Teen wins FFA singing competition

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By Helena Rodriguez Students in FFA are traditionally groomed for a life in agriculture. One Dora High School student, however, hopes the program will open doors to another career. Allie Brooks, 15, recently won the state FFA Career Development Talent Show at the FFA state convention in Las Cruces. After beating out 14 other competitors […]

ENMU fourth in preseason football poll

Freedom Newspapers Traditional football power Texas A&M-Kingsville is expected to continue its dominance of the Lone Star Conference this fall as the Javelinas have been picked to win the league’s South Division, according to the annual preseason poll that was announced Friday morning by conference officials. TAMUK, which has shared the past two South Division […]

Youngsters honor troops with humor

Gary Mitchell Although they made their public debut Saturday, the members of the Clovis Patriotic Kids’ Choir say a kazoo-playing career is not likely in their future. The six-member song-and-dance troupe opened the “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration” festivities with kazoo number with “Sir Duffy” Moon of KSMX Radio. “They pretty much handed […]

Schlenker has a kind heart for kids

This is the first in a series of profiles on 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. J.R. “Chick” Schlenker’s daughter, Patsy Neely, described her father as a true example of what a good person should be. “He is a man of high integrity and high moral standards of living and helps mankind,” Neely explained. Schlenker […]

Sant prepares for third time at nationals

By Kevin Wilson Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. Tuesday’s story featured Lynde Orcutt, while Wednesday featured Brittany Bennett. Responsibility’s nothing new to Jaci Sant, and neither is the National High School Finals Rodeo. Sant, a […]

Bennett can focus solely on cutting this year

By Kevin Wilson Editors note: This is the second in a four-part series on the Portales Area Rodeo team representatives in July’s National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington. The first story featured Lynde Orcutt. Brittany Bennett spent most of her time at last year’s National High School Finals Rodeo as a queen candidate. This […]

Good food, good friends at Juneteenth celebration

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Gary Mitchell The catfish, the music and the ribs were hot. The weather and the coming together of friends, family and community made Saturday’s Westside Juneteenth Extravaganza perfect, organizers said. “It’s a real good day,” said food chairman William P. “Pill” Hall. “This year, everybody’s eating good. We had plenty of food, and everybody’s really […]

Being lighthouses for Jesus

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Gary Mitchell Katrina Prince and her fellow workers have decided to build a lighthouse out of cardboard boxes to shine the light of God’s love in the desert. There’s a simple reason why. It’s all part of First United Methodist Church’s summer Vacation Bible School program to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday […]

Acosta aiding Ram summer baseball program

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By Kevin Wilson With the possible exception of the weather, every element is seeming to fall into place for Portales High’s summer baseball program. The Ram baseball program has returned after a two-year absence, thanks in most part to a former Ram and a former major league coach. Dusty Nusser, a 2001 graduate of PHS, […]

At least when it rains, it pours

David Stevens Gary Johnson was New Mexico’s governor back then. Saddam Hussein was still running Iraq. Area cotton gins were getting ready for a record-setting season. It’s been a long time since it’s been this wet in eastern New Mexico. Some areas around Portales have received close to 2 inches of moisture in the past […]