Portales family has near miss with fire

Alisa Boswell The Grubbs family of Roosevelt County had a close shave with Sunday’s fire. Scott Grubb said he and his wife had only been home for 30 minutes when they realized there was smoke nearing their house. Grubbs said he stepped into the back yard to look and realized the fire was nearing them. […]

Playoff beards let them know you’re out there

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I may never be on “Meet the Press,” but that’s OK. I already have the most important thing in common with host Tim Russert. We’re Buffalo Sabres fans. Some years, that doesn’t mean a lot, and during the National Hockey League’s lost 2004-05 season, it meant even less. But […]

Pets can be fussy about their look too

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Beau, a miniature schnauzer peeks over the tub during his bath Firday at Paw Paw Dog Grooming morning. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She jaunts across the little shop, her long hair dyed in streaks of red, white, and blue, with one tuft pulled in a spunky, ponytail on her […]

Billboard slogans return

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I opened a box of Pandoras a couple years ago when I wrote about those good old days of Burma Shave signs — you know, the little red billboards on every highway that kept us awake, clean shaved, and the children from being bored. (It didn’t take much to entertain […]

Reporter’s notebook: Coaches shave heads to motivate

Hair — or lack thereof — has become the perfect motivational tool for Darren Williams and Michael Thomas, coaches at Marshall Junior High School. The two men, similar in height and stature, stumbled upon an incentive for athletic teams at Marshall: In exchange for good performances, or in preparation for a tough competition, the coaches […]

Advertising rhymes still a phenomenon

Last year I wrote a column about that extinct advertising phenomenon called Burma-Shave signs — you know, those little red rhymes by the side of the road that quipped, “Peanut on a railroad track, heart all a flutter. Round the bend came no.10 — Toot, toot, peanut butter.” Well, I opened a box of Pandoras […]

Burma Shave signs are thing of the past

By Bob Huber When I was in my mid-youth crisis, Burma Shave signs on America’s roads were as common and comfortable as old shoes. Whenever a new one cropped up, we repeated its rhyming couplets over and over from bar stools to pulpits.  For you younguns, Burma Shave signs were little poems obligingly spaced line […]