Statewide children in need of families

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer As far as the Wofford kids are concerned, they chose their parents. When they needed a permanent family, three of the five children decided they wanted Sherill and Alan Wofford of Portales to become their parents. So they called and made the request. Unbeknownst to the children, the Woffords […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]

The day the music (almost) died

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I wanted to shuffle. My music player wanted to click and whir. These things never end well. And so, I prepare to deal with the death of what has been one of my best friends over the last three or so years. Yes, a music player may not actually […]

Pastor follows calling

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David Bennett has been a pastor for the Church of Christ (3rd and Kilgore) for eight and half years. Why did you choose to be a pastor? From the time I was twelve years old it is all I ever wanted to do. It probably had to do with my upbringing. It also had to […]

Jennings wins Senate clash

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Although most of his fellow Democrats wanted to replace Tim Jennings as the state Senate’s president pro-tem, the Southern New Mexico conservative held on to his post Monday with the help of Republicans and a handful of Democrats. The outcome of the leadership struggle, in which the more progressive […]

Always best to think for yourself

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I wanted static, but got the word of God. The radio in my car broke, though no fault of mine (in case the warranty people are reading this). I made a call to get it replaced. No problem, they said, and it would be great if I could come […]

Voters deserve real life scenarios

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When Barack Obama was in his neighborhood, plumber Joe Wurzelbacher said he wanted to buy a business, and it could be subject to a tax increase should Obama be president. He asked why Obama wanted to tax him, and Obama answered the question. Soon after, Obama and John McCain debated, […]

Area residents make sports connections with fantasy football

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Clovis resident Dan Booth was at the Cowboys-Eagles Monday night football game Sept. 14 at Texas Stadium. Booth is a die-hard Cowboys fan who wanted the Cowboys to win the game — but he also wanted Philadelphia running back Brian Westbrook to have a big game. Such a scenario […]

Debate team numbers spike from offseason recruiting

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Word of mouth travels fast, especially within the walls of Portales High School. When PHS students heard that four members of their debate team competed in the national competition last spring in Las Vegas, Nev., many more wanted to participate. The club went from a little more than a […]

‘Most Wanted’ episode delayed

Producers have decided to delay an America’s Most Wanted episode featuring this week’s escape from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. District Attorney Matt Chandler said the Fox network show plans to air the episode Sept. 6 instead of today as previously announced. Crews were in Clovis this week filming footage for the weekly show, […]

Wanted: Two college soccer coaches

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will have two new soccer coaches for the 2008 season. Women’s coach Travis McCorkle was named Tuesday as the women’s coach at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. ENMU and Angelo State are both members of the

Pot plants found at Clovis home

Freedom New Mexico A search for a man wanted on drug charges resulted in an arrest and the discovery of more than 100 marijuana plants growing in the backyard of home in Clovis. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office said investigators had received a tip that Jarrod Martin, 25, was staying at the home. They found […]

Inner peace comes from faith in God

By Joan Clayton I heard a story about an artist who wanted to create a painting that depicted “perfect peace.” If I were to think about painting a picture of perfect peace, I would probably think of a man in a boat fishing on a placid lake with not one ripple on the water. Yet […]

Torres second area man profiled on ‘Most Wanted’

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Noe Torres is the second fugitive from the Ninth Judicial District to be featured by America’s Most Wanted, according to the show’s associate producer, Jena Naranjo. And show producers are confident the exposure will result in an arrest like it did the first time. Naranjo said America’s Most Wanted’s […]

Anybody seen my car?

My dad always wanted me, his “spotter,” along on deer hunts because in the woods I’m the one who sees the deer first. Also, if we park our vehicle and walk awhile I’m the one who knows which ridgeline we hunted and even what tree we parked beside. But I cannot find my car, even […]

Man surrenders on gas theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A 54-year-old man wanted in connection with gas thefts in the Grady turned himself in to authorities Friday, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Robert “Bobby” L. Daniel turned himself in at the sheriff’s department around 1:30 p.m., Waller said. Daniel is accused of stealing a total of 465 gallons of […]

Soldier home for holidays

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers All Rebecca Blacklock wanted for Christmas was a phone call from her son, Ryan, who was serving a tour in Iraq for eight months. But what stood on her door was better than any gift she could ever receive: A bouquet of roses and Ryan, holding them. Her son, a […]

Petty maneuvering delaying budget for fiscal year

If your family or business operated this way it would soon be shunned by creditors and suppliers. But the U.S. government operated without a budget for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, until now, thanks to petty and sometimes incompetent maneuvering. But this institution that can’t keep its own house in order has no […]

Portales takes crown

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — Portales is once again championship central when it comes to Class 3A state volleyball. The Lady Rams defeated Las Vegas Robertson Saturday afternoon at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center in four games, to solidify and cement Portales’ state volleyball legacy in recent years. “(Our seniors) […]

Portales Sun Devils headed for Nationals

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A dozen 10-and-under girls softball players were brought together earlier this summer to extend their softball season and to have some fun along the way. Now, after winning the 10-and-under state tournament in Clovis last week, this group of girls are headed to the National Softball Tournament in Lubbock, […]