Arts and Crafts Fair starts Saturday

Freedom Newspapers Area residents can wrap up their holiday shopping all under one roof during this weekend’s Arts & Crafts Fair. The event, which is sponsored by the Clovis News Journal, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clovis Civic Center. Admission is […]

Cannon programs keep plate full for Airman

First Lieutenant Jeremiah Kirschmann, 27th Contracting Squadron, accepts the indoor soccer championship trophy from Col. Peggy Poore, 27th Mission Support Group commander. Yolanda Romero Unlike some who complain that there is nothing to do at Cannon, 1st Lt. Jeremiah Kirschman has found lots to do. And some of it includes winning money. The 27th Contracting […]

Today is the best day of your life; Tomorrow looks better

By Joan Clayton Today is a special day. You are alive! This day comes with blue skies, revealing fluffy clouds that play hide and seek. This gift comes wrapped in sunshine and is displayed in sparkling colors. You are presented multiple bouquets of flowers while the trees clap their hands, demanding an encore. Music accompanies […]

Weddings create memorable moments

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wedding bells were ringing last weekend within our extended family as my niece said her vows in the back yard of her grandmother’s home. As an uncle, I managed to get off by doing just a few favors and offering up a wedding gift. The hard work seemed to […]

Some of us are like TV characters

By Kevin Wilson My birthday is a little less than two months away. I’m just letting you know now, because I’ve never been an easy person to shop for. If you don’t believe me, I invite you to come along to my family Christmas vacations, which I’ll admit I haven’t always got to do on […]

‘Old West’ lives in Fort Sumner

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Compiled by Mike Jimenez For a look into the “Wild West,” why not try a short day trip to Fort Sumner’s “Billy the Kid Museum.” About an hour’s drive from Portales lies the remains of one of the West’s most feared outlaws, where visitors can relive the days of gunslingers, wanted men, and lawmen who […]

Local retailer going out of business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales business for 28 years, Southwest Books and Gifts announced today it will be going out of business later this year. John and Connie Pugh, owners of the store for the last 10 years said they just want to go in a little different direction with their lives […]

Valentine’s Day sometimes needs troubleshooting

By Bob Huber A couple of years ago I was in a quandary concerning an appropriate Valentine’s Day gift for my wife Marilyn. Should I buy her a new fly rod or a miter saw? I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. All our married lives I never let Valentine’s Day slip by without lavishing some […]

Time is God’s gift for you

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Each day is a gift made just for you. It is from the heart of God.   If I empty my burdens and give them to God in my nightly prayers I awaken with a brand new day filled with wonders. “This is the day that the LORD has […]

Child’s gift filled with unconditional love

By Joan Clayton “Let’s count to three and open our presents.”  I had counted one more time to be sure each child had a gift. Each girl brought a gift for a girl and the boys a gift for a boy. “ONE, TWO, THREE!”  The oohs and ahhs heard from children opening gifts plus the […]

Do you have your gift from God?

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist A special memory of my first Christmas as a newly wed still warms my heart today. We lived in Eastern University’s “Vetville.” Vetville (rows of army barracks converted to apartments) housed married veterans for $25.00 a month. Everyone seemed to be in the same boat … going to school on […]

Everyone has unique, special gift

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist I am convinced that each person on earth has at least one special gift. Thirty-one years of teaching taught me that. Each child I taught had a unique gift and it became my job to discover his or her special talent and build on those strengths. You may not […]

Happiness is where God is

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist “Honey, someone can have everything in the world, but without God, they are miserable. Take me; the Lord has blessed me so much. I have a wonderful place to stay, good food to eat and people to take care of me. Yes, Jesus is in my heart. That’s why […]

Old Thunder wasn’t the greatest gift after all

By Bob Huber In case you haven’t noticed, this is that wonderful time of year when we celebrate Father’s Day. (Pause here for drum roll.) Warning: No matter that your daughter gave you a bolo tie with a Girl Scout emblem on it, or that your son gave you a birthstone ring made of cement, […]

Tele-auction set for this week

By Tony Parra Autographed photos of celebrities, a seven-day trip to England and a variety of gift certificates are among the items for bid at the 28th Annual Tele-Auction on KENW-TV. The tele-auction begins on Memorial Day and will go through Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. each evening. The tele-auction is the biggest […]

Make a happy day for others

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist When our youngest son graduated from high school, he walked across the stage, stopped and gave his dad, the high school principal, a giant bear hug. The crowd cheered and I cried. Our son made a happy and memorable day for us. My husband says I have Christmas every day, […]

Christmas memories warm the heart

Joan Clayton Many thoughts of Christmas return to mind this time of year — wonderful memories relived with blessings. I was one of many cousins who descended upon our grandparents at Christmas time. Granny allowed me to sleep on a pallet by the lighted Christmas tree. The aroma of turkey cooking along with apple pies […]

Be nice this holiday; skip the shopping

Jim Lee Well, Monday starts the last month of this year. It seems like the year just got started. In a couple of weeks or so I’ll be so tired of the constant repetition of holiday songs I’ll be tempted to sneak bark beetles into Christmas tree lots. I’m not really a scrooge, but enough […]

When buying gifts, it’s the thought that counts

Helena Rodriguez Trying to figure out what to get my loved ones for Christmas this past week got me started thinking about the favorite Christmas gifts I’ve received in my life. Now some of these Christmas gifts should not have been given to me in the first place. Oh, the things a bored adolescent can […]

Give the gift of love this holiday

Joan Clayton   The gift of love is available to all of us and there is no finer gift. For many years the approaching holiday seasons for me turned into “‘tis the season to be stressful.” Cleaning, baking and shopping brought exhaustion, and by the time Christmas Eve rolled around, I had lost the real […]