Religion column: Passing on life lessons

The closing of another school year will soon be here. It brings back many thoughts filed in my mental book of memories. The simple trust and faith of children are traits I need everyday. When facing obstacles in my life, I think of problems from children’s perspective. “We have to go on to third grade […]

My turn: Portales couple deserves recognition

Let me tell you about two of your neighbors. For more years than they can count, this husband and wife, who attend University Baptist Church in Portales, and who insisted I not use their names, have had a Sunday tradition. They gather a group of children from potentially at-risk families, feed them breakfast, accompany them […]

Children’s sports all about energy

There are few things more joyful than the exuberance of little ones who are totally involved in a sport, especially if one of the children involved is your special grandchild — in this case, the female one. Sports activities for kids involve a sizable number of dedicated volunteers in the person of coaches, refs, and […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, calling kid singers and ugly mermaids

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The Curry County Commission meets 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library north annex room. Tops on the agenda are hiring a new jail administrator and considering ways to finance a new jail. Meetings are open to the public. Kid singers […]

Anniversary —

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Fiola Joe and Connie Fiola of Clovis celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 24, 2012, at their home with family. The couple was married Dec. 24, 1971, in Farwell. They have three children and five grandchildren. He is a special agent for BNSF Railroad. She is a retired teacher. — Submitted by Jinger Fiola

Letters to Santa

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The following letters to Santa Claus are from area children given to Freedom New Mexico by teachers and the post office.

Police departments give gifts to 400 children

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Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. Police in Clovis and Portales recently played Santa to hundreds of children across eastern New Mexico. The 2011 Operation Santa Cop was a success with Portales Police Department officials saying they gave about 400 children presents on Dec. 17. “I saw […]

Their view: Children need to learn historical significance

Daniel Burnett, press secretary for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit dedicated to academic excellence, offers this commentary on the importance of knowing our history:

Anniversary — Nov. 27

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Smith Alvin and Mary Frances Smith of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 24, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Arch Community Building. The celebration was hosted by Betty Moore, Debbie Smith, Bill Smith and Roy Smith. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage! We love you, all your children and grandchildren. The couple was married […]