My turn: Sometimes roommates need to shout it out

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About two weeks ago I brought up that my house was like the real world, well, the situation just got real this weekend. Most people have had a roommate in their life, whether it was their sibling growing up, a dorm buddy or whatever the case may be. You have to be willing to set […]

My turn: Compassion is real issue at hand

My basketball/golf/war-history buddy John Kirby recently asked whether I’d considered writing about the Florida preacher threatening to burn Korans. I told the Connecticut Yankee on the Court — who insists that I shoot three-pointers even when I’m not feeling it and thinks it unusual that I carry four fairway putters — that simple condemnation of […]

Buddy Holly musical coming to Clovis

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The story of Buddy Holly’s rise to fame presented in musical form will kick off this year’s Clovis Music Festival. A group of Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce employees went to watch “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story,” a rock ‘n’ roll musical last year in Lubbock […]

My turn: Surnames have power to mislead

While texting a buddy about a tee time during a recent commencement, a graduate named “Goff” walked across the stage. The coincidence made me wonder if people’s surnames might play a role in their future. Could petite “Marshall” become Jal’s first female sheriff? Does lanky “Rush” have a shot at pro football? Might theater major […]

Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce honors residents

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By Liliana Catillo: Freedom New Mexico The annual Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet was intended to celebrate the Clovis sound. And the sold-out event did just that with officials from every part of Clovis talking about the sounds of the city, county, schools and Norman Petty Recording Studios paired with a Buddy […]

Thursday morning briefing: Buddy Holly car in Clovis

Welcome. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Video of the day Look for the story in Friday morning’s paper. Meanwhile, Peggy Sue… Buddy Holly’s 1958 Chevy makes a road trip to Clovis. Long RR crossing wait BNSF says it set a new train length record from southern California to Clovis. It happened July 10. […]

This good buddy won’t be tweeting

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist While I do whistle while I work, I haven’t begun to tweet. Evidently tweeting is a new form of communication being applied by a new online software technology called Twitter, being used mostly through cell phones and other mobile devices. The other day my wife saw something on a news […]

Feb. 8, 2009: PJHS News

Buddy pictures WednesdayYearbook sponsor Jon Birdsong reminds students that Life Touch Studios will be here Wednesday to take buddy pictures.

Buddy, we hardly knew you

By David Stevens: FNM Editor Clovis never knew Buddy Holly. Fifty years after his death, Holly’s fame is a foundation for the annual Clovis Music Festival, which attracts Holly fans from around the world. The recording studio where he worked on west Seventh Street is the closest thing the city has to a tourist attraction. […]

Families bond with fishing

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Longtime Portales resident Buddy Beck has a saying — for every day of fishing, God gives you an extra one. If that’s true, Beck and his 8-year-old grandson Brayden have many days of fishing ahead of them. Several Roosevelt and Curry County children attended the 17th annual kids’ fishing […]

Rock icon Buddy Holly immortalized in cheddar

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent Whether Buddy Holly ever had positive feelings toward the Green Bay Packers is a matter of conjecture. But one thing’s for sure now: Buddy is a cheese head. Throughout the Clovis Music Festival, a block of cheese carved into the likeness of Holly will be displayed in the entrance of […]

Festival’s final night brings music legends to stage

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Shane Cooney, of Clear Lake, Iowa, grew up listening to Buddy Holly as a kid. “I grew up in Clear Lake (where Buddy Holly crashed), so it’s hard not to be a Buddy Holly fan,” he said. Cooney toured the Norman Petty studios for the first time this week and […]

Man moved by music, literally

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The music and legend of Buddy Holly changed Dave Tobin’s life. Tobin, a 67-year-old native of England, attended the Clovis Music Festival for the first time in 2001. “I’ve always been a Buddy Holly fan,” he said. “I came (to Clovis) to fulfill a dream.” That initial trip prompted the […]

Musicians sing praises of Holly

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers Correspondent A day before what would have been Buddy Holly’s 71st birthday, buddies from his youth remembered the rock ‘n’ roll legend as someone with many of the usual characteristics for a young man. Jack Neal said being two years older than Holly didn’t make him immune from his jokes. […]

Norman Petty honored in Clovis

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ music history is being cast in stone with a scenic historic marker by the state honoring Norman Petty, according to state and local officials. The placard will be unveiled in a ceremony in front of the Norman Petty Studios at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to kick off the Clovis […]

New events slated for music festival

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Music fans can look forward to new events at this year’s Clovis Music Festival. This year’s festival will be held Sept. 6-8 at the Clovis Civic Center, said Clovis Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Liz Eisenbraun. The three-day event will feature a question and answer segment with music artists, tours and, […]

Residents rock at music festival

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspaper The return of the Clovis Music Festival summoned the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll back to life. The backyard of the Norman Petty Studio on Thursday was awash in bluish lights and fan appreciation: Hearty applause, girlish laughter and the flash of cameras. The backyard celebration kicked off the 2005 Clovis […]

Friends of Buddy Holly singing at music festival

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers At a pharmacy in Lubbock, Texas, a mutual friend introduced musician Buddy Holly to Gary and Ramona Tollett, a young couple from Arizona pursuing a career as gospel singers. “He gave me the first impression of being a shy, young man,” said Ramona. The introduction led to a friendship and […]