Obituary: Louis Fondy

Services: 10 a.m. Monday at the Steed-Todd Chapel. Louis Henry (L.H.) Fondy, 82, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Slaton, Texas, to John and Sophie Fondy. He spent his youth and teen years operating a family-owned dairy farm in Edgeton, Wis., with […]

Holy virigin appears to offer insight

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer When Pope John Paul II was buried in April, his simple coffin had an engraved cross and letter “M” for Mary. John Paul II held a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, declaring her “Patroness of the Americas.” Since the Virgin Mary, also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, was […]

Weddings, Anniversaries, Engagements, Club Notes (Nov. 6)

Club Notes Daughters of the Confederacy The Ellen W. Jones chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held their November meeting at Golden Acres with a covered dish luncheon at noon. Karen Allen and Margaret Smith served as hostesses. A fall theme was carried out in decorations, using scarecrows, pumpkins, and fall leaves. The […]

Valentin Mendoza

Services: 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Roswell. Valentin V. Mendoza, 74, of Roswell, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at his residence. He was born on Feb. 14, 1932, in Mesilla to Pete Mendoza and Juana Valencia Mendoza. He also lived in Hobbs. He married Esperanza “Hope” Rosales on March 26, […]

Local retailer going out of business

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales business for 28 years, Southwest Books and Gifts announced today it will be going out of business later this year. John and Connie Pugh, owners of the store for the last 10 years said they just want to go in a little different direction with their lives […]

6/29 Obituaries

John Steelman, 58 Services: 11 a.m. (EDT) Thursday at Klingel Carpenter Mortuary in Huntington, W.Va. John Russell “JR” Steelman, 53, of Huntington, W.Va., died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at his home. He was born on Oct. 20, 1951, in Huntington, to John “Jack” and Nada Parsons Steelman. He was preceded in death by his father; […]

Hilliard takes pride in county’s history

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of four stories about the Pioneer of the Year nominees who will be recognized during this year’s Heritage Days. Jane Elizabeth Mauk Hilliard comes from a long line of community volunteers and leaders and not only devotes financial support to […]

I was lucky to be born a boy in June

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist June is my lucky month. It has Father’s Day, my wedding anniversary, and my birthday all rolled into one long cigar. I’ve always held June in high esteem. One thing that makes me feel so good about June is the fact that I was born this month as a boy […]

Residents feel Ratzinger the right choice

By Kevin Wilson Some in Portales were surprised to see Germany’s Joseph Ratzinger chosen as the new pope, some weren’t. But many in Portales believe that the new pontiff, now known as Pope Benedict XVI, was the right choice. Upon being named, Ratzinger called himself “a simple, humble” worker. It was that statement that put […]

German cardinal elected pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, the church’s leading hard-liner, has been elected the new pope in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself “a simple, humble worker.” Ratzinger, the first German pope since the 11th century, emerged onto the balcony of […]

Pope’s face was always fixed on his God

Freedom Newspapers H e was spiritual, religious, charismatic, prayerful, full of grace, kind and gentle. He was gentile and unflinchingly firm in espousing his principles. He was a prince of peace and a man of forgiveness. He was an athlete and a victim and survivor of violence. He was a Pole, an unflinching foe of […]

Pope remembered for leading by example

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist When we lived in Abilene, Texas, my daughter, Laura, called me from a youth conference at the archdiocese in San Angelo and excitedly exclaimed, “I met The Pope!” I was like “What?” and then I started rolling in laughter. When I told this to my friend, Debra Vasquez, who was […]

Portales citizens remember pope, example he set

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Many in Portales who followed the teachings of John Paul II and the Catholic Church believe two things on the day of his death. First, the pope is continuing his life in heaven. Second, their lives must continue on Earth. Saturday services at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales […]

Pope John Paul II: 1920-2005 History’s most-traveled pope dies Saturday at his Vatican apartment.

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By Victor L. Simpson: The Associated Press VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II set an example of how to live life, a dynamic preacher who traveled the world, battled communism and proclaimed his moral code opposing abortion, casual sex and consumerism. In his final days, crushed by sickness that slowed his vigorous gait and […]

Pope John Paul II dies at age 84; world in mourning

By Victor L. Simpson: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II, who helped topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp on the church that he led for 26 years, died Saturday night in his Vatican apartment, ending a long public struggle against debilitating illness. He was 84. “We all […]

Pope on mind of many with Easter here

By Marlena Hartz: PNT Correspondent The pope will be on the hearts and minds of area Catholics today as they celebrate Easter. Due to health complications stemming from Parkinson’s disease and a recent tracheotomy, the normal Easter duties of Pope John Paul II have been delegated to top churchmen. It is the first time in […]

John DeLorean left behind some solid achievements

Freedom Newspapers I s a life marred by character flaws that ended in disappointment yet worth celebrating? In the case of John Z. DeLorean, who died earlier this month in New Jersey at the age of 80, the answer is yes with qualifications. Few of us would want to model our lives after DeLorean, but […]

My days as a locker hockey jock

By Kevin Wilson My friends and family — and anybody who talks to me for five minutes — usually suggest that maybe Kevin Wilson watches a little too much television for his own good. But Sunday’s NBC broadcasting was a little too much for even me. It was professional lacrosse, with an all-star game, on […]

Feb. 13 Obituaries

George Gushwa, 90 Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. George Gushwa, 90, of Elida, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Feb. 28, 1914, in Dayton, to Della and Bob Gushwa. He grew up in Dayton and attended school in Artesia […]

Hounds compete, but fall to Aggies

By Dave Wagner LAS CRUCES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team played well most of the way, but Division I New Mexico State sank 8-of-13 second-half 3-pointers and got huge lifts off the bench from senior guards Duane John and Bryant Funston to pull away for an 86-76 win Thursday night at […]