Memories of punishment still linger

I loved Mrs. Butterfield. I loved her name, her smile, her sweet, caring attitude, the way she made me feel good about myself. I even loved Mrs. Butterfield after she walloped me so severely I remember it 64 years later. It was a daily routine at the one-through-twelve Boardman schoolhouse outside Youngstown. My desk was […]

There’s always joy to be found

To be happy we must keep our joy. Whatever happens in this life, we can still find something good. We have more blessings than problems, and we can be thankful for that. The book of James begins with a strong encouragement for Christians everywhere: “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then […]

Our people: Mayhem on her mind

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Portales resident Darynda Jones has been writing toward publication for nine years. She realized her goal when on Feb. 1 her first book “First Grave on the Right” was published. The book, the first of a trilogy, tells the story of a private investigator who sees dead people — dead people who want her to […]

ENMU briefs —

Double major wins awards Eastern New Mexico University student Ebony Cooper, double majoring in English and religion, won a double award from the Zondervan Publishing Company, for Excellence in Biblical Languages. The awards were for Hebrew and Greek. All Greek and Hebrew students at ENMU are eligible to compete for the Zondervan Awards. This is […]

Scientific race to disprove God futile

Freedom New Mexico The embarrassing race to disprove God continues with a new book titled “The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life,” by acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking and lesser-known physicist Leonard Mlodinow. Humanity cannot survive and thrive without honest and objective science. Without pure science, it’s easy to surmise that humans […]

Library book sale to benefit reading programs

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Argen Duncan With far more than 5,000 books, the long-running tradition of the Friends of Portales Public Library used book sale is returning this week. Library Director Denise Burnett said the annual sale was already established when she came on at the library 25 years ago. This year’s sale involves a variety of children’s and […]

Columnist featured in ‘Chicken Soup’ book

Portales religion columnist and retired teacher Joan Clayton wrote one of the stories in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.” The book recounts 101 true stories of divine intervention and answered prayers, according to the Chicken Soup for the Soul website. It is available now. Information: http://www.chickensoup.com/

Silk screening featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on repurposing book covers, silk screening, and the art of aromatic blending will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Lauren Ferguson will show an easy way to repurpose vintage book covers for pennies on the dollar, and they make a perfect keepsake for your […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]

Sister shares brother’s story in majors

Kevin Wilson Yolanda Acosta knew she had quite a story to tell, even before she knew the whole thing. The Elida native is getting set to release her book, “Acosta,” a tale of the upbringing she received in Elida and Portales, with emphasis on the career of her late brother Oscar, who was a pitching […]