Portales policeman recognized

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police Officer Chris McCasland has received an award for saving a man’s life. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said McCasland received the award from the department Friday. In November, McCasland performed CPR on a young man in cardiac arrest while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. “We gave the award […]

March 25, 1943

Thirty-two carloads of peanuts were shipped from the warehouse in Portales, according to Taylor McCasland, Bonded Warehouseman for New Mexico and West Texas. Seventeen of the cars were shipped to Columbus, Ga., and 15 were shipped to Stephensville, Texas, for candying and peanut butter purposes. McCasland did not know how much the government received for […]

Peanut yields above average this season

By Karl Terry Farmers were finishing up peanut harvest early this week in eastern New Mexico as grain harvest was awaiting frost to kick the combines into high gear. According to Jimmie Shearer at Sunland Inc. it was one of the best peanut harvests in recent memory. “We’re just about done,” said Shearer. “It’s down […]

Local farmers reap benefits of crops

By Tony Parra Brent Corbin has been farming wheat for 20 years. He said in most years his wheat fields yield about 12 bushels per acre. Bouyed by a wet winter, Corbin’s yields tripled this year to about 35 bushels per acre, he said. Corbin harvested 320 acres of wheat and has wheat fields south […]

Church members answer call for God

By Tova Fruchtman Don McCasland carries a world atlas with all of his important paperwork. He said he is always thinking about spreading the Gospel worldwide. McCasland, an elder at the Church of Christ at 16th and Pile streets in Clovis, has been helping run a program that broadcasts a 25-minute sermon on television and […]

Rain makes tough times for milo farmers

By Tony Parra Area milo farmers did not have to worry about a drought this year, but instead had a different type of problem. A long rainy season has caused some farmers to not even be able to harvest their milo at all. Harvesting usually takes place from late October to November, however, this year […]

May 28 Obituaries

Ola McCasland, 92 Ola Mae McCasland, 92, of Portales, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Carillon House in Lubbock. She was born on March 18, 1912, in Portales, to Della and Sam Harris. She grew up in the Rogers Community and graduated from Rogers High School. She worked for the local telephone company for a […]

Cheerleaders to compete in state finals

Kevin Wilson Like their football and basketball counterparts, the Portales High cheerleaders are getting set to compete this weekend. The cheerleaders will head to Albuquerque Sunday for the Universal Cheerleaders Association regional tournament, which will be held at Del Norte School. Portales will be competing in the medium varsity division, according to cheerleading coach James […]