Holly bandmate is back

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Tommy Allsup’s hands slid up and down the fret board of his guitar with a fluid grace, his fingers plucking at the strings. A smile played across his face as if he knew a secret. Matching the acoustic notes of Allsup’s guitar, Scott Porter’s raw voice filled the room, singing […]

Plans rolling for state-of-the-art museum

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Roswell draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to its UFO museum every year. In Lubbock, they flock to the Buddy Holly Museum. Clovis officials hope to get visitors rolling into town, too, with the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ’N’ Roll Museum. “One thing we have that is unique to […]

Labor bill receives lukewarm reception

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A bill that would help farm and ranch laborers injured at work has gotten a lukewarm reception in the Legislature, and local lawmakers predict it has too many hiccups to pass. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and others said a bill that would amend the Worker’s Compensation Act to include […]

String-A-Longs reunite, perform local music festival

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers After 42 years apart, the String-A-Longs have reunited to perform at the Clovis Music Festival. The group will perform tonight during the opening night festivities. Performances by Tommy Roe and The LA Party Dolls will follow. The festival will continue through Saturday night. The String-A-Longs began recording in 1958 and […]

Local landmarks reflect pride

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Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense of pride: The National Mule Memorial is a unique monument in the small Texas town of Muleshoe. The High Plains town was organized in 1926 and […]

ENMU building burglarized

Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University Campus Police are investigating a burglary at the university’s Administration Building that occurred between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. According to campus police, $35.35 was taken from a petty cash drawer in the cashiers office. The payroll office in the building was also broken into. Access to […]

Clovis looks into buying studios

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis is to seek $750,000 in capital outlay funds for tourism development, with the remote dream of purchasing Norman Petty Studios, local officials said. To be requested in the next legislative session, the funds could be earmarked for purchase of the studio where rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy […]

Fans flock to music festival

Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers There’s no doubt Buddy Holly fans know the 1959 plane crash that claimed the lives Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper was the inspiration for the rock ‘n’ roll classic, “The Day the Music Died.” And though the 56th anniversary of that day has come and gone, the music in […]

Zias’ rally comes up short against Lady Buffs in LSC South opener

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By Dave Wagner West Texas A&M came out with a rush Monday night. The Lady Buffaloes used aggressive pressure defense to dominate the first 10 minutes and held on late for a 61-58 win over Eastern New Mexico University in the Lone Star Conference South Division women’s opener for both teams at Greyhound Arena. Seniors […]

Petty makes tour stop in Texico

By Ryan Lengerich TEXICO — NASCAR driver Kyle Petty is accustomed to being approached by adoring fans out for an autograph. Tuesday morning, the tables were turned. Clovis residents Lexie Meyers, husband Kevin and six-year-old son Lance made a short trip to a gas station in Texico. There, Petty, two other NASCAR drivers and about […]