Terry: Friday nights have highlights, lowlights

Football season is back and things are returning to normal — a new normal apparently. Tom Brady of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots deflected Deflate-Gate and dodged his four-game suspension the week before the start of the season. He quickly put it all behind him with four touchdown passes Thursday night. I […]

Nieka Style: With makeup, less is more

Every woman who wears makeup has a routine that may not be the same each day, but they’ve developed it to fit their lifestyle. The woman on the go may find herself putting her makeup on in the car or at the office before the start of her workday. There are some of us who […]

Creative Living — Centerpiece creation tips coming

Information on making a quilted pieced placemat, creating centerpieces and learning to use a serger will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain). Designer and seamstress, Patty Dunn will show how to weave fabric strips to make a quilted pieced look. She’ll also show placemats […]

Club Notes — Sept. 13

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met Wednesday with President June Ferguson presiding.  Gertie Swager gave the invocation and Mary Lou Rowley led the pledges and collection. There were 13 members and two guests present. Correspondence was read. Ferguson reminded members about hostess committee duties.  Cami Howl reported on the flower show the club sponsored […]

On the shelves — Sept. 13

The following books are available: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder,” by Enrico Gnaulati draws on the work of a clinical psychologist to explain why our kids are being over-diagnosed, and how parents and professionals can tell true psychiatric disorders from […]

Senior calendar — Sept. 13

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 10 a.m. Sew Days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. blood pressure; 8 a.m. eggs, gravy and biscuits $4; 1 p.m. […]

School Menus — Sept. 13

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast- Breakfast Pizza.  Lunch- Meat and cheese nachos, garden salad with ranch, mini carrots, applesauce Tuesday: Breakfast- Cinnamon roll. Lunch- Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed green salad, delicious apple, whole wheat roll. Wednesday:  Breakfast- Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch- Homemade cheese and bean burrito, salsa, celery sticks with ranch […]

Reality, history rarely clear-cut and tidy

I’ve tried to resist writing this column. Maybe not hard enough. May I say early on … First, reality in general and history in particular, are rarely as simple, clear-cut and tidy as many folks would like to think. Second, the winners of wars get to write most of the history. Third, just because the […]

amos the churchmouse: amos works at a factory

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. amos works at a factory i don t know if you heard boss but […]

Bible has all the answers about God

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist Great philosophers have focused on the concept of God throughout the centuries. Many have philosophized about God the Creator of the universe, but some have just noted a “god” or “gods.” At times they have tried to define man’s purpose and our place in the universe. Through the centuries, there […]

Library director’s life committed to children

Staff photo: D'Nieka Hartsfield
Denise Burnett is the library director at Portales Public Library.

Ask her how many children she has. She will tell you there are too many to count. Denise Burnett was born and raised in Portales. She moved to Los Lunas for a time but moved back to Portales to raise her family. She is married to Julian Burnett and together they have three children. Burnett […]

Terry: Only wife qualified to lead marriage dance

After 33 years of holy matrimony, I’m finally a little bit smarter than when the marriage started. Guys learn things slow, but when threatened regularly with a rolling pin even the most dense men begin to pick up on the spousal patterns and subtle signals that can keep you out of the doghouse if detected […]

Senior calendar — Sept. 6

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Labor Day Center Closed 4 p.m. games Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 10 a.m. Sew Days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. blood pressure check; 8 a.m. eggs, gravy and biscuits $4; 1 p.m. Bingo; 6 p.m. railroad potluck Friday: 10 […]

On the shelves — Sept. 6

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization,” by Elena Conis untangles the complicated paradox of childhood immunization, both a public health success story and a source of bitter controversy as Americans have questioned the safety and necessity of vaccines. “How Many is Too Many? […]

Borden: ‘Creative Living’ celebrates 40 years

“Creative Living with Sheryl Borden” will celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary this year. The popular how-to show is produced in high definition and includes captioning for the hearing impaired as well as descriptive video. To kick off the #7000 series, the first show is a “look-back” at some of the changes the show has gone […]

Hartsfield: This fall all about fabric choices

What the fashion? That’s something I always ask my associates every week in attempt to get them to reveal what trends, if any, they think are worth clinging to. So far, the ’90’s throwbacks and cocktail boots that are apparently what’s happening on the fashion scene have inspired none of them. But really, pairing boots […]

School menus — Sept. 6

Clovis Elementary Monday: No School, Labor Day Tuesday: Breakfast- Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch- Soft taco and salsa, spanish rice, seasoned pinto beans, romaine lettuce and tomato, assorted fresh fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast- Breakfast burrito. Lunch- Hamburger on a bun, baked French fries, leafy green lettuce, sliced tomato, delicious apple. Thursday: Breakfast- Mini pancakes. Lunch- […]

Busy days shouldn’t keep us from God

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist I read a commentary from Breakpoint Ministries about the prevalence of busyness in our culture. The author quoted a story by preacher and author Kevin DeYoung. DeYoung told of a woman who was visiting the United States from another country. Each time she would introduce herself as “Busy.” DeYoung says […]

Feelings something to evaluate, judge

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist The God who designed us as creatures with bones and skin also equipped us with all sorts of feelings and emotions. Good. But that same Creator warns us not to trust that our feelings are always an accurate reflection of reality. He even commands us to “live above” our feelings. […]

Hoping Dad’s birthday brings sweet memories

By Patti Dobson Religion columnist My dad turned 78 on Monday. Quite a milestone considering the medical issues that he’s faced since the mid-90s. Birthdays took on an extra special meaning. This year, the grand celebration spanned a couple of weeks, three cakes, multiple dinners and a few rounds of “Happy Birthday” in various keys. […]