Television, in moderation, OK for kids

By Anita Doberman My 20-month-old daughter clearly knows Sponge Bob Squarepants (“Bub-bob”) and can sing the song well enough that even non-family members recognize it. She is also more than familiar with Dora and Diego; I think she expects them to come over for a visit any minute now. A few years ago, in the […]

Grandfather an innovator of local agriculture

By Karl Terry I always knew my granddad, Bob Terry, was pretty handy with anything mechanical but I didn’t know until this week that he was one of the first in the area to adapt a peanut thrasher to pull through the fields. I was interviewing several long-time Roosevelt County residents about the antique peanut […]

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Jan. 9, 1961 • Bob Heselton of Hessie’s 66 Service Station received a $50 award from Phillips 66 for providing perfect driveway service to a “Mystery Motorist.” • Travis Gossett advertised Jersey and Holstein milk cows for sale from one to 100 head. His reason for selling, as stated in the ad — “Going fishing.”

Pills won’t cure you if you’re a hypochondriac

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor We turn on the television and as sure as the next commercial break, we’ll hear about a new pill for an ailment we’re convinced we must have suddenly come down with. If we didn’t have restless leg syndrome this time last month, watch a few hundred commercials with people […]

Friends, family recall columnist’s humor, upbeat personality

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor He liked a laugh and a good cigar. He enjoyed plenty of both. Robert “Bob” E. Huber, journalist, freelance writer and newspaper columnist, died early Friday morning at his home in Portales. He was best known in Portales and Clovis for his weekly humor column that ran in the […]

July 26,1960

• Portales farmer Bob White received a shock while working in one of his fields. While driving in his tractor, the front end suddenly fell several feet down. It was discovered that the tractor feel into an old well located in the field that was there long before White began farming the field. • A […]

Tornado claims life

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A 90-year-old woman injured in Friday’s tornado died this morning. Heleneta Blevins passed at 4:50 a.m. in her eldest son’s home, according to her eldest son, Bob Blevins. A local hospice provided services, he said. Her death marks the first tornado fatality in Clovis’ 100-year history, according to Clovis […]

Teen gets closer to God in trailer

By Laurie Stone Some adventures in music take people across the planet. Scott Handy’s took him to his family’s back yard. Handy cut and produced his first album, “Think Twice,” in a trailer behind his parent’s house which is where he lives and produces his music. The 14-foot-by-56-foot mobile home trailer was added to Bob […]

Marginal Line a marginal success

By Bob Huber You’ve probably never heard of the World War II coastal fortifications on Long Island known as the Marginal Line, built to keep the European forces of evil in check. Frankly, I hadn’t either until recently when secret archives of that great project were opened to me. What happened was… Two patriots, Don […]

July 28 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Birthdays August 1-7 Heath Husted, Berlene Rogers, Gloria Carrasco and Roger Moore. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bird, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Creighton, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Fraze and Mr. and Mrs. Wade Jordan. Visitors The Thurmans recently had John Bailey, from Seaside, Ore., their daughter, Shirley […]

June 27 Obituaries

Christian Frederick Davis, 56 The remains of Christian Frederick “Sonny” Davis, well known area cowboy and steer roper were re-interred in the Kenna Cemetery Saturday, June 12, 2004 with family and close friends present. He died Apr. 14, 1991, at the age of 56, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on Jan. […]

Readers give pros and cons of Portales life

Recent Project: Reader Reaction questions asked about pros and cons of living in Portales — and for something on the light side. Some responses: What do you like about Portales? “I love the friendliness of the people and the size of Portales. I love walking into a restaurant and having people come up and say […]

Obits April 15

Margie Purcell, 74 Mrs. Margie Purcell, 74, of Portales, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at her home. She was born on Dec. 14, 1929, in Melrose, to Bessie Mae and Charles R. Vance. She attended school at McAlister and House, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1948. She married Bill Purcell on June 6, […]

Searching for the meaning of life

By Bob Huber If you have a left-handed dictionary in your bathroom like I do, you know the many blissful hours that can be spent in scholarly, fun-filled repose. I fostered my own reference book back in the dark ages and added to it over the years, which made my wife Marilyn comment, “If you’re […]

She was very much like a steel magnolia

David Stevens She enjoyed writing and painting and collecting Indian artifacts. She played the piano, acted as literary agent for creative family members and loved gardening. She was a beauty queen — Miss Roswell in 1947 — and could have been Miss New Mexico if she hadn’t caught the measles and been eliminated from the […]

Good one-liners never get old

Bob Huber One of my scholarly pursuits is the care and feeding of one-liners. I get most of them from my wife Marilyn who seems to have an endless supply and loves to toss them out to brighten my day, as follows: • “You may think you’re still young, but you need your false teeth […]

For new pet owners, its a dog&s life

Jim Lee Well, Saundra and I finally did it. We got ourselves a dog. The back yard was too empty and the house too peaceful, I suppose. When the kids are grown and off on their own, things are entirely too serene, right? Everything was just too nice and quiet. I had no decent excuse […]