Melrose Fruit Market changes ownership

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The Melrose Fruit Market was ripe for the picking once the long-time owners opted for retirement. The quaint country store, located on U.S. 60/84 in Melrose, was owned and operated by Delo and Ruby Stephenson for the past 40 years. Due to their advancing age and Delo Stephenson’s deteriorating health, […]

Back-to-school scramble going well during tax-free holiday

Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Bargain hunters flocked to Clovis and Portales stores this weekend to take advantage of the state’s second tax-free holiday weekend. Randy Dayhoff, owner of Randy’s Shoes, said his store has done really well during previous tax holidays with customers looking for back-to-school items or even just back-to-work shoes. “It (tax-free holiday) […]

Residents lodge odor complaints at public meeting

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Brian Bonebright, vice president of operations for Dairi Concepts, summed up his company’s position when he said “Our intent is to fix the problem (odor).” However, whether or not residents living near the plant believe him is a different story. Some of the residents said they have heard that […]

New sports bar planned for Portales

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By Tony Parra “Going to the dog house” may not be so bad starting in late May or early June. That is when Chad Heflin, co-owner, wants to have The Dawg Houze package liquor store open. Heflin, partner in the business with Susan Hamilton Dick, is helping with the construction of the package liquor store […]

Just swipe it and get on with it

The science fiction dream of a cash-free society is pretty much here these days. The little debit cards we all carry and the online bill paying software have even made checks nearly obsolete. Nearly, but not quite. There are still a couple of places in my life where I can’t swipe and enter my secret […]

Some of us are like TV characters

By Kevin Wilson My birthday is a little less than two months away. I’m just letting you know now, because I’ve never been an easy person to shop for. If you don’t believe me, I invite you to come along to my family Christmas vacations, which I’ll admit I haven’t always got to do on […]

Merricks open Ashley Furniture store in Portales

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By Tony Parra June Merrick said one customer entered the Ashley Furniture store this week and said, “It was like she left Portales and entered the big city.” The furniture store has undergone a complete facelift and employees made the transition into the new store this week. Monday was the first day the locally-owned furniture […]

City officials happy with GRT numbers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Higher numbers for gross receipt tax revenue than projected for the last part of the 2005 year alleviated fears for Portales city officials that the elimination of the food tax might hurt the GRT revenue. Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said in the last six months of 2005, GRT […]

Holiday shopping a little slow

By Tonya Garner The parking lot at North Plains Mall was nowhere near filled to capacity Friday. Inside, the mall was sparsely populated with seemingly relaxed shoppers browsing available merchandise. Mall employee Brandi Chambers said she believes gross receipts are down from previous years because consumers are choosing to shop online. Chambers, who was operating […]

Local retailers: Shop Portales during holidays

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Service and quality are high on the list of reasons to Christmas shop in Portales this year, according to local retailers. “Nine out of ten times, when you shop locally, you’re looking at the owner,” Danny Woodward of Woody’s Jewelry in Portales said. Woodward said in his case, especially, service […]

Santa Claus getup suits Manny just fine

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A childhood fascination and a $10 investment at Wal-Mart has led to a seasonal Santa Claus who doesn’t mind being a rent-a-Santa, or a jolly old St. Nick waving at passersby just because it’s Christmas time. Manny Gallegos is the smiling man in the red and white fur suit who […]

Local family opens kids’ used clothing store

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Roach family life is all about kids, so it’s only natural that when Karen Roach opened her new business reselling kids’ stuff she would name it All About Kids. Roach, who grew up in Portales and graduated at Floyd High School, opened the new store two weeks ago and […]

Portales teen starts business fresh out of high school

By Tony Parra Teen high school graduates set their minds on hanging out with friends, getting a job or going to college when they get their high school diplomas, but for one teen her mind was set on opening her own business. Crystal Martinez, an 18-year-old woman who graduated from Portales High School in May, […]

Factory Direct expansion to double store’s size

By Tony Parra Store representatives said customers will have a better idea of what their house will look like once more showrooms are added to the Factory Direct furniture store in Portales. June Merrick, co-owner of Factory Direct furniture, said she is hopeful for having expansion complete at the furniture store by Jan. 2. Merrick […]

Oct. 18 Obituaries

Syble Moore Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. Mrs. Syble Moore, 92, of Portales, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born July 15, 1913, in Derden, Texas, to Susan and George L. Blackshear. She married Curtis Moore on Dec. 23, […]

Local retailer going out of business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales business for 28 years, Southwest Books and Gifts announced today it will be going out of business later this year. John and Connie Pugh, owners of the store for the last 10 years said they just want to go in a little different direction with their lives […]

New store brings unique gifts to Portales

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By Tony Parra Owners of a new downtown business want to bring a uniqueness to Portales in the form of gifts and collectibles. Tressie Stroud is the owner of the new business, NoWhereElse, which will be located at 214 S. Main Street next to Herb’s Barber Shop. The NoWhereElse store will have unique gifts such […]

For some, hats more than weather protection

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By Kevin Wilson For some it’s a fashion statement, or maybe a statement of team allegiance. For others it’s just a way to protect against sunlight. For nearly everybody in the United States, there’s probably a hat to match. “Over the years, I’ve had all kinds of people ask for all kinds of things,” said […]

New meth law

Editorial City and county officials in Clovis and Portales passed an ordinance last week aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, the law misses its target. It will inconvenience sick people, can send retail-store owners to jail, and gives government a little better look into our private lives but, in the end, provides no more […]

New meth law nothing more than politics

Freedom Newspapers City and county officials in Clovis and Portales passed an ordinance last week aimed at curbing production of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, the law misses its target. It will inconvenience sick people, can send retail-store owners to jail, and gives government a little better look into our private lives, but, in the end, provides no […]