Tradition goes on

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales High School girls danced wearing vibrant green, peach, pink and purple dressers as they wound streamers of the same color around two poles, carrying on a tradition which has lasted more than 75 years. The PHS boys in their tuxedos danced along with the females during the […]

Gamers: On the LAN

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers It all started with pinball machines and Atari in the mid-1980s. Then Nintendo in the early ’90s. And when he graduated high school, his “addiction” progressed to personal computer games — Noel Hailey was hooked on video games. “My dad got me started when I was four years old playing […]

Isaacs family has short, but enjoyable, reunion

By Tony Parra It was a Christmas for the entire Isaacs’ family to remember — a holiday in which Galen and Barbara’s sons were all together at the dinner table instead of a foreign country fighting a war. It was the first time in 2 1/2 years all three boys — Corey, 27, Toby, 22 […]

Students unite for bible study

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By Laurie Stone Four students affiliated with The Thomas Moore Outreach Ministry on Campus at Eastern New Mexico University have stepped into a place of leadership to unite people for God in a nondenominational Bible study. Rev. Tobin Hitt encouraged Rodrick Chambers of Victory Life Church, Lucero Tirado and Fide Davalos of St. Helen’s Catholic […]

Hospital wall pays tribute to Sept. 11 victims

By Kevin Wilson Among many others, one of Exie Starr’s duties at Roosevelt General Hospital is to update a hallway bulletin board each month. As September came around, Starr searched through her heart and mind, and the choice was easy even after three years. A wall to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 […]

Fair teaches life lessons for entrants

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By Laurie Stone The Roosevelt County Fair is underway as entrants make their last-minute preparations. This year’s fair has undergone a few changes which opens the door to a wider variety of participants. “From our livestock, entertainment, vendors and carnival, we have the best fair around,” said Kent Best, president of the Roosevelt County Fairboard. […]

Allen enjoyed life with large family

By Laurie Stone According to Elberta Allen, she was the perfect child and she said good-bye to the world on the perfect day. On May 22,1929, Elberta was born on a farm in Portales, the seventh born of 18 children (seven boys, 11 girls). Elberta’s Christian belief was that seven meant perfection, therefore making her […]

Family spreads word of God through drama, history

By Helena Rodriguez “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33 By Helena Rodriguez FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS helena_rodriguez@link.freedom.com PORTALES — The dramatic faith presentations of Matthew 6:33 Academy, Inc., are big on visuals, with vibrant colors and oversized props, but low on […]

A man is worth his salt if he works hard

Joan Clayton God’s blood covenant is chief of his wonderful provision for man, but this column is about another covenant our wonderful God provides. My grandfather used to say, “A man is worth his salt if he works hard.” I thought about the meaning of that statement every time I picked up the salt shaker. […]

Couple reminices on Valentine memories

Michelle Seeber Tom and Sandy Simensen of Portales have celebrated 15 Valentine’s Day anniversaries since their marriage on Nov. 19, 1988, in Denver. The Valentine’s Day they remember most, though, was in 1986, when they lived at Windsor Gardens in Denver before they got married. “It was a Roarin’ ‘20s party,” Tom, 68, said last […]

ENMU volleyball team ready for home opener

PNT Staff Most of the Zia volleyball players never competed together before this year, and despite their individual abilities to spike, bump and set they haven’t been able to put together many solid team performances. The team’s only two returning players — junior Margie Goble and senior Anya Mack — are out with injury, leaving […]

Holiday spurs memories of fatherhood

Mike_Linn The first day Jim Wood became a father he had some advice for his first-born child. He said, “T.J., would you stop whining?” The baby boy, T.J. Wood, looked at his father and ceased all the wailing associated with child birth. “That was a special moment,” said Jim, who will celebrate 13 years of […]

Water meeting slated for today in Portales

PNT Staff The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at The Roosevelt restaurant for their monthly meeting. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega praised the efforts of the authority — which includes 12 entities including Clovis and Portales — by stating that combined efforts on the Ute Water Project are gathering […]