Today is a gift from God

The holiday is over. The house is sadly quiet. When will I stop crying when my loved ones leave? I ask God to keep angels to guard them safely home. I find little cars under the sofa and shoes that aren’t mine under the bed. Boys that use to live here are grown men with [...]

Memories of punishment still linger

I loved Mrs. Butterfield. I loved her name, her smile, her sweet, caring attitude, the way she made me feel good about myself. I even loved Mrs. Butterfield after she walloped me so severely I remember it 64 years later. It was a daily routine at the one-through-twelve Boardman schoolhouse outside Youngstown. My desk was [...]

In tribute: Farmer remembered as family man

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Argen Duncan Wesley Houston Lee was a quiet man who loved his children, grandchildren and agriculture and didn’t believe in quitting, his family said. Houston Lee, 74, of Floyd, died Sept. 12. Houston’s daughter Felecia Harvey said one of her favorite things to do was bring children to her parents’ farm during the harvest. Her [...]

My Turn: Watermelon not for me

Watermelon seems to be one of the best-loved parts of American summers. Which is why it seems odd that I’ve never cared for watermelon. I’ve met few people with a similar opinion. Nonetheless, I have good memories of the summer fruit. When I was a kid, Dad saved seeds from a watermelon he found particularly [...]

Coping with grief is hard

Losing a loved one is one of life’s hardest experiences. Shock, pain and grief deal a very painful blow. Emptiness and loneliness are overwhelming. Relatives and friends help to get us through the days before and after the funeral. However, what about the days and weeks to follow? I have seen family and friends go [...]

Father says daughter was dedicated, loved life

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Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student was shot three times, police said. Police have arrested a 13-year-old [...]

Families remember loved ones

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Memorial Day was set aside for the people who lost loved ones in war. Carol Nash of Clovis carries the legacy of an uncle who died in World War II at Okinawa, Japan. Nash, her mother and other family members have collected all the letters that Roy Melvin Johnston [...]

Tough to make adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice [...]

Avoiding ’24′ adult choice

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She never actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that [...]

Loved ones more important than catching quakes

By Grant Mcgee: Freedom columnist “Oh wow, the whole house is rocking, Dad.” I was on the phone with daughter, Robyn. She lives out west in the Mojave Desert. Her house was moving, the grandkids were yelling. “It’s an earthquake,” I said. Robyn lives in California. So if the house is shaking then it must [...]