Business feature: Carpet cleaning, pest control combined into one business

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer After five years in business, All American Carpet and Pest Control is looking to extend services to the growing city of Portales. Local resident Ryan Hightower is the owner of the carpet and pest control business. “The carpet cleaning business was a company that I bought,” Hightower said. “Then […]

Bee extermination business booming

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known as […]

Majority of bees in local area Africanized

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The chances of eastern New Mexico residents encountering Africanized honey bees is increasing exponentially with each new colony, according to pest control experts. Those experts are concerned encounters with the aggressive bees could lead to serious injuries or deaths. Lewis Hightower of Southwestern Pest Control and New Mexico state […]

Pest experts talk about Africanized bee concerns locally

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By Tony Parra Bee experts, health officials and pest control workers want Portales and Clovis residents to be aware of a serious Africanized-bee problem in the area. Lewis Hightower and Bill Moyer of Southwest Pest Control said there is a possibility of even more bee incidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties than occurred last year. […]

Africanized bees found in Clovis

By William P. Thompson A Portales pest control company official said a sample of bees found in Clovis “in the middle of town” has tested positive as being a strain of Africanized or “killer” bees. Lewis Hightower, owner of Southwestern Pest Control, said the sample was tested at a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility in […]

Rams take two wins at Eunice

PNT Staff EUNICE — Sammy Hightower hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and pitched four innings to lead the Portales High Rams past Eunice 12-4 on Monday in the first game of a baseball doubleheader. The Rams (8-4) also won the second contest 9-2, with Hightower finishing 3-for-3 at the plate in each […]

Bees buzzin’ again; residents beware

By Tony Parra Temperatures are warming and flowers will bloom soon. ’Tis the season to beware of bees in Roosevelt County. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said officers responded to a call about bees at a residence on the 1700 block of South Avenue B on Tuesday. He said officers confirmed bees were on the […]

Bees buzzin’ again

By Tony Parra Temperatures are warming and flowers will bloom soon. ’Tis the season to beware of bees in Roosevelt County. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said officers responded to a call about bees at a residence on the 1700 block of South Avenue B on Tuesday. He said officers confirmed bees were on the […]

Former ENMU student publishes book

By Laurie Stone Former Eastern New Mexico University student Gloria Hightower put her sleepless nights to use, and now has a book to show for it. Hightower, who attended ENMU from 1955-56 has a murder mystery out called The Cotton Rope Strangler. She chose to self-publish her book with the encouragement of her writing group […]