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, […]