May 4 Obituaries

Mary “Sandy” Mecham, 84 Mrs. Mary “Sandy” Mecham, 84, of Tucumcari, a homemaker, died Monday, May 3, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 9, 1920, in Murphysboro, Ill., to Oscar and Mary Watt Lutz. Family members said she will be remembered as an active sportswoman who always lived […]

Local man to meet life-saving donor

Tony Parra For Kevin Gardels one question has been lingering in his mind. What do you say to the person who gave you life? Friday in Los Angeles, Gardels plans to meet the woman who donated her bone marrow to Gardels for a life-saving transplant. “I’ve been thinking about it,” Gardels said. “The day we […]

Family remembers special loved one

By Michelle Seeber Tamara Smart Smith, 28, who lived in Portales the last year-and-a-half of her life, was the mother of a daughter, Hailey Towler, of Artesia. She was a friend to her “special sisters, Misty, Sunnidae and Sandy Taylor” and to her “special mother,” Mary. But most of all, she was happy, family members […]

Obits March 26

Ken Bedinger, 60 Ken Bedinger, 60, of Portales died Thursday, March 25, 2004, at his home. He was born on June 3, 1943, in Portales to Lillie and Andrew E. Bedinger. His family moved to Portales in 1960 and he graduated from Portales High School in 1961. In 1962, he joined the Army Reserves. While […]

City twinkles during annual light parade

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Michelle Seeber More than a hundred parked cars lined the Portales downtown streets with residents sitting in them to avoid the cold Friday night weather, a sure sign that the Light parade in honor of Christmas was being watched. Little Miss Merry Christmas 2002, Heaven Ruiz, daughter of Henry and Martha Ruiz, led the parade, […]

Christmas pageant raises funds for lights

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Michelle Seeber Six-year-old Stephanne Chandler really wanted to win the 18th Annual Little Miss Merry Christmas Pageant held Friday night at the Cornerstone Building in downtown Portales after the light parade. In fact, she wanted to win so badly that she and her mother baked cakes and pies, sought donations from 51 Portales businesses and […]

Obits 11-7

Joyce Wilson, 76 Mrs. Ruby Joyce Bell Wilson, 76, of Portales, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at her home. She was born on May 6, 1927, in Santa Anna, Texas, to Cora Lee and Conrad T. Bell. She was raised in the Rogers community where she attended school. She attended Beauty School in Clovis and […]

Make sure not to ‘fall’

By Helena Rodriguez I know why they call it fall. Right about this time of year, everything starts falling into your lap like a tree that comes crashing from nowhere. Every year — just before the leaves turn to rusty orange, lemon yellow or dirt brown — those lazy days of summer transform into a […]

Obits Aug. 21

Frances Blair, 95 Ms. Frances Opal Blair, 95, of Clovis, a bookkeeper, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 5, 1907, in Portales, to Nathan B. and Mabel E. Daniels Lea. She lived in Clovis most of her life where she worked as a bookkeeper […]

Missouri woman stabs daughter in Clovis

Darrell Todd Maurina Two onlookers chased down and captured a woman from Missouri who stabbed her daughter-in-law about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Clovis police reports. Clovis Police Capt. Dan Blair said the daughter-in-law, Dawn Southern, 28, of Clovis, was treated and released at Plains Regional Medical Center following the incident outside an eatery […]