Empty Stocking Fund (Nov. 29)

Today’s focus: “Ms. G” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: Both parents work. Mr. G is an outdoor laborer and Ms. G works in retail. With the onset of winter, the family depends on the mother’s limited income. One of their children is a special needs child and all income they have goes to […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Ms. S

Today’s Focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: A single mother, working to support her two children. Her holiday hopes: To be able to give Christmas gifts to her children. Clothing needs: Boys pant sizes 32 and 2T, boys shirt sizes large and 2T, boys shoe sizes 9 1/2 and 6 1/2. […]

Salvation Army looking to help local families

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The 12-foot artificial Christmas tree in Clovis’ Wal-Mart isn’t decorated with fancy lights or ornaments. It is instead filled with paper cutouts, bearing children’s names and their Christmas wishes. Nearby, sits a box filled with various items: a new novel — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;” a plastic-wrapped […]

Military wants share of lottery profits

Tom Philpott Over 178,000 retail outlets across 41 states and the District of Columbia sell state lottery tickets. Last year they earned over $3 billion in commissions on ticket sales of almost $49 billion. Military exchanges want a piece of that action. Congress is weighing a proposal from the Department of Defense to amend current […]

Man dedicates time to learning about navigating uncle

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Leo Eminger of Upton has been presumed dead since Sept. 24, 1942. Over the last year-and-a-half, Dave Tanner has dedicated every minute he can spare to make sure the memory of Eminger, his great-uncle, lives on. “No man is ever dead until he’s forgotten,” Tanner said, “and I’ve never […]

Mother, daughter spend weekend volunteering for victims

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By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Mother and daughter, Linda and Amanda Thrower, spent their holiday weekend cooking. They weren’t grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for family though, the duo spent 16 hours a day preparing and serving hot meals for approximately 500 Hurricane Katrina victims who began trickling into Lubbock on Saturday. The mother/daughter […]

Mother/daughter pair lend help to victims

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Mother and daughter, Linda and Amanda Thrower, spent their holiday weekend cooking. They weren’t grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for family though, the duo spent 16 hours a day preparing and serving hot meals for approximately 500 Hurricane Katrina victims who began trickling into Lubbock on Saturday. The mother/daughter Salvation […]

Aug. 31 Veteran Profiles

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Carl Field Born: 1921 Dates of Service: 1943-1945 Hometown: Dora Lives in: Dora Theater or location of service: Mesa, Ariz. Branch: Army Rank: 2nd lieutenant Unit and Specialty: Flight instructor After discharge: San Angelo, Texas Field served as a flight instructor throughout his enlistment in the Army. Henry Gallegos Date […]

BRAC closing list

The Associated Press A look at a federal commission’s decisions on the list of major bases the Pentagon wants to close. The Pentagon defines “major” as facilities whose replacement cost would be $100 million or greater. CLOSE (as Pentagon recommended) Alaska: —Kulis Air Guard Station (closure was conditioned on there being enough federal money to […]

Flags to be half-staff

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson today issued an executive order directing that flags in New Mexico be flown at half-staff to honor U.S. Army Pfc. Damian Garza. Garza was killed Aug. 4 when his vehicle crashed into a river near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. “Our heartfelt sorrow and gratitude go out to […]