School board commends Lady Rams for state title

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales School District Board members and Randy Fowler, Portales superintendent, took their time during a school board meeting to congratulate the newly crowned 2005 Class 3A New Mexico State Volleyball champion Portales Lady Rams. Many of the girls were in attendance from the volleyball team which went 22-3 this […]

Charges dropped against Portales street preacher

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office has dropped charges against a street preacher accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer dropped the charges on Oct. 19 in Portales Magistrate Court. Shawn Miller, 33, was arrested the morning of April 17 for causing a disturbance to […]

Sisters add creativity, bring life to crafts

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Janice Lee believes a little paint can bring her hand-crafted wooden characters to life. “I love to paint people and Santas. They come to life when you paint on their mouths, noses and eyes. You get a good feeling as the Santa comes to life in your hands,” Lee said. […]

Oct. 20 Obituaries

Twila Smith Services: 2 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mrs. Twila Smith, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Billings, Mont., to Junie and Ora Johnson. She lived in Missouri until she was 8 years old, when her family moved […]

God looked out for Bettie Miller

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former school librarian has self-published a book of memories and poetry that captures the area’s history through her life story, from her days climbing trees and learning to drive, to a painful divorce and crippling stroke. At age 79, Bettie Gerber Miller – once considered the “poetry laureate” at […]

Schools plan to upgrade technology

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales school district representatives are looking forward to an upgrade of the school’s technology in the way of improved phone lines, improved connectivity and faster Internet downloads with the help of the Yucca Telecommunications’ recently announced fiber-optic project. Randy Fowler, Portales School District superintendent, and school board members discussed the […]

Trial date set for street preacher

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The trial of a Portales street preacher accused of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest has been set for Jan. 27. Shawn Miller, 33, was arrested on April 17. Roosevelt County Magistrate Court Judge Jane Martin is presiding over the case and presided over Miller’s pre-trial conference on Wednesday afternoon. Miller […]

8-19 Obits

W.F. Miller Jr. Services: 2 p.m. Saturday Wheeler Mortuary Chapel of Portales. Mr. W.F. “Bill” Miller Jr., 87, of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Nov. 1, 1917, in Taiban, to Beulah and William Forrest Miller. His family owned several businesses in Taiban, which […]

Portales teen prepares for future

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Complied by Laurie Stone Name: Michelle Miller. Your job: Lifeguard, student. Your age (and Birth Date): 18; Feb. 7, 1987. Your hometown: Portales. Your family: Mike and Julie Miller, Lela Miller. Your Hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: Golf, design, spending time with my family and friends. What do you think of […]

ACLU helps in case of street preacher

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance bond. In […]