Christmas memories warm the heart

Joan Clayton Many thoughts of Christmas return to mind this time of year — wonderful memories relived with blessings. I was one of many cousins who descended upon our grandparents at Christmas time. Granny allowed me to sleep on a pallet by the lighted Christmas tree. The aroma of turkey cooking along with apple pies […]

Church offers holiday play

Darrell Todd Maurina First Assembly of God in Clovis is bringing back a tradition this year. For many years the church sponsored holiday drama presentations, and this year will be resuming that practice with a free musical drama at 7 tonight and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. “That’s the Good News,” a drama presenting the pain […]

Light parade to wow city

Tony Parra If you’re in downtown Portales Friday night there’s one thing you almost certainly won’t miss — lights. Fire trucks, tractor trailers and even a horse will all be laced with holiday glow during the annual Roosevelt County Christmas Jubilee Light Parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on the corner of 18th Street and […]

Fire officials fear holiday sparks

Tony Parra The Christmas season brings with it presents, joy and time to spend with family. But it also brings with it distractions which add to fire dangers, fire officials say. “There are so many distractions that parents have to deal with during the holidays,” Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Prevention Center said. “There […]

Retired ENMU music director performs at Christmas concert

Jack King Louis Burkel has spent a lifetime with music, either playing it or teaching it to others. Burkel, who retired in 1980 as director of the school of music at Eastern New Mexico University, began playing in the 1930s in his native Missouri and began teaching it there in 1940. A devotee of the […]

There is more to December than Christmas

Bob Huber December never inspired enthusiasm around our house. We steadfastly refused to join Santa Claus in his annual extortion ploy, and we stopped having babies 40 years ago at the end of each year for income tax purposes. That’s about all there is to December. But December in Texas — that state where old […]

Be nice this holiday; skip the shopping

Jim Lee Well, Monday starts the last month of this year. It seems like the year just got started. In a couple of weeks or so I’ll be so tired of the constant repetition of holiday songs I’ll be tempted to sneak bark beetles into Christmas tree lots. I’m not really a scrooge, but enough […]

Local stores see high sales during busy weekend

Tony Parra and Darrell Todd Maurina The Christmas shopping rush began bright and early for Portales shoppers and retail stores enjoyed a successful first day of Christmas shopping after Friday’s registers closed. At Wal-Mart $29 DVD players and $180 automobile DVD players sold out within the first half-hour of the start of its sale. “We […]

Sassy dolls to learning tools, anything goes this Christmas

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Helena Rodriguez This Christmas kids want everything from the furry to McFlurries, from the sensational to educational. From the fairytale-themed Barbie in Swan Lake dolls to the modern, hip Bratz dolls with their own Formal Funk Runway Disco, it’s almost anything goes this holiday season. As always, familiar characters are also in high demand, from […]

When buying gifts, it’s the thought that counts

Helena Rodriguez Trying to figure out what to get my loved ones for Christmas this past week got me started thinking about the favorite Christmas gifts I’ve received in my life. Now some of these Christmas gifts should not have been given to me in the first place. Oh, the things a bored adolescent can […]