Convicted felon perishes in prison

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A man convicted of brutally raping and murdering a Clovis convenience store clerk more than 30 years ago died Tuesday in a state prison. Stanley Deon Melton, who suffered a long battle with cancer and was seriously ill, was 66, prison officials said Friday. Melton died Tuesday while in long-term […]

Holiday shopping stress wreaks havoc on emotions

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Before Christmas, I undergo a Jekyll/Hyde transformation, most noticeably when I buy presents. I call it my Christmas dichotomy. There is the happy Christmas self and my alter ego, the stressed out shopper. When I am cheerful, nothing alters my mood. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it with […]

Laptop sparks new interest in technology

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Computers, laptop, PalmPilots, BlackBerry phones, iPods, Mp3— technological devices are everywhere we turn. I am not sure what half of these “toys” can do, or what some of them look like. But I am an enthusiastic shopper. In my hands, technological devices become an opportunity to spend significant amounts of […]

Home business goes world wide

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Shipping products to places such as Australia, Switzerland and Sweden has taken Webb Direct 2U.com Children’s Apparel and Specialty Store from a home-based business to an international company. “We are an international business but we can offer comparable prices for an area like this,” said owner Suzi Webb. Started […]

Woody’s Jewelry gets facelift

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Woody’s Jewelry, a downtown Portales landmark for more than 50 years, is expanding its store, according to owner Danny Woodward. Woodward is remodeling the small storefront the business has occupied for the last half-century along with the building to its immediate west to provide an enlarged showroom and workspace […]

Clovis grocery store robbed

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis grocery store was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night, according to police. About 8 p.m., police were called to K’s Oriental Food Store at 1548 Thornton St. for a report of armed robbery. The victim told police a Hispanic male robbed the store at gunpoint and fired one shot while in the […]

Melrose Fruit Market changes ownership

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers The Melrose Fruit Market was ripe for the picking once the long-time owners opted for retirement. The quaint country store, located on U.S. 60/84 in Melrose, was owned and operated by Delo and Ruby Stephenson for the past 40 years. Due to their advancing age and Delo Stephenson’s deteriorating health, […]

Back-to-school scramble going well during tax-free holiday

Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Bargain hunters flocked to Clovis and Portales stores this weekend to take advantage of the state’s second tax-free holiday weekend. Randy Dayhoff, owner of Randy’s Shoes, said his store has done really well during previous tax holidays with customers looking for back-to-school items or even just back-to-work shoes. “It (tax-free holiday) […]

Residents lodge odor complaints at public meeting

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Brian Bonebright, vice president of operations for Dairi Concepts, summed up his company’s position when he said “Our intent is to fix the problem (odor).” However, whether or not residents living near the plant believe him is a different story. Some of the residents said they have heard that […]

New sports bar planned for Portales

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By Tony Parra “Going to the dog house” may not be so bad starting in late May or early June. That is when Chad Heflin, co-owner, wants to have The Dawg Houze package liquor store open. Heflin, partner in the business with Susan Hamilton Dick, is helping with the construction of the package liquor store […]

Just swipe it and get on with it

The science fiction dream of a cash-free society is pretty much here these days. The little debit cards we all carry and the online bill paying software have even made checks nearly obsolete. Nearly, but not quite. There are still a couple of places in my life where I can’t swipe and enter my secret […]

Some of us are like TV characters

By Kevin Wilson My birthday is a little less than two months away. I’m just letting you know now, because I’ve never been an easy person to shop for. If you don’t believe me, I invite you to come along to my family Christmas vacations, which I’ll admit I haven’t always got to do on […]

Merricks open Ashley Furniture store in Portales

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By Tony Parra June Merrick said one customer entered the Ashley Furniture store this week and said, “It was like she left Portales and entered the big city.” The furniture store has undergone a complete facelift and employees made the transition into the new store this week. Monday was the first day the locally-owned furniture […]

City officials happy with GRT numbers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Higher numbers for gross receipt tax revenue than projected for the last part of the 2005 year alleviated fears for Portales city officials that the elimination of the food tax might hurt the GRT revenue. Debi Lee, Portales city manager, said in the last six months of 2005, GRT […]

Holiday shopping a little slow

By Tonya Garner The parking lot at North Plains Mall was nowhere near filled to capacity Friday. Inside, the mall was sparsely populated with seemingly relaxed shoppers browsing available merchandise. Mall employee Brandi Chambers said she believes gross receipts are down from previous years because consumers are choosing to shop online. Chambers, who was operating […]

Local retailers: Shop Portales during holidays

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Service and quality are high on the list of reasons to Christmas shop in Portales this year, according to local retailers. “Nine out of ten times, when you shop locally, you’re looking at the owner,” Danny Woodward of Woody’s Jewelry in Portales said. Woodward said in his case, especially, service […]

Santa Claus getup suits Manny just fine

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A childhood fascination and a $10 investment at Wal-Mart has led to a seasonal Santa Claus who doesn’t mind being a rent-a-Santa, or a jolly old St. Nick waving at passersby just because it’s Christmas time. Manny Gallegos is the smiling man in the red and white fur suit who […]

Local family opens kids’ used clothing store

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Roach family life is all about kids, so it’s only natural that when Karen Roach opened her new business reselling kids’ stuff she would name it All About Kids. Roach, who grew up in Portales and graduated at Floyd High School, opened the new store two weeks ago and […]

Portales teen starts business fresh out of high school

By Tony Parra Teen high school graduates set their minds on hanging out with friends, getting a job or going to college when they get their high school diplomas, but for one teen her mind was set on opening her own business. Crystal Martinez, an 18-year-old woman who graduated from Portales High School in May, […]

Factory Direct expansion to double store’s size

By Tony Parra Store representatives said customers will have a better idea of what their house will look like once more showrooms are added to the Factory Direct furniture store in Portales. June Merrick, co-owner of Factory Direct furniture, said she is hopeful for having expansion complete at the furniture store by Jan. 2. Merrick […]