Pursuit of happiness worthwhile quest

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving […]

Son gives gift of life

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Travis Husted has given his father more than just a kidney for Christmas. His 60-year-old dad, Andy, a Methodist minister by trade, said his son has given him a new lease on life. “I feel much better now than I did before my surgery. I can go for walks […]

Gamers line up for PS3

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The next generation in video gaming has hit Portales. At 12:01 this morning, video game console, PlayStation 3 hit shelves in time for the holiday season, and soon after, they quickly disappeared. Following the same pattern set out by Microsoft’s release of the X-Box 360 last year, the demand […]

Everyone needs place to hide sometimes

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Remember those wonderful days of childhood? We all had our favorite hiding places. Mine was in the fork of my grandmother’s peach tree. It was just right for me to lie down, prop up my feet, eat peaches and find all kinds of shapes in those fleecy white clouds. My […]

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 […]

McVey joins Central Christian

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer David McVey has joined Central Christian Church in Portales as a new pastor this summer. McVey, 50, moved to Portales with his wife, Lola, and their son from Charleston, W. Va in May. There he was the senior minister for the Kinds Way Christian Church in Nitro, a suburb […]

City remembers its fallen

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A group of Portales residents assembled in the bright sun at the Portales Cemetery Monday to remember the country’s fallen soldiers with a Memorial Day ceremony sponsored by American Legion Post 31. With the lawn before them displaying white crosses representing the dead from each war America has been […]

Obituary for April 21, 2006

Richard M. Snell Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton St., Clovis. Richard M. Snell, 71, of Clovis, died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 2, 1934, to Marion Matthew and Bertha Ann Martin Snell in Clovis. He was an attorney and practiced law for […]

Muleshoe accident kills mother and son

By Sharna Johnson A week away from her 23rd birthday, Jennifer Olivares was excited about her approaching marriage and hoping to have another child — this one a girl. Olivares and her oldest son, Alejandro “A.J” Lomas Jr., 4, were killed about 8:30 p.m. (CDT) Monday just outside of Muleshoe when the vehicle they were […]

Obituaries for April 9, 2006

Henry Jenkins Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, Portales. Henry Jenkins, 85, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. Born June 3, 1920, in Berkeley, Calif., to Nettie and Oliver Lloyd Jenkins, he grew up in Berkeley and attended his first two years of college there. He transferred to […]

Obituaries for April 2, 2006

Elaine Marie Whitaker-Miller Services: Will be held at a later date. Elaine Marie Whitaker-Miller, 66, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born April 19, 1939, to Harold and Iva Livermore, she lived in Newberry Springs, Calif., for eight years and retired from Desert Springs RV Park in Daggett, Calif. […]

Father-son duo compete in Golden Gloves

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By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers When his son Vladimir took an interest in boxing, Clovis’ Teddy Draper did what any dad would do — in a Disney movie. The elder Draper strapped on the gloves and participated in the training process with his son. A few months ago, the thought returning to the ring enter […]

Local roper wins national calf-roping title

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Since they couldn’t make it to the competition, J.D. Kibbe had to break the good news over the phone to his parents. “We were on pins and needles,” his mom, Karen Kibbe, said. “And at about 9:30, he called, and the first thing he said was, ‘Dad, I’m the champ.’” J.D. Kibbe […]

Obituaries March 18, 2006

Benny Stockton, 68, of Portales, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital. Born Nov. 1, 1937, in Clovis, to Bonnie and William T. Stockton, he played basketball at Clovis and Highland high schools and for Eastern New Mexico University, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. He coached in Dora, and was assistant […]

Garcias welcome home son stationed in Iraq

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By Tony Parra Manuel and Esperanza Garcia feel that every moment spent with their children is precious. Those moments are magnified when one of those children is visiting between stays in Baghdad. Army Capt. Lupe Garcia, 35, has been in Iraq since August, assigned to the multi-National Security Transition Command and the civilian police assistance […]

Engagement, Wedding, Honors (1-1)

Engagement Trujillo/Jones Dolores J. Trujillo of Portales and Richard K. Jones of San Diego, Calif. will be joined in marriage Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006 at Cannon Air Force Base Chapel. The Rev. Hugh Cottrell will perform the ceremony. The bride-elect is the daughter of Reyes and Gloria Trujillo of Springer. The prospective bridegroom is the […]

ObituariesGeorge W. Walker

George W. Walker Services: No services are planned. George W. Walker, 80, of Portales, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005 at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born April 1, 1925, in Yuma, Ariz., to Marie and James Walker. He was the son of Scottish immigrants. He grew up in Coronado, Calif., where the family […]

Obits

Wanda P. (Polly) Turner Services: will be announced at a later date Mrs. Wanda P. (Polly) Turner, 83, of Elida, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born July 28, 1922, near Louis, Okla., to Ruth S. (Cox) and William P. Jones. She married V. L. Kellogg in […]

Parents forming local bereavement support group

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers She keeps his tiny, blue socks in a plastic container on a closet shelf. They are buried in a bag with clothes he wore — a Dalmatian print outfit his grandmother had hand-sewed along with a striped baseball jumper and matching hat. “It still holds the shape of his little […]

Parenting choice pays off for Goolsby

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Complied by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Name: Peggy Goolsby Job: Manager of Landall’s Box Office Age (and birth date): 58 years old, Nov. 14, 1946. Hometown: I was born in Portales and went to school in Floyd. Family: My daughter; Lexie Myers, son-in-law; Kevin Myers who owns Myers Electric in Clovis, my son, Landall, my […]