Friend’s spirit still lingers

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Dear Norm, I just wanted you to know we’re still punchin’ cows here on the S X. Not much has changed. The Beacon well is working again. It’s opened up the west side for us. We’re trying to get the stragglers all into the Kline pasture to finish branding. This [...]

Mom gives greatest advice

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My friend Michelle tells the story of disciplining her littlest kid, Zeke. “It was bath time and he didn’t want to take one,” she said. “But I told him he had to so he turns to me and says, ‘Momma I don’t love you anymore!’ I wanted to laugh but [...]

Catching up with a friend

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist A conversation between Don and longtime friend Louis Pattison. Pattison speaks: “Don, I contacted Hoyt Pattison and neither he nor I know what the colors of the Claud basketball team were. (Now this was in December 2006). “I’m not sure they had any color as I am unaware of their [...]

My turn: Lessons learned by watching

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I recently found out how much you can learn by watching other people cook. My friend Nisha, her husband Victor, and their friends David and Martha fixed quite a dinner when I visited. Nisha told me to relax when I offered to help. When Nisha moved to America from [...]

Dobbs looking to create controversy

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I had a free night a few weeks ago, and I was planning on hanging out with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. Until I got a text out of nowhere. “Sorry, something with a friend came up. I’m going to have to cancel on tonight.” I wrote [...]

My cowboy pride has taken a hard hit

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I was wounded. I got cracked across the bridge of my nose. Not that my nose needs to do anything to attract attention. As one friend put it, “Bax, if you’d lie flat on your back in the sun, we could tell time.” Of course, the next day I had [...]

Getting to know: Preacher enjoys developing sermons

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Dora Church of Christ Pastor Gary Simpson was born and raised in South Africa. His family has also lived in the United Kingdom. His wife, Robin, was born and raised in Portales and they met through a friend. They have been married for 16 years and have three children, Charlyn 10, Sarron, 7, and Chantelle, [...]

Murphy’s Law no match for friend

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist When we talk about someone being “over-prepared,” we think of a person who is very thorough and able to handle all possible contingencies. It is a good habit to have especially if you are someone who regularly messes up and therefore must be ready to respond when you over-mess up. [...]

Pastor was quick to condemn

A few days ago a friend of mine invited me to her church, a large, spectacular and impressive conglomerate of buildings and fun. From the moment the usher opened the door, the churchgoers welcomed us with friendly smiles and open arms. The place was impressive, with a coffee shop, (Starbuck’s coffee), a bookstore, a large [...]

Military life all about compromise

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I have a friend who’s a stepmom. She has two daughters with her husband, and his son from a previous marriage lives with them. The fact that “Holly” is a step-mom certainly doesn’t define who she is, but it has been an important part of her life and something that [...]