Buried memories

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Michelle Seeber The old First United Methodist Church of Portales, where services first were held when it was only half a basement and later became a three-story building, will always be remembered by its ministers and members. Recently demolished for about $145,000, the church — now replaced by a new one at the intersection of […]

Obits 11-30

James Pettus, 61 Mr. James Pettus, 61, of Portales, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born Oct. 16, 1942, at Owensboro, Ky., to Rose and Ed Pettus. When he was 13 the family moved to Carlsbad where they lived about two years until moving to Floyd. He was […]

Golfers raise money to build church in Africa

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to the generosity of Curry County golfers, a new church has been built in the far northwest region of the African nation of Kenya. Wes Grau, a Curry County rancher, said he worked together with Clovis car dealer Rick Cornelison and others to sponsor a “Cowboy Golf” tournament that raised money […]

Obituaries, Nov. 25

GARY HATCH Services: 3:30 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Portales. Mr. Gary Hatch, 54, of Portales, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, near Roswell. He was born on Jan. 11, 1949, in Portales, to Frantelle and Gordon Hatch. He grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1967. He […]

Local church sponsors giant food giveaway

Helena Rodriguez Members of Trinity Family Center feel God has blessed the church, and in return, they want to share that blessing with others by hosting a food giveaway. With the help of an anonymous donor, the church will give away an estimated 22,000 pounds of free food to families at noon on Saturday. There […]

Obits 11-19

Barney Smith, 73 Barney Joe Smith, 73, of Bowie, Texas, a yard supervisor in the oil field, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Bowie Memorial Hospital in Bowie. He was born on March 1, 1930, in Floyd. He married Janice Ann Summers on May 25, 1985, in Bowie. He was of the Church of Christ […]

First United Methodist Church celebrates 50 years of serving turkey

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Helena Rodriguez Forty roasted turkeys, 24 tubs of dressing, 250 pumpkin pies, 80 gallons of green beans, 500 apples, 100 stalks of celery and 14 gallons of cranberry sauce. Sounds like enough to feed an army — or about 1,400-plus hungry people expected to attend the 50th annual First United Methodist Church Thanksgiving Dinner and […]

Gay bishop causes controversy

Darrell Todd Maurina Sunday’s consecration of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church has led to protests from many in the denomination. The Rev. John Rollinson, pastor of Clovis’ St. James Episcopal Church and three mission churches in nearby cities, counts himself among the dissenters. “It was […]

Obits 10-31

Antonia Armijo, 98 Mrs. Antonia D. Armijo, 98, of Portales, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on April 12, 1905, in Villanueva, to Leonarda and Santana Duran. A few years after she was born she moved to Puerto de Luna near Santa Rosa. Later she moved to […]

Personalities Plus — Frank Smith

Frank Smith has lived in Portales since 1972. He retired from his job in deliveries at the former Poynor’s Home and Auto Store in 2001 and is full time pastor of First Spanish Baptist Church. Preaching has become his life, and he does it in both English and Spanish. Smith spends his free time reading […]

Obits 10-21

Marjorie Burkel, 83 Mrs. Marjorie Burkel, 83, of Portales, died Thursday morning, Oct. 16, 2003, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on May 30, 1920, in Smithville, Mo., to Lela and Joshua E. Kindred. She grew up in Smithville and graduated from high school there in 1938. On Aug. 25, 1940, she […]

Local leader loses bout with cancer

Gary Mitchell Those who knew her best invariably described Mary Carol Hartley as a brave, compassionate lady. Hartley, 62, died at her home Thursday after a 15-year on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley’s husband, 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley, choked back his emotions late Thursday. “It’s kind of a tough time, but the Good Lord […]

Obits 10-1

Clarence Stanfield, 91 The Rev. Clarence L. Stanfield, 91, of Hobbs, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Hobbs Health Care Center. He was born on Oct. 11, 1911, in Grady, to Clyde and Clara Stanfield. He served churches in Clovis, Portales, Goldsmith, Texas, Van Horn/Sierra Blanca, Texas, Raton, Gallup and Albuquerque. He was pastor for […]

Obits 9-23

Melba McCamish, 68 Melba McCamish, 68, of Muleshoe, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on March 17, 1935, in Lingo. She married Frank McCamish on Aug. 22, 1953, in Portales. She was a 1953 graduate of Portales High School. She and her family moved to Muleshoe in […]

Fiesta of faith continues at St. Helen’s

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Helena Rodriguez The four-day fiesta of faith at St. Helen Catholic Church draws to a close today, but not until after another full day of celebration, which will include the crowing of a queen and princess at noon. Today’s event will also include food and game booths, Christian music and a game of soccer at […]

St. Helen Fiesta mix of faith, fun and food

Helena Rodriguez People can get well fed — spiritually and physically — at St. Helen Catholic Church’s annual Fiesta and Car Show which begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday and continues with daily activities through Sunday. The four-day fiesta of faith will feature “good food, praise and preaching,” according to Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of […]

From secondary to sermons: Mims set to preach

By Dave Wagner Eric Mims will have a short night on Saturday. The Eastern New Mexico University senior is slated to start at cornerback when the Greyhounds host New Mexico Highlands at 6 p.m. in their football home opener at Greyhound Stadium. He will then return to his home town of Amarillo to preach his […]

Obits 9/7

Arthur Littlejohn, 81 Mr. Arthur Littlejohn, 81, of Portales, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Dec. 11, 1921, on the family farm 12 miles south of Portales, to Virgie and Jimmy Littlejohn. He grew up on the family farm and attended school at Rogers, graduating […]

Obits Aug. 29

Sherrie Bettenhausen, 47 Dr. Sherrie Bettenhausen, 47, of Charleston, S.C., died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at the Medical University of South Carolina. She was born on March 14, 1956, in Williston, N.D., to Odean and Lorraine Eliassen Bendixson. She was a 1974 high school graduate. She began her college teaching profession at Eastern New Mexico […]

Obits 8/28

Lynn Roberts, 59 Lynn Roberts, 59, of Artesia, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at Las Cruces Nursing Center. She was born on Nov. 4, 1943, in Fresno, Calif., to Vernon and Wanda Hyatt. She went to elementary school in Portales and graduated from high school in Las Cruces. She was preceded in death by her […]