Students observe day of silence

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor For Eastern New Mexico University freshman Jenny Gheer, the sign hanging from her neck said everything she needed to say. And if it didn’t, she had a pen to help. Gheer was one of many in the community who took part Wednesday in Day of Silence, a national program […]

We are products of our words

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist It’s been said, “What you said yesterday is what you are living today.” In other words, we are a product of our words. Words have power, positive or negative. It is awesome and sobering to realize you and I have within us the potential for building or destroying, and we […]

Moderator has own history in spelling bee

By Lesli Radford Carol Nash has been participating in spelling bees for nearly 50 years. She won the Quay County spelling bee as a San Jon student in 1957. Then when she became a first-grade teacher at now-defunct Eugene Fields School in Clovis, her principal asked her to help out by pronouncing words for contestants. […]

Life has a great harvest

By Joan Clayton I love to see pumpkins in the fields this time of year.  Their beauty, especially with a slight frost, decorates God’s exquisite landscape.  The golden fields of waving grain brings the chorus of  “America, the Beautiful” to my mind and I want to sing it. The crisp fall air with the flavor […]

Summer the perfect time for not-so-smart ideas

By Bob Huber Childhood friends tell me I once had tangled curly hair and a perpetual runny nose, and I ran around all summer in frayed overalls and Tenner shoes, the latter being the invention of that friend of all boys, Mr. Tenner. But in spite of my appearance, those were exotic times, like the […]

Clovis youth prepares for national spelling bee

By Ryan Lengerich His friends call him Zack, but Tuesday he will be known simply as “Speller No. 141.” That number will be assigned to Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly when he represents eastern New Mexico in a three-day competition this week at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New […]

Newspaper ratings would give readers a choice

Bob Huber If you’re watching TV these days, you’re in good hands, because television now has rated shows just like the movies. But the ratings are a little different. Among others, they have “R,” “PG-14”and “NR.” • R stands for Raunchy. You can tell it’s wicked, because parts that caused the R rating have been […]

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?” […]

Animals entertain, educate students

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Tony Parra There is something you can get from seeing a real-life bird or snake that you can’t get anywhere else — not in books, not on television. That’s the experience Lindsey Middle School sixth-graders received on Wednesday when the Rio Grande Zoo-to-You program out of Albuquerque brought exotic animals for viewing. Jan Dosch and […]

Local schools promote student integrity

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Tony Parra Character and responsibility are what Portales Public School officials are trying to instill in students with a nationwide program implemented in Portales schools. The Character Counts Organization promotes activities to instill characteristics of a student. Each state and each school has it’s own Character Counts Program, and various schools in each state implement […]