July 2 Obituaries

Opal Manis, 91 Opal Turner Manis, 91, Aurora, Mo., did, Monday, June 28, 2004, at St. John’s Hospital in Aurora, Mo. She was born on Sept. 2, 1912, in Texico, to David and Cora Bruce Turner. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Aurora, Mo. She played the piano for many years […]

Greyhounds drop home game to Lubbock Christian

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By Kevin Wilson Lubbock Christian’s win could have been easily chalked up to a career day for Zach Barnard. Eastern New Mexico coach Phil Clabaugh chooses inexperience instead. Barnard, a sophomore designated hitter, went 3-for-4 with three homers and eight RBIs, leading a Chaparral team that capitalized on ENMU mistakes Tuesday and left Greyhound Field […]

Obits Feb 27

Judy Lou Pankonie, 56 Judy Lou Pankonie, 56, of Clovis, a registered nurse, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Oct. 30, 1947, in Harrison, Ark., to James C. and Dolly Baker Mills. She had been a resident of Clovis the past year, moving from Kenosha, Wis. […]

New Year’s question: to stay or go

By Tony Parra Portales residents of all ages will have an opportunity to celebrate the new year with others from around the area, the only question being how far are they willing to travel to celebrate. For those wanting to stay in Portales for the festivities, the Victory Life Christian Church will have two different […]

Community members share holiday feast

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Mike Linn Local farmer Smokey Ball got up and left the free Thanksgiving dinner at the Memorial Building early Thursday afternoon. But it wasn’t because he was too full or had other places to be. After several requests for another one of his tasty strawberry cheesecake pies, Ball gave in and brought another one back […]

Churches to serve free Thanksgiving dinner

Helena Rodriguez Central Christian and St. Helen Catholic Church have joined forces to host a free community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Memorial Building. Organizers say the traditional Thanksgiving meal is not only being served for the needy and home-bound. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, […]

Pagan group out to dispel false myths

Mike Linn They don’t worship the devil. They don’t prick voodoo dolls with pins. And while some members call themselves Wiccans, or witches, they say they don’t attempt to impose evil spells on their enemies. About 20 members of a newly formed Eastern New Mexico University group of college students call themselves pagans, and have […]

Area teen to perform at celebration in Clovis

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Helena Rodriguez When Lucero Davalos walked away from a truck rollover near Floyd last September without a broken bone, she told Jesus to do with her life as he wanted. From there, the 17-year-old said things just seemed to fall in place when she began taking a more active role with her father Abraham’s Spanish […]

Floyd routs Bethel Christian

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By Kevin Wilson For eight days, Portales Junior High School was a second home for the Floyd Broncos. For two games, it was a bad time to be playing against the Broncos. One week after routing Lazbuddie in their home opener/homecoming game, the Broncos handily beat Bethel Christian 56-6 in their home finale Saturday afternoon […]

Faith Temple school changes

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By Kevin Wilson Faith Temple Christian School has a new name. Faith Triumphant officials envision other changes soon — a day when the school’s athletic and academic facilities are in one location. The church and school are located on the 600 block of West Fourth Street, but the eventual goal is to move the school […]

New Mexico Christian Academy will close this year for lack of funds

Mike Linn Citing overwhelming financial struggles, officials at the New Mexico Christian Academy on Tuesday decided the K-12 school would not be open this school year. Sherill Wofford, the school’s principal, said the academy may be open in the fall of 2004 if school officials can raise at least $350,000 to build a new school […]

Personality Plus — Scott Aubuchont

Scott Aubuchont has returned to the haunts of his childhood — the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. Tell us about your childhood: “I grew up at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home. I lived there for about 18 years.”   What’s so great about your favorite sport? “My favorite sport is basketball. I like playing […]

New Mexico Christian Academy struggles to stay open

Mike Linn Christy Fields has been attending New Mexico Christian Academy for eight years, built strong relationships with friends she doesn’t want to see diminish if the school if forced to close for financial reasons. The 15-year-old Portales resident has Wigner’s Disease, which weakens the immune system, preventing her from attending a larger school, family […]

Angel Ministries on duty

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Mike Linn Three Portales women are seeking funds for a male-only Christian rehabilitation center, which could serve as an alternative to jail for non-violent drug and alcohol offenders. Sheila Savitz-Strange and her partners Viola Burke and Debbie Martinez are seeking donations, grants and a loan of approximately $200,000 from a Clovis bank to help fund […]

Churches walk tightrope to make money work

By Gary Mitchell The Coffee House, a new Christian coffeehouse in Portales that features a wide range of coffees, teas, iced drinks and pastries, has been picking up business. “It’s been going great,” said Pastor David Markham of Victory Life Church, which sponsors the coffeehouse. “We’re having a steady walk-in business in the mornings and […]