Oct. 31 —

PNT staff report Status updates on high-profile criminal cases, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office: • Lucio Ramirez, was charged with aggravated battery for hitting Marvin Silva, 34, of Belen with a hammer during the fight in which Marco Bonilla of Portales was stabbed to death in November 2009: The case was dismissed […]

Volunteer profile: David McDowell

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Name: David McDowell Residence: Portales Occupation: Juvenile probation officer with the Children, Youth and Families Department Volunteer: McDowell is in charge of music at First Presbyterian Church, where he is a member. He picks songs for the worship service and helps put them together. Why he does it: “I enjoy singing and I try to […]

Volunteer profile: Gail Cissell

• Name: Gail Cissell • Residence: Portales • Occupation: Owner of Cissell Transfer and Storage in Clovis • Volunteer: Cissell is in charge of the heating and cooling systems for regular services, weddings, funerals, King’s Kids and Boy Scouts at First United Methodist Church. He also helps take care of the lights, video screen and […]

Church profile: Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

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Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Location: 1220 E. Third St. Phone: 356-2776 Services: Sunday at 1 p.m. Bible Discourse and Watchtower Study; Tuesday at 7 p.m. Congregation Bible Study and progressive training course on how to teach the Bible. Description: “We are one of over 105,298 congregations, with over 7.3 million active members worldwide serving […]

Church profile: Trinity Assembly of God

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Trinity Assembly of God • Location: 601 N. Ave. B • Phone: 356-5778 • Services: Sunday School 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Sunday Evening Family Night 6 p.m.; Prayer 6-7:00 p.m. Tuesday; 212 Youth Ministry 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Wake College Ministry 7:30 p.m. Thursday. • Description: “A church that loves God and His mission […]

Volunteer profile: Mildred Danforth

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Name: Mildred Danforth Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Danforth makes quilts to give away to people who need them. Why she does it: “I first started quilting in 2006,” Danforth said. “I have a love of quilting, and I love to see the happiness the quilts bring to people. It makes me happy.”

Volunteer profile: Melba and Carl Britton

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Name: Melba and Carl Britton Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Hospital auxiliary Why they do this: Melba has been a member of the group for 25 years and Carl for 12 years. “We love to work together,” Melba said. “We know it brings happiness to others and lets them know someone cares. Both of us […]

Church profile: Baptist Student Union Christian Fellowship

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Baptist Student Union Christian Fellowship • Location: 1307 S. Ave. K • Phone: 356-4252 • Services: Free lunch at noon on Mondays; Collegiate worship at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday • Description: “Baptist Student Union Christian Fellowship is a ministry for college students,” minister Brian Townsend said. “We are committed to developing whole-hearted followers of Jesus […]

Volunteer profile: Joe Parie

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Name: Joe Parie Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Parie manages the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, is head of the Portales Outreach Program, which offers an annual community Thanksgiving dinner, and volunteers his time in Juarez, Mexico. Why he does it: “I’ve always heard you can’t give without receiving, and I find you get a whole […]

Church profile: First United Methodist Church

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• Location: 200 South Ave. C • Phone: 356-8597 • Services: Sunday: Worship at 9:30 a.m., Sunday School at 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: King’s Kids Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. in the fall, dinner at 5:30 p.m., youth and adult classes at 6:15 p.m. • Description: “We are making discoveries of Jesus Christ for the transformation of […]