My turn: Farwell has hidden charm

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I drove to Farwell on Saturday to take a few pictures and I decided to wander into the Old Country Store for a photo opportunity. The only word I can think of to describe the store/cafe is charming. It definitely has a “good old country boy” feel to it with its homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits, […]

Jan. 22: Police blotter

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Alisa Boswell Samplings of recent calls made to Portales law enforcement, according to police reports: Jan. 14 At 8:35 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a Stripes convenience store. A store clerk told the officer he saw a customer put a bottle of Smirnoff vodka down his pants. When the officer asked the suspect why […]

Internet mishaps can’t be deleted

I went to a store recently to pick up a new CD. It wasn’t on the shelves, and I almost whined about the store’s failure on Twitter, along with my intent to stop shopping there for music … and a maximum amount of cursing. Fortunately, before I could grab my phone, I saw a cart […]

Some retailers pull cantaloupes after Listeria outbreak

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One Clovis grocery store has confirmed it was selling the type of cantaloupe health officials say is believed responsible for a deadly Listeria outbreak in New Mexico and Colorado. Albertsons Super-market Manager Bill Bargman said Tuesday his store was selling Rock Ford cantaloupes from the Rocky Ford region of Colorado. Bargman said he believes the […]

Herding chickens nothing to cluck about

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Tori Spelling says ‘The third pregnancy is for sure harder’

Pregnant Tori Spelling and Family Go Shopping

Jenny Schafer What are the must-haves for summer 2011? Just ask celeb mom Tori Spelling. The actress and best-selling author has handpicked the products of the season which are all available at her new store InvenTORI in Sherman Oaks, Calif. and on her website, www.torispelling.com/. When she’s not searching out the hottest items, the expectant […]

Savings savvy: Three ways to teach your kids about money

Paula Sirois This morning I implemented a new program with my kids: He or she who yells, pushes or screams has to put $1 into a jar on the shelf. At the end of the week, whoever hasn’t broken the rules gets all the cash. By this afternoon, I had already deposited $5, my son […]

ENMU briefs — June 29

Texbook rental program set Beginning in fall 2011, the Eastern New Mexico University Bookstore is set to offer a new, multi-channel textbook rental program. The program allows students to rent their textbooks for less than 50 percent of the cost of purchasing a new printed textbook. Students will be able to rent their books either […]

In search of ponies: A lot to chirp about

Sharna Johnson While I was waiting for my turn at the feed store counter, I couldn’t help but notice three large bins with heat lamps over top and the rabble of dozens of tweeting babies. Of course (as if there were any doubt) I stooped down to check the little fellows out and was amused […]

Feed prices on upswing

Sharna Johnson With steadily rising grain-based feed prices the future is hard to predict, but the one thing that is certain is costs are stretching budgets, especially for those who keep companion animals. Feed prices are driven by market values for agricultural products such as corn and grains. In the last 12 months, those commodity […]

Police: Gun report at Walmart unsubstantiated

PNT staff After searching Walmart on Monday, police discovered a report of a man with a gun in the store to be false. About 12:15 p.m., someone called dispatchers and made the report. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said officers secured the store’s occupants, stopped people from entering and searched the store. They found […]

Portales past: Feb. 14, 1955

Feb. 14, 1955: The Portales Daily News: The new Dunlap store in Lubbock, which was opened to the public today, was previewed over the weekend by S.M. Finney, manager of the Portales Dunlap store, and several others from the Dunlap store.

Video stores surviving

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Kevin Wilson Here lies the mom and pop video store. The eulogy’s been written numerous times, whether it was the conversion to DVD, the video rental kiosk, national movie rental chains or the little red Netflix envelopes. Yet there lies Talico Video and Book Exchange in Clovis, with a new coat of paint on the […]

Portales past: Oct. 26, 1952

Oct. 26, 1952: The Portales Daily News: Miss Elza Ramsey and Miss Alva Ramsey were on hand Monday morning to greet the visitors to their clothes store, “Mode o’ Day,” next door to First National Bank.

Second Stripes store location planned for November

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Argen Duncan A new Stripes convenience store is going up at the corner of 18th Street and Avenue D. Stripes Vice President of Marketing Rod Martin said in an e-mail that the new store is expected to open in late November and create 18-22 jobs. Portales already has one Stripes, at Lime Street and U.S. […]

Portales past: Aug. 18, 1955

Aug. 18, 1955: Tot Sadler of Elida assumed ownership of the former Wall and Son Feed Store.

Grocery store lawsuit settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico A lawsuit against a grocery store operated by former State Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, was settled out of court, Moore said. The suit was filed by the state’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of an applicant for employment at Ranch Market in Clayton. The $30,000 settlement, paid to the applicant, contains […]

Portales police investigating robbery

PNT Staff Report Portales police said less than $300 was taken in an armed robbery Tuesday at KC Express at 601 W. Second St. A man entered the store around 5 p.m., according to Chief Deputy of Police Lonnie Berry. The robber held a handgun, demanded money and a clerk gave him cash from the […]

Portales Past: May 5, 1945

May 5, 1945: White Auto Store held its grand opening at 115 SW State St. in Portales. J.B. Morrow was owner/manager of the auto parts and home appliance store.

Druggist became pillar of community

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist W. H. Duckworth, owner of the Duckworth Drug Company came to New Mexico in the year, 1908 headquartering out of the city while traveling his territory. In 1910 he became manager of the Southwestern Drug Store and remained in that capacity until 1922. Duckworth served his state as lieutenant governor […]