Nelson, George W.

George W. Nelson, 78, of Portales died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 at his daughter’s home in Glendale, Ariz. He was born Feb. 22, 1927, in Erwin, Tenn., to Joseph Henry and Jenovne McCurry Nelson. He married Nettie Erickson on Dec. 9, 1966, in Reno, Nev. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1966 and owned […]

Nelson, Nettie

Nettie Nelson, 68, of Portales, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at her daughter’s home in Glendale, Ariz. She was born Jan. 5, 1937, to Leonard and Maurene Inez Hill Bruffett in Little Rock, Ark. She married George Nelson on Dec. 9, 1966, in Reno, Nev. She was a homemaker, and owned ABC Knitting in Bellingham, […]

Nelson, Norman

Mr. Norman Wayne Nelson, 60, of Clovis died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born April 21, 1945, in Dothan, W. Va., to Herman and Belle Bragg Nelson. He married Layne Kegel Sept. 7, 1974, in North Miami, Fla. He moved to New Mexico from Pennsylvania 24 years ago. He […]

Naylor, Nelson

Nelson Naylor Services: Have been held. Nelson Naylor, 92, of Littlefield, Texas, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on April 21, 1913, in Portales, to Joe and Esther Naylor. He married Alice Betts on Aug. 28, 1938, in Portales. He managed Kemp Lumber Co. in Portales and […]

Nelson holds concert at ENMU

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Willie Nelson plays for the crowd during Wednesday’s show at the Campus Union Ballroom of Eastern New Mexico University. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Country music legend Willie Nelson made his first concert in Portales a memorable one for eastern New Mexico residents on Wednesday. Nelson led off the show with […]

Willie Nelson concert today

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Country music artist Willie Nelson will be rolling into town today for a concert at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Billy Joe Shaver, country music singer/songwriter, will start the show at 7:30 p.m. and Nelson will follow, according to promoter Bruce Williams. “Things […]

Residents eagerly await Willie Nelson concert

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — People of all ages from Portales are eagerly awaiting the arrival of country music legend Willie Nelson to Portales. Nelson will be in concert on Wednesday at Eastern New Mexico University. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with Billy Joe Shaver as the opening act. Faith Triumphant Christian […]

Relay for Life revving up with more than 75 teams

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A luminary dedicated to retired UPS package driver John Ortiz was decorated by Mary Rose Paterson. Ortiz, who worked for UPS for 30 years, died of liver cancer in 2004. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer What began in 1985 as one man’s 24-hour walk around a Tacoma, Wash., track has […]

Willie Nelson coming to ENMU

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University officials confirmed Tuesday country music legend Willie Nelson will appear in concert May 11 in the ballroom of the Campus Union Building. Tickets will be go on sale starting Thursday for ENMU students and staff and Saturday for the general public. School officials are […]

ENMU pursues country star Willie Nelson

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Country legend Willie Nelson may just be going “On The Road Again” and make his way down to Portales for a concert at Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU officials confirmed that university representatives are in negotiations with the country singer to perform in Portales. “Officially we haven’t released […]

UFO Music Festival in Roswell brings out country music legends

By Emilie Hornack: CNJ Correspondent Roswell will reach for the stars with a few country music mainstays and industry newcomers taking to the stage Saturday for the Second Annual Merle Haggard UFO Music Fest. The music festival is part of the city’s annual UFO festival, which runs today through Sunday. This festival-style event is hosted […]

Local paper carrier retires after 20 years

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Beth Nelson understood customer service. The 79-year-old former newspaper carrier speaks softly and smiles often despite a knee brace strapped on her right leg like a sidelined athlete. That brace, she said, is the only thing preventing her from delivering Clovis News Journals to 150 customers in city’s southeast […]

Retired police chief touched lives

By Michelle Seeber Nelson Worley was clever when it came to tracking down crime suspects. Once, police were chasing a man on foot when Worley circled around in his car, rolled the window down and said, “Hey, buddy, you need some help?” The guy jumped in the car — and Worley handcuffed him. So the […]

Lady Cats fall short in 2 OTs

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Hobbs’ Ty Como tries to block Clovis senior Jessica Hohn’s shot during Tuesday’s game at Tasker Arena. Hobbs News-Sun photo by Kimberly Ryan. By Eric Butler HOBBS — As they do after every home game, the Hobbs girls basketball team players invited Clovis on Tuesday into a postgame huddle where the participants all hold hands […]

Flores, Cruz

Cruz Flores Services: Have been held. Cruz Flores, 66, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on June 15, 1937, in Namiquipa, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Ramon and Ignacia Hernandez Calzadillas. She married Santiago Flores on Feb. 13, 1956, in Namiquipa. They came to Clovis in […]

Ex-Clovis standout is as savvy in courtroom as he was on the hardcourt

By Eric Butler Whether it is on the basketball court or in the courtroom, Nelson Franse has always found ways to come out on top. A former Clovis High and University of New Mexico basketball standout, Franse is drawing accolades as a defense attorney. Franse, 42, is a director in the professional liability department for […]

Public Record 8/1

Compiled from court records from July 17 through July 30: Marriage Licenses — John Brian Toney, 20, to Yvonne Marie Ramirez, 18, both of Clovis. — Carl Daniel Patton, 23, to Stacee Nicole Riley, 18, both of Clovis. — Andrew Wayne Harmon, 23, to Mercedes Patricia Garcia, 22, both of Clovis. — Christopher David Cromer, […]