Storm victim recounts time spent in rubble

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished [...]

Mental health services available for tornado victims

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers These wounds cannot be seen or felt or touched. But they are just as painful as those that can. Mental health officials said victims of Friday’s tornado can endure the same emotional effects as soldiers in wars. And the mental toll of surviving a disaster can be triggered weeks [...]

Tornado victim assistance

Freedom Newspapers • The Salvation Army is asking that all households whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Friday’s tornado go to the Curry County Fairground to complete a pink form. Restoration materials — including saws and tarps — are available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: Red Cross at 763-4129 or Salvation [...]

Zias get pounded at New Mexico

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Eastern New Mexico University’s foray into Division I Tuesday night didn’t go too well. The Zias scored first, but by the second inning they were out of contention and were handed a 19-2 pasting by the University of New Mexico. ENMU (20-18), which had won seven of its previous eight games, [...]

Highlands Cowboys crush Greyhounds

Freedom Newspapers LAS VEGAS, N.M — New Mexico Highlands had a run on the board before getting a hit on Tuesday against Eastern New Mexico University. That was certainly bad news for the Greyhounds. Once they started raking, the Cowboys pounded out 26 hits and rolled to a 24-5 rout in a non-conference clash. All [...]

Former coach spurred alumni

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer A familiar face returned to the Greyhound Stadium sidelines Saturday for the first time in more than a year as coach of the Eastern New Mexico University football alumni team. After the game, a 28-20 loss for the alumni, former ENMU defensive coordinator and former Portales High School head [...]

Floyd names Citizen of the Year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A strong passion and love for music, along with his howdy neighbor attitude describe Dave Nash, the 2007 Floyd Citizen of the Year. “I was ultimately surprised. I couldn’t believe it,” Nash said. Not expecting to receive the award, Nash stated that when the information about the recipient was [...]

Tornado claims life of Clovis woman

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Heleneta Blevins died the way she lived — surrounded by what she held most dear, her family. The 90-year-old Clovis resident passed away in her eldest son’s home around 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to family members who removed her from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family [...]

FEMA arrives to assess damage

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers It could take up to a month to decide if Curry County government agencies and residents qualify for federal aid, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials said. FEMA officials arrived in New Mexico on Tuesday to assess the damage left by a string of tornadoes that devastated areas of Quay, Roosevelt [...]

Residents should feel obligated to donate

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I was renting a movie a few weeks ago, and the clerk asked me, “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Muscular Dystrophy Association?” That evening, I agreed and the clerk told me to write my name on the card “so people will know what a sweetheart you [...]