Deployment, squadron reach final days

By Tech. Sgt. Steven Wilson: 36th Operations Group Public Affairs Andersen Air Force Base, Guam —The 522 Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed from Cannon Air Force Base has wrapped up the final deployment for their squadron here and, ultimately, the 27th Fighter Wing. The 522 Fighter Squadron, known as the Fireballs, are being inactivated upon their […]

July 5, 2006

• Methamphetamine use was reported to be the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, while offcials reported that meth users in Roosevelt County was down. • Portales received word that they would soon have their own unit of the New Mexico State Guard Company. The unit, Company A, will report […]

Texico mom: Parsons in hospital before

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Texico woman who had a baby in January at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center’s Lakeside Campus says she repeatedly encountered suspected baby kidnapper Rayshaun Parson during her stay. LeBeth Crisp, a mother of five whose youngest daughter was born Jan. 9, said Parson told her she was visiting a friend […]

Clovis hospital confident with baby security plan

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers A spokesman for the parent company of Plains Regional Medical Center said Monday he is confident in the modern approach the hospital takes to prevent infant abductions. PRMC has had infant safety measures in place for five years, according to hospital officials. “While the Lubbock incident has created a higher […]

‘I just wanted to get married’

Hubert Griffith speaks with Tech. Sgt. Charles Jenkins and MSgt. Kimberly Justice shortly before his induction into the Airman Leadership School Hall of Heroes Feb. 2. Sgt. Jenkins is an ALS flight instructor and Sgt. Justice is the ALS flight chief. Greg Allen Former POW newest Hall of Heroes member It was 1940 and all […]

Hospital board addresses expansion

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A proposed Roosevelt General Hospital expansion project would include building a new emergency room and a wing of private rooms. Discussions during Tuesday’s hospital board meeting also included expanding its medical/surgical and intensive care units to be self-contained. Cooper Medical Building representatives spent Tuesday meeting with department heads to […]

Baby boom

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By Marlena Hartz Snuggled inside the hospital is a place that brings babies, such as tiny Jensen Cross, into the world. Less than 24 hours old, Jensen almost disappeared Friday beneath a blanket in the arms of his mother, Kristin Cross. Of her three boys, Jensen is the second Cross has delivered at the Plains […]

27th Security Forces Airman earns DoD honors

Janet Taylor-Birkey The young lieutenant didn’t think he stood a chance. Even his father, a 20-year master sergeant, didn’t think he stood a chance. It wasn’t because he wasn’t good. As the only lieutenant out of five finalists he was at the top of his game. But he was competing against a captain who was […]

Clovis resident killed in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died Friday from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while serving in Habbaniyah, Iraq, a news release […]

27th Fighter Wing history spans four decades of service

Men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing form a 27 in front of F-111 jets on the flightline of Cannon Air Force Base.F-111’s were at Cannon from 1960 until 1999. courtesy 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office (Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series) The history of the 27th Fighter Wing spans […]

Portales receives its own State Guard unit

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer With the recent upgrade of the Clovis unit of the New Mexico State Guard from company status to battalion status, Portales will receive it’s own unit, Company A, which will report to Clovis as will Roswell’s Company B. Right now, there are a handful of Portales troops in the […]

More funding comes for broadcasting center

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members on Monday approved the issuance of state bonds to purchase equipment and furniture among other items for ENMU buildings. The $1.35 million for Eastern New Mexico Universities in Roswell, Portales and Ruidoso was allocated by legislators from state financing through severance tax revenue bonds. One […]

Leave it better than you found it with AFSO-21

Maj. Matt Powell Two years ago I wrote an article for the Mach Meter and advised readers to “Leave it Better Than You Found it.” To support that advice I described the following scenario: You just arrived in your new shop at your new base of assignment. You walk in on your first day, full […]

Jail bonds hit snag

By William Thompson County commissioners tabled a vote on an ordinance Tuesday that would allow for the issue of a 20-year gross receipts tax revenue bond for a projected $3.3 million addition to the Roosevelt County Detention Center. County commissioners will meet again today at 4 p.m. to vote on the bond. The bond was […]

Police briefing from Dec. 16

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation into the homicide of 30 year-old Laura McNaughton. To further update the media, please be advised that approximately four additional search warrants were served in Curry County today. This makes approximately twenty search warrants that have been served throughout […]

Church members reach out

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A contingent of Portales church members went to the hurricane-ravaged areas in south Texas and Louisiana intent on giving the victims food, shelter and above all, hope. Members from various Baptist churches in Portales and Clovis were in Louisiana and south Texas to help out victims who were seeking shelter, […]

Local combat veteran honored on ALS Wall of Heroes

Col. (ret) Gabriel Bartholomew is presented with a shadow box by the Airman Leadership School students and members of the 27th Fighter Wing, friends and family. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon’s Airman Leadership School inducted another in a growing number of local combat veterans to its Wall of Heroes in a ceremony Oct. 28 at […]

Sept. 21 Veterans’ Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers M.C. Kelly Date of birth: Sept. 14, 1918 Dates of service: 1942-1969 served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam Hometown: Bellville, Kansas Theater and location of service: Europe, based out of England Branch: Army Air Force Rank: Lieutenant colonel Unit and Specialty: Fighter pilot, 376 Squadron in the 361st […]

Sept. 4 Veteran Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. World War II profiles are compiled by staff writer Sharna Johnson. Contact her at 763-6991 or by e-mail: sharna_johnson@link.freedom.com […]

Veteran Profiles, Sept. 2

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Marshall Vinson Date of Birth: March 17, 1924 Dates of service: April 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Motley County, near Matador, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of service: Europe, Italy Branch: Army Rank: Pvt. 1st class Unit and specialty: 10th Mountain Division, Mule Packer After discharge: Motley County […]