Swings bring back good times

By Joan Clayton A porch swing is a gift of relaxation. You can swing and read a book, bird watch, or just watch the world go by. Sitting in the porch swing with loved ones in the evening made happy childhood memories for me. Enjoying the night air and relaxing in the stillness of it brought […]

Reagan’s family allowed to mend differences in final years

By Alex Veiga: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — In a week of enduring images, perhaps the most poignant came at the end. Nancy Reagan, saying her final farewell to her husband of 52 years, rested her head on his casket, crying and caressing the mahogany coffin as she was surrounded by the president’s three […]

Life is delicious

By Joan Clayton When our youngest son graduated from high school, he walked across the stage, stopped and gave his Dad, the high school principal, a giant bear hug. The crowd cheered and I cried.  Lane made life “delicious.” My husband says I have Christmas every day, but one Christmas is forever engraved upon my heart. […]

PHS seniors take next step

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By Kevin Wilson Mark Gore’s trip to Greyhound Arena was just a few miles from his cottage at the Baptist Children’s home. What led him to the building, however, is part of a journey that has covered 18 years, two continents, thousands of miles and countless memories. The most recent memory was his graduation from […]

Here’s to getting booked this summer

By Helena Rodriguez I hope your kid gets booked this summer like I did before I started high school in a not-so-distant past. After all, there’s not much to do around here and it won’t hurt your kids to get into some adventures or misadventures this summer. I’m talking, of course, about reading. Summer is […]

James teacher earns Wal-Mart honor

By Tony Parra The School Board Members recognized Joeli Cathey as the Portales Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year during the school board meeting on Monday. Cathey said she has been teaching for three years for James Elementary and in her first year teaching she split time working for James Elementary and the junior high. Cathey […]

Make a happy day for others

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist When our youngest son graduated from high school, he walked across the stage, stopped and gave his dad, the high school principal, a giant bear hug. The crowd cheered and I cried. Our son made a happy and memorable day for us. My husband says I have Christmas every day, […]

State reports 11 percent rise in child abuse

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Child abuse reports in New Mexico increased by about 11 percent from 2002 to 2003, the state Children, Youth and Families Department confirmed. Figures released by the department show CYFD received 27,525 abuse reports last year, an increase of 2,708 from the year before. The number of cases […]

Residents prepare for charity lockup

By Michelle Seeber People by the scores will be going to jail today — not because they committed crimes, but because they want to raise money for others who suffer from muscular dystrophy. The event, hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Cattle Baron Restaurant, will involve businessmen and others in Portales being […]

PHS book drive nets 1,200 items

By Michelle Seeber Portales High School students, under guidance of the student council, collected more than 1,200 books to give to young children who need reading material in their homes, Patsy Neely, a senior representative of Re:Learning New Mexico said Monday. The books will be distributed to children in grade schools and to hospitals, such […]

Free gun locks can put the safety on

Darrell Maurina Area law enforcement agencies received free gun locks on Tuesday from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Local residents can pick up the safety locks at the Portales Police Department or the Roosevelt County Sherrif’s Office. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said he has about 800 safety locks that will fit almost any gun. […]

Fiddler passionate about music, lifetime education

By Tony Parra Give Ted Allen Clark a fiddle and he’d spin a delightful tune. Give him seven children and he’d share with them the importance of work ethic and education. Clark had seven children, was a member of the Old Time Fiddler’s Hall of Fame and a former Roosevelt County resident. He died on […]

Clovis church to welcome African Children’s Choir

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis will soon play host for the second straight year to the African Children’s Choir, a group of 26 children from various African countries accompanied by eight adult hosts who travel the United States and support a ministry that educates African orphans. This year’s presentation will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 […]

South Couny News

Charlie Carmichael The area is still doing hay harvest but all other crop harvests are over. Thanks to area couples Tom and Robin Cox and Dusty and Tannis Cathey have spent quiet a bit of time the past few weeks working with the elementary children of the Dora Baptist Church on a Christmas program to […]

Mayor’s Christmas Tree to kick off holiday season

By Helena Rodriguez It will begin to look and sound a lot like Christmas in Portales this evening with the official lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m. at Portales City Hall. The 16th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree lights up just as Portales school children get out of school today for Thanksgiving break. […]

Local officials have mixed-views on legislative session

Darrell Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com Local elected officials praised the recent decision to increase sex-offender penalties, but didn’t have much else good to say about the special session of the state legislature. “I think the timing was poor; everything we accomplished I think we could have done in January,” said Sen. […]

Local seniors share knowledge, love with kids

Helena Rodriguez Frances Aragon may not remember all the names of her foster grandchildren, but she loves them all the same. “I forget names and faces, but I know it’s one of them when they call me ‘grandma,’’ said Aragon, who was referring, not to her own 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but to the kids […]

Animals entertain, educate students

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Tony Parra There is something you can get from seeing a real-life bird or snake that you can’t get anywhere else — not in books, not on television. That’s the experience Lindsey Middle School sixth-graders received on Wednesday when the Rio Grande Zoo-to-You program out of Albuquerque brought exotic animals for viewing. Jan Dosch and […]

Look out behind!

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Tony Parra Coffins, ghosts, goblins and mummies are waiting for adults and children at the three haunted houses this Halloween in Portales. These are just some of surprises in store for those who go to the Portales Recreation Center for the second annual “Spooktacular” is held inside the center with different themes. Halloween enthusiasts will […]

Suspect nabbed in Web sting

Darrell Maurina A three-week undercover sting operation led to the arrest of George Ford, 28, who police say used the Internet to lure what he thought was a 14-year-old girl into a meeting. Ford actually had been corresponding with a state police agent via e-mail and arranged to meet her in the Clovis area, according […]