Being thankful way of life

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist The first act of the Pilgrims upon arriving at our shores was to kneel and thank God for a land where they could worship him freely. I honor them for their faith and gratitude. I am thankful for a special day to be grateful for our many blessings. I am […]

Life better with dose of happiness

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Life is a great adventure … a journey if you please. It is filled with turns, detours, surprises, excitement and most of all love. Many dance through life but never hear the music. That is sad to me. We all need a giant dose of “enthusiasm.” Even nature has enthusiasm […]

Quilting source of joy for area woman

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Love for the art of quilting is evident in the many quilts that LaDoris Allison has pieced over the years. That love flows through the three generations of her family that will be displaying quilts during the second annual High Plains Quilt Festival. “I love doing it. I’ve made […]

Oct. 14 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Parenting Magazine’s Baby Must-Haves Having a baby means having lots of gear, so it can be a huge challenge to figure out what you must have and what you can live without. This book is like having hundreds of friends who’ve already been there pointing […]

It’s their job:Rebbecca Gossett

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Rebbecca Gossett Job: Movie clerk at Landall’s Box Office Time on the Job: Six months Background: Gossett is a senior at Eastern New Mexico University studying Family and Consumer Sciences. She also works in the ENMU Computer Lab. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. Checking out movies, […]

One sweet recovery

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Montie and Michelle Nickels of Elida wanted to get their daughter Hailey a horse. By doing so, they earned the trust of a new friend and saved the life of an abused animal. Nine-year-old Hailey Nickels showed her horse, Butterscotch, Saturday morning at the Roosevelt County Fair youth horse […]

Memories of love not soon forgotten

By Joan Clayton: Columnist It was a perfect Sunday afternoon for a drive in the country. As we passed familiar farms, I couldn’t help but notice the changes in peoples’ lives. Some occupants were now gone. Some were left without their mates. Others had simply moved away, leaving an abandoned house. I wondered what stories […]

Father’s Day prompts letters of love

By Joan Clayton: Columnist With Father’s Day this Sunday, I thought I would share a letter my husband sent to our sons several years ago, and one son’s response. Dear Son, It seems only yesterday I cuddled you in my arms. What tiny bundles of love … when I held you for the first time, […]

School celebrates 100 years

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Folks gathered at the Dora Consolidated Schools Centennial and the South County Reunion were there to reminisce about school days past. They also got a glimpse into the future, as the recently remodeled school was dedicated. With some classmates in attendance old enough to remember the start of the […]

Flag Day prompts patriotism

By Joan Clayton: Columnist June 14 is “Flag Day.” This is a time to honor “Old Glory” and to show our patriotism for America. I love our flag and the freedom it stands for. On June 14, 1777, Congress officially passed an act declaring that our flag have 13 stripes, alternating with red and white. […]

God in control of all things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist In the first chapter of Genesis we read about the beginning, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. These commandments have been the basis of civilizations. Nebuchadnezzar did not believe in God until he saw the fourth man in […]

Happiness can’t be found in material things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist Go to any bookstore and you will find dozens of “how to” books on being happy. Enticements are everywhere. TV commercials are filled with “things” guaranteed to satisfy. You only need their products to make your life perfect. For some, happiness is attained only when “this or that happens.” Yet, the […]

Dedication comes full circle for local mother, daughter

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Patrice Tompkins, spent 14 years of her life caring for her mother, who was ill, while battling her own medical problems. That dedication is something, she says many people put her down for and questioned why she would waste her life caring for her mother. “I love my mom. […]

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 […]

Mothers deserve special thanks

By Joan Clayton: Columnist It’s been said that someone asked Winston Churchill to name the teacher who had the greatest influence upon his life. He simply answered, “My mother.” Mothers see infinite possibilities in their children. Their children accomplish amazing feats because of mothers’ encouragement. Mothers set the tone of the home by loving, protecting, […]

Floyd track ready for state

PNT Staff Report The Floyd Lady Broncos wrapped up their district season Saturday with a second place finish at the district meet in Melrose. Ten girls and two boys from the Floyd Varsity Track team are headed to state.  Alexis Benoit, Jessica Christensen, Bree Ann Lancaster, Medeline Love, Elena Mendoza, Christina Tenerio, Tanna Whitecotton, and […]

With God, there are no endings

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Remember that wonderful feeling of “senioritis” around graduation time? It seemed that long awaited day would never arrive. We could hardly wait to pursue the next stage of life. My husband, being the high school principal, presented the diplomas and blessed the seniors as they walked across the stage. […]

Christ gave his life for mankind

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Ring the bells. He is risen. Shout it from the rooftops. We celebrate the glorious news of the ages. Jesus has conquered death and his love is stronger than death. The Resurrection comes with gratitude and hope for the soul. In Israel, olive oil is precious and is used […]

April 5, 1964

The Floyd Future Farmers of America land team won the state title during the competition that was held in Las Cruces. Team members were Doug Medlock, Ken Morgan and Danny Miller. The Thrill of It All, Brushfire and Love With the Proper Stranger were all playing at the Tower Theatre. Fourteen inch stove pipe top […]

No one is too old to have childlike faith

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Kallie had planned to stay all week. For three days, my 7-year-old vivacious granddaughter and I played every game imaginable. We ended up “playing school” every day. Kallie, “always the teacher,” dictated many assignments. I could never make above a “C” on my papers. I complained and asked Kallie […]