Being ‘bugged’ is inevitable

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist One of my favorite short stories is Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” where Gregor Samsa wakes up as a gigantic insect and has to deal with his newfound identity. I like this story because it deals with change, something that I have experienced many times since joining the ranks of “military spouse and […]

Coffee, sunglasses help in trying times

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist This week my husband left for a long deployment. Perhaps it was the fact that we have a newborn and I may still be under the post-partum blues, or the reality of caring for five children at a time when my baby sitter amicably fired me — a real tragedy […]

Positive thinking really takes practice

Anita Doberman: Guest Columist I recently finished a great book by author Susan Jeffers called “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.” I don’t usually read self-help books, but enjoyed Jeffers’ book, and found her description of “the chatter box” very applicable to my life. The chatter box is a person’s negative and habitual voice […]

George dedicated to his students

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers He was a quiet man who carried himself with consistency and unflinching stability. He was happiest when he was busy, family members said. Rufus George Jr. worked a majority of his life as a coach and teacher, spending 23 years at Gattis Junior High School, his wife Barbara George of […]

Super military wife syndrome strikes

By Anita Doberman: Guest Columnist As if being a military wife is not difficult enough, I sometimes find myself wrestling with what I call the “super military wife syndrome.” This condition lies dormant, but can become very aggressive when activated. It peaks during husbands’ deployments, when the sufferers attempt to become Super Heroes. In the […]

Obituaries for May 24, 2006

Lori Dawn Taylor Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Steed-Todd Chapel. Lori Dawn Taylor, 40, of Texico, died Sunday, May 21, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1966, in Clovis to Tom and Stephanie Cox. She married Leonard F. Taylor on Feb. 4, 1988. Family members said she was a loving wife, mother, […]

Mary Sue Booth

Mary Sue Booth Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery Mary “Sue” Booth, 81, of Clovis, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at Laurel Plains Nursing Home. Born May 31, 1924, to David William and Myrtle Banks Colligan in Portales, she married Rex Booth on Nov. 19, 1946, in Portales. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico […]

Obituaries for April 23, 2006

Ollie Vernon Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Portales Cemetery Ollie Vernon, 88, of Portales died Friday, April 21, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. Born Jan. 13, 1918, in Sentinel, Okla., to Ethel and William A. Moore, she grew up in Dell City, Okla. She married D.C. Vernon on July 16, 1934. In […]

Residents recall past April Fools’ Day pranks

By William P. Thompson Had a good prank played on you lately? Today being April Fools’ Day, one might want to stay on guard. Some area residents recently recalled April Fools’ pranks played on them in the past. Some pranks were minor, and some were doozies. Portales city employee Cathy Kennedy said her husband looks […]

Obituaries March 26, 2006

Charly “Chuck” Lee Tharp Services: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Steed-Todd Chapel. Charly “Chuck” Lee Tharp, 65, of Clovis died Friday, March 17, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 3, 1941, in Ysleta, Texas, to James W. and Willie Blanch Tharp. He was a founding member and the original vocalist of […]

Library hosts one-woman show for Women’s History Month

By William P. Thompson A southern belle will come to life at noon Friday inside the Portales Public Library when performance artist VanAnn Moore brings her one-woman show from Belen. It’s all part of the library’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Moore, who has created 20 characters for herself over the past two decades, said […]

Feb. 7, 2006 Obituaries

Elrie Capps Services: 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales. Elrie Capps, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born to Alice and Will Ray on April 5, 1911, in Rockdale, Texas. When she was 12 years old the family moved to New Home, Texas, […]

Obits (Dec. 15)

Carol Barela Services: 7 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Carol Barela, 41, of Portales, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at her home in Portales. She was born Sept. 22, 1964, in Portales, to Aurelia and Frank Barela. She grew up in Portales and graduated from high school in 1982. She worked […]

Military deployment causes heartache at holidays

By Marlena Hartz There is a short pause at the end of the answering machine message. And then an outpouring. “Um. Hi Dad,” a child begins. It is the voice of 9-year-old Victoria Garza. “If this is you, we hope that you will be safe. … And, we love you so much,” Victoria says, passing […]

Neville Obituary (Nov. 13)

Velma Neville Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. Velma Neville, 93, of Portales died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005 at her home. She was born Jan. 8, 1912, in Spur, Texas, to Edna Mae and T.F. Danforth. Her family homesteaded near Lingo when she was in her early teens and she attended school at […]

Parents forming local bereavement support group

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers She keeps his tiny, blue socks in a plastic container on a closet shelf. They are buried in a bag with clothes he wore — a Dalmatian print outfit his grandmother had hand-sewed along with a striped baseball jumper and matching hat. “It still holds the shape of his little […]

Nice people keep native Romanian in Portales

Compiled by Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Name: Anca Traian Job: ACH (Automated Clearinghouse) Coordinator Age: (and Birth Date): 27 years old, 12/09/1977 Hometown: Galati, Romania Family: I am the only child, I know I am spoiled. As a child, I was so bad and I cried so loud that my parents were scared and decided […]

God looked out for Bettie Miller

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former school librarian has self-published a book of memories and poetry that captures the area’s history through her life story, from her days climbing trees and learning to drive, to a painful divorce and crippling stroke. At age 79, Bettie Gerber Miller – once considered the “poetry laureate” at […]

Sept. 29 Obituaries

Margaret Lindstedt Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Margaret Lindstedt, 52, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Oct. 19, 1952, in McAlester, Okla. to Billie Imogene and Ray Goddard. She grew up in McAlester, Okla. and Portales. She worked as manager for […]

9-20 Obituaries

Ruth Greathouse Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Ruth Dolores Strebeck Greathouse, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Newton County, Miss. She moved to Artesia at the age of 10 […]