Longtime Roosevelt extension agent dies

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Just days before the 2008 Roosevelt County Fair opens, fair lovers have learned of the death of one of its biggest supporters. Floyd McAlister, who was Roosevelt County Extension agent for more than 22 years, died late Wednesday in Lubbock. He was 64. People are remembering him as the […]

Pastors prepare for packed houses on Easter

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The pews will be packed, worshipers will be dressed in their finest and pastors have been preparing for weeks. All will be in preparation for what is sometimes referred to as the Super Bowl of Sunday worship — Easter. Clovis pastor Larry Tittle said while the Easter sermon is […]

Ag Expo features drought lessons

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Visitors attending the first day of the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales today can receive useful information on a common problem facing farmers and ranchers of the Southwest — drought. New Mexico State University extension range management specialist Chris Allison will lead the seminar “Planning For the […]

July 14, 2006 Religion Briefs

Central Baptist welcomes new pastor Central Baptist Church is welcoming Alan W. McAlister as new pastor. According to a church press release, McAlister became a minister in 1983. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University with a major in communications and a minor in marketing. He received his Master of Divinity degree […]

WILTING AWAY: Area dryland wheat in dire need of moisture

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Cattle graze in a field north of Clovis off State Highway 209 Friday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Lack of significant moisture since mid-October has area wheat farmers desperately hoping for rain. One wheat farmer, Dale Miller, said if it doesn’t rain or snow in the next couple of […]

Researchers talk peanuts on ag tour

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Ronald Henning of Nitragin, based in Oklahoma, gestures towards a peanut demonstration plot during Thursday’s peanut day sponsored by New Mexico State University. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In the midst of concrete and asphalt in the city of Portales there is the essence of nature and eastern New […]

Ray, James

James Ray Services: Have been held. Mr. James Troy Ray, 87, of Clovis died Friday, July 8, 2005 at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 30, 1917, in House to Jewell and Lily Graham Ray. He was a Navy seaman during World War II and served most of his seven years duty on […]

Jones, Ruby

Ruby Jones Services:Have been held. Mrs. Ruby Mae Jones, 82, of Clovis, died Monday, June 20, 2005, in Clovis. She was born on Nov. 18, 1922, in Fort Sumner, to L.C. and Gertrude Barnhart, She attended business college. Family members said she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren at the park, quilting, sewing, gardening, crocheting, […]

Simms, Grace E.

Grace E. Simms Services: Have been held. Grace E. Simms, 82, of Clovis, died Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 5, 1922, in McAlister to Brodie and Estell Lewis Webb. She married Jack D. Simms Feb. 23, 1952, in Yuma, Ariz. She was a clerk […]

Large turnout expected at expo

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers More than 450 exhibitors of farm, ranch and dairy products and services are expected for the 13th annual New Mexico Ag Expo Feb. 22-23 in Portales. Pat Willis of the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce and an event organizer said once again there will be vendors from the west Texas and […]