Parents must warn children about ‘Sock Monster’

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I don’t believe in outlandish things like aliens from outer space, the Boogeyman, La Llorona and bad luck on Friday the 13th. I have more important things to worry about, like the Sock Monster. I have become totally convinced that there is a Sock Monster. While some people are trying […]

Grandparents play important role in child’s upbringing

By Joan Clayton: Local Columnist Sunday is Grandparents Day and I am again reminded of special memories. My Grandmother’s singing left a life-long impression on me. Granny’s singing filled every facet of her life. She sang while cooking, gardening, churning butter, quilting, rocking her grandchildren and much more. She sang praises to her God every […]

Snake stories hard to pass up

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now that hot weather is blasting the High Plains — as if hot weather isn’t usually blasting the Plains — it’s high time for one of the coolest creatures to come lurking from its hole. Welcome the season of the rattlesnake. Perhaps the most regrettable aspect of my leaving New […]

Clovis steer wrestler posts night’s best time

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — As Chance Pettigrew waited for his chance in steer wrestling on the first night of the Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo, the public address announcer reminded the crowd that these athletes have only one chance to get it right. Pettigrew didn’t need any reminders, although he wasn’t listening anyway. […]

Whispers can mean so much

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist He first saw me in front of a grocery store… a 13- year- old fat girl wearing ugly glasses eating an ice cream cone. That this tall lanky, handsome kid should even notice me made me believe in miracles. He smiled at me and I smiled back thinking, Was […]

Self-promotion: The latest tax deduction

By Kevin Wilson My friends — what can I say about them that hasn’t already been said? I’ve got a collection of friends with the most enjoyable quirks, the kindest dispositions and willingness to help out at all times. Of course, they have their weaker moments as well, like when they wrongfully accuse me of […]

Teen gets closer to God in trailer

By Laurie Stone Some adventures in music take people across the planet. Scott Handy’s took him to his family’s back yard. Handy cut and produced his first album, “Think Twice,” in a trailer behind his parent’s house which is where he lives and produces his music. The 14-foot-by-56-foot mobile home trailer was added to Bob […]

Sometimes it helps to not understand

By Helena Rodriguez Why do people take it personal if you ask them to repeat themselves? “Huh?” These three letters must be the most detestable sounds in the English language because people flip out when I say them. If you’re feeling particularly suicidal on a given day, I dare you to say “Huh?” not just […]

Trumpets have their own legacy

By Joan Clayton: PNT Relgion Columnist Back to school reminds me of marching bands and football. Of all the musical instruments, the trumpet is my favorite. To me it symbolizes royalty and splendor, announcing something important, capturing my attention. One of my fondest memories is of our youngest son marching with his trumpet at Portales […]

Everybody’s a target during kite season

By Bob Huber You hear it every spring — “The kites are coming! The kites are coming.” Mothers shield their kids, bikers don helmets — Imagine that! — and police warn citizens to stay off the streets and listen to disaster radio. Behind all the screaming, yelping, baseless accusations and the wanton abuse of the […]