A love of books

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By William P. Thompson Denise Burnett, director of the Portales Public Library, walked into the library 20 years ago and found a home. She started out in the children’s section and by 1991 she was in charge of the entire library. ”When I first walked into the library and noticed all those books and the […]

Bookworms take over Valencia Elementary

By WIlliam Thompson Valencia Elementary School students just might get hooked on books next week as daily activities centered around “Reading Across America” are scheduled. “Reading Across America” is a National Education Association (NEA) program begun in 1998 and coincides with children’s author Theodor Geisel’s birthday on March 2. Geisel is better known as Dr. […]

Local Briefs (Nov. 18)

Jana Jae to fiddle at Wal-Mart Jana Jae and her blue fiddle, along with the band Hotwire are coming to Portales to perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Portales at 1604 E. Spruce St. Jae, a Hee Haw fiddle player, has toured in Japan, Australia and the Phillppines and is […]

Nov. 15 Local Briefs

Group to hold annual used book sale Thousands of used books will be available at bargain prices at the annual Friends of the Portales Public Library used book sale this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the meeting room of the library at 218 South Avenue B. All proceeds from the sale, which is the group’s […]

Author visits area elementary

By Marlena Hartz Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the author of 11 of them. Lively and animated, the Fort Worth, Texas, author shared the secrets of her trade Friday with 20 James Bickley Elementary students who were selected by teachers to attend […]

Local retailer going out of business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales business for 28 years, Southwest Books and Gifts announced today it will be going out of business later this year. John and Connie Pugh, owners of the store for the last 10 years said they just want to go in a little different direction with their lives […]

It was a dark and stormy night for moving

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Their are a few careers where relocation from time to time is almost a given. Military people, clergy, school teachers and journalists are among those. Much to my wife’s chagrin I have qualified in the last category for most of our married life. Because of that, we’ve made quite a […]

James students put reading on their lists

By Tony Parra James Elementary students are opening the door to the world of imagination books have to offer this week as part of the Scholastic Book Fair. Some James Elementary students were made their first visit to the book fair on Tuesday. Tina Miller, James Elementary librarian, said James Elementary students will take a […]

Jan. 16 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon School closed Monday Students and staff will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday in various ways with their families and friends.  School will resume Tuesday with the teachers preparing students for a busy quarter.   Spelling bee Donna Hammons has students practicing some unusual words in preparation for the Spelling […]

Dec. 12 Faith Triumphant School News

Geography bee Congratulations to the geography bee first- and second-place winners, Bryce Harrison and Reshea Kelly. Reading contest FTCS recently had “The Pumpkin Patch Reading Contest.” Students were asked to read as many books as they could. After each book they read, they had to give a small oral report to their teacher telling about […]