Local man kept Saddam capture under wraps

Darrell Todd Maurina Like many Americans, Mary Cline of Portales woke up on Dec. 14 to the news that American troops had captured Saddam Hussein. What she didn’t yet know was that her son Larry Davis, a civilian communications specialist working with Army forces near Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, had known about the capture many [...]

Family that lacks a car needs help this holiday

Eric Butler Like most 16-year-olds, there’s almost nothing Patrick would like more than to have his own car. But that wish won’t be met this Christmas because it ranks well below more pressing needs — a car for his mom, for example. For Eleanor, times would be good if she had the means to provide [...]

Local mom hopes for help with Christmas

Eric Butler Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone. Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident of [...]

Program offers hope to those in need

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers Salvation Army bell ringers stand at the entrances to stores, ringing their bells. When coins clink in little red kettles, shoppers have done something to help the unfortunate. But the Salvation Army’s efforts to help people go far beyond the clinking coins. More than 400 families in Portales and the surrounding [...]

Brothers follow in father’s military footsteps

Darrell Todd Maurina As Celestino Gonzales sat in his living room last week watching the Fox news network, he paid close attention to world events. After 30 years traveling the world with the United States Army — including two tours of combat duty in Vietnam and postings to Japan and Europe — the New Mexico [...]

Obituaries, July 27

Imogene Atchley, 70 Imogene Atchley, 70, of Portales, died Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Billy Barton, 73 Mr. Billy J. Barton, 73, of Portales, a retired telephone lineman, [...]