12-19-07 Local briefs

Municipal Court announces closure The Portales Municipal court will close for the holidays on Monday and reopen on Jan. 2 with regular hours, according to a press release from the court. Anyone who has a court appearance scheduled during this time will not be penalized but they should check in with clerks on Jan. 2, […]

Life meant be be lived

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember those wonderful childhood dreams … when I grow up, I’m going to be …? As a small child I dreamed of my knight in shining armor sweeping me away on that beautiful white charger. That “someday” finally came for me. I married my tall, dark and handsome knight and […]

Time is gift from God

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Each day is a gift from God, just waiting to be opened. How I use that gift is up to me. I cannot put it in the bank. I cannot use it tomorrow. I must use my gift now or it will be forever lost. I must use wisdom. Since time […]

Focus on financial freedom

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Rogers resident Kerry Victor says he’s been successful in helping people get out of debt and manage money better and the course he teaches is back for its third run in Portales to prove it. Victor is bringing Financial Peace University, a 13-week money handling program, to Emmanuel Baptist […]

Cause concerts won’t solve problems

Editorial We didn’t catch much of Al Gore’s “Live Earth” extravaganza last weekend. A Gilligan’s Island marathon was running on TV Land and we couldn’t tear ourselves away. But we weren’t surprised to read that it was a poorly received, and reviewed, dud. Some “cause concerts,” like some causes, are better than others. And while […]

Worrying won’t help

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Worry has been defined as the interest gained on torment. That being true, guess where worry comes from? Certainly not from God. Whatever the situation, does worrying help? Does it give comfort? Does worry give peace? Does worrying give control of the situation? If you answered, “Yes,” to any of the […]

Grenade’s origin may stem back to boyhood antics

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Apparently last week’s story about a couple who dug up a grenade in a Portales front yard isn’t the first time hand grenades have made news in our burgh. I may have the answer to how last week’s grenade got there as well. Few recent stories have captured the […]

Time is precious commodity

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Today is all we have. We cannot go back and relive yesterday. Neither can we live tomorrow today. Psychologists agree that one of the main hindrances to victorious living is looking back. Past hurts, guilt and remorse lead to despair. Dwelling on the past impedes moving forward, stifles success and promotes […]

Life without pain leaves one numb to joy

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist When you were just a plan in the mind of God, what if he were to ask you some questions about your journey on earth? With incredible technology having been accomplished already and the God given intelligence to master such feats, it is not inconceivable that God could show […]

Greatest gift of all delivered on Christmas

By Freedom Newspapers “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16 ‘Tis the season for gift-giving, an ancient tradition that originated in a foreign land. But as might be expected, sometimes the meaning and origins […]

Lessons learned on the way home

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Family gatherings are memory-makers. Before you know it the time quickly comes to say goodbye, so I hang on to every moment. Our backyard became the perfect place for sons, daughters-in-love and grandchildren to play badminton, horseshoes and volleyball. We dined on barbecue, hot dogs, hoagies, watermelon and homemade […]

Bringing live music to eastern New Mexico

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Located between Clovis and Portales, The Hole is a small music venue for high school- and college-age students to hear local and out-of-state bands. Promoter Jonathan LeBlanc said being compelled to provide live rock music is why he helped create The Hole, celebrating its first anniversary at its current location […]

Give thanks for our country and for Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist America has come through many conflicts to preserve her freedom. Many have given their lives to keep this nation free. Let us not take this for granted. Is that not why we celebrate July 4th? We want freedom and independence. No other place can replace the United States of […]

Greatest Father’s Day will be for eternity

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My granddaughters, Traci 7, and Kallie 4, looked out the window and ran through the house shouting: “Daddy’s home! Daddy’s home!” When Daddy came through the door, he had to brace himself for two happy little girls running to their daddy’s arms. He picked them up as they almost […]

Life is meant to live, not just survive

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Eagles have always fascinated me. Their courage, bravery and strengths are inspiring. No wonder the eagle is our national symbol. Eagles build their nests high among the timberline. When the time comes to teach the eaglets to fly, the mother eagle stirs up the nest. The eaglet stumbles out […]

Grady High School set to host ‘Thursday Nite Live’

By Jesse Wolfersberger The musical group “Thursday Nite Live” is bringing its unique brand of country music to Grady High School on Monday. The group from South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, puts on a television show the first Thursday of every month featuring a wide variety of music. In addition to the monthly show, […]

Sesame Street Live comes to Lubbock

Freedom Newspapers Since Sesame Street Live premiered on Sept. 17, 1980, the show has exploded into a staple for family entertainment on a global scale. Sesame Street Live will be performing at the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium Friday, Saturday and Sunday for five shows. More than 50 million children and parents have seen the show over […]

Embrace upcoming new year with hope

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist We have a brand New Year upon us. It has not been lived before. Make each day a masterpiece. Live it to the fullest. Know: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). You can become a brand new creature, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is […]

Sept. 28 Dora/South County News

By Charlie Carmichael: PNT Correspondent Local residents lost to college Dora has lost a few of our young residents lately. Several of last year’s graduates have now started college to further their education. Some are going to Eastern New Mexico University while others are going out of state. Commodities distributed Thursday Commodity distribution on Thursday […]

Leave your faith as inheritance

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My ancestors left me with a legacy more precious than gold…a strong faith in God. From my great grandparents to my parents I have come to know the purpose of life…”Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the […]