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 […]

Engagements — May 23

Crozier-Wells John and Rhonda Crozier of Canyon, Texas, announce the engagement of their daughter Kaysha Crozier to Luke Wells, son of Scott and April Wells of Canyon, Texas. The couple is planning an Aug. 7 wedding at Ashmore Inn and Suites in Amarillo. The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Canyon High School and is […]

ENMU briefs — May 19

ENMU graduate honored At its 2010 spring commencement, one of Davidson College’s Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Awards — the college’s top teaching honor — went to Associate Professor of Chemistry Durwin R. Striplin. Each award includes $7,500 for the recipient, and $7,500 more for the recipient to designate to a college cause. Striplin is a […]

My turn: Let’s give graduates the truth

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist As local students graduate, I hope commencement speakers will be forthright. Tell high schoolers they’ll be lucky to make it home from “college night” without having maxed-out their credit cards buying rounds for coeds who won’t remember them the next day. Explain how hard an 8 a.m. test is when […]

Former superintendent dedicated life to educating others

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Former Portales Municipal Schools superintendent Willis Firman Haynie loved children, devoted his life to education and was service-oriented, according to his family and friends. Haynie, a Portales High School graduate who led the school district from 1964-1968, died Feb. 19 in Houston at age 91. “He was very much […]

ENMU’s Johnson preseason All-America

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior outfielder Jereme Johnson has been selected a preseason All-America by Collegiate Baseball. Last year, the Roswell High graduate earned the school’s first All-America selection in baseball, garnering honorable mention status on the Daktronics All-America squad. while earning first-team All-Lone Star Conference honors. He set ENMU single-season records […]

Nearly 230 students graduate from ENMU

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Saturday was a day of reflection for almost 230 Eastern New Mexico University graduates who walked across the stage and into a new life. Forty master’s and 188 bachelor’s degrees were granted. Bradley Love, hospitality and business graduate, said it was a long road for him. “It was great,” […]

Student group questions greyhound acquisition

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Not everyone is thrilled with the prospect of a pair of live greyhounds serving as mascots at Eastern New Mexico University. One group on campus is questioning the expense of caring for the dogs, potential liability and the psychological adjustment the dogs must make. But university President Steve Gamble […]

10-4 Engagements

Lemier-Urias Jim and Sharon Lemier of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Donna Lemier of Portales to Andrew Urias, of Portales, son of Efren and Perci Urias of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m., on Nov. 7, 2009 at Central Christian Church in Portales. A reception will follow […]

Elida pastor follows calling after college

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Freedom New Mexico Amy Jordan has been the pastor for Elida Methodist Church for the last four years. Prior to that, she served another four years in the same capacity at a church in San Jon. A graduate of Portales High in 1981, Jordan has two children: daughter Katie Palmer, a youth minister in Clovis, […]