Weddings — March 20

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Roach- Rodriquez Kayla Roach and JoDerick Rodriquez of Portales were married Feb. 26 at Central Christian Church in Portales. The Rev. David McVey performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Billy and Karen Roach and Tehsa Payne of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Sharon and Steve Miller and Sandy Phillips of […]

Family: Bataan survivor lived life to fullest

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Kevin Wilson Thousands of American troops died during the Bataan Death March. Lee Roach of Clovis survived, and family members said he lived the rest of his life as if he was making up for lost time. Roach, who survived more than three years as a prisoner of war, died Thursday in Farwell of failing […]

It’s their job: Karen Roach

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Karen Roach Job: Owner, All About Kids, a resale store Time on the Job: Two years. Background: Roach is a mom to six children including one foster child, ranging in age from five months to 15 years. Before opening her store, she was the office manager for Eastern […]

CAFB dedicates Bataan memorial

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Cannon Air Force Base held a dedication ceremony Tuesday for a memorial to the U.S. soldiers involved in the Bataan Death March during World War II. In April 1942, 75,000 U.S. and Filipino POWs were forced by Japanese troops to march 65 miles to Camp O’Donnell after the Battle […]

Local family opens kids’ used clothing store

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Roach family life is all about kids, so it’s only natural that when Karen Roach opened her new business reselling kids’ stuff she would name it All About Kids. Roach, who grew up in Portales and graduated at Floyd High School, opened the new store two weeks ago and […]

Cannon dedicates memorial

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With golden-tipped shovels in their hands, six survivors of the Bataan Death March stood at the Cannon Air Force Base POW/MIA Park on Friday. The men, their faces weathered, some sporting caps and cowboy hats, dug into the Earth, breaking ground for a new granite […]

Portales has new building inspector

By Tony Parra The city of Portales hired a new building inspector, Billy Roach, and after earning his certification he’s been playing catch-up by inspecting buildings and granting licenses. Economic Development Director Darla Wilhoit said Roach was hired on April 5 and gained his certification from the Construction Industries Division of New Mexico last week […]