Adult swim: Many find it’s never too late to start learning

By Tonya Jameson The Charlotte Observer The moment brings laughter now, but it sure wasn’t funny then. Michelle Simmons swam to the middle of the deep end at the YMCA pool and froze. She was too tired to go all of the way to the wall. She was too scared to turn around and swim […]

Hymns get better with age

Karl Terry

By Karl Terry Local columnist I have a ragged songbook in the bookshelf next to my computer at home that has a first copyright three years before I was born. Anything between my birth date and the days Christ walked the Earth is pretty old, and we’ll just leave it at “this is a pretty […]

Black Hills chock full of surprises

By Clyde Davis Local columnist I was surprised, though not too surprised, at the number of people I know who have been there, particularly on motorcycles. “There” is the Black Hills, including Mount Rushmore, and it’s not really much of a surprise because it’s really not too far. If you were without children and got […]

Club notes — July 20

Encanto Garden Club Encanto Garden Club held a July 9 meeting at Muffley’s Back Door. After a short business meeting which included acknowledgment of a letter from Clovis Parks and Recreation thanking us for our gift of $50 toward a new park tree and refreshments furnished by Bobbi Lyons, the meeting revolved around our participation in […]

Senior happenings — July 20

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis & Portales) Tuesday: Daily activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Sewing Group (Portales); 11 a.m. Wednesday: Daily activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sewing group, 10 a.m. (Clovis); Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); […]

Bathroom remodeling featured on show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on relieving pain in three seconds, interesting facts about grapefruit and remodeling bathrooms will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Dr. Daniel Marez, a doctor of Oriental medicine, and has written a book on relieving pain in three seconds. He’s going to […]

On the shelves — July 20

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life by Charlene Smith re-examines the life of Nelson Mandela, the South African statesman who was prepared to sacrifice comfort, status, and even life in spursut of a cause he believed in and whose sacrifices changed the lives of millions. […]

Fated to return to Portales

Christina Calloway: Staff photo
Rev. Keith Wilks is the new pastor of First United Methodist Church of Portales. Wilks is entering his 26th year in ministry, but originally wanted to be a lawyer to argue cases.

Editor’s note: This profile is a first in a series of featuring new religious leaders in Portales. By Christina Calloway Senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rev. Keith Wilks returns to Portales after 20 years as he enters his 26th year in ministry, but he said attending Eastern New Mexico University in 1994 is only a coincidence; coming […]

Give me eternity in genuine joy

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist “Come quick, PawPaw! Come quick!” came the plea from the back door. As I recall, it was one of the times that week when the sweet almost-six-year-old voice intoned again, “It’s an emergency!” Well, come I did. Out into the back yard, pulled by Brenley straight to the pool. “The […]

Club Notes — July 13

Curry County Republican Women The monthly meeting of Curry County Republican Women (CCRW) was called to order Tuesday by President Laquita Terry. Twenty-six members, associates and guests attended. June meeting minutes and treasurer’s reports were read and approved. Rube Render, Curry County Republican Party Chairman, invited the group to the monthly breakfast meeting July 12 […]