Cell phone not anyone else’s business

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist A 6-year-old girl on my daughter’s swim team has a cell phone, which she proudly showcases to everyone who is willing to look. She’ll even allow you to play with her games, if you look admiringly at her toy. This has created a negative buzz among other parents, who think […]

School dress code policy will go unchanged

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal School Board voted Monday to retain the school dress code as written. During the September school board meeting, Superintendent Randy Fowler said the board would review the policy in response to a parent complaint. Nkoshe Seales had asked the board to revise its policy on piercings […]

Oct. 5, 2008 Engagements

Fair-Chamberlin Roxie Pritchett and Darren Elrod announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Sandra Lynn Fair, of Portales to Christopher George Chamberlin of Portales, son of Dr. Richard and Louise Chamberlin of Socorro. The ceremony will be held Oct. 18, 2008, at the Clovis Civic Center. The bride elect is a 2005 graduate […]

Engagement: Curnutt/Marez

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Rodney and Tina Curnutt of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jessica Curnutt of Portales, to Joshua M. Marez, son of Jacob and Elly Marez of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at 10:30 a.m. June 24, 2008, at the Sunken Garden in Hillcrest Park, Clovis. A reception will follow at […]

Engagement: Luce/Parsons

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Dennis and Donna Luce of Fort Sumner announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, De’Ann Luce of Portales, to Chance Parsons of Portales, son of Curtis and Sandra Parsons. The couple will exchange vows July 19, 2008, at First Baptist Church of Portales. A reception will follow at the Portales Country Club. The […]

Television, in moderation, OK for kids

By Anita Doberman My 20-month-old daughter clearly knows Sponge Bob Squarepants (“Bub-bob”) and can sing the song well enough that even non-family members recognize it. She is also more than familiar with Dora and Diego; I think she expects them to come over for a visit any minute now. A few years ago, in the […]

Engagement: Sullivan/Berry

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Meagan Sullivan of Portales and Brian Berry of Portales announce their approaching marriage. The couple will exchange vows May 31, 2008, at Riverside Country Club in Carlsbad. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bobby and Marilyn Sullivan of Carlsbad. The prospective groom is the son of Lonnie Berry of Portales and Kathy Tesch of Albuquerque.

Engagement: Pettigrew/Osburn

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Kit and Ann Pettigrew of Dora announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, D’Shawn Pettigrew of Portales to Kerry Osburn of Clovis, son of Randy and Cindy Osburn. The couple will exchange vows at 7:30 p.m. July 19, 2008, at 1917 Sycamore. A reception will follow at the same address. The bride-elect is a 2005 […]

Melton Wedding

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Jimmy and Ramona Melton were joined in marriage on March 14, 2008 in Santa Fe. The couple have a son, Dylan Serna. Attending the bride was her sister-in-law, Leigh Ann Tarango. Brad Knowlton, brother-in-law to the groom stood as best man. Wesley Knowlton and Trenton Knowlton, nephews of the groom, were ring bearers. The bride […]

Special video gets surprise reaction

By Anita Doberman I fully expected my children to be ecstatic when we put on a recording my husband sent from Iraq. But I was surprised by my 4-year-old daughter’s reaction. We received the DVD through a program called “United Through Reading.” The deployed military member visits a USO center and the staff records him […]

Little black prom dress priceless

By Helena Rodriguez I see the little black dress dangling from a hanger in my daughter’s closet. I see the shimmering rhinestones making an elegant pattern across the otherwise bare back. I close my eyes and sense memories it will hold: Memories of prom … Laura’s senior-year prom. On Saturday night, my hita goes to […]

Mom’s tax return filed for free

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer When my daughter Laura was a toddler, she would say, “When I grow up, I’m going to smoke cigarettes and do income taxes like grandma!” Laura would sit on the couch next to Mom, with one of Mom’s calculators in hand, and wearing play reading glasses, she would scribble […]

Parents testify about daughter, son-in-law

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter was dead and the interactions that followed with a son-in-law they barely knew. Edward Novak, a Cannon airman, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 20-year-old wife. Patricia Bollman said Edward Novak […]

County spelling bee returning

PNT Staff Report A county spelling bee is coming back to Roosevelt County and spellers are busy studying their Paideas in anticipation. Winners and runners-up from school spelling competitions will meet on Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium to compete in the Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. Betty Williamson, county bee director, said […]

Novak’s parents say they’re ready for closure

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

Murder trial set to begin at Cannon

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Fight Like a Girl and Win: Defense Decisions for Women By Lori Hartman Gervasi Unfortunately, women are susceptible to random acts of violence from stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, and worse. With this guidebook, women can learn how to increase their security, outsmart […]

Cheer squad now no cause for concern

By Anita Doberman This past weekend I attended my oldest daughter’s first cheerleading competition. Actually, it was also my first cheerleading competition. I arrived at this event with mixed feelings. Cheerleading has been a big point of contention between my husband and me. Unfortunately, while he agreed to let our daughter be part of a […]

Hestand under new ownership

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Hestand Floral and Gifts, a Portales business that’s been around for nearly 60 years, is under new ownership and management. Rosalie Richards and her husband, J. Mark Richards, are the new owners. They purchased the business in late November from Trish and Richard Lovorn, who owned the florist shop […]

Effort often worth more than result

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I try to focus on living in the moment and not get fixated on results. I attempt to do this with my children, my husband and in all areas of my life. I often fall short of my good intentions and measure myself against others’ accomplishments and successes. And while […]