Flag Day prompts patriotism

By Joan Clayton: Columnist June 14 is “Flag Day.” This is a time to honor “Old Glory” and to show our patriotism for America. I love our flag and the freedom it stands for. On June 14, 1777, Congress officially passed an act declaring that our flag have 13 stripes, alternating with red and white. […]

Portales remembers fallen warriors

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By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A respectful silence fell over the crowd as members of the American Legion Post 31 raised the American flag to half mast in honor of those who have given the utmost sacrifice for the United States. The raising of the flag was a small part of the 61st Memorial […]

Soldiers should be honored appropriately on Memorial Day

Editorial It is all too commonplace to think of Memorial Day as the semiofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. The attitude was reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it was pegged to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of May 30. […]

Memorial Day event slated

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By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Members of the American Legion Post 31 will honor fallen veterans and their families during the 61st annual Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday under the flagpole at the Portales Cemetery. The memorial service will last from 45 minutes to an hour, said post commander Joe Blair. “They (veterans) […]

Four selected to LSC academic team

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Three baseball players and one softball player have been chosen to represent Eastern New Mexico University on the Lone Star Conference South Division all-academic teams. The baseball players are junior third baseman Derrick Kennedy of San Antonio, sophomore pitcher-outfielder Seth Clabaugh of Portales and sophomore outfielder Clayton Young of Canyon, […]

Friends posthumously honor sci-fi author

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Traveling across the country to participate in the 31st annual Jack Williamson Lectureship were science fiction authors and friends who gathered Friday at Eastern New Mexico University to continue the legacy left by Williamson. About 60 people attended a luncheon at the Campus Union Building to hear authors and […]

Floyd names Citizen of the Year

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A strong passion and love for music, along with his howdy neighbor attitude describe Dave Nash, the 2007 Floyd Citizen of the Year. “I was ultimately surprised. I couldn’t believe it,” Nash said. Not expecting to receive the award, Nash stated that when the information about the recipient was […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

Military duties can take personal toll

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens said keeping his emotions in check is the hardest part of acting as a liaison for local families of soldiers who die in the service. As a casualty assistance officer for the New Mexico Army National Guard unit in Clovis, Stevens has been assisting the […]

City set to honor soldier

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Highland Baptist Church, Clovis Several groups will come together Sunday to honor a local soldier killed this week in combat in Afghanistan. The family of Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin said the support they have received continues to be overwhelming. Kassin, 29, […]

Some gave their all

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Clovis and Portales residents will take a moment to honor fallen military veterans Memorial Day. American Legion Post No. 31 in Portales is having an honor ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Portales Cemetery. Chief Master Sgt. Ray M. Clark of Cannon Air Force Base will be the […]

A mother’s love is an investment

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Sunday is Mother’s Day. It’s a day to honor mothers. Where would we be without them? To me, mothers have the whole future of mankind in their hands, and their tasks are many. From babyhood to great-great-grandmothers, they fulfill a great responsibility. The Bible has a lot to say […]

Prayers lifted up locally

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales residents took part in the National Day of Prayer Thursday with several events designed to bring the community’s faithful together for the purpose of prayer. About 50 people gathered at noon around the gazebo at the Roosevelt County Courthouse to pray. Steve Smith, minister of University Baptist Church, […]

City readies parade for returning soldiers

By Tony Parra If Lindsey Elementary School sixth-grader Sorina Flores has a chance to meet a soldier on Saturday, this is the message she will deliver: “Thank you for risking your life for us and we all love you,” she said. Classmate Haley Bonner will say, ‘“Hi and thanks for all that you do.’” Last […]

Kelly, VanWettering named to honor roll

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Erica Kelly and Kristen VanWettering have qualified for the 2004-05 Lone Star Conference commissioner’s honor roll in women’s tennis. Kelly is a junior from Stockton, Calif., majoring in biology, and had a 3.25 cumulative grade point average entering the spring semester. VanWettering, a Portales High grad […]

HAZMAT team from Clovis wins award

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis hazardous materials team is trained to walk through nerve gas, identify suspicious powders and plug toxic leaks. Combining its efforts with other teams in the area, it could potentially respond to a terrorist attack 800 miles away. Besides its proficiency in dangerous tasks, the all-volunteer group of local […]

Dec. 22 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Cold, breezy and nice harvesting days all last week. If it stays that way all this week, the farmers should be getting in good shape as far as gathering it all in is concerned. Now it’s time to see if the wet season did any damage to the quality of the product […]

June 9 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael The area, along with the nation, are remembering our beloved actor/president, Ronald Regan. We can’t all pass by his casket to honor his life and pay our regards. However, we can sympathize with the family from our homes and also rejoice that he is now at peace in a far better place. […]

Scholars honored at awards ceremony

Michelle Seeber “Hoss” Bichsel, a 22-year-old senior at Eastern New Mexico University, was one of several students who won two or more scholarships Tuesday at the college’s Scholarship and Awards Ceremony held at the Campus Union Ballroom. Bischel’s scholarships were the Malott Music Scholarship for $600 and the Donald V. Paschke Young Singer Award for […]

ENMU professor honored by governor

Mike Linn Julia Rosa Lòpez-Emslie’s answering machine has messages in English and Spanish. Those who know her as a strong advocate of bilingual education and multi-cultural programs understand why. Gov. Bill Richardson gets the picture as well. The governor recently awarded the Eastern New Mexico University education professor with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New […]