Local volleyball teams ready for action

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Portales Lady Rams will have to overcome a heavy hit from graduation to top last year. Meantime, the Clovis Lady Wildcats are still striving for the blue trophy. Portales was pushed to five games by Pojoaque last November before nailing down its fourth Class 3A state volleyball title in […]

Deactivation of 27th Wing tough pill for some

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The sleeves of his stiffly starched camouflage uniform are adorned with two stripes. The navy blue double lines identify Coty Miller as an Airman first class in the U.S. Air Force. Miller, 20, who enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduating from high school in Florida two years ago, […]

Causey/Lingo folks reunite

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer After some initial hesitation about moving to Causey, Maureen Kennedy felt at home in the small town in southeastern Roosevelt County. Now nearing the century mark, the 97-year-old former school teacher has not missed a single Causey/Lingo reunion since the event began in 1989. “I’m just sticking out here […]

Back-to-school scramble going well during tax-free holiday

Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Bargain hunters flocked to Clovis and Portales stores this weekend to take advantage of the state’s second tax-free holiday weekend. Randy Dayhoff, owner of Randy’s Shoes, said his store has done really well during previous tax holidays with customers looking for back-to-school items or even just back-to-work shoes. “It (tax-free holiday) […]

Patience: Virtue well worth learning

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers How long does it take to learn a lesson? Sometimes it takes quite a few years. The lesson for me this past week was in patience — something I’ve handled well at times and not so well at other times. I’ve trained college interns all summer long at the newspaper and […]

Positive thinking really takes practice

Anita Doberman: Guest Columist I recently finished a great book by author Susan Jeffers called “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.” I don’t usually read self-help books, but enjoyed Jeffers’ book, and found her description of “the chatter box” very applicable to my life. The chatter box is a person’s negative and habitual voice […]

Parents should be more involved in preventing teenage drunk driving

Editorial Victims of burglaries or violent crimes have long complained that police are never around when you need them, that they seem to be too occupied addressing victimless crimes or that they too often have to play babysitter to unsupervised youth who are creating a nuisance. One case in point in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley […]

Holiday not too taxing

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Editors note: Freedom Newspapers has agreed not to publish the last names of the children in this story by request from the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. Juggling an armful of clothing, a cell phone and four shopping lists, Sandi St. Clair took a break from her back-to-school […]

Day Trip: Hillcrest Zoo

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Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis offers more than 500 animals including buffaloes, reptiles and a white Bengal tiger, according to zoo officials. The zoo sits inside a 140-acre park, with plenty of activities to make for a day trip, according to Zoo Director Herschel Arnold. “The zoo’s got primates. It’s got cats, got bears. A lot […]

DA: Furlough far too long

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers