Local participant knocked out in national bee

By Mike Linn Zack Gillooly and several modern-day dictionaries had something in common Wednesday morning: None of them recognized the word “reresupper.” Zack, representing the eastern New Mexico region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., lost in the first speaking round after misspelling the word by one letter, using an “o” instead [...]

Chenault hopes genes come through

By Ryan Lengerich Chay Chenault says he has the experience. The confidence. And the genes. His mother Sheri Chenault said her son comes from a family of savvy spellers, and if his thinking proves true, he’ll be capitol-bound come Saturday evening. The Floyd Middle School seventh grader is slated to compete in his third regional [...]

March 4 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays March 6 -12 Alisa Rice, Maria Chavez, Donald Graves, Kalyn Jasso, Shea Pettigrew, Debbie West, Jennifer Jorden, Thomas West, Lee Kirkpatrick, Cody West, Kay Wilson and Ashlee Thurman. Fifth Sunday The Methodist Church held their fifth Sunday luncheon and group singing last Sunday. Concert The group Desert Reign will hold a [...]

Students prepare for national spelling bee

Ryan Lengerich Area students are “sanguine” about a chance to visit Washington, D.C. — and many of them can spell that word, too. Sanguine, an adjective meaning excited or optimistic, and obscure words like it could pop up in the upcoming weeks as eastern New Mexico elementary and junior high students participate in their school’s [...]

Dr. Language has some bones to pick

Bob Huber Here at the Symposium for Sparkling Conversation we’re swamped with letters warning us that our mother tongue is going to hell in a handbasket. Just to show you how serious this is, we spent 10 sleepless minutes dealing with the fact that in English there is no synonym for the word “Thesaurus.” But [...]

ENMU/Incarnate Word men’s box score

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Late Saturday ENMU 91, Incarnate Word 89 Eastern New Mexico (5-3) — Jamaal Hunnicutt 1-7 2-4 4, Irshaun Pinckney 4-13 4-9 12, Brent Cooper 2-8 0-0 4, Garland Coleman 7-11 7-11 22, Kennis Green 5-12 4-4 17, David Hamilton 1-2 0-0 2, Paul Forrest 0-1 0-0 0, Jamal Washington 3-9 3-3 9, Travazz [...]

Preaching through rap

Darrell Todd Maurina Speakers blared. Fans clapped. And a jean-clad man on the stage belted out rap music lyrics before an audience of revved-up teenagers. The scene might have been mistaken for a rap concert filled with disaffected youth — except for the words being sung from the stage. “Anybody ashamed of Jesus up here?” [...]

Decoding phrases for the married man

Bob Huber You ladies undoubtedly want to go in the other room and talk about whatever it is you talk about when you get together, because we guys will be smoking cigars in here, talking football, and we’ll flat out bore you to death. Aw, don’t thank me. We’ll miss you. Have they gone? Can [...]

Jesus whispers, “Hold Steady”

By Joan Clayton My plants take a beating with these hot windy days. At noon they curl up their leaves and wilt. All of my work and energy wasted, I think. I made plans in early April about my garden. I gave my flower beds tender care by planting, watering, and fertilizing. The plants thrived [...]

Spelling champ goes on to D.C.

By Janet Bresenham Everyday life in Washington, D.C., usually revolves around the center of American government, political power and the hustle and bustle of bills on Capitol Hill. But today, young people will show the country how to spell success. The 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee begins this morning in the Independence Ballroom [...]