Some residents still recovering from tornado

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CLOVIS — On the 2100 block of South Prince Street lay a tan house surrounded by a tunnel of trees. It served its purpose — helping Jim and Iris Blevins raise their four children and giving them shelter for nearly 30 years. That modest residence is still home to […]

Aug. 24, 1965

• The Portales Chapter of DeMolay recently had their official visit from the State Master Councilor DeMolay Jim Flagstead, of Albuquerque. • Shurfine Cake Mixes were on sale at Parkway Super Market, 4 for $1. • The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Basketball team had 19 scheduled games for the 1965- 1966 season.

PAT gets council’s budget OK

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales City Council gave the nod for Portales Area Transit to pursue funding from New Mexico Department of Transportation to allow the operation of its transportation programs. Councilors expressed concerns that the $55,164 request on the proposal was out of range with a cap they had previously placed on […]

Tornado claims life of Clovis woman

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Heleneta Blevins died the way she lived — surrounded by what she held most dear, her family. The 90-year-old Clovis resident passed away in her eldest son’s home around 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to family members who removed her from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family […]

Review: “Believe in Me” modest effort

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By Robert W. Butler: McClatchy Newspapers Really, there is only one sports movie. Hollywood just keeps fiddling with the details. Still, when done well a sports movie can provide substantial pleasures. The blandly titled “Believe in Me” — parts of which were filmed in Clovis and Portales, is one such charmer, a smart, low-keyed real-life […]

Election Returns

Roosevelt County Unofficial Results All precincts reporting U.S. Senator • (D) Jeff Bingaman, 2,563 • (R) Allen W. McCulloch, MD, 1,522 U.S. Representative District 3 • (D) Tom Udall, 2,523 • (R) Ronald M. Dolin, 1,569 Governor and Lieutenant Governor • (D) Bill Richardson and Diane D. Denish, 2,335 • (R) John Dendahl and Sue […]

Billy the Kid stood too close to Garrett

By Don McAlavy Who was this impersonator? He looked so much like Billy the Kid, there were jokes about digging up the grave at Fort Sumner to be sure the boy Pat Garrett shot was still there. He was none other than Jim Vercelline, a young actor from Clovis and a member of the Gaslite […]

Two special people earn their degrees

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Eastern New Mexico University presented its semi-annual commencement activities on Saturday at the Greyhound Arena here in Portales. That’s not really big news in a small college town. It’s big news to the new graduates and their families, though. And it should be. These fine people worked hard to get to […]

3/22 Obituaries

Clarence Adams, 84 Services: 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Roswell. Clarence Siringo Adams, 84, of Roswell, died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at his home. He was born on Aug. 7, 1920, in Corona, to John C. and Alice M. Adams. He spent his years in southeastern New Mexico as a teacher, educator, […]

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 […]

Race fund-raiser honors former Portales resident

By Ryan Lengerich In 1996, Jim Davis died of lung cancer only a year after seeing the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex construction completed — a project in which he had a major stake. To honor Davis, NHMSC board members are holding the Jim Davis Memorial Race at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night to benefit […]

Hernandez takes up rowing at Stanford

By Rick White Jim Hernandez believes athletics are an important part of the educational process. So when he dropped his youngest daughter off at college in the fall, he urged her to stay involved in sports. Jessica Hernandez played soccer, basketball and ran track at Clovis High, but it was her academic prowess that landed […]

Obits April 15

Margie Purcell, 74 Mrs. Margie Purcell, 74, of Portales, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at her home. She was born on Dec. 14, 1929, in Melrose, to Bessie Mae and Charles R. Vance. She attended school at McAlister and House, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1948. She married Bill Purcell on June 6, […]

Floyd mixes music with memories

Tony Parra Jim Hill was part of the Floyd Country Jamboree family. The Portales resident spent many years singing a wide-variety of harmony music and strumming his guitar for music lovers. But this year Hill was not present, at least not physically. The music “legend” died of cancer in October. He was 72. Organizers, friends […]

On-line affairs romance area

Mike Linn When Eastern New Mexico University employee Dan Pilon dropped an e-mail to a woman in China the word “marriage” was as far from his mind as the country where she lived. After all, the 48-year-old Pilon was several months into the Internet dating scene as a member of Americansingles.com. He had exchanged e-mails […]

Obits 9/7

Arthur Littlejohn, 81 Mr. Arthur Littlejohn, 81, of Portales, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Dec. 11, 1921, on the family farm 12 miles south of Portales, to Virgie and Jimmy Littlejohn. He grew up on the family farm and attended school at Rogers, graduating […]

Obits 8/22

Eva Banister, 55 Mrs. Eva “Jody” Banister, 55, of Portales, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Sept. 23, 1947, in Portales, to Hazel and Manuel Vancleve. She worked as a cook at Cook’s Truck Center in Clovis. She was the child care provider for several […]

South County News

Charlie Carmichael Area farmers are all busy in some way from planting overdo repairing or replacing sprinklers that were recently destroyed in area storms. The Corbins at Arch have their windows all replaced and are getting other repairs done. I’ve not heard of others besides the Davis family east of Arch who were as badly […]

South County News, June 25

By Charlie Carmichael Mother Nature was up to old tricks again last week in South County. Arch, Causey and the Garrison-Richland areas were especially hit hard. Several farmers had sprinklers overturned and some destroyed. These were all on the irrigated fields. The Carmichaels saw a funnel in the air over the field just west of […]

Holiday spurs memories of fatherhood

Mike_Linn The first day Jim Wood became a father he had some advice for his first-born child. He said, “T.J., would you stop whining?” The baby boy, T.J. Wood, looked at his father and ceased all the wailing associated with child birth. “That was a special moment,” said Jim, who will celebrate 13 years of […]