Hearing from former students always a joy

by Lynn Moncus Each year as Rattler Reunion approaches, excitement builds in those of us who are proud of our heritage in the Tucumcari Public Schools. Some of us are fortunate enough to be doubly proud because we graduated from T.H.S. and also were privileged to teach there. For some reason, this former teacher has […]

An homage to spiritual mentors

By Debra Whittingon And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy […]

Your computer has a long memory

By Lynn Moncus Throughout our lives we have been told that whenever we utter a word, it can never be withdrawn because it travels on its little sound wave forever. When we toss that word into the sound wave pool, we have created an everlasting wave just as we do when we toss a pebble […]

She spells way to D.C.

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but she never said goodbye. By spelling those words, and 30 others, correctly, she punched her ticket to Washington, D.C., as the winner of Saturday’s regional spelling bee, sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Christina, […]

Looking forward to the cowboy’s play on words

By Lynn Moncus Many of us who read the Quay County Sun look forward to seeing what Baxter Black has to say each week, not only because we speak the same language but because we know him. He has caused many smiles through the years and just keeps writing. When I was teaching “Cowboy Lit” […]

Words are worth a lot for puzsle

By Lynn Moncus: Quay County Sun Coumnist As most of you have gathered through the years, playing with words is one of my favorite pastimes. Whether reading them, writing them, or working puzzles in which they appear, words have fascinated me probably because Mother spent much time trying to teach them to me in those […]

Take pride in the flag

By Debra Whittington “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. ”   The calendar indicates that the fourth of July has passed once again as summer marches on. Still I can’t help thinking about that infamous date on the calendar in which we celebrate our […]

Local representative all spelled out

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Clovis elementary school student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Donaldson, eastern New Mexico’s representative, was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he […]

Deciphering the yearbook code

By Kevin Wilson In the last few days, I’ve thought a lot about dishonesty. I’ve thought about unrealistic expectations. I’ve thought about having the wrong priorities. Elected officials, you can relax. I’m talking about my high school yearbook. I was a recent visitor to a high school that had scheduled an afternoon for its yearbook […]

Clovis fifth-grader wins bee

By Andy Jackson/Freedom Newspapers Stephanie Stancell did the prerequisite work on “prerequisite,” studying the word and practicing its spelling, she said. But when her chance came to win the 2006 Regional Spelling Bee, she left off the “e” at the end of the word. Zia Elementary School fifth-grader Lucas Donaldson of Clovis pounced on the […]