Salvation Army looking to help local families

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The 12-foot artificial Christmas tree in Clovis’ Wal-Mart isn’t decorated with fancy lights or ornaments. It is instead filled with paper cutouts, bearing children’s names and their Christmas wishes. Nearby, sits a box filled with various items: a new novel — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;” a plastic-wrapped […]

Dairies are a way of life, not just business

Sharon Lombardi: Guest columninst Apples are not oranges and Eastern New Mexico isn’t the San Joaquin Valley. It’s unfair and inaccurate to discuss issues that may appear to be similar but really are different. In response to some dairy-industry critics: Yes, there has been an influx of dairies from California to New Mexico. They came […]

Family Support Center takes care of deployed member’s families

Airman Thomas Trower Cannon Airmen deployed to fight the war on terror and other conflicts around the world can rest easy knowing their families at Cannon can find support at the Family Support Center (FSC). “The main objective of providing assistance to military families is to allow the military member to focus on the mission […]

Victims Memorial Garden dedicated in Roosevelt County

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It was planned as a peaceful place for victims to gather during the multiple stages of a criminal trial and a memorial to victims of crime. The Victims Memorial Garden was dedicated Friday on the grounds of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. On hand for the ceremony were victim’s families as […]

Childhood hometown becomes haven

Melanie Salazar Hurricane Katrina took Jose Garcia and his family out of Biloxi, Miss. A series of less predictable events brought Garcia and another family to his old home in Portales. On Aug. 29, Garcia and his family left their home in Biloxi. Though they considered staying as Hurricane Katrina approached the Gulf Coast, the […]

Tragedy brings native back to Portales

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Hurricane Katrina took Jose Garcia and his family out of Biloxi, Miss. A series of less predictable events brought Garcia and another family to his old home in Portales. On Aug. 29, Garcia and his family left their home in Biloxi. Though it considered staying as Hurricane Katrina left its mark […]

Dec. 8 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael Harvest By this time, most of the peanuts are taken care of. Some have been able to get quiet a lot of cotton in modules the past week. Now if this spell is just short and sweet they should get most of the milo finished also. Roads improved The country dirt roads […]

La Casa aids county families

By Tony Parra La Casa De Buena Salud in Portales provided Roosevelt County families with over 40 meals for their Thanksgiving this year, according to La Casa De Buena Salud officials. La Casa de Buena Salud Health Center employees raised funds to provide dinner for needy families. Seferino Montano, chief executive officer at La Casa […]

Nov. 7 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael On Friday the drama and choir students have a field trip to Lubbock concert, leaving at 2:30 p.m. Sports The basketball teams, junior high boys and girls host Melrose at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16. Thanksgiving The season is here and the days out of school are Nov. 24-29. So you now […]

Family spreads word of God through drama, history

By Helena Rodriguez “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33 By Helena Rodriguez FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS helena_rodriguez@link.freedom.com PORTALES — The dramatic faith presentations of Matthew 6:33 Academy, Inc., are big on visuals, with vibrant colors and oversized props, but low on […]

YOU program to shut down

By Mike Linn For the first time in more than 30 years, the local Youth Opportunities Unlimited organization will cease to service the youth of Clovis and Portales. The non-profit agency did not receive enough money from the state’s Children Youth and Families Department to sustain a full-time staff in the upcoming years, said Dawn […]

Program offers hope to those in need

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Salvation Army bell ringers stand at the entrances to stores, ringing their bells. When coins clink in little red kettles, shoppers have done something to help the unfortunate. But the Salvation Army’s efforts to help people go far beyond the clinking coins. More than 400 families in Portales and the surrounding […]

Abandoned baby allegedly found in park

Mike Linn A newborn boy is in good health after a woman said she found him abandoned at Rotary Park on Sunday morning while she was jogging. Police say they have identified the mother and further investigation and charges are pending. The jogger told police she heard the baby crying and later found him wrapped […]

Memories fill the pages of our lives

By Joan Clayton A decision to refurbish my antique trunk revealed a personality trait in me. I’m a “keeper.” Cards of all kinds, love notes, newspaper clippings, fair ribbons, photo albums … you name it and I had it in my trunk. Looking through all the stuff and the “remember whens … ” I thought, […]

Religion columnist writes to inspire

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Gary Mitchell When Joan Clayton retired from teaching school several years ago, she felt her days of usefulness were all but over. How wrong she was. Since then, the former elementary school teacher has now written and published seven books, 10 years’ worth of newspaper columns and numerous magazine articles. In April, a friend, Anna […]