May 11, 1960

• Gov. John Burroughs received 2,399 votes in Roosevelt County during the Democratic Primary election, while his opponents Joe Bursey received 1,476 and Tom Holland received 146 votes. • Miss June Hahn was chosen as Girl of the Month by the North Portales 4-H Club. • The Thursday Drive-in special at Mac’s was a ham […]

March 29, 1982

Five Senior Citizens were honored for birthdays in March, Friday at the Senior Center, with their combined ages adding up to 398. Mrs. Maude Carrell was the senior of the group, at 90 years of age. They, with others, attending the party were served birthday cake and punch or coffee. Three teenagers from the drama […]

Police release new information about kidnapping

Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI released […]

Recovered girl reunites with family

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Though visibly exhausted, the parents of a missing 10-year-old girl recovered Friday in Clovis were in high spirits when they met with the media to share their relief and joy at the return of their daughter. Marissa Graham’s parents battled poor road conditions to be reunited with their daughter, who […]

Abducted girl rescued in Clovis

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor. Marissa Marie Graham was able to escape when her abductor stopped at the Allsup’s convenience store on Mabry Drive, according to Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair. Police said […]

Memorializing Mireya

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a […]

Old age has many benefits

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist Here at the Foundation for Doing Away with Old Age, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you get perks in your golden years that make you giggle with delight. The bad news is the perks seldom make up for the price you have to pay. […]

Fugitive escapes PRMC on bike in hospital gown

Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Clovis man wanted on a bench warrant was arrested Thursday after he fled Plains Regional Medical Center wearing a hospital gown and boxer shorts, according to police. Alfred Sena was located by police about 20 minutes later pedaling a small, light blue girl’s bicycle on Dartmouth Street. A bench warrant was […]

Hall of Fame teacher George clicks with troubled teens in local teen court

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By William P. Thompson From the cottonfields of west Texas to high school classrooms and the halls of justice, Barbara George has impacted the lives of area teens. In 1966, George became a physical education teacher at Portales High School. She left teaching in 1991 but became the Portales Teen Court coordinator in 1997. The […]

Your state legislators on the lighter side

Q. What’s your favorite political joke? Rep. Brian K. Moore, R-Clayton: Where does the word politic come from? Latin for poly, meaning many; and tic, meaning blood-sucking parasite. Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa: President George Bush was at a news conference, he was talking about Iraq, Washington and the economy. A reporter asks him ‘Did […]

Quinceañera not a coming out, but reaffirmation of faith for Sigalas

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Noelle Sigala celebrated her 15th birthday on Saturday with a quinceañera, an elaborate formal affair often confused as a “coming out party,” in which a young girl reaffirms her faith in Jesus Christ. Just as many girls dream of their wedding day since childhood, many Hispanic girls also dream about being […]

Empty Stocking Dec. 22

Today’s Focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” receives disability and cane barely afford basic necessities. This year she is not able to purchase extras for the children. Her holiday hopes: To find a way to give her children gifts for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boy’s pant sizes 7 and 16 […]

God’s child never says goodbye

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Losing a loved one is one of life’s hardest experiences. Shock, pain and grief deals a very cruel blow. The emptiness and loneliness can be overwhelming. The pain and agony of the broken heart pierces the soul. Familiar things at home are reminders of the loss. Will the pain ever stop?Can […]

See what the stars have in store for your kids

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Don’t fret over those expensive items you bought for your kid as he entered school this fall. You should instead smack your forehead and cry, “I shudda bought a Student Horoscope!” Allow me to explain. The 2005 Old Newsman’s Horoscope is hot off the presses, and it’s just what your kid […]

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 […]

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 […]

Time flies when you know a celebrity

By Kevin Wilson I’ll admit that I should have written about this one sooner, but I think it’s still worthwhile. After all, when you have a brush with a celebrity, you need to let people know. I can hear it already: Kevin, that doesn’t make sense. You’re a celebrity yourself. You’re the managing editor of […]

Reputation of 007 needs our help

By Kevin Wilson I read one of the most disturbing news items of my life on Friday. It had nothing to do with terror alerts, racial profiling, or corner turning — you learn to adjust to those types of things. This is much different. This involves something fictional, but there are real consequences. Pierce Brosnan […]

Pleasing customers is a hairdresser’s duty

Don McAlavy Not every hairdresser would work at a funeral home. The former Verdine Crume, now Mrs. Duane Howard of Clovis, has been praised by many husbands, fathers and children of the deceased with the wonderful work she performs. Verdine received her cosmetology license in 1938 and was soon called by a funeral home to […]

Cannon newspaper editor receives court-martial conviction

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The editor of the Cannon Air Force Base newspaper will spend nine months in military prison, be demoted to the lowest enlisted rank, and receive a bad conduct discharge following his court-martial conviction Wednesday for carnal knowledge. Master Sgt. Stefan […]