Christmas get-togethers all about love

Our grownup sons and their families have always filled our holidays with delight, but one Christmas stands out above all others. Our Christmas Eve dinner and the opening of gifts added to our family celebration and with full tummies we relaxed in the warmth of the crackling fire in the fireplace. The long legs of […]

My turn: Local flag folders part of moving ceremony

On this Veterans Day eve, I tip my hat to Roosevelt County’s own folders of the flags, the honor guard from American Legion Post 31. They offer what is arguably the most moving of American ceremonies, military honors at the funerals of men and women who have served in any branch of the armed services. […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Dinner for airmen, resolutions and a film classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Christmas eve First Presbyterian Church in Portales has scheduled its annual Community Christmas Eve Service for 11 p.m. Friday. The service includes special music, readings and traditional Christmas hymns. And, First Baptist Church is holding a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Friday. Both […]

Jesus’ birth quite a story

Have you given any thought to whether there were any cows in the barn on Christmas Eve that night two thousand and ten years ago? All Luke says is there was a manger. It doesn’t take much Bible reading to inform us that cows have been domesticated for centuries. Why, Adam even named ‘em. They’re […]

Mayor’s New Year’s Eve ball coming up

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico This New Year’s Eve is a black tie affair for Clovis at the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Ball.

Dec. 25, 1958

Mrs. William Mitchell was dismissed from Roosevelt General Hospital after giving birth to her son, Randy Jay, on Christmas Eve. Randy Jay was the only baby born over the holidays in Portales that year.

12-20 Local Briefs

Church plans Christmas Eve service The Trinitiy Episcopal Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. Monday at the church, 1116 W. Third St., in Portales. Information: Larry Mote, 356-5728

New Year’s not all about going out

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist There is a lot of pressure to celebrate New Year’s Eve. When I lived in New York City, I went to parties and made it to Times Square to see the ball drop. It was cold and my toes were frozen by the time I left. I’m not even sure […]

Some resolutions worth keeping

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher This is a personal tale about the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever made that has stuck. The decision saved me from myself. I write about it not for praise, but in case someone reading it wonders if they should quit drinking like I did 21 years ago. I […]

Christmas Eve gift leaves long legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Christmas Eve gift! It’s a simple phrase that’s been uttered on Dec. 24 by my family as long as I can remember. In fact I’m not sure anyone knows when it all started. That makes it a family Christmas tradition. I’m sure if someone in my family or anyone […]

Holiday prompts special services

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers On that first Christmas night, as Joseph and Mary reportedly searched for lodging before the birth of Jesus, they were foreigners in another land, dependent on the help of strangers. It is the same kind of compassion and call for social action that pastor Clyde Davis will focus on when […]

Video stores, movies offer relief from holiday rush

By Helena Rodriguez Once Santa has made his deliveries, the chestnuts have been roasted on an open fire and the yuletide carols have been sung, that usually means it’s movie time. As people begin settling down from the holiday rush and realize they have time on their hands, many families will flock to the video […]

Portales churches to hold Christmas Day services

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales churches are preparing for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and many will be offering worship services with some alterations to normal church schedules. Normally, pastors and priests conduct services on Saturday evening and during the day on Sunday. However, some have made accommodations because Christmas Eve lands on a […]

Group wants men to redefine their spiritual roles

By Tova Fruchtman As they prayed, their hands raised, their eyes closed and their fists clinched. The eight men — including Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics — gathered Saturday morning at Portales Public Library for the “Men of God Arise” meeting were passionate about the mission. Some came because they got a call from Portales resident […]

Holiday not without its hoaxes

By Bob Huber An independent survey this week showed that hidden in the dusty catacombs of my files are dozens of juicy Christmas stories I experienced as a young, insolvent reporter. But only one stands out as a reminder of how innocent I was in those days. (Some biased reports claim I was stupid.) That […]

Portales police arrest one drunk driver during holiday

Tony Parra The element of surprise. The Portales residents can do without it, especially when it comes to arrests on the holidays. The first arrest of the 2004 year was made 29 minutes into the new year. It was for driving while intoxicated, among other citations. However, it was the only arrest on New Year’s […]

Las Posadas reenacts birth of Christ

Helena Rodriguez Sylvia Baca’s great-grandfather, Nicolas Baca, participated in Las Posadas, a Mexican reenactment of the birth of Christ, as a young man and told her of the long Posadas processions in Encino. This week, Baca not only attended her first Posadas, she and her sisters also played host to one on Wednesday night at […]