In search of ponies: Family faced tough decision to stomach

At one time or another, most of us have played those hypothetical question games, you know, the ones where you imagine what historical figures you would invite to dinner if you could, or what three things you would want to have with you if deserted on an island. Here’s one to toss around… If you […]

Children’s sports all about energy

There are few things more joyful than the exuberance of little ones who are totally involved in a sport, especially if one of the children involved is your special grandchild — in this case, the female one. Sports activities for kids involve a sizable number of dedicated volunteers in the person of coaches, refs, and […]

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 […]

Local shops good place to find gifts

Clyde Davis With what do we give the ones we love, in this time and this place where there is so much economic turmoil — or is it inequality, or is it so much smoke and fuss over a normal situation? With what, at any rate, do we make a meaningful impact on someone’s Christmas, […]

Airmen welcomed home from deployment

USAF photo: Senior Airman James Bell Family and friends gather to welcome base personnel home in Hangar 196 on Oct.5. A post deployment line also awaited the redeploying personnel to help in-process. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Snacks were set on a table, the weather was nice and family members waited […]

My turn: Sympathy needed for invisible obstacles

All of us are compassionate about obstacles that announce themselves: Disfigurements, wheelchairs, canes, oxygen tanks… It is the invisible ones—minor speech impediments, addictions, family secrets, mental and emotional disorders, etc.—that we desperately try to conceal. Silently, we bear the impact of uninvited obstacles. When younger, we may consider these unique crosses ordained to make us […]

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

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 […]

Memorial Day is to honor those I am thankful for

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Memories flood my soul as I visit the graves of loved ones who have gone on before me. As far back as I can remember, thoughts of my grandfather remind me of his love for Jesus. My grandmother’s singing as she churned butter in the big crock with a dasher […]

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 […]

POW/Missing Personnel Office staff updates families of loved ones

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes Bennie Renfro gives a DNA sample during a family update meeting sponsored by the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office March 20 in San Antonio. Renfro’s nephew, Airman 1st Class Leslie McHaney has been missing from the Korean War for more than 30 years. By Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes: […]

It’s their job: Portales woman keeps races on track

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Tonya Dixon, 24, supervises the operation of the Dixon Motocross track located 8 miles west of Portales. During much of the month, she works at Valley Electric in town. During the two weeks before races, such as the ones that will be held this Sunday, Dixon is continuously at the track. What’s it like for […]

God watches over loved ones

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Remember the day you enclosed your tiny baby’s hand in yours? Remember holding that toddler’s hand when he or she took the first steps? Remember the first day of school when you had to let go? Remember that teenager driving for the first time? My tears fell on Lance’s feet […]

Putting love into words best gift of all

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Why do we have so much trouble telling the ones we love how we really feel about them? My mind has been on this problem for a few months now because of a program I’ve been involved in called Letters From Dad, which was organized by a group from my […]

Flirting not always so innocent

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections You would think flirting would be something I gave more thought to in my single days, than my married ones. Not so. While I’ve never been one to bat my eyelashes to get my way, I am now more aware of flirting than ever precisely because I’m married. Now, I’m […]

Flirting not always so innocent

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist You would think flirting would be something I gave more thought to in my single days, than my married ones. Not so. While I’ve never been one to bat my eyelashes to get my way, I am now more aware of flirting than ever precisely because I’m married. Now, I’m […]

Jesus lifts individuals

Joan Clayton We are not the only ones who are sometimes blind to reality. Some flying creatures do the same thing. I’ve heard if you put a buzzard in a pen 6-feet square with an open top, he will become a prisoner. Without space to run to begin a flight, he will not even attempt […]

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, we’re not raising animals, […]

Tragedy teaches several lessons

Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, miners and many others. […]

Lessons must be learned from tragedies

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of loosing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]