Buffalo soldiers seek recruits

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Christina Calloway The Llano Estacado Buffalo Soldier Association in Roosevelt County is looking to recruit more active members. Portales City Councilman Oscar Robinson and Portales resident Joe Terry are the only active members of the group. The other board members were active in the organization of the group, but are unable to meet the time […]

Clovis soldier’s recovery progressing

Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members are […]

Clovis soldier wounded in Afghanistan

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Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith Jr. had only been in Afghanistan about a month when his unit came under attack Friday, and he was critically wounded. Less than a week and several surgeries later, the 1999 Clovis High School graduate remains in critical condition at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in […]

Fallen Clovis Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she just might. One incentive for making the voyage to Georgia is she’ll get a chance to see her son’s […]

Each soldier’s sacrifice always admirable

Freedom New Mexico Sentiment exists for changing the day Memorial Day is observed back to the traditional date of May 30 — it was changed in 1968 to the last Monday in May to give us another three-day weekend. Ironically, May 30 was chosen as the date in 1866 to celebrate Decoration Day, when the […]

Remains of lost airman found, buried

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Julia Carvutto, a 90-year-old retired school teacher in Norwalk, Conn., received a phone call from a friend 16 months ago asking if a soldier mentioned in the local newspaper that morning was Julia’s brother, Mart. “What are you talking about,” Carvutto recalled asking her. “She said, ‘They found his remains.’ […]

Bryan Bronson

Army Pvt. Bryan H. Bronson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons […]

Oct. 7 Library Books

The following books are available at the Portales Public Library: Moses : When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom By Carole Boston Weatherford ; Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This is a beautifully illustrated children’s book, providing a lyrical and poetic voice to the fascinating and inspiring story of Harriet Tubman and how she became […]

Author of dog tales visits ENMU

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A pint-sized dog that captured the hearts of the World War II generation has wiggled her way into a connection with Portales and Eastern New Mexico University. Bill Wynne, author of the book “Yorkie Doodle Dandy” about a Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky that Wynne trained while overseas in World […]

Church to protest at Clovis funeral

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers They spread a message of hate and condemnation without apology. In fact, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., embrace the national animosity they have received and use it as fuel to push their message all the more. Church members announced last week they plan to picket Monday’s funeral […]

Clovis remembers fallen soldier

Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Their white gloved fingers slid the length of the flag before them, creasing it along the stripes. As the fabric was snapped and pulled by the members of the Cannon Air Force Base honor guard, sniffles and sobs perforated the otherwise silent sanctuary. In a quiet voice, a female […]

City set to honor soldier

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Highland Baptist Church, Clovis Several groups will come together Sunday to honor a local soldier killed this week in combat in Afghanistan. The family of Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin said the support they have received continues to be overwhelming. Kassin, 29, […]

Clovis soldier killed in Afghanistan fighting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan was helping to rebuild communities in the war-torn country, his father said. Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, 29, died near Larzab in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, Army officials said. He was killed when his platoon was attacked by small-arms fire while on patrol, according to […]

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 […]

Buffalo Soldier Hill name change now official

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer If a hill located near Lingo is ever mentioned in a federal map from now on, it shall be called Buffalo Soldier Hill honoring African-American members of the United States Cavalry. Buffalo Soldier Hill is located in Lingo, a town 40 miles southeast of Portales near the Texas border. Bob […]

Hats off to our veterans

Joan Clayton Tuesday has been designated Veterans Day. Words fail me as I try to express my gratitude to those who sacrificed so much. I think every day is a day to honor these heroes! Some soldier paid the price for me to have freedom in this beloved nation, that I might have “life, liberty […]