Tornados pepper Texas towns

By Darrell Todd Maurina Up to five tornadoes touched down Tuesday evening in the rural area between Friona and Bovina, but no major structural damage was reported. “We had several reports of small tornado touchdowns in Parmer County, one four miles southwest of Friona, and several to the west of Friona and north of Bovina,” […]

Man indicted in death of Friona cop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Parmer County grand jury handed down a capital murder indictment Tuesday in what Sheriff Randy Geries believes is the county’s first capital murder case in at least 40 years. Jose Adam Gomez, 38, of Dumas, Texas, faces either the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of the April […]

Skeen, Valda

Valda Skeen Services: Have been held. Mrs. Valda Lea Skeen, 91, of Bovina, a seamstress, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at the Muleshoe Area Medical Center. She was born on March 17, 1912, in Hedley, Texas, to Henry and Leah Grant Forgerson. She moved from Texas to Texico where she attended school. She married William […]

Looney, Dorothy

Dorothy Looney Services: Have been held. Mrs. Dorothy Geraldine Looney, 77, of Bovina, died Saturday, May 3, 2003, in Friendswood, Texas. She was born on Nov. 25, 1925, in Clovis, to Loy Ivy Lobban and Jessie Catherine Noble. She was a long-time resident of Bovina and a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of […]

Bovina coach has high hopes for state

By Dave Wagner BOVINA — Boys track coach Tony Epps thinks Bovina sophomore Edgar Ortiz has a chance to do something pretty special in this weekend’s Texas Class 1A state 3,200 at the University of Texas in Austin. Actually, just getting to this point is quite a feat — only eight 1A runners from around […]

Q&A with Bill Ellis

Bill Ellis is retiring as owner of the Friona Star and the Bovina Blade. In 2001, he was named Man of the Year by the Friona Chamber of Commerce, as well as being elected to the Panhandle Press Association’s Hall of Fame. Q: How long have you been active in the field of journalism? A: […]

17 candidates are vying for U.S. Rep. Larry Combest’s seat

By Gary Mitchell Texas voters will make their way to the polls Saturday for local elections as well as a special election to decide on a replacement for U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock, in District 19. There are 17 candidates running for the District 19 seat, according to Parmer County officials. Those 17 include: E.L. […]