Dec. 29 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael So far as I know the crops are all in and the farmers can start plans for another year farming, ranching and watching the winter wheat grow as the cattle fatten up grazing on it. Community shocked The Causey Community was shocked to learn of the sudden death of Hank Merrick a […]

Dec. 29 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael The snow was great for the Christmas season. I only saw one snowman but it was a pretty good one and lasted most of two days. Several senior citizens stayed in as long as it was so icy so I didn’t hear of any mishaps of any kind. Sympathy To Karen Skelton […]

Dec. 29 Obituaries

Blondell Decker, 83 Mrs. Blondell Decker, 83, of Clovis, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Health Care in Clovis. She was born on March 24, 1921, in Lamesa, Texas, to Cora and Alvin E. Jeter. She was raised west of Portales and attended school in Portales for much of her education. During the […]

Timeripper: Preventer of social errors

By Kevin Wilson I ask a lot of questions to people around the city — it goes with the territory. But every once in a while, I get a question thrown back at me. A few weeks ago, I was more than prepared to answer. The question is one we ask our Personality Plus subjects […]

PHS falls to Santa Fe in Stu Clark meet

PNT Staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Turnovers jumped up and bit the Portales High Rams on Monday. After scoring the game’s first basket, the Rams turned the ball over on five of their next six possessions and Santa Fe High went on to a 62-56 victory in the first round of the 51st Stu Clark […]

Lady Tigers advance to semifinals

PNT Staff ROSWELL — The Elida Lady Tigers outscored Roswell Goddard “C” team 23-4 in the third quarter to break open a close game en route to a 53-29 victory over the Lady Rockets Monday in a quarterfinal game of a tournament hosted by Goddard. Senior Adrienne Coe scored 17 points for the Lady Tigers […]

Donation numbers drop for Salvation Army

Freedom Newspapers The local Salvation Army raised $37,464.22 with its Christmas projects this season, officials said on Sunday. The total is about $5,300 less than a year ago. Capt. Tammy Ray said the difference can be blamed largely on wintry weather. “We had three days last week where we couldn’t get out (with donation kettles) […]

CAFB squad set for deployment

By Tony Parra CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hundreds of pilots, airmen and other Air Force officials on Monday geared up for an upcoming deployment overseas. The personnel will provide war-ready air combat, if the need of support in the Middle East arises. Col. John Posner spoke to roughly 300 members of the 523rd fighter […]

Lady Rams prevail over Farmington

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — It’s been a bit of a climb, but the Portales Lady Rams have reached the .500 mark. They did it by taking command early with a 17-2 run, then hanging on late to beat Farmington 42-36 in a Monday morning quarterfinal game of Clovis’ Plateau Holiday Classic. The Lady Rams […]

United Way campaign extends past deadline

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County United Way board members are still working on this year’s fund-raising campaign, according to a press release from Erinn Burch, executive director of Curry and Roosevelt County United Way branches. Burch reported the RCUW has raised $44,984, about 75 percent of the goal of $60,000. RCUW had collected $34,019 in […]

Teacher reflects on community help

By Bob Fabian Christmas for Carol Lang is a story of losing a granddaughter. Thanks to many Floyd community members, it’s also a story of how people come together for those in need. One of Lang’s 13 grandchildren, Ashely Renee Goar of Ruidoso, was born with congenital heart disease — Lang said Goar was born […]

Homicide rate rises in 2004

By David Irvin The number of homicides in Curry County and Clovis in the last five years has increased 10-fold, a trend law enforcement officials say is a product of heightened gang activity in the community. In 2004 there were nine homicides in Clovis and one in Curry County, making it top among law enforcement […]

Dec. 26 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County District Court: — Henry Graves, 45, pled guilty to larceny (more than $250) and will serve 18 months of supervised probation. The following marriage certificates were recently issued in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: — Gary Robbins, 54, and Rose Pechal, 44, both of Portales.

Christmas not about hype, but happiness

By Jim Lee We have another Christmas behind us. No more trying to remember Uncle Edgar’s favorite color for new suspenders or if your spouse’s grandma will take out her teeth at Christmas dinner and complain about the mixed nuts. Yesterday ended the panic, running out of tape at the last minute, and braving the […]

Poinsettia placement a problem

By Bob Huber When Christmas dust settles, I always face a colossal quandary — what do I do with the poinsettias? They never come with directions. In many cases, I don’t even know who sent them. To my way of thinking, they’ve turned into a national dilemma. Do I transplant them in the garden? Hack […]

Dec. 26 Obituaries

Viola J. Wiggs Mrs. Viola J. Wiggs, 90, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, in Amarillo. She was born Nov. 25, 1914, in New Mexico. She was raised in New Mexico and attended Texico High School. She married Melvin Lee Wiggs on July 25, 1935, in Clovis. He died in July of 1998. She […]

Rams look to build on Moriarty win

By Dave Wagner A heartbreaking, last-second defeat at Los Lunas on Dec. 17 left Portales High senior Chris Kirchner and his teammates seeing red. Kirchner scored 19 points and helped the Rams pull into a tie in the final minute, only to see Los Lunas’ Alex Stein hit a desperation 3-point bank shot at the […]

Eastern’s Elliott calls it a career after 48 years

By Dave Wagner If his health would let him, Eastern New Mexico University’s Bud Elliott would probably go on coaching forever. As it is, it wasn’t easy for the veteran coach — he turned 73 on Christmas Eve — to step down. Elliott spent 48 seasons as a high school and college head football coach, […]

Lady Rams meet Farmington in Clovis tournament

By Dave Wagner With three starters lost to graduation and facing the usual challenging schedule, Portales High girls basketball coach Brenda Gomez realized her team’s 23-4 record of a year ago would be hard to match. Still, she admits to being a bit impatient when it comes to gauging the progress of her 2004-05 squad, […]

Tivis a survivor, “walking miracle”

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By Tony Parra Friends and family members call Nancy Tivis, owner of The Fashion Girl women’s clothing store, “A Walking Miracle” and this Christmas their faith grows stronger in her and God because of her experience. Nancy Tivis is a survivor of a liver transplant which she had in April after her liver completely quit […]