A century in Elida

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A rich heritage stemming from the early days of the railroad and homesteading are the foundations that the community of Elida has been built on. A century of heritage will be celebrated during the Elida Centennial that is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday. Many families of […]

No surprise for coaches, Rams get snubbed again

By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Nobody gave the Portales Ram football team respect all season, so why start now? Despite shocking many by winning Class 3A football runner-up status, just one Ram made the All-State first team. “I shouldn’t have been shocked after the way the north seeded us (seventh in the state playoffs),” Ram […]

Food bank suffers shortage

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is caught in a food crunch that is gripping food charities across the United States, according to New Mexico Food Bank officials. The food shortage has halted food deliveries in eastern New Mexico and elsewhere, according to officials. “We are in a […]

Elida still perfect, into state semi’s

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Even though Elida has beaten Fort Sumner three times this season, the Vixens won’t get any sympathy from Lady Tigers junior outside hitter Janice Taylor. Taylor helped Elida fight off a spirited upset bid by Clovis Christian in Thursday’s Class 1A state quarterfinals at Tingley Coliseum in the […]

Hunger growing problem

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The number of people visiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters is growing, according to the executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Nancy Taylor said a survey showed more than 89,000 people a month sought help last year in Curry and surrounding counties. “The numbers (of […]

Child-rearing is anything but boring

By Anita Doberman: Local Columist USA Today published an article about a freelance writer, Helen Kirwan-Taylor, who wrote an essay on how her children bore her to death, and how she would rather do anything than spend time with them. Having five children, you can imagine I had many thoughts after reading this article, not […]

Book deadline approaches for Elida centennial

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The deadline to submit stories or photos for an Elida Centennial Book is June 1. The book is scheduled to be released in June 2007. Elida was incorporated July 3, 1907. Shirley Cater of Elida said she spoke with former and current Elida residents during the Elida all-school reunion […]

Obituaries for May 24, 2006

Lori Dawn Taylor Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Steed-Todd Chapel. Lori Dawn Taylor, 40, of Texico, died Sunday, May 21, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1966, in Clovis to Tom and Stephanie Cox. She married Leonard F. Taylor on Feb. 4, 1988. Family members said she was a loving wife, mother, […]

Obituaries (Dec. 10)

G.R. Shirley Services: 2 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel G.R. Shirley, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at his home northeast of Portales. He was born Nov. 1, 1922, Quay County to Lucille and James D. Shirley. He contracted polio at the age of 9 months, and spent much of his younger years in […]

Food bank prepares to collect items

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is asking Clovis residents to leave out more than their trash today. Volunteer drivers will cover Clovis looking for bags of non-perishable food by mailboxes and curbs, for the food bank’s third annual holiday canned food drive, according to Food Bank director Nancy Taylor. […]

Jones, James, Morris, and Taylor Obituaries (Nov. 1)

Mike Jones Services: 2 p.m. (MST) Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Wolfforth, Texas. Michael “Mike” Edwin Jones, 56, of Wolfforth, Texas, died Oct. 31, 2005, at a Lubbock hospital. He was born Dec. 19, 1948, in Portales to Arthur and Jewell (Woodward) Jones. He graduated high school from Roswell Military Institute. He received a […]

Cannon team claims win at world tourney

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers A crew of bench players, an MVP, and some late-game heroics helped a Cannon Air Force Base men’s softball team recently take home a military world tournament. The USSSA tournament is an annual event pitting the best of the armed services has to offer against each other in an exhibition of […]

No charges filed in homicide case

PNT Staff Authorities said Tuesday that they are waiting on forensics results and have no set date on any charges being filed in connection with the shooting death earlier this month of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn. A warrant obtained in district court indicated that Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was identified as a person […]

Police: Arrest not related to homicide

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County officials investigating the death of Jimmy “Bo” Chunn have arrested — on an unrelated charge — a man they believe was in the vicinity of Chunn’s home about the time he died, court records show. Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was arrested for a probation violation on July 8, the same […]

6/17 Obituaries

Pauline Dutton, 58 Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Mrs. Pauline Dutton, 58, of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at her home. She was born on May 19, 1947, in Portales, to George and Ruth Taylor. She married Joe Mack Dutton on May 26, 1978, in Bovina. They moved to Hereford […]

5/29 Obituaries

Gus Byars, 90 Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Gus Byars, 90, of Portales, died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Nov. 20, 1914, in Tucumcari, to Mary and Augustus “Gus” Byars. He grew up in Tucumcari and Fort Sumner. He married […]

Kelly, VanWettering named to honor roll

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Erica Kelly and Kristen VanWettering have qualified for the 2004-05 Lone Star Conference commissioner’s honor roll in women’s tennis. Kelly is a junior from Stockton, Calif., majoring in biology, and had a 3.25 cumulative grade point average entering the spring semester. VanWettering, a Portales High grad […]

Feb. 13 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael Time marches on at the Dora School and the construction of the buildings show more progress every week. Those workers seem to be working regardless of the weather. Valentine’s day There is no school Monday but the school board will meet that night. Schedule Tuesday: Pep Rally, junior varsity and varsity boys […]

Business keeps memory of husband alive

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series about local business owners who have been with their respective business for five years or more. Margie Villalobos has been the owner of La Frontera Fashions for the past 13 years. She dresses the community by offering her customers a […]

Fire claims home of couple

By Tony Parra An elderly couple will be without their home this Christmas after a fire burned down their two-bedroom house late Wednesday evening. Portales Fire Department fire fighters responded to a call at 10:44 p.m. on Wednesday of a fire at the residence of 288 South Roosevelt Road U. Portales Fire Marshal Mike Running […]