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 […]

TRICARE unveils new website design

American Forces Press Service A new website design at www.tricare.mil gives beneficiaries a faster, more personalized way to get the TRICARE information they need. The redesign includes improvements to the profile entry field, as well as new sections such as “New to TRICARE,” “Crisis Center” and “Quick Links.” The improved profile entry feature makes it […]

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 […]

Volunteer profile: Fayrene Powers

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Name: Fayrene Powers Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Chairwoman of Meals on Wheels Why she does it: “I grew up in Floyd,” Powers said. “We were farmers, and we learned to help others. As a Christian, I have the responsibility to help make the world a better place by doing whatever I can. I’ve done […]

Volunteer profile: Adele Breech

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Name: Adele Breech Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired teacher from Northport, New York Volunteer: Pink Ladies Why she does it: “I had friends who were Pink Ladies, and they enjoyed it so much,. This is a service I could do myself. I hope younger people will become involved.”

Church profile: Grace Baptist Church

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Grace Baptist Church Location: 2000 S. Main Ave. Phone: 356-6023 Services: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., Sunday morning service; 6 p.m., Sunday evening service; 7 p.m., Wednesday prayer/Bible study Description: “Mrs. Butler and I invite you to experience ‘a place for new beginnings,’” Pastor Mark Butler said. “It is church the way it used […]

Church profile: Iglesia de Dios de la Profecta

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Iglesia de Dios de la Profecta Location: 816 E. Canadian St. Phone: 356-4451 Services: Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Friday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m. Description: “We are a living church saved by Jesus Christ, and we are waiting for you to pray together with us. Everyone is welcome. We love you in Jesus Christ,” said pastor […]

Volunteer profile: Pat Wood

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Name: Pat Wood Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Volunteer: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Why she does it: “I really enjoy my job as gift shop coordinator for Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary,” Wood said. “I buy and display the merchandise for two gift shops, one at RGH and one at Heartland nursing home. All profits go to […]

Club profile — June 13

• Name: Desert Cruzers Car Club • What they’re about: The Desert Cruzers Car Club is a club of people with different types of interest in different cars and years. They also do community services and especially help the Make A Wish Foundation. They sell tickets and will raffle off a car at their annual […]

Volunteer profile: Margaret Coleman

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Name: Margaret Coleman Residence: Portales Occupation: Owner of the Forever Pets pet store Volunteer: Horse supplier for therapeutic riding for children with disabilities Why she does it: “For the kids,” said Coleman. “I want children to feel they really need this. It stimulates them and encourages them to use their bodies for support. It strengthens […]

Volunteer profile: Mark Gormley

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Name: Mark Gormley Residence: Portales Occupation: Principal of James Elementary School Volunteer: Boy Scouts Council Why he does it: “I’ve been doing this my whole life. I joined Boy Scouts in second grade and stayed with it. I was an Eagle Scout.” — Compiled by PNT correspondent Linda Long

Volunteer profile: Pat Dodson

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Name: Pat Dodson Residence: Portales Occupation: Bookkeeper at Combs Electric & Mechanical Volunteer: Clovis Special Olympics serving Roosevelt and Curry counties Why she does it: My son Garrett is an athlete with health problems. I care for all the athletes and I want them to continue to participate in Special Olympics in this area.