Mailbox vandalism increases

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Mike Linn Roughly three miles south of Portales on New Mexico 206, a cluster of mailboxes look like they had a recent date with a Louisville Slugger. Two of the mailboxes were knocked clear off their post, and a few miles farther to the south one box was shattered to smithereens. Such vandalism to mailboxes […]

Proposed scholarship changes opposed

Michelle Seeber A year ago, the Finance Committee of the New Mexico House of Representatives proposed new requirements for the state’s Lottery Success Scholarship that would make it more difficult for college students to obtain dollars for tuition by raising the required grade point average from 2.5 to 3.0. The committee also recommended the dollars […]

Church offers holiday play

Darrell Todd Maurina First Assembly of God in Clovis is bringing back a tradition this year. For many years the church sponsored holiday drama presentations, and this year will be resuming that practice with a free musical drama at 7 tonight and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. “That’s the Good News,” a drama presenting the pain […]

Restrictions halt exchange program

Mike Linn Eastern New Mexico University officials are actively recruiting students from universities in foreign countries, especially China, something that has become increasingly difficult since 9/11. Eastern President Steven Gamble recently signed a World American Cultural Exchange agreement with officials from Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. The agreement will allow ENMU students to attend […]

Cheerleaders advance to national contest

Tony Parra The Portales High School cheerleaders are on their way to Orlando, Fla., to bask in the warm weather — and in their success — en route to the National Cheerleading Competitions at Walt Disney World from Feb. 6-10. The cheerleaders are out to discount the myth that cheerleaders are only dressed-up, pompom waiving […]

Light parade to wow city

Tony Parra If you’re in downtown Portales Friday night there’s one thing you almost certainly won’t miss — lights. Fire trucks, tractor trailers and even a horse will all be laced with holiday glow during the annual Roosevelt County Christmas Jubilee Light Parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on the corner of 18th Street and […]

Shelter renamed to honor community leader

Jack King Clovis’ shelter for victims of domestic violence will be renamed the Hartley House, after Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died in October after a long, on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley was the wife of 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley. The center’s new Executive Director Catharine Johnson said a ribbon cutting […]

South Couny News

Charlie Carmichael The area is still doing hay harvest but all other crop harvests are over. Thanks to area couples Tom and Robin Cox and Dusty and Tannis Cathey have spent quiet a bit of time the past few weeks working with the elementary children of the Dora Baptist Church on a Christmas program to […]

Fire officials fear holiday sparks

Tony Parra The Christmas season brings with it presents, joy and time to spend with family. But it also brings with it distractions which add to fire dangers, fire officials say. “There are so many distractions that parents have to deal with during the holidays,” Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Prevention Center said. “There […]

Committee to help city council fund new businesses

Mike Linn An eight-member committee will make recommendations to the Portales City Council regarding taxpayer funding for business owners seeking to establish themselves in Portales. One of the group’s first missions will be to discuss the application of a developer seeking taxpayer dollars in his efforts to build a new hotel in the city, Mayor […]