Chorale director is winner of Golden Apple Award

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By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers Caught by surprise on Wednesday and left completely speechless and teary-eyed, Portales High School chorale director, Franklin Smith, was named a Golden Apple Award recipient.

PHS choir is runner-up in state competition

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A state-wide choir competition had never been held in New Mexico until this year. Portales High School’s choir took advantage of the chance to compete and came away as the runner-up in Class 3A.

Saluting the flag

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer A handful of Portales women will forever be stitched into the fabric of every state flag that flies over New Mexico. On a day in 1955, members of the Portales chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy led by W.B. Oldham saw a great need for the state […]

2-10-08 Anniversaries

Smith Bill and Wilma Smith of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at University Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1012 W. 15th St. in Portales. The come-and-go celebration will be hosted by their children, Steve (Kathy) Smith and Karl (Melissa) Smith and their grandchildren, Jeremy, Timothy, Daryn, Valon […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Donations make Balad hospital more comfortable

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Liliana Castillo/Cannon Connections Vicky Johnson, left, Heidi Killion, middle, her daugher Emma, 5, and Diana Plehn sort through donations Wednesday collected from Cannon Air Force Base for Balad in Iraq. By Karl Terry, Cannon Connections People in eastern New Mexico are helping make someone’s life in a hospital in northern Iraq a little more comfortable […]

Origin of pledge hand salute unknown

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Almost immediately after the Legislature adopted the salute to the New Mexico flag, school children and public meetings immediately began making the pledge part of their day. Most organizations, including public school classrooms, say the pledge with the right hand outstretched and the palm upward. Members of the Ellen […]

Square dancing unique social opportunity

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico David and Alyse Josiwak danced on their first date 39 years ago. About 15 years ago the couple learned ballroom dancing. They spent Saturday afternoon twirling, promenading and dosidoing. In a seamless transition of figure eights, they switched with six other dancers in the Baxter-Curren Senior Center dance hall […]

ENMU picks Smith as business dean

Freedom New Mexico Gene Smith, an assistant professor of accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems at Eastern New Mexico University, has been named dean of ENMU’s College of Business. His appointment is effective Jan. 2. He replaces interim dean Thurman Elder. “He has proven to be an excellent administrator and […]

Local schools to begin holiday concert series

PNT Staff Report Portales Municipal Schools begins its annual series of holiday concerts this week with a twist. According to Portales High School choir director and district fine arts coordinator Franklin Smith, this year’s concerts will include a promotion to provide prepaid phone cards for U.S. troops overseas. Smith said he became aware of how […]

11-11 Elida School News

FFA competes in creed contest Elida FFA members competed in the District IV Creed Contest in Clovis on Monday. The contest required students to recite the FFA Creed and then answer three questions. Thirty-five contestants from the eleven schools in District IV competed in the ninth-grade division. Amanda Cross-Smith won the contest and Autumn Thomas […]

Group quilts in effort to mend hearts

This quilt, which hangs at the Patchwork House, is being raffled to raise funds for Operation Homefront Quilt. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Stitch by stitch a volunteer group is mending hearts. The group, called the Caprock Quilters, make quilts in support of Operation Homefront Quilts. The colorful handstitched quilts are sent to the family […]

Canine finds home with enlisted couple

Photo by Tonya Fennell By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico “Baby” is a celebrity of sorts. And like many young stars, her life has been far from perfect. The female Staffordshire bull terrier was abused, abandoned and left to wander Cannon Air Force Base for over a year. The abandoned canine was first spotted hunkered […]

10-21 Honors

Smith G13 Stand Out, showed by Greg Smith of Elida, won grand champion bull at the 2007 Keystone International Livestock Expo Angus Show Oct. 5, 2007, in Harrisburg, Penn.

Oct. 14 Honors

Thomas L. Musick of Portales registered the fifth most Angus beef cattle in New Mexico in fiscal year 2007, ending Sept. 30, according to a press release from the American Angus Association. According to the association, Robert and Mitzi Miller of Floyd ranked 10th in the number of Angus beef cattle sold during that same […]

Curry County manager resigns

Freedom Newspapers Staff Curry County manager Dick Smith has resigned, County Commissioner Robert Sandoval confirmed this morning. Sandoval said he received a call from County Commission Chairman Albin Smith on Thursday, who said Dick Smith had written a letter of resignation. Sandoval said he had no additional information. Attemps to contact Albin Smith and Dick […]

ENMU to honor Domenici

ENMU honoring Sen. Domenici during homecoming PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University is presenting Sen. Pete Domenici an honorary lifetime alumni award during its homecoming breakfast on Oct. 6.  Also receiving alumni awards are Deborah M. Sawyer, founder, president and CEO of Environmental Design International; Clifton L. Smith, professor at the University of Georgia; and […]

Sept. 19, 1961

• Temperatures in Portales were recorded in the low 30s even though it was still summer on the calendar. • Montgomery W. Smith, received a two-year Army ROTC scholarship at New Mexico State University. Smith, a junior was studying mechanical engineering. • Charles Bennett, of Causey, won he showmanship trophy for the swine division at […]

Sept. 9 Honors

Smith Greg Smith of Elida has recently won numerous honors at Angus cattle shows across the country. On Aug. 14 a bull he co-owns, G 13 Stand Out on reserve grand champion bull at the 2007 State Fair of West Virginia Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show in Lewisburg, W. Va. On Aug 18 his […]