Dobson: We all need random acts of kindness

When did kindness go out of style? I think about this while nursing a bruised ankle. I had the unfortunate timing to be standing between some Christmas candy and a shopper in dire need of a sugar fix. She got the candy and I’ve got the indentation from her wagon to prove it. This time […]

People both problem, solution, says assistant director at BSU

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series in which we profile religious leaders in Roosevelt County. Jonathan Bull has been assistant director of the Baptist Student Union Christian Challenge at the Baptist Student Center in Portales since 2012. Bull is also a leader through The Porch in Portales. What are some hobbies and […]

Shelburne: Weather probably different down the road

Are you crazy? That was the reaction of our Amarillo kids as my wife and I loaded up to head home on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. “Do you not want these grandchildren you love so much to grow up with two sets of grandparents? Don’t drive home.” Normally, we can make that trip blindfolded. The […]

CCC graduate servant of animals, people

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Thron at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. She has worked as a Librarian for almost four years.

Jessica Thron was born at Cannon Air Force Base. Her father (whom is originally from Maine) retired from the military when Thron was 16 years old. Her mother is from Bovina, who home-schooled Thron and her sister. She gives credit to her mother for her teaching dedication and for being the reason she was successful […]

Terry: Missing a youngster to teach quail hunting

I almost went quail hunting on Thanksgiving day, but instead stuck around the house and helped tend to the big bird in the oven. It was a pretty regular thing when I was growing up to spend Thanksgiving morning on a quail hunt. The bird numbers dropped over the years from changing land use and […]

Borden: Learn to make cuff bracelets

Information on making cuff bracelets, the importance of eating breakfast, and working with edger punches will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Marisa Pawelko is a designer and crafter, and she will show us how to make some easy and […]

Hartsfield: Always new trends to try with new child

Third time’s a charm! That’s what I think of my current situation. It’s always exciting to become a new parent no matter how many kids you already have. Each time feels like a new experience and you’re just as anxious to meet your newborn as the times before. Even though I’ve had a lot of […]

School menus — Nov. 29

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast- Breakfast pizza. Lunch- Oriental Chicken, steamed rice, garden salad, mini carrots with ranch, assorted fresh fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast- Banana bread. Lunch- Sloppy Joe on a bun, tater tots, green peas, tomatoes with ranch dressing, chilled peaches. Wednesday: Breakfast- Quesadilla. Lunch- Bean and cheese burrito and salsa, Spanish rice, lettuce and tomato, […]

Senior calendar — Nov. 29

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exercise equip; 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 9 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft sale; 8 a.m. eggs, […]

Cantwell: Nico like an eagle among us

Eagles are referred to 33 times in the Bible. Historically, the eagle was the national bird of the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Romans and now Americans. The eagle is called the “king of birds,” the largest bird on this continent, weighing up to 31 pounds with a wingspan of 7 feet. It has one of […]

Clovis native wouldn’t be anywhere else

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Sparks has been an educator at Clovis Municipal schools for 22 years.

Kristi Sparks was born and raised in Clovis, and will always be a Clovis Wildcat at heart and a lover of the community. In high school, Sparks participated in the choir, pop choir, Honor Society and spirit club and was once voted most spirited. She enjoys serving others but admits to having a hard time […]

Terry: Much to be thankful for after hard times

I must be a slow learner, especially in matters of thankfulness. But God’s still working on teaching me all about it. Since last Thanksgiving, I’ve felt pretty sorry for myself and I’ve been broken more than a few times over that period. Things are a lot brighter now and I’ve actually got a lot for […]

Borden: Avoid telemarketing fraud with tips on show

Information on using chalk paint on furniture and optical illusions in interior design will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) What goes around comes around. Remember that saying? People are still antiquing furniture but the products are just different. Connie […]

Hartsfield: Pregnant and stylish is possible

It has been six years since the last time I had to buy maternity clothing. “Where are the maternity shops in Clovis,” I asked one friend, who looked at me as if I had two heads. “I don’t know if there are any,” she said. I haven’t seen a maternity section in any of the […]

School menus — Nov. 22

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast- Fruit pocket. Lunch- Spaghetti with meat sauce, garden salad, mini carrots and ranch, orange smiles. Tuesday: Breakfast- Donut. Lunch- Goldfish ham and cheese sandwich, sweet potato fries, veggie dippers and ranch, assorted fresh fruit. Wednesday: No school Thursday: Thanksgiving Friday: No school *All breakfast meals are served with 100% fruit juice, […]

Senior calendar — Nov. 22

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exercise equip; 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 9 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: Closed Friday: Closed Saturday: Closed Daily: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — […]

Entitlement mentality destroys joy, souls

“This entitlement mentality is going to kill our nation.” Repeatedly, we hear modern-day “prophets” mouthing that combination complaint/diagnosis/warning. I take no pleasure in believing that those “prophets” are very likely right. Paul Harvey used to warn, “Self-government without self-discipline will not work.” The entitlement mentality of those who make heavy demands while failing to shoulder […]

Speaker reports strong turnout for end of life seminar series

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com On Monday, the First United Methodist Church of Portales hosted its fourth and final “End of Life Care and Preparation” seminar. The seminars focused on the spiritual, emotional and financial preparation people go through when dealing with the process of a loved one dying. Death is a tough subject […]

Youth pastor takes great joy in sharing love of Christ

Timothy Smith

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series in which we profile religious leaders in Roosevelt County. Timothy Smith has been the youth pastor at University Baptist Church in Portales since February. “I receive great joy in getting the opportunity to share the love of Christ with my youth and in watching them grow […]

Native strives to be voice of the people

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Griego is the director of the group Voices of New Mexico in Clovis.

Clovis native Josefita Griego comes from a family of eight; five brothers and two sisters, and she has three daughters. Griego prides herself on being a community activist and is known for her outspokenness on local and state governmental issues, and has formed a group called the Voices of New Mexico. She said she’s just […]