Jury: Melrose man guilty of vehicular homicide

By Darrell Todd Maurina Harry Downey, 70, showed no emotion Friday in Curry County District Court as jurors found him guilty of homicide by vehicle after four hours of deliberation, a verdict that could put him behind bars in state prison for the next six years. Downey, a farmer from Melrose, also faces an upcoming […]

Melrose man goes on trial in 2001 death of secretary

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County jurors will be asked this week to determine if Harry L. Downey, 70, of Melrose, is responsible for the 2001 death of Anna Beth Austin, the secretary for Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper. The key question, prosecutors and defense attorneys agree, is whether Downey was intoxicated at the time […]

Welcome to Austin: Neat town

Clyde Davis We headed west and then north out of Austin, Texas, driving through the rolling hills and green countryside that, except for the temperature, reminded me very much of western Pennsylvania and home. Janice was driving, I was riding shotgun, and Dot and Lynn were stretched out in the back seat. It was Saturday […]

Survivors event was spiritually empowering

Clyde Davis The best moment in the entire experience was my beautiful wife, Janice, waiting at the finish line with a bouquet of flowers. Immediately after I came across and the volunteer handed me my survivor’s rose, Jan greeted me with the bouquet and the sign that she and Lynn and Dot had made while […]

Smart, Ben

Ben Smart Services: Have been held. Mr. Ben. O. “Pappy Ben” Smart, 86, of Arvada, Colo., a furniture dealer, died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at the Wheatridge Manor Nursing Home in Arvada. He was born on Feb. 27, 1917, in Roosevelt County. He married Lela Inez Leitner on Oct. 22, 1937, in Amarillo. They lived […]

Zorns, Reba

Reba Zorns Services: Have been held. Reba Ferne Zorns, 89, of Austin, Texas, died Saturday, June 7, 2003, in Cedar Park, Texas. She was born Jan. 16, 1914, in Gray, Okla., to John M. and Laura Denton Elmore. She moved to Perryton, Texas, where she finished high school. She lived in Brownfield from 1944 until […]