Reader-submitted content: Mayor pays tribute to Portales woman

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Family and friends gathered in Portales from seven states and both coasts to celebrate Mildred Plexico’s 100th birthday. During the celebration, Portales Mayor Sharon King proclaimed March 28, 2011, as a day to pay tribute to a long-time member of the community. Mildred and her husband, Fred Plexico, moved to Portales in March 1951 with […]

My turn: Marking one year with roses

This one-year anniversary of column-writing seems like a good time to recount my attempts at taking friends’ advice to stop and smell the roses. But, with 16,000 varieties, it’s been a thorny task. I’ve whiffed a rainbow of climbers, floribundas, grandifloras, heritages, hybrid teas, miniatures and shrubs, but the appeal has eluded me. They don’t […]

ENMU briefs —

Scholarship applications available All Eastern New Mexico University students can apply for ENMU Foundation scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 1, with the exception of a few scholarships that have different deadlines. Scholarships are listed online at http://www.enmu.edu/friends/foundation/scholarships/index.shtml. Information: 562-2412.

Club notes — Jan. 16

P.E.O. Sisterhood P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded by seven college friends on Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing to women increased opportunities for higher education. There are 71 chapters in New Mexico and three in Clovis. Chapter AY of Clovis was […]

My turn: Concert to feature local talent

Alisa Boswell I hope the rest of the local residents had as successful a Christmas as I did and were surrounded by many family and friends. It made my year to be able to have my immediate family all together in one place for the first time in a while. We had a wonderful time […]

Christmas dinner community tradition

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Clarence Plank The seventh annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant Saturday was a time for many to be with family, friends and enjoy a hot meal. The event saw 164 people in just the first two hours. The four-hour event usually draws 300-400 people each year and a final count will be announced […]

Portales past: Nov. 26, 1961

Nov. 26, 1961: Portales News-Tribune: Friends here received word that Bob Doyle’s float won first prize in the Albuquerque Christmas Parade Friday. Doyle, a former Portales resident and son of Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Doyle, is a graduate of ENMU. He taught art at Washington Junior High School in the Duke City.

Birthdays — Oct. 31

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Winnie Ethel (Brown) Moore [image #1, align=right, size=medium] It was Oct. 20, 1910, in Rockwood, Texas, when Joseph and Margaret America Garner became proud parents to a beautiful baby girl who they named Winnie Ethel. She was the 11th child in a family of 12 children. Winnie is a long time resident of Clovis, having […]

Anniversaries — Oct. 3

Burrell Eric and Roberta Burrell of Clovis celebrated their 25th anniversary Sept. 25, 2010, at New Life Assembly of God with family and friends. They were married Sept. 21, 1985. They have four children and four grandchildren. 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is […]

Making friends gets harder as we get older

Kevin Wilson Here’s a good way to tell somebody’s lying to you — they tell you, “My life is a sitcom.” No, it isn’t. Mine isn’t, either. Sitcoms are full of witty commentary and situations that end with morals and all loose ends tied up. Life has a smattering of funny moments, but it’s mostly […]

My turn: Friends offer kitchen wisdom

Argen Duncan In a mini-quest for kitchen wisdom, I asked around in the family, at the office and on Facebook. Here are a few pointers: • In this area, use high altitude directions to heat frozen pizza and make baked goods. • Don’t salt food before you microwave it because the food will dry out. […]

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

My turn: Apology to my Facebook friends

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist Thanks to my technical ignorance, I may have accidentally offended a number of Facebook friends. After recently discovering the “Like” button, when I’ve been especially enthusiastic about a post, I’ve been clicking twice — thinking this was like adding an exclamation point. Well, I found out this week that two […]

Anniversaries — June 6

Nance John and Teresa Nance of Causey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2010, at Causey Community Building. The celebration will be hosted by their children. The couple was married June 5, 1960, in Lingo. They have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is a retired farmer. She is a […]

My turn: Facebook friends talk cats

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By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I asked Facebook friends for stories about the best cats they’ve ever owned.Pep’s Betty Williamson offered the tale of “Fizz Bomb,” named after a “Western Horseman” cartoon character:“Fizz ruled our roost for many years and is remembered for fishing from our aquarium and hitchhiking between our house […]

My turn: Facebook friends share doggie memories

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Maxie the dog started out a failure. She was fired by the Houston Highway Patrol. “She was supposed to go crazy when she found drugs,” said Valerie Knoeber Hunt, a 1994 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. “But in that respect she’s more of a live-and-let-live personality.” Maxie became the best dog Hunt said she’s ever […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fuzzy friends and free sodas

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Feeling frisky or fuzzy? Try “Animal attractions,” our local video of people and their favorite fuzzy and, sometimes, not-so-fuzzy friends.Free sodas Here’s the deal — answer a few questions, get a free soda from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and […]

Engagements — May 9

Elrod-McElroy Darren Elrod and Jo Rheta McElroy are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. The bride-elect is a retiree and Portales resident. The prospective groom is a Portales resident currently employed as a paramedic/firefighter with the Portales Fire Department. The couple will exchange vows at 1:30 p.m. on May 15, 2010, at the […]

Painting is their passion

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Two artists are hoping to paint their way into a new business in Clovis. Childhood friends Tasha Hicks and Megen Graddy, both 22, decided they’d like to paint murals for a living. They started by offering their work for free — with a mural for a store on Grand […]

Our people: Literary legacy

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By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico editor Bio Name: Betty Williamson Birthday: Nov. 12, 1961. Volunteers for: Friends of the Portales Public Library, High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival and Dora schools. Famous relative: She’s the niece of novelist Jack Williamson, who died in 2006 at age 98. The annual Williamson Lectureship has attracted science fiction […]