Wednesday morning briefing: Sons with songs, state titles and a blackout

Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday’s Freedom New Mexico morning briefing.

Dating sites let friends help friends

I was having a nice chat with a ranch woman in New Mexico. We wound up discussing children. Then the subject of sons came up. We noted the special relationship between mothers and sons. Cheri, the ranch woman, said that her son had been a dutiful cowboy ranch kid but had other plans for the […]

Reunion — July 18

Greathouse reunion The Greathouse reunion held their 54th get together on July 11 at the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative in Portales. There were two clans represented with 36 people attending. During visitation scrapbooks were viewed and family histories were exchanged followed by a potluck dinner with the invocation being given by Floretta Wood. Those attending […]

Our people: Nurse found her calling early

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Name: Rhonda Sparks Profession: Director of health services for Clovis Municipal Schools Birthdate: Nov. 30, 1961 Hometown: Grants, New Mexico Family: Sons Brandon, 22, and Craig, 15, and daughter Mariah, 17 Rhonda Sparks is also known as Mama Sparks. It all started when her oldest son’s friends started calling her Mama Sparks. The nickname trickled […]

Chandler vows to prosecute state corruption cases

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Surrounded by his family, District Attorney Matt Chandler said Thursday he intends to do the job Attorney General Gary King has failed to do. Chandler, a Republican and Clovis native, announced his bid for attorney general Wednesday in Santa Fe but a similar gathering in Clovis was postponed until […]

It’s their job: Portales man went from trucking to towing

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David Welch is owner and operator of A-1 Towing in Portales. Background: Welch grew up in Portales and graduated Portales High School in 1969. He and his wife, Pam, who does the bookkeeping for the business, have three sons and a daughter. Welch started in the trucking business right after high school. “I hauled cattle […]

A place to call home

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Randi Hales of Clovis likes camping, but to make a stable home for her sons, she believed a house — one she would own — was in order. She’s on her way to seeing that happen with help from Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. Hales, […]

God’s love is forever

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist The holidays are over. Tearful goodbyes are said. The house is strangely quiet. The pride I feel for our sons and the gratitude I feel for God is overwhelming. The dream that began so long ago in my heart has now become a reality. The boys are spiritual leaders in […]

Portales fathers and sons share the ‘love of the game’

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Sammy Villanueva and his twin sons Alex and Anthony won’t ever have a problem coming up with fun things to do together on Father’s Day weekend. Like fathers and sons across the country, they share a love of baseball. Sammy coaches his two 11-year-old sons with the Pirates in […]

CAFB parents publish kids activity list

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico Phil Lenfant and his wife, Col. Babette Lenfant, the 27 Special Operations Wing Mission Support Group commander, moved to Cannon Air Force Base last June with their three young sons. Last summer also brought a move to eastern New Mexico for Maj. Daniel and Brenda Dunn, who have two […]