Elder records first ace

First hole-in-one: Don “Doc” Elder of Portales recorded his first hole in one Tuesday at Portales Country Club. Elder made the hole-in-one on the par 3, 161-yard third hole using a 4-hybrid club.

Chorale director is winner of Golden Apple Award

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By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers Caught by surprise on Wednesday and left completely speechless and teary-eyed, Portales High School chorale director, Franklin Smith, was named a Golden Apple Award recipient.

Holiday spotlights presidential history

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico So just how much do you know about the presidents we honor on Presidents’ Day? Many of today’s youth might not know that at one time the nation used to observe both George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in February. However, Donald “Doc” Elder, a professor of history at […]

Elida seniors celebrate graduation

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Seven Elida teenagers have closed the book on one chapter of their lives and are about to set sail on another. Ron Haley, Brandy Hudson, Tanner Kube, Daniel Lee, Alicia Cross Smith, Lindsey Ward and Caleb Widener comprise Elida’s seven member class of ‘07 and Saturday was their night. […]

Producer pleased with Portales area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hollywood magic doesn’t always come easy when it comes to producing a movie. Selected for its resemblance to northwestern Oklahoma in the 1960s, Portales and the surrounding areas became home for the production crew and actors of the film “Believe in Me,” said co-producer John Bard Manulis. Chosen partly […]

College, elementary students join efforts for food drive

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Students from Valencia Elementary School recently collected 2,342 cans for the food pantry at the Community Services Center. Valencia student Amy Carter went above and beyond the call, donating more than 200 cans of food. According to Amy’s mom, Christie Carter, when Amy asked for money she thought her […]

Event puts spotlight on after-school programs

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The second annual Lights on After School celebration in Portales is being held Thursday at the Portales Recreation Center. The national event is being co-sponsored locally by the Youth Opportunity Center and the Portales Recreation Center. The national event was started in 2000 with over 1,000 communities and in […]

9-11 history still evolving

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Five years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the event Americans call 9/11 is still affecting people’s lives. According to local historians, the event is probably still in search of its place and perspective in history. “It really made us aware that we […]

ENMU announces retirement of long-time dean Elder

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer When July rolls around Eastern New Mexico University will look different without Thurman Elder roaming the hallways of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building with a calculator and math textbooks in hand. Elder has announced he will retire after more than 37 years of teaching math at Eastern New Mexico […]

Elder abuse topic of Creative Living

Sheryl Borden: Local Columnist Information on elder abuse and bread machines will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturda at 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Thomas Lee is an elder attorney for […]