Talent, tunes at jamboree

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Michelle Seeber FLOYD — More than 500 people — a full house of young and old — heard some 40 soloists sing songs, play guitars and show off their talent Saturday night at the Floyd Lions Club 54th Annual Country Jamboree. Gathered at Floyd High School’s old gymnasium, the audience heard songs written by Johnny […]

Reunions are hazardous to your health

Bob Huber Here’s a knee jerker for you nostalgia buffs — beware of reunions! They’re hazardous to your mental health and won’t do your liver any favors either. I recently participated in a reunion of sorts that ranked up there with all get-togethers I’ve experienced over the years. It took place at Tiny’s in Santa […]

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 […]

Floyd musicians ready for annual jamboree

Tony Parra Our neighbors to the west are only days away from the music festival known as the Floyd Lions Country Jamboree. The 54th Annual Floyd Country Jamboree swings into action at 7 p.m. on Thursday with a traditional (older) country music show in the Floyd old gymnasium. “It’s one of the oldest, if not […]

The older you get, the easier it is to learn

Helena Rodriguez Well, I’m now halfway through my first full-time semester back in college after 13 years of working in the “real” world. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t cracked open a book since walking off that Eastern New Mexico University stage with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989. In fact, that’s […]

Contest buzzing with excitement

By Michelle Seeber Twenty-nine words into the 13th round, Zach Gillooly of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday at Clovis Community College. The 12-year-old seventh-grader from Yucca Junior High School won by correctly spelling the word “dipsomania.” Because he won, Zach will get to travel to Washington, D.C., on a trip sponsored by Freedom […]

Motorcycle mom markets homes

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Name: Martie Dewbre Hiner Job: Sales Consultant at Portales Homes Supercenter Age (and birth date): 43 (Feb. 18, 1961). Hometown: Portales, raised in Morton, Texas. Family: Husband, Eddy Hiner; Children, Matt Turney (23), Chance Turney (20), Lindsey Turney (20). What do you think of Portales? “I love living in Portales. The people in Portales are […]

Yes, there are reasons for having a leap year

Jim Lee Another leap year has leapt upon us. As always, the occasion causes me to scratch my rapidly graying cranium in profound confusion. I have a difficult time struggling to understand calendar stuff. Why do we need an extra day in February every few years, and why is February shorter than the other months […]

County officials approve funds for voting machines

PNT Staff Roosevelt County officials met for a brief special session on Thursday afternoon in the courthouse to talk about the election year. Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze proposed resolution requesting approval for purchase of four voting machines, which will cost $6,200 apiece, to replace the old ones. Fraze said there was money in the […]

Country music star performs with zest

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Mike Linn Jessica Andrews offered a fresh step, an innocent smile and a dash of youthful energy at Wednesday’s concert at Eastern new Mexico University. Not to mention a few country hits here and there. The 20-year-old country star performed for an estimated 1,500 students and fans at ENMU’s Campus Union Ballroom, where she waltzed […]