Slow real estate sales plague ag industry

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when market starts coming back, sales are so scattered […]

NCAA wrong in limiting event coverage

By Freedom Newspapers The National Collegiate Athletic Association is applying 20th-century thinking to 21st-century news events, tossing the constitutional right of a free press as it tossed a reporter from the press box at a college baseball tournament. The offense? Blogging. The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported one of its sports reporters, Brian Bennett, was […]

Bennett, Kate

Kate Bennett, 94, of Portales died Friday, March 10, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born June 7, 1911, in Franklin County, Texas, to Dollie and Robert E. Thurman, and had 11 brothers and sisters. She lived her entire life in west Texas and eastern New Mexico.  On Aug. 31, 1932, in […]

Allen, Beverly A.

Beverly Ann Allen, 68, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at her home. She was born June 29, 1937, in Des Moines, to Milton and Evelyn Longwill Bennett. She had been a longtime resident of Clovis. She and her husband owned and operated Smyth Auto Supply until their retirement in 1984. She was a member […]

Weddings (11-20)

Rogers/McGriff Vanessa Latrice Rogers of Warner Robins, Ga., and Derrick Lewis McGriff of Hawkinsville, Ga., were married Oct. 15, 2005, at Greater Works Than These Ministries in Brunswick, Ga. Elder Pernell Smith, Sr., cousin of the bride, performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Patricia Rogers of Brunswick, Ga., formerly […]

Making statement not advocating action

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Bill Bennett, former secretary of education and drug czar, now host of the “Morning in America” talk radio show, caused quite a stir and hand-wringing in his response to a caller. The caller hypothesized that had there not been so many abortions in America, Social Security wouldn’t be facing its […]

Hounds take on East Central

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University and East Central football teams may be facing an early crossroads tonight. With both teams standing 1-2, the winner of the 6 p.m. Lone Star Conference crossover matchup at Blackwater Draw will be positioned for respectability. The loser, meantime, faces an uphill battle the […]

ENMU falls short of rodeo finals

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins and sophomore Brittany Bennett came up just a little short of reaching Saturday’s short-go finals in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Higgins finished 13th in bull riding with his score of 79, attained in the second-go Tuesday. The […]

ENMU’s Bennett, Gililland compete in CNFR

CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Brittany Bennett and senior James Gililland were in the top 10 in their events after Monday’s first-go in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Bennett, the day’s first competitor at 7 a.m., posted a time of 14.69 seconds in barrel racing, placing her […]

Eastern trio competing in CNFR

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo program have made their way to Casper, Wyo., this weekend for the College National Finals Rodeo. Competition begins today and wraps up Saturday . Seniors Dusty Higgins of Roswell and James Gililland of Tularosa and sophomore Brittany Bennett of Portales […]

Baxter Black’s writings appear in more than 100 publications.

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A former veterinarian, Baxter Black was raised in Las Cruces. (Courtesy photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer According to the Washington Post, “he could make a dead man sit up and laugh.” The New York Times describes him as “probably the nation’s most successful living poet.” Baxter Black says he just wants to be […]

Shell, Ramona

Ramona Shell Services: Have been held. Mrs. Ramona Christine Shell, 86, of Bowling Green, Ky., a housewife, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at the Medical Center in Bowling Green, Ky. She was born on May 11, 1918, in Okalahoma to Edward and Frances Hibbitts. She was a member of Westbrook Baptist Church. She was preceded […]

MIstakes haunt Hounds

Freedom Newspapers ADA, Okla. — Junior running back King Bennett rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns Saturday night as East Central defeated Eastern New Mexico University 33-14 in a Lone Star Conference crossover football game. ECU (2-1) jumped in front 14-0 in the first 8 1/2 minutes and never let the Greyhounds (1-3) get […]

Portales teen takes Miss Rodeo Queen New Mexico

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Brittany Bennett, of Portales, and recently crowned 2005 Miss Rodeo New Mexico-Elect, is congratulated by judge Dick Reason, of Tucson, Ariz., at the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant luncheon and coronation Thursday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Brittany Bennett likens rodeos to family reunions. Unlike many sports, camaraderie often […]

Bennett, Nan L.

Nan Louise Bennett Service: Have been held. Nan Louise Bennett, 85, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Mrs. Bennett was born March 29, 1918, in Muleshoe to James and Julia Clarke Smith. She married William R. Bennett Jr. in 1956 in Clovis. During WWII she ran the printing press […]

King, Laura

Laura King Services: Have been held. Laura King, 91, of Ruidoso, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at Ruidoso Care Center in Ruidoso. She was born on Aug. 22, 1912, in Buffalo, Mo., to Lettie and B.F. Bennett. At the age of 4, her family moved to the Dora area where she attended school. She married […]

Funds needed to toot old locomotive

By Don McAlavy Early in 1954, Clovis City Commissioner Roy Walker wrote a letter to Earnest S. Marsh, vice-president of the Santa Fe Railroad in Chicago. In so many words, the city of Clovis was asking the railroad for a locomotive that would be displayed in Hillcrest Park. Walker and the other commissioners knew Clovis […]

House moving a chore

By Don McAlavy House moving is not the most causal job in the world. In the summer of 1950, Homer Bennett and his six-man Clovis crew of house movers went to Dawson up near Raton to move the homes of 2,500 people. Bennett’s job was to jack up and move out all the buildings to […]