Causey says goodbye to fire chief

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By Kevin Wilson DORA — The community of Causey, and a community of emergency personnel, said goodbye to Hank Merrick — a mayor, a fire chief, and “a partner” to many. Merrick died Saturday of a heart attack at the age of 68. Due to the large number of people paying their respects, services were […]

Pioneer celebration set for Thursday

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By Tony Parra Pioneer Days on Thursday at the Roosevelt County Fair will continue a long-standing tradition of honoring the Roosevelt County pioneers, according to Joy Gardner, President of The Pioneer Association. The Pioneer Days ceremony is one component of the Senior Citizens’ Day portion of the fair. Admission is free for those who are […]

PHS seniors take next step

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By Kevin Wilson Mark Gore’s trip to Greyhound Arena was just a few miles from his cottage at the Baptist Children’s home. What led him to the building, however, is part of a journey that has covered 18 years, two continents, thousands of miles and countless memories. The most recent memory was his graduation from […]

Senior Merrick hoping to go out with title

By Kevin Wilson The biggest improvement in Cassidy Merrick’s golf game this season, at least according to the Portales senior, has been her accuracy on chipping. Chipping is a process that Merrick likes to call the “ups and downs.” Her golf season so far, has had more of the ups. Merrick, a three-time team medalist […]

Merrick, Welch shoot top scores in Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — The Portales boys golf team is on its way to state. Behind the efforts of Cassidy Merrick, there’s no reason to believe the girls won’t join them. Merrick and Kevin Welch took the top finishes Thursday at Lovington, and both Portales teams got qualifying scores. Behind a 72 from Welch and […]

Portales boys golf team snowed out

Freedom Newspapers The weather had its way with the Portales boys golf team Monday at Ruidoso, but it wasn’t enough to stop Cassidy Merrick from hitting a qualifying leg across town. Snow put a stop to the boys portion of the Leroy Gooch Invitational at Alto, but the Portales girls still managed to get in […]

Quilter to showcase work at Ag Expo

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Tony Parra Laura Merrick will be one of many who will show their talents in the quilt show of the 12th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo, Feb. 23-25 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Her family is rich in a quilting tradition which dates back to the 19th century. Merrick knows all too well about quilting. […]

Updated True Value almost twice as large

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Tony Parra The building used to be Shop n Save, and then it was Furr’s grocery store. Now Max Merrick, owner of True Value Trader Horn, has filled the building off of University Drive and Avenue D with everything from tile to lumber to tool sets fit for weekend mechanics. Merrick relocated True Value on […]

Businesses expand, seek local support

Tony Parra Two businesses are depending on the support of the Portales community in their moves to expand from their current locations. Robert’s Television and Appliance is having it’s grand opening on Friday and Saturday in it’s new 20,000 square foot building at 509 South Avenue C, where the old Poynors Home and Auto Inc. […]

New faces highlight Portales Open

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By Kevin Wilson Tennis, more than any other sport, is one where a small difference in skill makes a huge difference in the final score. So what happened on Saturday when a golfer making her Portales Open debut played players with decades of experience? For Cassidy Merrick, it was a chance to be a comedian. […]