Following God’s guidance gives the heart peace

A brand New Year awaits us. Let’s resolve to put zest in it. The past is gone and a new beginning is here. Refuse to let life happen to you. You can happen to life. I am reminded of how a tiny grain of sand in the soft body of an oyster can be a […]

Zias’ 100-point effort gives coach first win

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By Larry Booker: FNM correspondent PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team needed nearly all of the 100 points they scored Tuesday to give coach Lindsey Wilson her first win. Senior post Precious Herrin poured in a career-high 34 points and Clovis’ Tori Northcutt added 12 points and 10 rebounds as ENMU […]

Tie gives Hounds LSC men’s soccer title

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Freedom New Mexico All things considered, a tie was OK with the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team on Sunday at the ENMU pitch. Suffice it to say, Incarnate Word coach Vince Martinez was less than thrilled about it. Needing only a draw to clinch the program’s first conference title in its eight-year history, […]

Nation gives us much to be grateful for

Seldom do we hear about good things but on any given day. We have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, many great things can be said about this country. I can name so many that reams of paper would be required. I bet you could add your list to mine with many […]

City rec director gives notice

At the Portales City Council meeting Tuesday night at City Hall, councilors: • learned that Recreation Center Director Andi Copenhaver has given two-week’s notice of resignation and center staff member Sharianita Robinson would take over as interim director. Community Affairs Coordinator Nicole Thornton said Copenhaver was taking a job in her hometown until her husband […]

Mom gives greatest advice

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My friend Michelle tells the story of disciplining her littlest kid, Zeke. “It was bath time and he didn’t want to take one,” she said. “But I told him he had to so he turns to me and says, ‘Momma I don’t love you anymore!’ I wanted to laugh but […]

Annual Women’s Day Out gives women chance to connect

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With lessons including jewelry, marketing and belly dancing, the sixth annual Women’s Day Out is coming up this month. The event, organized by the Portales Women’s Club, raises money for the group’s community projects and offers a variety of workshops, vendors, a speech by motivational speaker Pam Atherton of […]

Schools preparing for budget cuts

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Area schools are waiting for Gov. Bill Richardson to sign a package of measures that gives a less than 1 percent budget cut to public education. Portales Municipal Schools officials have been preparing for the budgets cuts since last summer. The cut for Portales would be between $350,000 to […]

Special needs day gives youth chance to bond

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Halley Manley said her reserved daughter with Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder became outgoing and made physical and emotional improvements, all thanks to horseback riding. “She has self-confidence now and is willing to try anything,” Manley said of her daughter, 9-year-old Emma Purcell. Manley […]

Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist The tomb is empty! The stone has been rolled away, not so Jesus could get out, but so the scoffers could get in to see that Jesus arose. He is risen. It’s music to our ears. Our sins have been nailed to the cross, and the precious blood of Jesus […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

Youngster gives up wish for friend

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Harley Pena of Clovis is a shy, 6-year-old girl who adores Hannah Montana. But these days her real-life hero is a fellow cancer patient, whose unselfish gift may just make this the best Christmas either of these two kids have ever known. Sinjin Anrdukates, 14, of Copperas Cove, Texas, […]

God gives peace to the heart

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Christmas getting closer led to tempers getting shorter. My days became a frenzy of trying to accomplish tasks in one week that normally take a month. “I just need one more thing to do. Let me out at that store for just a minute. I’ll be right back.” My husband […]