Blessings come with prayers

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist We may never know where or how our prayers are answered, but be assured they are. I was privileged to know an answered prayer that happened in a doctor’s office many years ago. “Have a seat, and the doctor will be with you shortly,” the young receptionist said. She then […]

Getting to know: Volunteer carries on leadership tradition

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Joy Levacy, co-owner of Levacy Sprinklers Inc. on N.M. 267, has served as the organizational leader of the Winners’ Circle 4-H Club for five years and is the secretary of the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. She is stepping down as the Winners Circle leader, but plans to continue helping the club for another […]

Getting to know: Pastor comes from family of faithful

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Todd Terry is a pastor at Faith Triumphant Church. Background: People who know him call him Pastor Todd. He was born in Portales in the 1960s and grew up on his grandparent’s (Dave and Juanita Terry) dairy farm. He attended school in Floyd and Portales. Terry’s father, James Terry, founded Faith Triumphant Church in 1980 […]

Solutions not found in big government

Freedom New Mexico Political corruption remains a perennial concern for the voting public, and with good reason. Still, this particular brand of dishonesty has something in common with other human failings: People tend to see it clearly in others but not so clearly in themselves. We all know the images associated with ethically challenged elected […]

Getting to know: Preacher enjoys developing sermons

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Dora Church of Christ Pastor Gary Simpson was born and raised in South Africa. His family has also lived in the United Kingdom. His wife, Robin, was born and raised in Portales and they met through a friend. They have been married for 16 years and have three children, Charlyn 10, Sarron, 7, and Chantelle, […]

Parents finally getting to know me

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I don’t need everything spelled out to me. That’s why when I was visiting a friend a few months ago, I could tell a female guest had just gotten out of a relationship. She said she was, “trying to stay strong,” which meant she’s not going to cry about the […]

Recreation opportunities abound in Portales

Cannon Connections: Argen Duncan Roosevelt County 4-H member Daizia Looney, 10, shears her goat in preparation for the Roosevelt County Fair. The 4-H program provides a variety of activities for 5- to 19-year-olds, with many opportunities for the whole family to get involved. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Did you know Portales has a Frisbee […]

Getting to know: Portales minister reaches out to youth

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Chris Horton is finishing his fourth week as minister of youth and education at First Baptist Church. The Portales native has a bachelor’s in history with a minor in religion from Eastern New Mexico University. Horton and his wife, Amy, have two sons, 7-year-old Brett and 4-year-old Dylan, and a daughter, Ainsley, 8 months. What’s […]

Being tightwad proves to be expensive

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]

Getting to know: Pink lady has 5,000 hours of service

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Madeen Casey, 87, has volunteered with the Hospital Auxiliary, perhaps better know as “pink ladies,” for the past 24 years. Casey and her husband, Verlin, who has since passed on, raised three daughters. Two, Doniece Morgan and Phyllis Dever, live in Clovis while another, Patricia Tivis, resides in Roswell. Casey, who is a member of […]

Getting to know: Leroy Thomas

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Leroy Thomas is a Portales resident and owner of The Print Shop.With his wife, Gaynelle, Thomas cooks and delivers lunch for Habitat for Humanity construction volunteers about once a month and works with Meals on Wheels. He also is a member of the Portales Rotary Club and the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home board of […]

La Casa officials earmark grant money for improvements

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As officials at La Casa Family Health Center well know, some grants only begin to cover the expenses of a big project. Right now, though, La Casa is enjoying the news of a $766,880 award and just how far it’ll go toward a variety of improvements. Part of a […]

Getting to know: Portales youth fiddler at fest

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Thirteen-year-old Coby Carter has been

City administrators: Stimulus paperwork complicate process

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico City and county administrations know all about needing a little extra dough. So, sure, when the federal government invited proposals for ways to spend stimulus money, grant writers in eastern New Mexico scrambled to get in line. But while the creation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — […]

Getting to know: Josh McVey

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How long have you been in the ministry? I have been in the youth ministry for seven years; three of those years have been here at Central Christian. What is a typical day for you? My mornings are usually spent in the office working on the computer. I do a lot of marketing, advertising and […]

Dec. 19 Commander's Action Line

Will the BX be changing its hours as Cannon expands? Thank you for taking the time to let us know your concerns about the hours of operation at the Cannon Base Exchange. Based on several suggestions they had received from

‘Pay and benefit’ stocking stuffers

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Readers familiar with this column know it typically focuses on a single news development affecting a lot of military people or veterans. The strength of that approach is that a critical issue can be covered pretty well. Sometimes, however, there are waves of news requiring a roundup approach. In the […]

Five things you might not know about …

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Military deserve our thanks

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist In a time of national crisis, you have always given your all. Your lives have been interrupted. You have been separated from your loved ones. Who among us can know your pain, your loneliness, and your willingness to fight for freedom? You have your life before you, yet you […]

Self preservation: Some are residents can their own fruits and vegetables

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Lillie Belle Toombs likes to know what goes into her canned food. Toombs, who lives in the Pep community, cans her vegetables and fruits each year in October. She said she was taught by her mother when she was 17 years old. “It’s become a tradition. I like to […]