong words for the Clovis woman’s convicted killer during a sentencing hearing Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Maria Beardmore, the victim’s mother, asked defense counsel to move so she could see James Smith […]

Dentist enters plea

By Sharna Johnston: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis dentist facing the death penalty in connection with the 2005 slaying of a Clovis mother has reached a plea agreement that will send him to prison for at least 57 years. In a barely audible voice from his seat at the defense table, James Smith answered “yes” as […]

Pursuit of death penalty OK’d

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists to pursue the death penalty in the first-degree murder trial of a former Clovis dentist. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker made the ruling after the prosecution presented testimony Monday […]

District 3-1A names all-district

Freedom Newspapers ALL-DISTRICT 3-1A VOLLEYBALL First team Elida: Lindsey Ward, Sr.; Lindsey Smith, So.; Alicia Cross-Smith, Sr.; Janice Taylor, Jr. Fort Sumner: Bree’Anna Lucero, So.; Racheal Chavez, So.; Kaylynn Johnson, Sr. Melrose: Zanessa Dodd, Sr.; Toni Burdine, Jr. Floyd: Alexis Benoit, Jr.; Blair Jaramillo, Sr. Dora: Audra Pinkston, So. Honorable mention Elida: Nicole Jasso, So.; […]

New evidence found in death penalty case against area dentist

Freedom Newspapers New evidence was discovered Tuesday in the death penalty case against a Clovis dentist accused of killing a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural ditch, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Members of the Curry County Major Crimes Unit found the evidence during a search at 316 […]

Caring companions

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Senior companions help their clients run errands. They alert doctors and relatives about health conditions. They act as caregivers when the need arises. Something else happens with senior companions — almost as an unwritten rule. They become friends. “I’ll (schedule some companions) from 8 a.m. to noon, but it doesn’t […]

Conservationists believe Ogallala Aquifer recharged through playa lakes

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Birds dart toward the edge of the great saucer-shaped depression and disappear in a patch of yellowed grass. John Wood stands in the middle of his concave field, and observes the flurry, amused. Some seasons, his field fills with water. This summer, a drought has caked the root-beer dirt, driven […]

Smith case counsel changes third time

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A third attorney has taken over as defense counsel in the death penalty case of a Clovis dentist accused of murdering a 30-year-old mother of two and leaving her body in a rural Curry County ditch. Also, District Attorney Matt Chandler told the court at a hearing Thursday morning he […]

One dies in crash

PNT Staff Report A one-vehicle rollover accident Friday near Portales claimed the life of an Illinois woman, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. The driver, Velma Joanne Smith, 72, of Granite City, Ill., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, the release stated. Passengers Jerry Talmadge, 62, and Marilyn Talmadge, […]

June 14, 2006 Obituaries

Jeffrey Townley Services: Have been held Jeffrey (Scott) Townley, 44, of Capitan, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Capitan. He was born on Nov. 24, 1961, in Portales, to Sam and Lela Jo Townley. He moved to Capitan in 1971 and attended Capitan schools. He graduated in 1980. He attended New Mexico State University. He […]

Politics not for sissies, but restraint would be nice

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The contrasts were sharp and painful. In last week’s primary elections, Curry and Roosevelt counties’ sheriff candidates promoted their integrity, their professionalism, their dignity, their church affiliations, their commitment to family and their caring for community. Some of those same candidates’ supporters, meanwhile, tore into opponents unchecked, without moral compass, […]

June 4, 2006 Floyd School News

Upcoming events Registration and First Day of School will be August 18th. A Honor Roll Brittney Burns, Carley Dement, Kelli Johnson, Adriana Abarca, Randi Hale, Hannah Love, Brook Reed, Hannah Benoit, Jordan Terry, Madeline Love, Tanna Whitecotton, Nallely Mendoza, Tait Nall, Tori Tucker, Jose Mendoza, Roberto Mendoza, Delta Navarette, Tessa Nall, Shelby Essary, Brandon Nunn, […]

City remembers its fallen

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A group of Portales residents assembled in the bright sun at the Portales Cemetery Monday to remember the country’s fallen soldiers with a Memorial Day ceremony sponsored by American Legion Post 31. With the lawn before them displaying white crosses representing the dead from each war America has been […]

Words are all we have to honor soldiers’ sacrifices

Editorial They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was serving […]

PHS grads celebrate success

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer After roughly 18 years of life and 13 years of schooling, Richard O’Hare said the Portales High School Class of 2006 is ready to face the world, but asked, “Is the world ready for us?” O’Hare’s classmates applauded his observation as he gave the welcoming address during the PHS […]

Smith hits right note

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer Portales High School choir teacher Franklin Smith tried to talk himself out of his music calling, but a college music professor told him he had what it takes to instill a love of music in teens. “I was at a crossroads. I was working as a server at […]

Portales choirs rate high at district

By Tony Parra, PNT Staff Writer Choir director Franklyn Smith said he was happy with the performances from the Portales High School and Portales Junior High choir students this week at district competitions, but it is the “journey” which makes him most proud. “It was a very good showing for Portales students,” Smith said. “My […]