Cannon Airmen trek to New Orleans with a desire to make a difference

From left to right are: Chaplain (Maj.) Tom Kadera, Staff Sgt. Matt Teets,Senior Airman Joshua Jordan,holding the sign is Master Sgt. Mark Baughman,Capt. Tim Jeffries,Master Sgt. Mark Croke, and in the rear Staff Sgt. Eric Liebert. Master Sgt. Mark Croke Aug. 29, 2005 is a day most Americans will never forget, at least those who […]

Author visits area elementary

By Marlena Hartz Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the author of 11 of them. Lively and animated, the Fort Worth, Texas, author shared the secrets of her trade Friday with 20 James Bickley Elementary students who were selected by teachers to attend […]

Scary stories create memories

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program […]

Bowl-ed over: wife tells husband’s story

By Marc Schoder Karen Alexander, a reading specialist from Portales is scheduled to have a short story about her husband, Portales physician Dr. Lonnie Alexander, and his experiences growing up. The book “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Creating a Better World” is scheduled to hit bookshelves Aug. 23 according to an e-mail from Bradley Winch, […]

Newspapers help educate

It’s hard to think of any ingredient to success as important as a good education. Unique talents, be they athletic, artistic or scholastic, certainly play their roles. Hard work always has its place. Even dumb luck leads some to success. Whatever other factors help a person find success, none has played a leading role for […]

Soldiers offered chance to tell story

By Mike Linn Countless stories of hometown war heroes have graced the pages of newspapers across the country. News stations broadcast the coming and going of troops, their funerals and their family’s joys and sorrows. But no news service can get completely in the minds of soldiers, to tell the most intimate stories of their […]

Journaling makes surgery easier

By Helena Rodriguez This month I celebrate the second anniversary of a major surgery I had in 2002. Before you think I’m off the wall — regular readers already know this — I don’t normally observe the anniversaries of my surgeries. I just happened to stumble across this date when I started journaling again. Historically, […]

Local pilot’s tales retold in book

By Tony Parra Stanley Hardin’s memoirs of his time as a pilot were written down and created into a book, but only one that close relatives and friends had copies of. Twenty-two years after his death, the book has been published and now anyone can purchase a copy and experience the tales and adventures of […]

Bad day stories can prevent others

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw in […]

County old timer a top-notch tale teller

Mike Linn Anybody who knows Charlie Carmichael knows she is full of tales. She’ll tell you stories about rattlesnakes, dusty old towns in Roosevelt County and days when students rode horses to school. The 84-year-old Carmichael, a volunteer lunch lady at Dora schools and South County reporter for the Portales News-Tribune, serves Roosevelt County in […]

Aging with Grace

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By Mike Linn For an elderly woman, Ruth Creighton sure is an energetic sort, smiling and carrying on with friends, laughing and listening to stories. Creighton, 92, was one of 15 seniors over 90-years-old who met at the Portales Senior Citizens Center’s annual non-agenarian tea party Wednesday afternoon. She brought with her a quick-witted charm […]