My turn: Friendly text message can make a difference

A lot of people tease me for sending what I call “mass inspirational” text messages. At least once a week, I send a text to everyone in my phone, saying things like “Don’t forget to smile today, because you’re amazing” or “Have a great day knowing someone thinks you’re special.” As cheesy as these messages […]

Frontyard game made me tough

Karl Terry As the days get shorter and the nights a lot cooler it’s time to put our ball gloves aside and pick up our pigskin preoccupation. I’ve been fortunate to spend a good number of seasons on the sidelines at a high school football game even though the last time I played was in […]

My turn: A couple of words say a lot

More obituary snippets from the Dallas Morning News: • An 84-year-old couple and an 86-year-old couple each died one day apart. The latter married in their native Mexico in 1950 and had “a life filled of true love” • A 73-year-old man, one of 11 children, worked “repairing barges and musseling.” • A 91-year-old woman, […]

Americans embracing entitlement

I travel a lot. I have crossed the USA about 25 times by car and have also done a good deal of driving in Europe — France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and so on. Some time ago I noticed something that one might wish to explore more systematically than just relying on one’s personal observation. This […]

Every day has great surprise

Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. Unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go right on by and not be noticed. I only have room for ten suggestions to start with, but there are many more. Have childlike faith. We can learn a lot from children. Children don’t […]

My turn: Color makes the cowboy

By Wendel Sloan: PNT columnist I learned a lot about natty attire by watching my cousin, Wendel “The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy,” model at a recent Hispanic fashion show in Portales. He wore green half-boots from Payless and bargain-bin, bright-purple JC Penney jeans from Clovis’ North Plains Mall. The pink-rose motif cowboy shirt came from Joe’s […]

Club notes — May 9

Friendship Senior Center Friendship Senior Center met at 3 p.m. on April 27 at Friendship Senior Center. We had dinner and played bingo and won gifts. Everybody brought a covered dish and a gift to exchange. If you are not a member you are welcome to join we have a lot of fun activities everyday […]

My turn: Fishermen are not all alike

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It is always a lot of fun watching people fish. I’ve noticed four different types of fishers: • Pretenders: A pretender walks around looking for the best spot to fish, usually carrying three tackle boxes around. This person is usually alone. He/she always talks about the one that got […]

Cities seek housing solution

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Frankie Lopez, of Double I Construction, plumbs a post Thursday for a picket fence at a home under construction on Ralph Boone Drive in northeast Clovis near the Cannon Air Force Base 801 housing. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Even with their daughters in college, Richard and Louise Weber search […]

Child Development Centers to be renovated

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell A new $12 million Child Development Center will replace the current facility on base. Funds will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in tow. […]

Cannon expanding child development centers

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in tow. Base officials are hoping a pair of construction projects will provide enough to house more than 300 children between two facilities. Currently, the two centers, the Chavez Child Development Center […]

Stores prepare for busy, safe Black Friday

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Mike Hall has worked a lot of Black Fridays, but he doesn’t really consider the day to be that dark. “The worst part is thinking about it coming, but once it gets here, it’s fun,” said Hall, store manager for Wal-Mart in Portales. “You get to do a lot […]

Hounds win exhibition tilt

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds gave a lot of reasons to be optimistic early in Wednesday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Arena. The New Mexico All-Stars responded with a few reasons for the Hounds to be concerned. The Greyhounds built a 30-point lead, saw it chopped in half in six […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Afterschool Program Director Andrea Copenhaver works on a grave for the Portales Recreation Center on Tuesday. The center’s haunted house is going to be open to the public 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and the cost of admission is $5. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Clovis […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis and Portales ghosts and ghouls this Halloween have a lot of places to choose from to scare up some family fun. A number of places have events planned for Halloween and the day before. The Portales Recreation Center is one of them. “We’re going to have people jumping […]

Student struck by car in PHS parking lot

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer A Portales High School senior was hospitalized with a possible broken arm Thursday after she was hit by a car driven by a fellow student in the school parking lot. The 18-year-old female was taken to the hospital for a possible broken arm, and was later transported to Lubbock […]

Back to drawing board for downtown parking

Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Commission voted Tuesday to re-install 230 linear feet of parking on the Second Street side of the County Courthouse parking lot. Commissioners approved the change on a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Gene Creighton cast the dissenting vote. Creighton said he believed 80 percent of county citizens are against […]

Commission returns to parking issue

Freedom New Mexico The sometimes contentious issue of courthouse parking is set for another discussion Tuesday by Roosevelt County Commission. Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the courthouse. The parking lot was recently remodeled, but not all landscaping has been completed. Some business owners have asked for the Second Street side of the lot […]

Commissary case lot sale upcoming

Courtesy graphic A case lot sale will be held at the base commissary September 18, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and September 19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. inside the commissary. Case lot sales increase the average savings to customers from 30 percent to 50 percent. By Tammy L. Moody: DeCA marketing and mass communications specialist FORT LEE, Va. […]

Government funds help Sunland expansion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sunland Inc. is expanding with help from a government incentive program and plans to introduce a new peanut butter flavor and line of peanut products in the coming months. The expansion will create at least 40 jobs over the next four years. Work began Wednesday to connect Sunland to […]