Personalities Plus — Connie Pugh

Connie Pugh is a second-grade teacher and also works at Southwest Books and Gifts. What is your idea of a perfect day? “It would bring all of my assigned children to class with homework done, no troubles on their mind and ready to learn. This would include having a pencil — a sharp one. We […]

Jones a family woman

By Angela Peacock Whether it was making a quilt for one of her children or having a cookout with friends, Gayle Jones was always doing something for her family, relatives said. Jones’s daughter Deana Privett said she remembers her family was always planning gatherings with her parents closest friends, the Mathis family. She said her […]

Portales school district to offer free lunches this summer

By Mike Linn The Portales school district will offer free lunches to youngsters at several school locations this summer and will be reimbursed by federal funds at summer’s end. Anyone under 18 can eat free and adults pay $2 for the meals, funded in part because Portales is classified as a low-income community, food service […]

Teacher, student relationships ones to cherish

By Joan Clayton “Los ninos son como los pajaritos … tu ensenas volar … cuando ellos aprenden, estan listos y vuelan!” A mother of one of my students spoke these inspiring words in Spanish to me on Parent Conference Day. We were discussing the end of school and how quickly the year had passed. “The […]

Mother’s express gratitude of having children

Mike Linn Today, sons and daughters across the country will show appreciation for their mothers and the love and contributions they provide. Flower shop owners will be working overtime, restaurants will be packed and children will be serving breakfast for their moms. And while some may be serving burnt toast and runny eggs, mothers most […]

Personalities Plus — Pat Willis

By Loretta Kos Pat Willis is manager of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. She likes dogs, ice cream and “topping that little hill on the Lovington highway.” Name: Pat Willis Job: Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Manager Age: 54, July 22, 1948 Hometown: Ballinger, Texas Family: Jack, 55, husband, was a teacher at Portales […]

Houtchens enjoys fellowship of owning a business

By Angela Peacock Susan Houtchens is owner of the Portales Dairy Queen and enjoys the rewards of family. Tell us about your spouse: “I met my husband in the seventh grade. I was in the same Brownie troop with his sister.” Tell us about a time you cried: “When my Dad passed away shortly after […]

Students perform patriotic play

By Angela Peacock They stood at attention with one hand over their hearts while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. That was only the beginning of a patriotic tribute to America performed Friday morning by an estimated 140 James Elementary third-graders. The annual patriotic play takes months of preparation, third-grade teacher Sally Smith said The play […]

Science makes stop in Portales

By Mike Linn The electrostatic energy at Lindsey Middle School was a “shocking” treat of hair-raising proportions, consuming a giggling, riled-up bunch of sixth graders on Thursday afternoon. Patsy Neely’s science class was one of many taking part in the exploration show courtesy of the Up ’N’ Atom Mobile’s traveling display of chemical, electrical and […]