Local peanut butter gets national recognition

PNT Staff Report A peanut butter made in Portales is ranked No. 1 by a national home improvement magazine. Sunland’s natural creamy variety of its Valencia peanut butter is rated No. 1 among six peanut butters featured in Better Homes and Gardens Fall Decorating issue out this month, according to Sunland officials. “That’s really exciting […]

College, elementary students join efforts for food drive

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Students from Valencia Elementary School recently collected 2,342 cans for the food pantry at the Community Services Center. Valencia student Amy Carter went above and beyond the call, donating more than 200 cans of food. According to Amy’s mom, Christie Carter, when Amy asked for money she thought her […]

Peanut producers participate in field day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Area peanut producers and researchers came together yesterday for the annual Peanut Field Day that was held at several locations, throughout Roosevelt and Curry counties. The group gathered together to hear presentations about various techniques and experiments being used to farm peanuts. According to Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County Extension […]

Valencia school to focus on student success, parent involvement

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers At Valencia Elementary School, one of the first thing students will learn when school bells ring Tuesday is that “Everyone is in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing to learn.” As principal of Valencia Elementary, Todd Morris wants to make sure that fourth- and fifth-graders […]

Bookworms take over Valencia Elementary

By WIlliam Thompson Valencia Elementary School students just might get hooked on books next week as daily activities centered around “Reading Across America” are scheduled. “Reading Across America” is a National Education Association (NEA) program begun in 1998 and coincides with children’s author Theodor Geisel’s birthday on March 2. Geisel is better known as Dr. […]

Sept. 4 Engagements

Heflin/Valencia Danny and Ludell Heflin of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Shae Heflin, to Josh Valencia, son of Jose and Merry Valencia of Chaparral. The couple will exchange vows Sept. 17, 2005, at 7 p.m. at the home of the Heflins. The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Floyd High […]

City officials seek grant money

By Tony Parra Funding for the Portales Recreation Center was the focus of a Monday meeting with James Stoddard, director of the Hubbard Foundation. Johnny Ledbetter, director of the Portales Recreation Center, said last year recreation center officials applied for funding for a summer youth program grant and received $2,500 for the program. “It’s ($2,500) […]

Youth sentenced for vandalism

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Attorney judge Ted Hartley sentenced a 14-year-old to a two-year commitment to the Children Youth and Families Department for his involvement in vandalism to buildings, including the Portales Junior High, Valencia and Steiner Elementaries in mid-May. The 14-year-old admitted to his involvement in burglary, larceny and vandalism, according to […]

Schools hit by vandalism

A Sunday night vandalism spree left a pair of Portales businesses and three Portales schools with extensive damage. The most notable damage was done to Portales Junior High School, where 24 windows were broken in the courtyard area. Other schools vandalized included Valencia Elementary and Steiner Elementary. Portales Schools Superintendent Jim Holloway said that he […]

Valencia wins state appeal

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Valencia Elementary’s school rating jumped from probationary status to meets state standards following an appeal from Portales Municipal School officials in August. Portales school officials received a letter on Wednesday from the New Mexico secretary of education informing them that the previous ranking was flawed and […]