Engagement: Culpepper/Miller

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Darwin and Janic Culpepper of Portales announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Jaytha Culpepper of Portales, to Jason Miller of Farwell, Texas, son of Richard and Nancy Miller of Farwell. The couple will exchange vows at 5:30 p.m. July 12, 2008, at the Southside Church of Christ in Portales. The bride-elect is a 2002 […]

Memorial Day observance set for Monday

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Myrtie Smith has not missed a single Memorial Day program in Portales since her son, Lloyd E. Smith, was killed during the Vietnam War in 1967 at the age of 22. “Lloyd was in the 173rd Airborne. They dropped out of a mountain and the Viet Kong were already […]

Schimming/Kelly engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kelly of Portales announce the approaching marriage of their son, Joseph Daniel of Lubbock to Whitney Callison Schimming of Dallas, Texas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Schimming of Dallas. The couple will exchange vows June 28, 2008, at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. The reception will be at Winfrey Point […]

Trial date set for Portales woman accused of killing son

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son in January 2007 faces a September trial date.Teresa Gilman, 25, was ruled competent to stand trial in February and indicted Feb. 27

Bitten zookeeper’s condition improving

Sharna Johnson The mother of a Clovis zookeeper said because Gila Monster bites are rare, doctors struggled to figure out how to treat her son. Sharita Haragan, said her son, Cody Machen suffered a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction after he was bitten by the venomous lizard Wednesday while transferring it between cages at Hillcrest Park […]

Twister victims remembered for family devotion

Freedom New Mexico Heleneta Blevins, 90, died March 27 at her son’s home after being released from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family in her last moments.Blevins lived behind her son’s home in a trailer home. When the tornado hit, her son, Jim Blevins, took shelter with her in a closet. The […]

County spelling bee returning

PNT Staff Report A county spelling bee is coming back to Roosevelt County and spellers are busy studying their Paideas in anticipation. Winners and runners-up from school spelling competitions will meet on Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium to compete in the Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. Betty Williamson, county bee director, said […]

A mother’s story: Living with autism

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding rocks, playing with his laptop and exploring the world around him at full speed. But he keeps his impressions of people and things locked deep within. Brenden is autistic. Autism is a complex developmental disability […]

Soldier home for holidays

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers All Rebecca Blacklock wanted for Christmas was a phone call from her son, Ryan, who was serving a tour in Iraq for eight months. But what stood on her door was better than any gift she could ever receive: A bouquet of roses and Ryan, holding them. Her son, a […]

Shopping not always enjoyable

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers I love to shop. However, I don’t enjoy shopping when back-to-school time rolls around. Mile-long school supply lists and a son who refuses to wear anything other than black does not equal a good time. This year, I chose to drag my children to the mall the weekend before school […]

Clovis teen charged with shooting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis grand jury indicted a Clovis teen Friday on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend. District Attorney Matt Chandler said Albert Ramirez, 18, is also charged with three counts of tampering with evidence. Eladio Robledo died at Plains Regional Medical Center […]

Clovis teen arrested in shooting case

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A tip from a citizen led to the arrest of a Clovis teen who police say shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend Thursday, police said. Albert Ramirez, 18, was arrested without incident at 713 W. 13th St. around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a press release from Clovis police said. He […]

Snakes on the plains

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer It appears snake encounters by residents inside Portales city limits are on the rise. “We’re having more (calls) this year than in the past,” said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. During the year, the department does receive a few snake calls, but the number has been higher this year. […]

Marine returns to Portales

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Memorial Day was especially poignant for one Portales couple whose son was home on leave from a tour in Iraq. Kody Ashmore, 20, a U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal and Portales High School graduate, returned home May 19 after nearly nine months in Iraq. “It’s such a relief,” his […]

Storm victim recounts time spent in rubble

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The only thing Shirley Boothe could do was raise her hand and wait. The 65-year-old Clovis woman was pinned under the roof of her trailer. About 20 feet away, her friend, Walter “Snap” Cravy, was buried beneath pounds of rubble. The tornado that roared through Clovis on Friday demolished […]

Tornado claims life

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A 90-year-old woman injured in Friday’s tornado died this morning. Heleneta Blevins passed at 4:50 a.m. in her eldest son’s home, according to her eldest son, Bob Blevins. A local hospice provided services, he said. Her death marks the first tornado fatality in Clovis’ 100-year history, according to Clovis […]

March 21, 2007 Military Digest

Lemon Army Pvt. Jake N. Lemon has graduated from the H-8 Tracked Vehicle Recovery Specialist Course at Fort Knox, Ky., according to an Army & Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of B.J. Landsperg of Portales, and a 2006 graduate of Portales High School.

March 7, 1971

Navy Fireman Apprentice Roger D. Jones, son of Dr. and Mrs. George L. Jones of 1600 South Ave. N Portales, is now serving aboard the nuclear attack aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which is currently cruising around South America enroute to Alemeda, Calif.

Macias found guilty of murder

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Wilfred Salas Jr.’s family members put their arms around each other and leaned their heads together as the jury’s verdict was read. Robert Macias, 31, was found guilty of first-degree murder and shooting at a motor vehicle, Judge Joe Parker told a crowded courtroom Tuesday in the 9th Judicial District […]

Portales mother’s hearing postponed

PNT Staff A 24-year-old Portales woman charged last week with killing her son will undergo a competency evaluation before going in front of a grand jury, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Teresa K. Gilman was scheduled to appear before a Roosevelt County grand jury Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder or the […]