Shoutouts — Jan. 8

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Granddaughter honored Hollani Davis is an award-winning TV journalist at WDBJ in Roanoke, Va. She is the granddaughter of longtime Clovis residents Louise McPherson and the late Claude McPherson. Her parents are Michael and Diane Davis of Las Cruces. As the 11 p.m. weeknight anchor she is responsible for finding everyday stories that inform and […]

Storytelling part of Christmas custom

There are stories, and stories told on film, that come to mean Christmas to each one of us. Though the list differs, the reality of hearing these seasonal favorites remains the same, in its essence, for most people. This year, actually for the first time, I got to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” in its […]

My turn: Know any Rosies?

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American Rosie the Riveter Association is looking for a few good stories — stories about the women of World War II who learned to be electricians, welders, riveters and more, keeping the country moving while the men were off fighting. Here’s one of those ordinary, extraordinary stories: Gertrude Lacey was a French-speaking Catholic school girl […]

McGee: Stranger’s kindness met with caution

Grant McGee Too many campfire tales, scary movies and news stories have taken a toll on how I respond to helpful strangers. I realized this on our recent trip to the American Southland. If you remember we arrived at my brother’s house in south Florida. While he and his wife were out of town they […]

God makes best out of impossible scenarios

One of my favorite stories in the Bible tells about the Israelites crossing the Red Sea under God’s mighty hand. The story begins with the famine in Canaan that caused Jacob to send his son Joseph to Egypt to buy food. On the way Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery. Little did those brothers […]

Monday morning briefing: A trial anniversary, and a Mrs. being sought

Good morning, and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday morning briefing.

My turn: Some stories need to be shared

Who knew the death of Superman could be a humorous and entertaining dinner story? I went with my parents to a dinner banquet last weekend and while there, I shared a work story about accidentally killing my co-worker’s bobble-head Superman in his office. I had a table full of ladies laughing as I told them […]

On the shelves — Sept. 18

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Heroes For My Son by Brad Meltzer was given by Jane and Pat Miner in memory of Paul Huerta. To offer positive role models for his son, a father compiles the stories of fifty-two heroes, tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the moment that made them great, […]

Our people: Mentality for music

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Most stories about Clovis resident Chuck Tipton begin with “When we were working on that musical…” There’s reason for that. Tipton taught music in Clovis’ schools for 20 years at all levels, including college, and he never got out of it. He has worked with show choirs, Cotillion and directed and adapted shows for all […]

My turn: Children’s soccer entertaining chaos

Alisa Boswell The Relay for Life in Clovis last weekend was an atmosphere filled with excitement. It was fun being able to cover the event, because I always enjoy seeing the enthusiasm of those working for the cause and hearing their personal stories. It’s both moving and fun to write. I also got to watch […]

My turn: Walks to school make good stories

Helena Rodriguez There was always that one house on the way to school you’d avoid as a kid. For us, it was the home of A-Ri-Ti-Ti-Ti-Di, perhaps a Spanish form of Rin Tin Tin, a scary looking, elderly man who set dogs loose on us. Maybe we deserved it. I don’t know how he got […]

Cowboy stories all about wrecks

Imagine the header clinging to the rack on the back of a flat-bed, chasing a cow across the high plains of Colorado with the hazer banging along beside him in a quarter-ton Ranger with a vet-box in the bed. Cowboy stories are about wrecks; horse wrecks, cow wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, Tyranosaurus Wrex, and […]

Cattle operation comes with catch

As many of you regular readers might guess, people tell me their stories — stories about horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, any kind of wreck you can think of. I met JW in Tennessee. He’s a regular reader of my column and thought his story would fit. It seems he […]

Glenda Price: Snakes always provide stories

Glenda Price What were your mother’s parting words every time you left the house? Right. “Watch for snakes.” In August, we were told to be extra careful because the rattlers would be shedding their skins, their eyes would be covered for a few days, and since they couldn’t see they would strike at the sounds […]

Columnist featured in ‘Chicken Soup’ book

Portales religion columnist and retired teacher Joan Clayton wrote one of the stories in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.” The book recounts 101 true stories of divine intervention and answered prayers, according to the Chicken Soup for the Soul website. It is available now. Information: http://www.chickensoup.com/

Their turn: Lifestyles section needs better stories

Portales’ Chris Harrell offers this critique of the Portales News-Tribune in his letter to the editor:

Chilean rescues inspiring

Karl Terry Inspiring news stories don’t come along too often. Inspiring news stories on a global level are even more rare. The rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile will rate up there with the miracle U.S. hockey win in the 1980 Olympics and the rescue of Baby Jessica from a well near Odessa, Texas, […]

In search of ponies: Readers share pet stories

Sharna Johnson It’s been three months since my column started, and it got me thinking. At first I saw the column as another of those cursed assignments that only a boss can think up, and quite frankly, I was terrified to write in the first person and open myself up to readers. However I have […]

Believe hype behind Wooden

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Some of the worst stories I’ve ever read were about John Wooden. Thanks to Wade Fraze, one of the best is too. Regarded as college basketball’s greatest coach, Wooden died two Fridays ago at 99. He won 620 games and 10 national titles, including seven in a row. For comparison, […]

Good shows should tell stories

Ever seen “Whale Wars”? No? Normally, as regular readers of this column know, I have very low tolerance for reality TV, but there have been a few recent and notable exceptions, of which “Whale Wars” is one. That and a few of the others are the subject of this column. First comes the disclaimer; I […]