Program provides literacy help

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Tony Parra The following story maybe be easy to read for most people, but for others it might be in a foreign language they don’t understand. The Roosevelt County Literacy Council is celebrating it’s 15th-year anniversary and day-to-day more than 15 volunteers help give people within the ages of 16 to 60 the gift of […]

Residents discuss moving Greyhound Arena closer to town

Tony Parra Portales residents discussed stronger ties with Eastern New Mexico University, implementing a more active downtown and the importance of the new cheese plant at a town hall meeting Thursday night at The Roosevelt. The meeting was the first of a handful scheduled to help develop a comprehensive plan for Portales. The state of […]

Local mom hopes for help with Christmas

Eric Butler Catching up on finances is easier said than done, especially when the holiday season rolls around. Sandy (not her real name) knows that as well as anyone. Several months ago, chance intervened on the life of Sandy and her three children when the single mother got into a car accident. A resident of […]

Shelter renamed to honor community leader

Jack King Clovis’ shelter for victims of domestic violence will be renamed the Hartley House, after Mary Carol Hartley, a community leader who died in October after a long, on-and-off bout with cancer. Hartley was the wife of 9th Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley. The center’s new Executive Director Catharine Johnson said a ribbon cutting […]

Be thankful for those who gave their lives for our country

Jim Lee A couple of weeks ago when I mentioned the names of some of my friends, I neglected to name Dr. and Mrs. Manuel Varela. Manny and Ann are fine people and highly respected professionals in the community. It is a privilege to call them friends, and I thoroughly enjoy bragging about knowing them. […]

Churches to serve free Thanksgiving dinner

Helena Rodriguez Central Christian and St. Helen Catholic Church have joined forces to host a free community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Memorial Building. Organizers say the traditional Thanksgiving meal is not only being served for the needy and home-bound. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, […]

Be thankful for God’s greatness

Joan Clayton After retirement 10 years ago, I mustered up courage and walked into the News-Tribune office and introduced myself. I asked if I might volunteer a weekly column, the goal being to share my faith. The editor graciously granted my request. This one opportunity has brought more blessings than I can count. I have […]

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 […]

Smokers put out your butts

Freedom Newspapers To puff or not to puff. That’s the question many smokers are faced with today during the Great American Smoke Out, a day designated to help smokers to kick the habit — if not for good — for at least a day. Since 1977, the American Cancer Society has staged the event on […]

Local seniors share knowledge, love with kids

Helena Rodriguez Frances Aragon may not remember all the names of her foster grandchildren, but she loves them all the same. “I forget names and faces, but I know it’s one of them when they call me ‘grandma,’’ said Aragon, who was referring, not to her own 12 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but to the kids […]