Family Child Care program provides safe, secure environment

27th Services Squadron Air Force certified Family Child Care (FCC) providers operate child care businesses in their homes and provide a nurturing and loving environment for children. Each provider can care for up to six children with only two children under the age of two. This small grouping allows providers the opportunity to spend individual […]

Truant students could lose driving privileges

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico students who frequently skip school could lose their driving privileges and even be arrested under a new truancy law. The new statute gives more leverage to the state in situations where the parents of a student age 15 or older are doing their part to get their child to […]

Youth services offers free, reduced price meals for child care programs

New Mexico State Editor’s Note: The following information is required to be released by the State of New Mexico Cannon Family Child Care, Child Development Centers and the Youth Center are announcing the availability of free and reduced meals to the children enrolled in either of the family child care programs. All children in attendance […]

Raising children with love is essential

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist This time of year is “bittersweet” for me. I see “Back to School” reminders everywhere. I feel a “tinge” of fall in the air and I remember those first days of school with little first graders. They had “new situation anxiety in the worst way.”  That school looked mighty big in […]

Kids get into the swing of golf

Melanie Salazar 27TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS Cannon’s Whispering Winds Golf Course was packed the morning of July 22, but some of the golfers were a little shorter than usual. The course was hosting U.S. Kids Golf-an annual tournament sponsored by Air Combat Command and held at every Air Force golf course across the country. […]

Child drowns at Clovis pool

Freedom Newspapers A 3-year-old boy drowned Wednesday at Potter Park pool. He was pronounced dead at Clovis’ Plains Regional Medical Center in the late afternoon. Police were withholding the name of the child pending notification of the mother, police said late Wednesday. Officials said they believe the boy lives in the Dallas area and was […]

The young and the wireless

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Inside 16-year-old Kristin Smothermon’s purse is a flip-top Motorola cellular phone. The Albuquerque teen takes it with her most places she goes — school, weekend trips, basketball and track practice. The palm-sized phone has even become a bed-time companion. “I talk to my boyfriend for hours at night,” said Smothermon, […]

Nusser relies on leadership skills and 20 years of experience

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This is the fourth of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position. The superintendent will be announced at Monday’s school board meeting: Melvin Nusser is the Portales High School principal and has been principal for three and a half years. Q: What aspects […]

Local man sentenced to 18 years for child abuse

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced a Portales man to 18 years in the department of corrections for first-degree child abuse. Robert Neely, 24, was ordered to serve 18 years in the department of corrections on Monday afternoon. Neely is currently being held at the Roosevelt County Detention […]

Man sentenced on molestation charges

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Freedom Newspapers has opted to withhold some names from this report in an effort to protect the victim’s identity. A Clovis man on Wednesday was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex acts committed against an 8-year-old girl. Prosecutors allege Derrick Vincent Ervin, 27, married the […]

D.A. says Internet is not the babysitter

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers It’s a murky place full of sexual solicitations, false identities and a cascade of pornographic material. According to officials at the district attorney’s office, Internet chat rooms can be a dangerous place for children, and too many parents aren’t aware their kids frequent them. “There are parents out there who […]

April 13 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Darwin Chenault. Upcoming events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. Back Porch Pickers The Floyd Back Porch Pickers will meet this Sunday at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attended, with the only requirement to love music. Bring an instrument, voice, or just come to listen. Contact […]

Infant taught parents about meaning of life

By Laurie Stone: PNT correspondent Susanna Hope Jilek, family members said, was proof that one life, no matter how short, can make a difference in others. Susanna died Feb. 26, 2005 in her home of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at four and-a-half months old. According to family members, little Susanna was marked with perfection […]

CASA seeks help

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Court Appointed Special Advocates from Clovis and Portales are trying to combat the child abuse in Roosevelt County with the help of volunteers. April is considered National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. There are more than 380 children abused or neglected in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. Workers and […]

Abuse charge added on marijuana case

PNT Staff A Portales woman faces child-abuse charges after her child tested positive for a chemical found in marijuana, according to police reports. Catherine Houston-Sprayberry, 23, of Portales, faces charges of abandonment or abuse of a child, possession of paraphenalia and possession of marijuana. The abuse charge is resulting from the 2-month-old child’s positive test […]

City council honors police

By Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega, city manager Debi Lee and the Portales city councilors recognized the efforts of Portales Police Department personnel during the homicide of Odis and Doris Newman in March. Jerry Fuller, 32, of Portales was arraigned on two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths of Odis and Doris […]

4/3 Floyd School News

Upcoming events • Booster Club will meet Monday at 6 p.m. • There will be no school Friday. • School Board will meet April 11 at 7 p.m. Seniors Any senior interested in applying for one of three $750 scholarships from the Floyd Lions Club needs to have all paperwork turned in to Rossi Terry […]

Elida pulling together aid for young girl

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Three-year-old Hope Bilbrey, at a young age, is understanding the true meaning of “hope” in a time in which she is battling cancer. Elida residents are putting their efforts together and seeking the help of other Roosevelt County residents in trying to save a three-year-old child with cancer. The […]

March 27 Floyd School News

Upcoming events • Booster Club will meet April 6 at 6 p.m. • School Board will meet April 11 at 7 p.m. • State Future Farmers of America competitions are this week in Las Cruces. Athletics Baseball: Our first home game will be April 6 against Santa Rosa at 4p.m. Track: High School Boys and […]

March 20 Floyd School News

Upcoming events • Spring Break is this week. School will resume March 28. Jamboree The 55th Annual Floyd Lion’s Club Jamboree will be Thursday through Sunday in the old Gym. Thursday evening will be classic country music, Friday and Saturday will be contemporary country, and Sunday will be gospel music. Also: • Booster Club is […]