Portales native recounts surviving 30-foot fall

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Christina Calloway Robert Bell is reflecting on how grateful he is for being alive as the one-year anniversary of his accident approaches. He fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft. The 25-year-old Clovis resident and Portales native was loading furniture on the lift of a freight elevator for a customer at his grandmother’s antique store […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Arguments against DST appealing

Kevin Wilson My grandmother refused to go forward. She always figured she’d be back anyway. Me: “Hey, Grandma, your clocks are all off by an hour. What’s wrong with them?” Her: “Oh, I just don’t change them when Daylight Saving Time comes around. I only need to change my watch, and I’ll just have to […]

Grandmother’s angel visited one more time

Grandparents Day is Sunday and it reminds me of my dear grandmother. Of all the memories one stands out I will never forget. Granny lived along the highway during the depression. I cannot count the many lonely travelers she fed. A lonely, hungry soul walking down the highway moved Granny’s heart of compassion. Maybe the […]

Death doesn’t take memories away

As a young child during World War II, I vividly remember the pain and sacrifice of a war. My grandmother lived by the highway and the railroad tracks. Granny and I spent many hours waving to troop trains and army caravans. “They are giving their lives for us,” Granny would say through misty eyes. “Some […]

Still blessed with memories of Granny Lowe

Her name was Anne Haseltine Langley Lowe. She was my great-grandmother. She had 11 children, the second born, Lillie Anne Lowe Farrar, being my grandmother. Her daughter, Gladys Rosalyn Farrar Foster was my mother. My Granny Lowe never missed a service in that little Baptist church in Clarendon, Texas. Her sweet spirit and love for […]

Grandparents real inspiration

If there is one aspect of the human condition I find more prevalent than its tendency to sweet leisure and lethargy, it is a predisposition to self-doubt. Every single person I have ever met, including myself, wallows in the muck and mire of anticipating an unpleasant task or being afraid to fulfill an aspiration. In […]

My turn: Puddle fishing reels in surprise

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Have you ever been puddle fishing? Ever catch anything? I did. There were a few holes in the yard at my grandmother’s house back home. So when it rained — instant puddles. Imagine me with my fishing pole with a worm on a hook, waiting patiently for a bite. Close to the house there was […]

Portales teen shaves head to support cancer-stricken relative

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A 16-year-old Portales girl went bald for the love of her great-grandmother undergoing chemotherapy. About a month ago, Portales High School sophomore Mercedes Reynolds shaved her head to show support for her great-grandmother, Louise Reynolds of Binghamton, N.Y., and all other cancer patients. Mercedes’ mother, Stephanie Reynolds, said Louise, […]

It’s their job: Florist developed passion for flowers in youth

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist Background: Twenty-eight years ago, I went to Texas for florist training before I took this job and became a master florist there. Then I returned to Portales and opened this flower shop. Now I am a New Mexico advanced master florist and a member of New Mexico State Florist Association. […]

Christmas CD recorded in memory of grandmother

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer In memory of her grandmother, a young woman from Portales has recorded a CD of Spanish and English Christmas songs. Twenty-one-year-old Falan Duran said Connie Sisneros, her grandmother who died in January, loved music and held Christmas as a favorite holiday. “It was never about gifts for her; it […]

Participants wanted for local cancer study

By Rick White, Cannon Connections Penny Bailey is willing to do whatever she can to find a cure for cancer. President of the Cannon Spouses Club, Bailey lost her grandmother to cancer about 15 years ago. She doesn’t want her children to experience the pain of losing a loved one like she did. Bailey plans […]

Cancer study seeks participants

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By Rick White: Freedom New Mexico Penny Bailey is willing to do whatever she can to find a cure for cancer. President of the Cannon Spouses Club, Bailey lost her grandmother to cancer about 15 years ago and doesn’t want her children to experience the pain of losing a loved one like she did. Bailey […]

Veterans deserve our respect

Anita Doberman Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the regime, he decided […]

Columnist remembers special vet

Tonya Fennell Veterans Day has come and gone. Although the day is meant to honor living servicemembers, it always reminds me of my maternal grandfather who died many years ago. Like many young men his age, my grandfather enlisted in the Navy when he was only 17 years old during World War II. I don’t […]

Heroes should always be remembered

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Growing up I loved to hear my grandparents talk about their experiences during WWII, especially their escape story. During German occupation, my grandfather, who had worked for the Italian government in the past, was ordered to come back and collaborate with the Germans. Unwilling to do so and opposing the […]

Everything’s easier with Mom around

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor If somebody accused me of returning to Portales after nearly 30 years away because I was a momma’s boy, I’d probably have to agree with them. I could tell you coming back made good sense financially or that the opportunity to pursue journalism in my home town was just […]

Threading memories

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Laura Merrick proudly and carefully displays the two 1860s vintage antique quilts that were made by her paternal grandmother, Martha Jane Land, and reflects on their importance. Completed through a struggle and made entirely by hand, Merrick says the quilts are a precious memento that has been handed down […]

Patience: Virtue well worth learning

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers How long does it take to learn a lesson? Sometimes it takes quite a few years. The lesson for me this past week was in patience — something I’ve handled well at times and not so well at other times. I’ve trained college interns all summer long at the newspaper and […]

Grandma Terry will be missed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My family lost its matriarch and a big bundle of energy last week. My grandmother, Musette Terry-Burkett, passed away Tuesday. More accurately her body passed from Earth this week — fogged by Alzheimer’s, her mind and essence was taken from us more than a decade ago. God will judge […]