Guns flying off the shelves with election in balance

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Guns are flying off the shelves at local gun shops, according to gun store owners. Store owners said the election and the possible victory of Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is driving up gun sales. R&S Gun Shop store owner Larry Reeves said Obama would push for tighter […]

Oct. 17, 1954

Dick Gravel, a part -time clerk at a local department store, was paid back a quarter, which he loaned two years earlier to a customer who did not have the change to finish paying for his merchandise. “I’ve been looking for you for two years,” said the customer.

Sept. 27, 1951

“Hey Moms — Want to Park the Kids?” Gambles Funny Book Table ran an ad in the Portales Tribune encouraging parents to leave their children at the store where there were books for their enjoyment while the parents

Clovis convenience store robbed

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis convenience store was robbed at gunpoint Sunday afternoon, according to Clovis police. Just before 5 p.m. a male suspect pointed a gun at a clerk at the Allsup’s at 14th and Norris streets and demanded the money in the cash register, according to a press release. He told the clerk […]

Hollywood comes slowly but surely for Portales native

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer It may surprise many Portales residents who frequently browse the latest new releases at their favorite local video store, that they can actually rent a movie, or a television show featuring an Eastern New Mexico University theater alumni. But if your local video store of choice is Landall’s Box […]

Trader Horn’s True Value marks half century in business

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Charlie and Norma Horn opened a small bargain store in Portales in 1958. Over half a century, the business has evolved from a small bargain and surplus store to a hardware store, and today, a home center. Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware — now owned by Max and June […]

Calton Furniture closing doors after decades

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer After nearly half a century of friendly customer service, quality merchandise and family savvy, Calton Furniture will be closing its doors. There is no certain date yet for when the store will close. Co-owner Sharon Davis says that will happen when all the pieces are sold or the entire […]

Arrests made in year-old Clovis murder

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Vassie Salisbury said she had given up hope anybody would be arrested in her son’s homicide after 13 months. However, Clovis police hadn’t given up, and on Wednesday charged three city men with murder in her son’s shooting death. “I feel a lot happier, the 76-year-old Sailsbury said Wednesday […]

Burger King making comeback

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales can begin preparing for the return of the King — Burger King that is. Roger Simer, who recently reopened Burger King in Clovis is now working hard to get a restaurant open in Portales. They hope to have the former Burger King location at Second Street and South […]

Clytie Calton remembered as independent, full of life

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Clytie Calton “lived” life until she died. One of Clytie’s granddaughter’s Jill McCall said her grandmother had made the statement about living until she died to a friend and at first McCall didn’t understand it until the friend told her that she was talking about her independent lifestyle, which […]

Dec. 18, 1947

• Bicycles were advertised for $42.50 and up at Kelt and Van Schoyck’s Gamble and Western Store. • A 14 ounce bottle of catsup was advertised in a grand opening at for Furr Food Store two for 29 cents. • Causey’s Tomcats defeated Three-Way 34-26 in basketball and was ready to host Rosedale.

Dec.16, 1947

• Portales residents contributed 1,700 pounds of cheese, 1,500 pounds of flour and several hundred pounds of Portales peanuts to the “Navajo Brotherhood Caravan,” a charity drive for the Navajo reservation near Gallup. • The Furr Food Store was advertising the opening of its new store at 422 E. State St. in Portales. • The […]

Stores tickled black

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Electronics Boutique Games sold out of video game consoles within five minutes of opening on Black Friday, according to Store Manager Bill O’Shea. Located at North Plains Mall, the video game store along with other stores at the mall opened at about 6 a.m. Friday. Some Clovis retail store […]

Area businesses react to recent toy recalls

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Actions in China set in motion a series of recalls that affected children, their parents and the merchants they deal with across the United States. A series of toy recalls, mostly due to lead content in paint, shook consumer confidence across the nation, but had varying effects for Clovis […]

Quilters gather at annual festival

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Volunteers and vendors alike were busy among the kaleidoscope of colors and patterns that were on display during the second annual High Plains Quilt Festival, held at the Memorial Building. “We’ve really enjoyed coming to Portales. The people have been so nice,” said DeeAnn Adams, owner of Country Store […]

Aucutt’s Paint Store opens in Portales

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer In business since 1939, Aucutt’s Paint Store recently opened a second location in Portales. The grand opening of the store at 604 East Second was Tuesday afternoon. The family decided that the Portales area needed a specialty paint store and purchased the property that formerly housed My Little Red […]

Convenience store chain Town & Country sold

Staff and wire reports CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Convenience store operator Susser Holdings Corp. said Friday it will acquire privately held convenience store chain Town & Country Food Stores for $361 million in cash. Town & Country operates 168 convenience stores in Texas and New Mexico, incluidng 28 locations in eastern New Mexico. Town & […]

Former financial advisor falters

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist A few weeks ago I went to the commissary with my five children. Going to the grocery store with all of them isn’t easy, so when my husband deploys I often go to a small and extremely expensive store that is very close to our home. But on this particular […]

Portales gains new retail, rental store

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership, offering a variety of furniture, electronics, computers and appliances, opened its doors Friday on South Avenue C in Portales. A grand opening is planned later this month, according to store officials. Store manager David Phillips comes to the brand new store from El Paso, […]

It’s their job: Tressie Stroud

Name: Tressie Stroud Job: Co-owner, along with her daughter, of NoWhereElse Unique Gifts Time on the job: The store opened in November 2005 Background: Has worked as a bookkeeper for Parks Plumbing since the early 1980s. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Managing a gift store Q. What is a typical day on the […]