Jury selection in Portales homicide trial begins

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man accused in the killing of an elderly Portales couple whose bodies were found stuffed in the trunk of a burned car. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and evidence […]

City officials expect water service to be restored this afternoon

Karl Terry, Portales News-Tribune Managing Editor UPDATE According to Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department, residents should have water within the next 90 minutes. Crews that are on site of the water break that occurred on Sunday evening have completed installing a valve and pipe to fix the break. Crews are know in […]

Four selected to LSC academic team

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Three baseball players and one softball player have been chosen to represent Eastern New Mexico University on the Lone Star Conference South Division all-academic teams. The baseball players are junior third baseman Derrick Kennedy of San Antonio, sophomore pitcher-outfielder Seth Clabaugh of Portales and sophomore outfielder Clayton Young of Canyon, […]

ENMU signs soccer player

Freedom Newspapers Taehoon Kim, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound goalkeeper who is from Seoul, South Korea, has signed a national letter-of-intent to play soccer at Eastern New Mexico University. Kim, who will be a junior at ENMU, played at Phoenix College last season and helped the Bears post a 15-6 record. He was an honorable mention all-conference […]

Portales couple promenades way into hall of fame

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If there is square dancing in heaven, James Pettus is probably calling one right now. The Portales resident, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, and his wife Wanda were the heart and soul of square dancing in eastern New Mexico for three decades, according to local square dancers. […]

Floyd bids adieu to graduates

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — Moments after watching her daughter receive her high school diploma, Kathy Hale’s eyes welled up with tears when she talked about the child she once taught in a home-school setting. “I’m very, very proud of her. She’s come a long way,” Hale said. “It’s just the beginning […]

Elida seniors celebrate graduation

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Seven Elida teenagers have closed the book on one chapter of their lives and are about to set sail on another. Ron Haley, Brandy Hudson, Tanner Kube, Daniel Lee, Alicia Cross Smith, Lindsey Ward and Caleb Widener comprise Elida’s seven member class of ‘07 and Saturday was their night. […]

Murder trial set to start

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers An Albuquerque jury will decide over the next six weeks whether a Portales man is responsible for the deaths of an elderly Portales couple in March 2005. Jury selection starts Monday in the death-penalty case of Stanley Bedford, 43, and lawyers expect to begin arguments May 29, the Tuesday following […]

Graduation season prompts advice

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For me, high school graduation was extremely anti-climatic. I was glad high school was over and ready to move on to something new. Little did I know 30 years ago just how many graduations I would attend over my lifetime. I was focused on getting that one done so […]

Some comfort to be found in child-like faith

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother, Nonna Dela. She lived so close to my home that I could see her balcony from our windows, and would often yell on top of my lungs, “Nonnaaaa, come outside to see my outfit,” in the early morning hours, […]