Man in Iraq can’t make trial dates

By Darrell Todd Maurina John Schmuck is accused of battery in connection with a Clovis bar fight in November of 2002. He didn’t show up for court in April 2003, he didn’t show up for another court date last week and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. But his supporters say he has […]

May 5 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael May is Osteoporosis Month and also Women’s Health Care Month. National Day of Prayer Thursday is National Day of Prayer. Our special prayers for our military, regardless of where they are, but especially those who are serving in Iraq: for God’s hedge of protection on them and those working there in the […]

Hometown hero tells of time in Iraq

Ryan Lengerich MELROSE — In his hometown Sgt. Jeremy Black is a hero, and the town’s children let him know — letter by letter. The 24-year-old Army reservist returned to the United States last month from a 14-month tour in Kuwait and northern Iraq. On Monday he returned to the school he attended as a […]

One year after war’s start leaves stories to tell

Darrell Maurina It’s been a year since the war in Iraq began. While many servicemembers assigned to the initial assault have rotated back home, some are still deployed in Iraq, some have been sent there more recently and others have just recently returned. Here are some of their stories. n n n Julian Urioste, a […]

Muleshoe Marine would have been proud of Saddam’s capture

Mike Linn The capture of Saddam Hussein won’t bring back Kem Bales’ energetic country boy known for his confidence and charm. And it doesn’t make the pain of losing a son to the war in Iraq any easier. But it does bring to fruition everything U.S. Marine Chad Eric Bales fought for and believed in, […]

Confusion lingers, as a friend leaves for war

Helena Rodriguez Today our family friend, Tom Venzor, leaves to go help fight the war in Iraq. Today, one day after the second anniversary of that horrific day that continues to haunt us through vivid video footage and images, increased terror alerts and a war that continues on. It’s ironic. We just went to visit […]

Explosion rocks U.N. headquarters in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A suicide truck bomb ripped through the hotel housing the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday, U.S. officials said. At least 15 people were killed and 40 wounded, including the chief U.N. official in Iraq, who was trapped in the rubble, U.N. officials said. A U.N. worker in Baghdad, Tharer al-Tikriti, said that […]

South County News, May 28

By Charlie Carmichael Weather report Rain is the big blessed news throughout our area. It scattered so far and varied from sprinkle to about an inch in the Causey, Milnesand and Garrison areas. The Arch vicinity fared better. There was a lot of hail on Saturday evening south of the old Garrison store. Weldon Carmichael […]

Justification just rationalization

By Tibor Machan Every time I drive to school, I listen to Rush Limbaugh for about five minutes. It is cultural anthropology for me more than an interest in his latest ridicule of Daschle & Co., although I sympathize with that. Last time I tuned in, Limbaugh was trying hard to explain away the fact […]

Rumsfeld orders air, land and marine forces to gulf

Associated Press WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has odered about 62,000 more US troops to head for the Persian Gulf region in coking days, doubling the size of the force now arrayed on the periphery of Iraq, two senior US officials said Saturday. The movements make clear that the Pentagon intends to have sufficient […]