Resident says Smith comes from good family

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Laura McNaughton’s family members told police a dentist had been “weirding” her out. The resulting investigation led to Tuesday’s arrest of Dr. James Smith, a dentist with La Casa de Buena Salud in Clovis and Portales, police records show. Smith is charged with an open count of murder in connection with […]

Jones, James, Morris, and Taylor Obituaries (Nov. 1)

Mike Jones Services: 2 p.m. (MST) Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Wolfforth, Texas. Michael “Mike” Edwin Jones, 56, of Wolfforth, Texas, died Oct. 31, 2005, at a Lubbock hospital. He was born Dec. 19, 1948, in Portales to Arthur and Jewell (Woodward) Jones. He graduated high school from Roswell Military Institute. He received a […]

Serviceman evokes feelings of faith, volunteerism

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Just before I start to lose faith in the human condition and get swept away in a torrent of apathy, I usually meet someone who restores my faith. James Montgomery, a young National Guardsman from Portales did that for me this week. James is home for a short two weeks, […]

Nutt remembered for humor, helping nature

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent James W. Nutt brought sunshine into the lives of many people during their dark times. According to family and friends, Nutt knew how to give direction and comforting companionship when the pressures of life began to take their tole. James W. Nutt died on July 19, 2005, of cancer at […]

Portales schools see increase in enrollment

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Principals are reporting higher enrollment numbers throughout the Portales School District after the first four days of school. Todd Morris, Valencia Elementary principal, said there is a slight increase at Valencia Elementary with 210 fourth-grade students and 223 fifth-grade students, totaling 433 students. The fourth-grade students have hit the ground […]

Hatch surrounded by accomplishments and art

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Linda Hatch had a sparkle about her that family members called the Midas Touch. She had a radical artistic nature about herself that overflowed into everything she was involved with. According to Marcia Rackley, Hatch’s sister, “Everything that left her hands ended up better and shinier including her family and […]

July 21 Obituaries

James W. Nutt, 75 Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Elida Cemetery. James W. Nutt, 75, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at his home west of Portales. He was born on Sept. 14, 1929, in Broken Bow, Okla., to Elizabeth and Robert N. Nutt. He grew up on a family farm near Erick, Okla. He […]

Technology works with the right neighbors

By Jim Lee My abilities in matters of any practical importance have been called into question on more than one occasion. This has recently happened again. Yet I still fail to understand why people doubt my abilities, particularly my amazing versatility and creativity. Why does everyone focus on the negative? OK, a few things have […]

UFO tour lands in Clovis

By Ryn Gargulinski Lovebirds Lysa Stone and Buck McKillip had special reason to be dancing in the front row during Merle Haggard’s third-annual UFO Music Fest Sunday at Doc Stewart Park. Stone and McKillip were celebrating their anniversary. They met exactly three years ago — in line at a Merle Haggard concert. “It’s like meeting […]

June 26 Obituaries

Melba Hampton, 71 Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Steed-Todd Chapel in Clovis. Mrs. Melba June Hampton, 71, of Texico, died Thursday, June 23, 2005, at her home. She was born on Dec. 18, 1933, in Portales, to James and Edith White. She married Von Hampton on Oct. 29, 1950, in Espanola. They moved to Utah […]

Morgan honored with medal

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By Kevin Wilson Johnny Morgan celebrated his 88th birthday on Monday, but he’ll always go back to his 28th birthday. It was on that day — May 2, 1945 — that German armies in Italy surrendered in World War II. “It was a good birthday,” Morgan said with a smile. Morgan was honored for that […]

James students put reading on their lists

By Tony Parra James Elementary students are opening the door to the world of imagination books have to offer this week as part of the Scholastic Book Fair. Some James Elementary students were made their first visit to the book fair on Tuesday. Tina Miller, James Elementary librarian, said James Elementary students will take a […]

James teacher a finalist for state award

By Tony Parra A James Elementary teacher has been selected as one of two finalists for the 2005 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. Mary Murray, a third-grade teacher at R.M. James Elementary, was announced as one of the finalists. The New Mexico Public Education Department officials reviewed math and science teachers for the […]

Hounds go down to Indians

PNT Staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior guard Jay January hit three 3-pointers inside the first two minutes and Midwestern State went on to an 88-77 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night. January finished 6-of-8 from the 3-point line and shared team scoring honors with Justin James, […]

James students jump to help victims

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By Tony Parra James Elementary students said they were jumping for joy and for a good cause during the Jumpathon to raise money for tsunami victims in southeast Asia. Students set up in teams of four and filled the James Elementary cafeteria on Wednesday afternoon to jump rope in support of tsunami victims. Students and […]

Portales police prepare to take prints

By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent The Portales Police Department, in cooperation with James Elementary School, is starting a a new fingerprinting program for children in the second grade. “We decided to do the children of that age group because of our Adopt-A-Cop program,” said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. The plans are to fingerprint 250 […]

Dec. 31 Obituaries

Roy Landess Sr., 75 Services: No services have been planned at this time. Mr. Roy G. Landess Sr., 75, of Clovis, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at Prairie Acres in Friona, Texas. He was born on June 22, 1929, in Roosevelt County, to Boss and Bessie Landess. He went to work for the Santa Fe […]

Nov. 17 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Thanksgiving supper The Milnesand community and many friends gathered in the community center Monday night for a pre-Thanksgiving feast and fellowship. Sympathy To Fern and George Hay in the death of her brother, Joe Anderson of Fort Sumner. Harvest Farmers are anxiously awaiting the sunshine and a few days without moisture so […]

Oct. 8 Obituaries

Allen Cunningham, 52 Allen Ray Cunningham, 52, of Tatum, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at Nor Lea General Hospital in Lovington. He was born on July 16, 1952, in Farmington, to James and Rose Cunningham. He married Carla Reeves on April 9, 1976, in Portales. He was a member of Living Water Church in Tatum. […]

Sept. 22 Obituaries

James Wise , 86 James D. “Jim” Wise Sr., 86, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, in Houston. He was born on Aug. 26, 1918, in Taiban, to Ezekiel James and Emily Stone Wise. He was born and educated in New Mexico and was a decorated World War II veteran and prisoner of war. After dozens […]