Coach’s cemetery exercise misses point

Occasionally, though not very often, the inspiration from this column comes from some other piece of information which slides across the Internet. Such is the case in today’s piece. Upstate New York, where a junior varsity football coach and English teacher forced members of the team, after a losing game, to detour into the local […]

Group planning confederate memorial

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Janelle Foster, left, president of the United Daughters of Confederacy, Ellen W. Jones Chapter, points out names on the new confederate memorial at Portales Cemetery to John Hilliard, who will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s memorial dedication. By Alisa Boswell: Cannon Connections Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy […]

Memorial honors area confederate soldiers

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Alisa Boswell Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy memorial in Portales Cemetery. The memorial was bought and is being dedicated by United Daughters of Confederacy, the Ellen W. Jones Chapter 1022 in Portales. According to president of the chapter, Janelle Foster, the memorial is in honor of confederate soldiers who fought in the […]

McGee: Just miss me when I’m gone

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was vacation time. South of Brownwood, Texas, we zipped by a cemetery. Apparently there was going to be a funeral that day. A green canopy had been set up, under it were burgundy velvet covered chairs probably there for the family. And there was the mound of dirt covered […]

Their View: Senator to praise troops’ sacrifices

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., plans to deliver remarks at a Memorial Day event on Monday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Here’s a sampling: “Each year, Memorial Day stands as the national day of tribute and remembrance as we honor the service of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our […]

Volunteers unearth Blacktower Cemetery

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Senior Airman Zayed Antonio was one of about 15 volunteers who came to the Blacktower cemetery to help uncover graves during the clean up day. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer Stepping into the shoes of archeologists, volunteers from Cannon Air Force Base and the community carefully removed several […]

Cemetery all that’s left of Blacktower

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico When the town of Blacktower faded away, the only thing left behind was its dead. The Blacktower Cemetery, located west of the Chavez West Housing edition near Cannon Air Force Base, appears to be a fraction of what it used to be. About eight headstones stick inches, and possibly […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Freedom New Mexico Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Cannon Connections staff Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

Prepaid funerals have advantages, disadvantages

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers While addressing the inevitability of death can be uncomfortable, planning ahead for a funeral can save money and lessen stress, according to financial advisors and funeral service providers. Prepaid funerals earmark funds for funeral expenses, and, unlike cash, aren’t counted as an asset, a major benefit to seniors who want to […]

9-15 Obituaries

R.B. Hardin Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel Mr. R.B. (Junior) Hardin Jr., 75, Portales died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born Dec. 26, 1929, in Pleasant Hill to Minnie and R.B. Hardin. He graduated from Portales High School in 1948. He married Nell Burns […]

City remembers fallen

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By Kevin Wilson Memorial Day represented the sacrifices of millions for some, and the connection to friends and family for others. Those views were shared Monday during Portales’ annual Memorial Day program, held at the city cemetery. The ceremony was attended by about 30 people, though many were also in the cemetery placing flags by […]

5/27 Obituaries

Funerals Today Donald Breech — 2 p.m. Friday at Portales Cemetery.

5/26 Obituaries

Donald Breech, 70 Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Portales Cemetery. Donald Richard Breech, 70 of Elephant Butte, died Monday, May 23, 2005, at Sierra Vista Hospital in Truth or Consequences. He was born on Oct. 13, 1934, in Winterhaven, Calif., to Donald Todd and Esther Tinsley Breech. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. […]

Community urged to remember soldiers

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Veterans want members of the Portales community to celebrate Memorial Day and help remember those who gave their lives for Americans’ freedoms. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9515 will each conduct activities during the weekend in commemoration of those who served in the military. The […]

Local Brief

Veterans to place flags in cemetery on Saturday War veterans will be at the Portales City Cemetery at 9 a.m. on Saturday, placing flags on the gravesites of those who served in the military. Veterans are welcoming any Portales residents who want to help place flags. Tables will be placed at the Kilgore street entrance […]

5/24 Obituaries

Kelly Askew, 69 Services: 2 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. Kelly Askew, 69, of Portales, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Jan. 27, 1936, in the Garrison community, to Marie and Dell Askew. He grew up in the Garrison community and […]

5/12 Obituaries

Jim Griffin, 61 Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. Jim Griffin, 61, of Odessa, Texas, died Wednesday, May 11, 2005, in Logan. He was born July 16, 1943, in Clovis, to Nettie Lou and Roy J. Griffin. He grew up in Portales. He married Norma Faye Luce on Aug. 11, […]

Feb. 25 Obituaries

Juanita Rowland, 80 Services: 1 p.m. Saturday at Portales Cemetery. Juanita Rowland, 80, of Portales, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at her home. She was born on July 14, 1924, in Clarendon, Texas, to Ella and James R. Shearer. She grew up in west Texas near Sudan where she attended school. In 1942 she moved […]

Aug. 24 Obituaries

S.M. Faulkenburry, 84 Mr. S. M. “Sarge” Faulkenburry, 84, of Clovis, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 8, 1919, in Alto, Texas, to Willie Kate and Eldra A. Faulkenburry. In January 1942, he joined the Army and served until 1946. He served in Puerto Rico […]