Castro resigns presidency

The Associated Press HAVANA — An ailing, 81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when parliament meets Sunday. The end of Castro’s rule — the longest in the world for a head of government — frees his 76-year-old brother Raul […]

Displaced resident still in disbelief

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eight days and 192 hours have passed since David Castro lost his home. He has been living with his father since a tornado slammed the Clovis area March 23 and tore apart his Oak Street home. “It’s gotten better day by day,” Castro said. “But it’s still hard to believe.” […]

Chavez’s antics shouldn’t be taken lightly

By Freedom Newspapers Despite the oppressive nature of his totalitarian government, Cuba’s Fidel Castro still gets a warm welcome in the United States by many American leftists. But as Castro fades, the revolutionary left needs a new hero — and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez apparently is fitting the bill. We couldn’t help but chuckle at […]

U.S. should think before instituting democracy in Cuba

Editorial The news that Fidel Castro was having unspecified intestinal surgery that caused him to hand over formal power to his brother Raul (who is 75) was so fraught with hope that Cuban-Americans in Miami’s Little Havana turned out for a massive street party. That even a rumor of the 79-year-old dictator’s imminent demise would […]

Season off to bad start for Floyd

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent HOBBS — Longtime prep football coach Rafael Roybal was officially introduced to the world of six-man football on Saturday at the Southeastern Football Classic in Hobbs. And, well, it could have been nicer. Floyd, headed by Roybal, took it on the chin over and over and over as Tatum pounded the […]

Teen pulls repeat in spelling bee

By David Irvin A little extra effort each day helped Zach Gillooly repeat Saturday as the regional spelling bee. The next stop for the 13-year-old Yucca Junior High student on the spelling bee circuit is Washington, D.C., where he will compete at the national level. “There’s a lot of competition there (in Washington),” he said. […]

Big first half carries Broncos past defending state champs

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By Dave Wagner FLOYD — Floyd’s Bryan Johnson didn’t have a particularly good second half throwing the ball Saturday, going just 2-for-11. It didn’t really matter, though — the senior quarterback went 7-for-7 in the first half, including three for scores, and the Broncos cruised past defending six-man state champion Tatum 59-20. Junior running back […]