Band prepares for upcoming year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Pride, Dedication and Excellence is the motto for the Portales High School Ram Band. Under new leadership, the band is already on the fast track for a busy year. Former band director Brandon Boerio left to pursue a job with Clovis Schools, moving assistant director Cindy Stone up to […]

Holly bandmate is back

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Tommy Allsup’s hands slid up and down the fret board of his guitar with a fluid grace, his fingers plucking at the strings. A smile played across his face as if he knew a secret. Matching the acoustic notes of Allsup’s guitar, Scott Porter’s raw voice filled the room, singing […]

Kene Terry Band wins state award

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Based upon the recommendations of people from the Portales and Clovis area and across New Mexico, the Kene Terry Band has been chosen as the April Artist of the Month by the New Mexico Music Commission. “It’s pretty cool,” said Logan High School graduate and lead vocalist Kene Terry, […]

March 21, 2007 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary: PNT Correspondent Transitions Birthdays: Monday — Stephannie Lee Upcoming events l The Quilters will meet Thursday at the Community Building. l Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m.. Jamboree update The 57th Annual […]

Ram handles hoops and horns

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By Mickey Winfield Freedom newspapers Portales senior Skyler Partin goes from blocking out defenders on the basketball court, to blowing on his baritone as a member of the Portales High School band. The third of four siblings, music and athletics are in the Partin family genes. He grew up hearing his brother, sister and mother […]

ENMU presents concert

PNT Staff The Eastern New Mexico University symphonic band and choirs will perform two holiday concerts Friday at the University Theatre Center. The performances also feature guest harpist Cameron Huster from New York City, who will be accompanying the choirs. “It will be a great event for everyone,” said Jason Paulk, assistant professor of music […]

Clovis High band plays on

By Eric Butler From the first day of summer practice, Clovis High band members have one competition constantly on their minds: the Zia Marching Festival. Clovis and 31 other bands from New Mexico and neighboring states participate today in Albuquerque in the state’s premier marching competition. “This is what we aim for from the beginning. […]

Wagon Wheel watchers withstand wet weather

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Bad weather canceled the entertainment but didn’t dampen the tailgating enthusiasm of football fans attending Saturday’s Greyhound football game. Students and alumni from both sides of a long-running rivalry were getting pumped up for the 20th annual Wagon Wheel game between the Eastern New Mexico University […]

String-A-Longs reunite, perform local music festival

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers After 42 years apart, the String-A-Longs have reunited to perform at the Clovis Music Festival. The group will perform tonight during the opening night festivities. Performances by Tommy Roe and The LA Party Dolls will follow. The festival will continue through Saturday night. The String-A-Longs began recording in 1958 and […]

Sept. 3, 2006 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon: PNT Correspondent School band ready to perform Under Band Director Cindy Stone, junior high band students are preparing for their first performances. The entire band will march with the high school band at the home football game Sept. 29. The next morning the advanced band will march and play in the Eastern […]

Saturday night gig

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer They’ve had the same gig for a decade and a half, but for members of the Jake Howard Band, the music just keeps getting sweeter. The band, a pure old-time country and western group of three, plays at the Portales Senior Citizens Center’s “Senior Swingers” dances every Saturday night […]

Gospel Grass a new addition to Portales’ Heritage Days

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County’s Heritage Days has a new element this year called Gospel Grass. It will feature five bands coming from towns as far away as Branson, Mo., that will perform in the afternoon on June 17 and 18. Their music is gospel bluegrass — or Gospel Grass, what the […]

May 30, 2006 Obituaries

Floren Thompson III Services: 1 p.m. Thursday at the Portales Cemetery Floren Thompson III, 62, died Sunday, May 28, 2006 at his home in Portales Mr. Thompson was born Feb. 16, 1944 in Brownwood, Texas to Mary (Tittle) and Floren Thompson Jr. “Mr. T,” as he was known to his students, moved to Portales in […]

Staff losses helps balance the budget

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Municipal school administrators were able to recoup a projected $400,000 budget deficit in the 2006-07 school year through staff reductions by closing Broad Horizons Alternative School and transferring surplus funds. Portales School Board members approved the more than $18 million 2006-07 budget during the school board meeting Monday […]

Live music, games, piñatas, to be featured at eastern New Mexico celebrations

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When a band has been together for more than a dozen years, it’s only natural that every once in a while they get sick of each other. “It’s kind of like being married,” E.J. Rodriguez said. “You have some good days and some bad days.” Zumbale, a Clovis dance band, […]

ENMU hosts end of semester concert

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University events organizers say they’re going to end the school year with some “Texas Country” music Thursday. The ENMU Associated Students Activities Board is putting together a concert that will feature the Randy Rogers Band in the ballroom of the Campus Union Building. “He’s (Randy Rogers) […]

PHS band scores superior ratings

By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band received superior ratings in district competition Thursday in Clovis. It was the first time in six years the band received the highest ratings in marching band, concert band and sight reading competition. The band had earlier this year aced the marching band competition. Thursday, the concert […]

Perfection PHS band’s main goal

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By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band has already won a superior rating in marching band competition this year, and now the band hopes to get superior ratings at the concert band and sight reading district competition next week in Clovis. Jeremy Smith, an alto saxophone player in the band, said he is […]

ENMU’s Spring Fling has sprung

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University’s Spring Fling festivities kicked off Wednesday night with a concert by the band “Raining Jane.” Jeff Blake, director of student activities at ENMU, said it was a packed house inside the Campus Union building’s ballroom. “Spring Fling gets bigger and better each year,” Blake said. “It’s the best […]

Plain White T’s bring punk to Portales

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By Tony Parra They may be Plain White T’s, but their punk rock music is anything but plain. The Plain White T’s will be in concert on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University on Tuesday. Malia Rummell, director of entertainment for the Association of Students Activities Board, has described the group as a fun-loving […]