Local Salvation Army chapter starts red kettle drive

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Clarence Plank The Salvation Army Service Extension and churches of Roosevelt County are working together to help people in need across Roosevelt County. “This was the first weekend for our bell ringers,” Central Christian Church Pastor Dave McVey said Friday. He is the bell ringer coordinator and money administrator. “There is a bell ringer at […]

Portales past: Aug. 7, 1945

Aug. 7, 1945: The Army announced that confirmed casualties of the Korean War through Aug. 6 totaled 2,616. A spokesman said 153 were killed, 1,590 were wounded in action and 873 were missing.

Friday morning briefing: Free retreat and Arnie’s Army

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing. Band plays on Don’t forget the annual Clovis Community Band Concert 7 p.m. Saturday at Ned Houk Park. Talking trash A reminder the window is closing today on completing a City of Clovis

Portales past: June 21, 1945

June 21, 1945: Pvt. Edward E. Estep was visiting family in Rogers after his rescue from a German Army camp. Estep told The Portales Daily News reported Estep was a prisoner for 43 days. “He got along with the Germans pretty well … but food was scarce,” the newspaper reported.

Let’s remember our nation’s veterans

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist At the time that I went through my second phase of Army Officer training as a chaplain, the home of the Army Chaplain Corps was Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Among other advantages, this placed us very near the Atlantic Coast or, as they say in Jersey, “de shoare.” One day […]

Widows being compensated

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Jacqueline Peters, widow of a retired Army officer, only recently grasped how “ludicrous” the law has become that limits Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments to surviving spouses of military members who either die in retirement from service-related ailments or die while on active duty. These survivors qualify for Dependency and […]

Salvation Army pleased with holiday donations

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico The Salvation Army wrapped up the year “better than expected” according to Maj. Tammy Ray. “Overall, we did really well,” Ray said. “The needs were met.” Ray said the Angel Tree ministry was able to help 766 children from all 241 families who asked for assistance. The Salvation Army […]

Empty stocking fund raises $7,558

Freedom New Mexico The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico, had raised $7,558 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Salvation Army board of directors member Lynn Berry. The total last year was $8,100. To meet last year’s total, the fund must raise $542 by the time the […]

Salvation Army receives more gold donations

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure to say hello, goodbye and “Merry Christmas” to everyone — whether they put anything in the Salvation Army kettle or just walk on by. “I’m a people person,” Mendoza said. “I like interacting with the people.” But she […]

Salvation Army receives golden donation

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Salvation Army got a shiny and valuable surprise in one of their kettles Wednesday. Two Lady Liberty American Eagle gold coins were dropped into the kettle in front of Wal-Mart. After some research, Maj. Tammy Ray found out the one-ounce $50 gold pieces are worth about $1,200 […]

Female veterans face unique issues

By Anna Crook: Guest columnist The recent tragedy at the Fort Hood Army Post in Texas reminds us just how much we value and appreciate the men and women who bravely serve our nation. This Army post houses soldiers who have returned from deployment in the Middle East and others who will travel to combat […]

Army: 12 dead in attacks at Fort Hood, Texas

The Associated Press FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A soldier opened fire at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, unleashing a stream of gunfire that left 12 people dead and 31 wounded. Authorities killed the gunman, and apprehended two other soldiers suspected in the attack. The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., […]

GI Bill applies differently to Guard

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Because Sgt. 1st Class Tom Simpson of the Maryland Army National Guard has served on active duty almost continually since the 9/11 attacks, he believed he had earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and would be able to transfer them to his 18-year-old daughter who is attending college this fall. But […]

Jan. 30, 1946

Lt. Col. A. D. Tuttle was planning to reopen his medical office in Portales after serving 45 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, a year of which he served in New Guinea.

Jan. 21, 1968

A Salvation Army used clothing store opened

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

Screening process falls under scrutiny

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Under pressure from Congress and following the Army’s lead, the Department of Defense has imposed a more rigorous screening process on the services for separating troubled members due to “personality disorder.” The intent is to ensure that, in the future, no members who suffer from wartime stress get tagged with […]

Salvation Army, ministerial alliance partner

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Salvation Army is partnering with the Portales Ministerial Alliance to raise funds this holiday season. Volunteers under the direction of the ministerial alliance will ring bells and “collect funds to be used for benevolence in this county,” said Dave McVey, president of the ministerial alliance and pastor of […]

Military addresses need for linguists

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Army Sgt. Amy O’Keefe, a signal intelligence specialist, was frustrated while in Iraq in 2003 trying to tell local women they needed to be searched for weapons before they could enter Army health care clinics. “There would be people here or there who could speak enough English where we would […]

It’s Their Job: Jim Whary

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Jim Whary Job: Park Manager at Oasis State Park Background: After serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years, Whary moved with his wife from the East Coast and started training on the job at Oasis. Time on the job: 14 years What does your job entail? I’m responsible for […]