Church profile: First Presbyterian Church

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First Presbyterian Church • Location: 108 S. Avenue F (First Street and Avenue F) • Phone: 356-5533 • Services: Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Worship Service • Description: Our ministry is for the empowerment and enhancement of all God’s people. In our church, everyone is an individual — not a number, not a […]

Church profile: Victory Life Church

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• Name: Victory Life Church • Location: 605 West 18th Street • Phone: 356-4901 • Services: 10 a.m. for all ages • Description: Victory Life Church is a non-denominational, spirit-filled, restoration fellowship.

Club profile: Daughters of the American Revolution

• Name: Daughters of the American Revolution • What they’re about: Their mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Their motto is God, home and country. • Members: 40 members locally. • Meetings: 10 a.m., Second Saturday of each month, location varies. • Membership requirements: Members must be 18 or older. Have to […]

Church profile: Central Christian Church

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Location: 1528 South Main Phone: 356-6001 Services: 8:15 a.m., classic worship; 10 a.m., traditional worship; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., contemporary worship with nursery and children’s ministry Description: “Central Christian is a place to connect,” said Pastor David McVey.

Candidate profile: Roosevelt County sheriff

Editor’s note: The following is a candidate for a Roosevelt County elected position in the June 1 Primary election.

Volunteer profile: Mark Dillard

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Name: Mark Dillard Residence: Portales Occupation: Florist at Joe’s Flower Volunteer work: Since 1983, Dillard has been calling the elderly and others in the community as a personal ministry. He sings with the First Baptist Church choir. Dillard has also volunteered at Heartland Continuing Care Center since 1985. Why he does it: Dillard says it’s […]

Volunteer profile: Patrice Tompkins

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Name: Patrice Tompkins Residence: Portales Volunteer work: Tompkins is involved in the Portales Woman’s Club, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, as a “Pink Lady” and teaches Sunday School at First United Methodist Church. Why she does it: Tompkins says she believes in giving back to show God’s love.

Church profile: Trinity Episcopal Church

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Trinity Episcopal Church • Location: 1116 West Third St. • Phone: 356-6860 • Services: 10 a.m. Sunday • Description: “We are a small, friendly, intimate church family with traditional Christian values,” said Rev. Larry Mote.

Volunteer profile: Melveta B. Walker

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Name: Melveta B. Walker Residence: Portales Occupation: Director of Eastern New Mexico University Golden Library Volunteer work: Friends of Portales Public Library, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and the ENMU Foundation board. Why she does it: Walker believes she is fortunate to get an education at ENMU and wants to share the resources it […]

Church profile: Seventh Day Adventist Church

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Seventh Day Adventist Church • Location: 112 North Avenue F • Phone: 218-3929 • Services: Saturdays, with Sabbath School at 9:30 a.m., Preaching Service at 11 a.m., and Bible Study at 1:30 p.m. • Description: Longtime church member Darlene Lauterbach described the church as friendly, and she invites everyone to come worship with them.

Volunteer profile: Marnee Stratton

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Name: Marnee Stratton Residence: Portales Occupation: Licensed practical nurse Volunteer service: She went to Haiti and helped Haitians who didn’t have food and sheets. She also helped to deliver a baby there. Stratton also went to Mexico and brought food to those in need. Stratton volunteers in church nurseries to help to take care of […]

Church profile: Southside Church of Christ

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Southside Church of Christ • Location: 221 West 18th Street • Phone: 359-0559 • Services: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. • Description: Spokesperson Pam Stevens said it’s a traditional church and a lot of children from New Mexico Christian Children’s Home attend.

Volunteer profile: Kathy Salter

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Freedom New Mexico Name: Kathleen “Kathy” Salter Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University math professor Volunteer work: Salter works on buildings and serves as board of directors vice president for Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties. She has been the treasurer of the University Friends of Music for close to 20 […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Gary Watkins

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Name: Gary Watkins Birth date: Feb. 7, 1955 Profession: Retired from Portales fire department Years in Portales: Life If you’d like to ask him some questions: 760-8962 or shortman103@hotmail.com

Mayoral candidate profile: Dennis Lopez

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Name: Dennis Lopez Birth date: Oct. 12, 1968 Profession: Mental Health Resources program director for supported employment Years in Portales: 35 If you’d like to ask him some questions: 607-6615 and lopezdennis2001@yahoo.com

Volunteer profile: Thompkins likes giving back

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Patrice Tompkins is a volunteer/member for Portales Women’s Club. She was born and raised in the Los Angeles, Calif. After living in Portales for many years, she moved away for a short time. She has been living here for five years since returning. Although she has had many different jobs, Tompkins currently dedicates the majority […]

Review board to disappoint veterans

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist Complaints from veterans and from a high-profile commission that the services routinely were “low-balling” disability ratings for military members found medically unfit spurred Congress last year to take action. Among other things it ordered the Department of Defense to create a special board to review disability ratings of 20 percent […]

Dec. 24 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. Q Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. Q” is unemployed and she is helping her sister out since her sister’s son just had a heart transplant. “Ms. Q’s” husband is the only one providing for the family. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a merry Christmas. Clothing needs: […]

Dec. 19 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” recently lost her home. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 4T. Boys shirts sizes 4T. Boys shoe sizes 12. Girls pants sizes 16, 8, and 6. Girls shirts sizes 14-16, 8, and […]

Dec. 18 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. W Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is a single mother. She is buying her first home and has a limited income. She won’t be able to afford any presents for her children. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirts sizes 8. […]