April 5, 2009 On the shelves

Still Life by Joy Fielding Best-selling author Joy Fielding delivers a suspenseful and riveting tale of a young woman caught in a nightmare somewhere between life and death. Casey Marshall couldn’t be more content with her life. She’s beautiful, happily married and the owner of a successful interior design business. Everything changes when a car […]

Porkers have their day at fair

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Tuesday was the first time Portales 10-year-old Trenton Bates showed swine at the Roosevelt County Fair. And he showed his pride and joy — a hog he hand-picked, named Larry the Cable Guy who loves McDonald’s cheeseburgers. After several months of hard work, Trenton and Larry took home the […]

Celebrate the joy that comes from Jesus

By Joan Clayton Today is the day to be happy and it can be a lifestyle. Life is glorious. Taste it. Smell it. It is delicious. Go barefooted. Sing. Laugh. Smile. Give yourself away. Win the prize. It’s called joy, “…the joy of the Lord will make you strong” (Nehemiah 8:10). You can do anything […]

Garage sale finds great joy for some

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico When Joannie Spear goes to a garage sale, she’s mostly looking for resale value. She never thought she’d find her personal holy grail. Originally from Hawaii, Spear visits garage sales every Friday and Saturday morning in Clovis looking for items to sell on eBay. “I look for odd items, […]

Life deserves joy, excitement

By Joan Clayton I have never found a person who never had a problem. However, I have found many people who kept their joy even in the midst of adversity. I call them “heroes.” They are upbeat, optimistic, fun to be around and their attitude is contagious. When I think of “joy” an exceptional friend […]

Christ’s birthday should be celebrated

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Imagine that Jesus had never been born, or that King Herod had succeeded in his heinous plot. The thought makes me shudder. If Jesus had never been born, there would be no absolutes, no restraints, no hope … and where there is no hope, there is only desolation. A world […]

Complaining not worthwhile use of time

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I read an interesting story about some monkeys in India. They made their home in the jungle surrounded by a beautiful golf course. These monkeys had a fascination with golf balls. Every time a golfer hit a ball, the monkeys jumped from the trees and grabbed the ball. In pursuit […]

God’s surprises surround us

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. They are wonderful little surprises and unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go unnoticed. I’ve discovered 10 ways to receive blessings but there are many more. 1. Have childlike faith. Children do not sweat life […]

Christmas is more than commercial holiday

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friend’s and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings […]

Rejuvenated toys make gifts of joy

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Spending time to refurbish used toys throughout the year, Brenda Fenton says she hopes she’s helping to spread joy to area children and families who are in need, this holiday season. A secretary for the Portales Fire Department, Fenton stated that she has received calls for several years, asking […]