Wilkinson providing big boost for Hounds

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Dave Wagner When Eastern New Mexico University senior Curtis Wilkinson describes playing against NCAA Division I basketball schools, he certainly sports the right attitude. Especially for a guy that has not given up the dream of playing professionally just yet. “They’re regular guys just like us, they just have a different logo on their chest,” […]

Grant: Life saving matter of taking control

A guy came in the bicycle shop the other day. We got to talking and it turns out we have something in common: We’re both Eagle Scouts, the high rank of the Boy Scouts of America. It got me to reminiscing. To be an Eagle Scout one of the things you have to do is […]

My turn: Using superpowers for good — mostly

I was watching an old television series about a superhero. The guy tells his partner, “I will only use my powers for good.” That sounds like a really good idea to me, but there might be times when we could get more use from those super powers. Can you imagine a “Dream Team” for the […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

My turn: I don’t think Roy did it this way

I grew up watching Roy Rogers every Saturday morning. Roy could ride like the wind. Roy could jump off of a big rock and knock a bad guy off his horse. Roy could jump off of Trigger onto a bad guy’s horse and knock him off. I was watching Roy a couple of nights ago. […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

My Turn: Pay now or pay later

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer I was talking to Norm Behr, who works as a circulation assistant for Freedom New Mexico. He told me about this guy he knew who got an itch and decided to just go fishing without a license at a lake in Colorado because he heard the fish were jumping […]

Maybe swag bag is answer

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It never fails. A friend tries to prevent a tangent, and only inspires another. Over a drink, a guy she used to date came up. She replied, “Eh … been there, done that, got the T-shirt.” We didn’t talk about him again, but my mind was already off. Should […]

Praise doesn’t have to be in tune

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist To the youngster two rows in front of me, it sounded beautiful. To his embarrassed father, it likely sounded like a mad tomcat trapped in a sack. On a recent Sunday morning in church the little guy — probably about 2 and likely not even talking real well — joined […]

No bull here

When my husband and I were young and just starting out, we decided to apply for a loan from a government-underwritten outfit to purchase a few cows. We had the place to run them secured and the drought was temporarily over (which is all we can ever ask for in the Southwest). We even had […]

Guy volume useful tool

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few years ago, lunch with a friend became a turning point. The person serving me and Jennifer was a tip-flirter. That’s somebody who’s really, really, unbelievably nice to customers in hopes for a tip, particularly when the opposite sex is involved. I knew this was a tip-flirter, but […]

Clovis legend Guy Leeder dies at 64

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Guy Leeder, who for decades was synonymous with Clovis softball, died Monday night at 64. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Marshall Junior High Auditorium. Leeder, a state softball hall of fame inductee, was called the cornerstone of the state’s Amateur Softball Association by its director, Alice […]

Merit badges should be awarded for life experiences

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It took a scrolling headline this morning to let me know I’d accomplished nothing in my life. The headline was about James Calderwood, an 18-year-old resident of Chevy Chase, Md. Other than living in a town whose name peaked 15 years ago, Calderwood is famous for completing merit badge requirements […]

Public figures deserve Christmas presents, too

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The mistletoe has been hung by the chimney with care and the halls and dang near everything else have been decked with holly and other shrubbery parts so that could mean only one thing. It’s time for this columnist to make out his annual Christmas list. With a near […]

We can do without films, cells, stats

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s no real need to give a long introduction to this one. There are things I encounter in my life that just need to go, and I’ll tell you why: • Computer-animated films: I’ll admit it, I loved “Toy Story,” made at a time when Pixar was pretty much alone […]

Cartoon network out of line

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It was a late Tuesday night, and I was winding down with a little bit of television. There was nothing good on HBO, so I decided to see what was happening on Cartoon Network. I was able to catch the last few minutes of a “Family Guy” episode from the […]

Clinton photo-op has its hazards

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As I sat down at a meeting across the conference table from my friend Chris Kelsey that day in 2001, I could tell he was excited about something as he asked if I had received his news release. I said no, what’s up? “Bill Clinton’s going to play a […]

Area coach wins 2,500

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent CLOVIS — When asked about his prolific amount of victories as a softball coach, Guy Leeder has a relatively simple explanation. It’s not a superb expertise in men’s slow-pitch softball, according to Leeder, but that he’s merely outlasted almost everyone else while compiling in excess of 2,500 wins. “It sounds like […]

I’m just a guy, nobody special, looking around

By Jim Lee: PNT columnist This column has appeared on this page for well over two years now. Sometimes it’s serious, and sometimes it’s downright silly. It’s not news reporting or presenting myself as an authority. I ask questions rather than claiming to have incontrovertible answers. I try to be observational, not professorial. In short, […]

Car accident kills teen, injures another

Freedom Newspapers A one-vehicle crash north of Clovis early Saturday morning left one Clovis teen dead and another in critical condition. Adam Romero, 15, the passenger, died at the scene of the crash, according to Sgt. Wesley Waller of the New Mexico State Police. The driver, Charles Valero, 16, of Clovis, was in critical condition […]