Berry’s good work should be remembered

Moving forward… Thursday was a sad day for eastern New Mexico law enforcement. Former Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry was convicted of tampering with public records, a result of Berry destroying traffic citations issued to an acquaintance. This is the definition of “good ol’ boy” police work, also known as a fourth-degree felony when more […]

Elida teen remembered for big heart

Christina Calloway An Elida teenager killed in a crash Friday is remembered as a beautiful and bubbly girl with a big heart. Britt’ny Mowell, 17, died at a Lubbock hospital from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover crash outside Elida. “She loved everybody, everyone became her friend,” said Mowell’s sister, Mollie Crow. “She was […]

In search of ponies: Blizzard becomes feather-raising experience

When the winter waves hit, the dogs came in, the horses got an extra scoop of sweet feed and the firewood was stacked high. Everything was ready for the bitter wind and clinging ice…Until I suddenly remembered, I had no interest in frozen chicken. Namely because a frozen chicken is wasted on a vegetarian, but […]

Jobs’ success shows reward of capitalism

Freedom New Mexico Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who died of cancer this week at the young age of 56, is being remembered across the globe as a great innovator, entrepreneur and visionary whose work has greatly improved the lives of people from all stations of life, in all countries and all professions. We appreciate […]

In tribute: Longtime resident remembered for pursuit of excellence

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Courtesy photo Friends, family members and business colleagues remembered Charles Wade, 77, as a man who excelled in what he learned, in what he inherited and even in positions where nobody would expect to find him. Kevin Wilson For better or for worse — but usually for much better — Charles Wade was never satisfied […]

Mother remembered for work ethic

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Courtesy photo Opal Yell Kevin Wilson You finish your education when you’re young, you have a family when you get older. Opal Yell didn’t take the ordinary path. But then again, her daughters have realized she was no ordinary mother. Yell, a mother and former business owner in Texico, died Dec. 24, 2010. Born Oct. […]

Volunteer remembered for commitment to service

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Lydick Kevin Wilson Robert Lydick had a personality nobody would forget, son Chad Lydick said. But something else wasn’t forgotten — his commitment to service. “That was his philosophy, and it’s become mine too,” Chad Lydick said of his father, who died Feb. 7. “We felt that everyone should give something back.” Lydick was known […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Miracles remembered

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing.

In tribute: Restaurant founder remembered for generosity

Argen Duncan A public memorial service for Cattle Baron restaurant founder Jeffrey Walter Wilson, remembered as a supporter of youth and a good employer, is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Monday at the Roswell Civic Center. Wilson died Sunday in Roswell at the age of 57. “He was a very generous man, helped the community any […]

Air Commando One remembered

By Senior Airman Ryan Whitney: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — More than 500 friends, family members and servicemembers gathered at here to honor and remember “Air Commando One” during a memorial ceremony July 2. Airmen of all ranks, including Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Medal of […]

Growing up in Clovis all about ‘little’ things

Don McAlavy Well, I came across some notes left me by the late Clovis historian Tom Pendergrass, and he too remembered the “little” things: “The town of Clovis was started in May 1907 with the original town site surveyed and sale of lots starting about the first of May 1907. Not long after that, my […]

In tribute: Resident remembered for dedication to Cannon

File photo By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Alan “Al” Jolly loved people, a clean car and the Dallas Cowboys. But his greatest love was for airmen just finding their way at Cannon Air Force Base. Jolly, a former Cannon airman, Realtor and car sales manager, died June 22 at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was […]

Former governor Bruce King remembered for compassion, fairness

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Courtesy photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico State legislators from Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari remember former Gov. Bruce King as a man who connected with people and served his state well. King died Friday morning at his ranch in Stanley. He was 85. The Democrat served three terms as governor, 1971-74, 1979-82 and 1991-94. […]

Columnist left mark on world of journalism

William Safire, the longtime New York Times columnist, may be remembered longer for his “On Language” columns, exploring word origins and usage, many of which found their way into a series of widely discussed books, than for his political commentary. As a political commentator, however, he was something of a model. For the most part […]

Former mayor remembered for warm heart

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Charles “Chick” Taylor Jr., one of Clovis’ longest serving mayors, is remembered as a friend to all and a man who warmed hearts. Taylor died at Saturday at Lubbock Heart Center. He was 76 years old. “He was a woodworker,” Cindy Banister said, describing her uncle. “The mayor of […]

Coach remembered for compassion off field

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It was a passion for sports that made Bruce Scroggins a coach. But those in his field said it was his compassion for the athletes that set Scroggins apart. Scroggins, 59, was a coach for numerous schools in New Mexico and Texas, a state champion many times over and […]

Friends arrive when unexpected

I was at a meeting recently where the subject was friendship. Much talk ensued about real vs. fake friends, acquaintances vs. friends, and other such roundabout conversation that never really got to the point. Later, I remembered a story my father told that taught me the true meaning of friendship. It also helps explain the […]

In tribute: Journalist remembered for resiliency

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Courtesy photo Mickey Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday in Portales due to heart complications, family members said. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Whether it was a friend, family, the Dallas Cowboys or Run DMC, Mickey Winfield’s loyalty was unquestioned over his 33 years. Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday […]

Lone Scout remembered as wise man

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist A Lone Scout, they tell me, is a Boy Scout without a troop or a troop leader. I didn’t know about the Lone Scout program until I met a Lone Scout who has been living in Clovis a long time. He was Sam Covington, who reached the age of 93, […]

Shooting victim remembered as thoughtful, caring

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Courtesy photo Melissa Ward was shot and killed while traveling in a van last week in Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Despite living a hard life, shooting victim Melissa Ward had a big heart, according to residents in the Lubbock neighborhood where she lived. Ward, who was shot and killed while traveling in […]