Portales native recounts surviving 30-foot fall

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Christina Calloway Robert Bell is reflecting on how grateful he is for being alive as the one-year anniversary of his accident approaches. He fell 30 feet down an elevator shaft. The 25-year-old Clovis resident and Portales native was loading furniture on the lift of a freight elevator for a customer at his grandmother’s antique store […]

Artificial trees have advantages

I guess for me it officially becomes Christmas when the Christmas tree goes up at home. Growing up that meant it was time to get serious about Christmas. We always had a cut Christmas tree bought in town. The only place I ever came in contact with a fake tree while I was young was […]

Arguments against DST appealing

Kevin Wilson My grandmother refused to go forward. She always figured she’d be back anyway. Me: “Hey, Grandma, your clocks are all off by an hour. What’s wrong with them?” Her: “Oh, I just don’t change them when Daylight Saving Time comes around. I only need to change my watch, and I’ll just have to […]

Grandmother’s angel visited one more time

Grandparents Day is Sunday and it reminds me of my dear grandmother. Of all the memories one stands out I will never forget. Granny lived along the highway during the depression. I cannot count the many lonely travelers she fed. A lonely, hungry soul walking down the highway moved Granny’s heart of compassion. Maybe the […]

Death doesn’t take memories away

As a young child during World War II, I vividly remember the pain and sacrifice of a war. My grandmother lived by the highway and the railroad tracks. Granny and I spent many hours waving to troop trains and army caravans. “They are giving their lives for us,” Granny would say through misty eyes. “Some […]

Still blessed with memories of Granny Lowe

Her name was Anne Haseltine Langley Lowe. She was my great-grandmother. She had 11 children, the second born, Lillie Anne Lowe Farrar, being my grandmother. Her daughter, Gladys Rosalyn Farrar Foster was my mother. My Granny Lowe never missed a service in that little Baptist church in Clarendon, Texas. Her sweet spirit and love for […]

Grandparents real inspiration

If there is one aspect of the human condition I find more prevalent than its tendency to sweet leisure and lethargy, it is a predisposition to self-doubt. Every single person I have ever met, including myself, wallows in the muck and mire of anticipating an unpleasant task or being afraid to fulfill an aspiration. In […]

My turn: Puddle fishing reels in surprise

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Have you ever been puddle fishing? Ever catch anything? I did. There were a few holes in the yard at my grandmother’s house back home. So when it rained — instant puddles. Imagine me with my fishing pole with a worm on a hook, waiting patiently for a bite. Close to the house there was […]

Portales teen shaves head to support cancer-stricken relative

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A 16-year-old Portales girl went bald for the love of her great-grandmother undergoing chemotherapy. About a month ago, Portales High School sophomore Mercedes Reynolds shaved her head to show support for her great-grandmother, Louise Reynolds of Binghamton, N.Y., and all other cancer patients. Mercedes’ mother, Stephanie Reynolds, said Louise, […]

It’s their job: Florist developed passion for flowers in youth

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist Background: Twenty-eight years ago, I went to Texas for florist training before I took this job and became a master florist there. Then I returned to Portales and opened this flower shop. Now I am a New Mexico advanced master florist and a member of New Mexico State Florist Association. […]