PHS netters preparing for state singles, doubles

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By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer When Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self take the No. 1 seed into doubles competition in this weekend’s Class 1A-3A state individual tennis tournament in Albuquerque, they’ll be shooting for perfection. Neither has lost a match all season in singles, and they’ve compiled a 14-0 record in doubles […]

Prayers lifted up locally

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales residents took part in the National Day of Prayer Thursday with several events designed to bring the community’s faithful together for the purpose of prayer. About 50 people gathered at noon around the gazebo at the Roosevelt County Courthouse to pray. Steve Smith, minister of University Baptist Church, […]

Live music, games, piñatas, to be featured at eastern New Mexico celebrations

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers When a band has been together for more than a dozen years, it’s only natural that every once in a while they get sick of each other. “It’s kind of like being married,” E.J. Rodriguez said. “You have some good days and some bad days.” Zumbale, a Clovis dance band, […]

Zias duo chasing school HR mark

By Dave Wagner: PNT sports writer Coming into this season, seniors Jessica Nocas and Tina Whitt seemed unlikely candidates to threaten Eastern New Mexico University’s home run record in softball. After all, they hit only six between them a year ago. Nonetheless, the high school rivals from Riverside, Calif., head into this weekend’s four-game Lone […]

Hussein’s trial should be least important aspect

Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain satisfaction in seeing a brutal tyrant like Saddam Hussein in the judicial dock, on trial for one of the outrageous crimes he committed against the Iraqi people. Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense policy and foreign affairs at the libertarian Cato Institute, said Saddam’s trial has the potential to be […]

Signs that you may be over the hill

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist I was rocking my chair last week when it dawned on me that I might be over the hill — a hair-raising experience for someone as young and vibrant as I am. So I called my daughters to confirm my youthful status: “What brought this on?” they asked. “Well, things are […]

Tradition goes on

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High School girls danced wearing vibrant green, peach, pink and purple dressers as they wound streamers of the same color around two poles, carrying on a tradition which has lasted more than 75 years. The PHS boys in their tuxedos danced along with the females during the […]

Gamers: On the LAN

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers It all started with pinball machines and Atari in the mid-1980s. Then Nintendo in the early ’90s. And when he graduated high school, his “addiction” progressed to personal computer games — Noel Hailey was hooked on video games. “My dad got me started when I was four years old playing […]

Isaacs family has short, but enjoyable, reunion

By Tony Parra It was a Christmas for the entire Isaacs’ family to remember — a holiday in which Galen and Barbara’s sons were all together at the dinner table instead of a foreign country fighting a war. It was the first time in 2 1/2 years all three boys — Corey, 27, Toby, 22 […]

Students unite for bible study

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By Laurie Stone Four students affiliated with The Thomas Moore Outreach Ministry on Campus at Eastern New Mexico University have stepped into a place of leadership to unite people for God in a nondenominational Bible study. Rev. Tobin Hitt encouraged Rodrick Chambers of Victory Life Church, Lucero Tirado and Fide Davalos of St. Helen’s Catholic […]