Let the joy bells ring

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Today is all you have. Make the most of it. Say “I love you” to someone dear. This opportunity may be gone tomorrow. Please don’t wait until “this or that happens” to be happy. If you cannot be happy now…this breath breathing, heart beating moment then when will you […]

Levin content with librarian role

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Your name: Stephanie Levin Your job: Youth Services Librarian Your age: 36; Aug. 4, 1968 Your hometown: Roy, Utah Your family: Brian (husband), Rachel (4), and Megan (6 mo.) Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: I really enjoy reading, cooking and working on projects. What do you think of Portales? “Portales […]

Live a blessed life every day

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Time is too precious to waste. Children grow up and leave the nest. Our grandparents and parents grow older and are gone. Did we make the moments count? Time spent worrying about tomorrow or regretting yesterday drains our life of the “now.” The gift of life is squandered and wasted […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clovis getting sign-swipped

By Mike Linn When it comes to street signs, popularity is in the name. Or the lane — as in Clovis’ Happy Lane. Street signs notifying drivers of the intersection of Happy Lane and Stone Place have become a favorite among Clovis’ sign thieves, city officials say. At one point, street department employees decided to […]

Swings bring back good times

By Joan Clayton A porch swing is a gift of relaxation. You can swing and read a book, bird watch, or just watch the world go by. Sitting in the porch swing with loved ones in the evening made happy childhood memories for me. Enjoying the night air and relaxing in the stillness of it brought […]

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, […]

ENMU Student Profile, Stacy Elliott

Your name: Stacy Elliott Your classification: Junior Your major: Public Relations Your age (and birthdate): 20 (August 18, 1983). Your hometown: Hobbs What’s your idea of a perfect day? A perfect day for me is when everything I want happens, MY WAY! What did you think about on Sept. 11? There is a purpose for […]

Officials find booby traps after standoff

Darrell Maurina Booby traps left behind after a hostage standoff in Friona prompted local officials to call Cannon Air Force Base on Sunday for help. SWAT officers discovered the devices when attempting to enter the parsonage of First Baptist Church of Friona after fatally shooting Robby Lynn Vaughn of Muleshoe, the man they say took […]

Rams end game “one jump shot away”

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By Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Military Institute Colts were just happy to finish off Friday night with a 3-0 district mark. The Portales Rams were disappointed to finish off 0-for-12. The host Rams and the visiting Colts were both held to season lows, but the Colts survived an abysmal shooting night thanks to a […]

Make the most of your day

Joan Clayton Each day of life is a gift. Making the most of that gift is up to me. Creating happy memories leaves no regrets. The time to love is all too short at best. The recent holidays with children and grandchildren still linger in my heart of memories. I relive making enchiladas in the […]

Wacky town names make you think

Helena Rodriguez Some folks are so proud of where they’re from that they incorporate the name of their town into their identity. And that’s fine, unless of course, you’re from a place with a wacky name. Those of us who were born and raised or live in Portales now, like actor Ronny Cox, science-fiction writer […]

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, […]

Youth’s business venture turns charitable

Lukas Cash Taylor McIntire is not your average entrepenuer. The Arlington, Texas, resident eschewed the normal money-making projects of an 8-year-old like a lemonade and cookie stands and decided on something a little more ambitious. He collected cooking recipes from his mother, Kellianne Harper, and her friends and some from his grandmother, and assembled a […]