Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Anniversaries — May 8

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Martinez [image #2, align=left, size=right] Leroy and Juana Martinez of Clovis celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on May 7 at the Texico Community Center. The celebration was hosted by their children, Armando (Marisela) Martinez, Felicia Martinez and Daniel Martinez. The couple was married May 9, 1981, in Clovis. They have three children and one grandchild. […]

Motherhood source of pride, humility

The ancient Proverbs 31 woman of the Bible amazes me. She was a multifaceted, multitalented superwoman. Everyone praises her and even her children “rise up and call her blessed.” I am far from her on many levels. She had business sense. I don’t. She bought and sold land; I’ve done neither. I don’t sew or […]

Education digest —

Children’s theater performing in Grady The Missoula Children’s Theatre will be performing a music production of King Arthur’s Quest in Grady Friday. This is the third year the MCT has performed at Grady. Grady students will play various roles in the two performances and have had one week to prepare for the show. The afternoon […]

Business digest — May 3

Stripes stores raise money for charity Stripes convenience stores raised $618,429 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its March 7-April 3 fundraising campaign, according to a release from the company. Stripes has locations in Clovis, Portales, Texico and Muleshoe. Stripes raised funds by asking customers to purchase a $1 Miracle Balloon icon or donate spare […]

ENMU students, local children to perform play

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Freedom New Mexico: Portales News-Tribune Argen Duncan College students and local children are taking on a leprechaun who won’t wear green, mean girls and confusion over the meaning of Cinco de Mayo. Seventeen Eastern New Mexico University theatre students and around two dozen children are putting on the humorous play “The HOWLS Detective Agency — […]

Bella Vista students to perform children’s operas

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s performance of three operas Friday finishes with a dance sequence. Liliana Castillo The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s singing and dancing students will take the Marshall Auditorium stage once again Friday. This time, 230 students from kindergarten through sixth grade will perform three miniature […]

Communities prepare Easter events

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sierra Strait, 8, and Joseph Snodgrass stuff Easter eggs at Living Stones Community Church Wednesday for a city egg hunt Saturday. With 20,000 eggs to stuff, Snodgrass, the church’s children’s pastor, said volunteers plan to work most of Thursday. Alisa Boswell Easter eggs, by the hundreds, will be scattered across […]

Birthdays — April 17

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McKinney Benja McKinney of Clovis will celebrate her 90th birthday 2 p.m. today at the Retirement Ranch. The celebration will be hosted by her children. McKinney was born April 16, 1921, in Bosque County, Texas. She has three children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The celebration is open to friends and relatives.

Anniversaries — April 17

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Hall Ollie and Jessie Hall of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on April 23 at their home. The celebration will be hosted by their children, Ollie Hall Sr., Michael, Jessie, Kenneth, Treena, William and Anthony. The couple was married April 24, 1961 in Clovis. They have seven children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. […]

Club notes — April 10

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Six members and one guest attended the regular meeting of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha at 4:30 p.m. on April 4 Collene Baldwin was the hostess. Bev Miller corresponding secretary read several thank you letters from Ninth Judicial District Family and Children’s Court for our donation. Members of Epsilion Sigma Alpha have supported […]

Program helps autistic children learn, grow

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Saul Duenas, left, tries to get ENMRSH autism interventionist Steffany Garcia to guess a clue during a charades portion of a board game Thursday afternoon at the Duenas residence. Garcia sets up a program to reinforce the importance of following instructions, and said board games are one of many components. […]

Our people: Fan of the 50s

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales resident Nancy Gentry said her poodle, Zuni, intentionally avoids photographs. Portales resident Nancy Gentry has worked in banking, telecommunications, real estate and public service as a Roosevelt County Probate Judge for 10 years. She adopted a rescue poodle and named him Zuni and her children joke that he’s replaced […]

Lighthouse hosting spring break party

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lighthouse Mission volunteers Tracina Sanchez, left, and Keith Crompton work together Thursday to build a dart board for the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Spring Break Day of Fun to be held at the mission today. Liliana Castillo The Lighthouse Mission is hosting a Children’s Spring Break Day of Fun on Friday. […]

Anniversaries — March 6

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Butler Charles and Verna Butler of Clovis celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on March 2, 2011. [image #2, align=left, size=right] The couple was married March 2, 1956, in Phoenix. The couple has two children and three grandchildren He is retired from the U.S. Air Force and from Holland’s Printshop in Clovis. [image #1, align=left, size=right] […]

Portales mechanic facing child porn charges

Sharna Johnson A Portales mechanic has been charged with possessing child pornography. David L. Payton, 43, of Portales was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of children by possession, according to a new release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. He would face a maximum sentence of nine years if convicted. […]

Accepting Christ life-changing experience

Judy Brandon It was in the early 1950s, and my parents were in seminary in Kansas City. Our family had the opportunity to live at the seminary with other couples and families. All were full time students at the seminary just like my parents were. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartment buildings that […]

Anniversaries —

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Barela Eugene and Esperanza Barela of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at La Casa Sena Cantina in Santa Fe. The dinner will be hosted by the Barela children: Patricia, Simon, Matthew, Mario and Mark. Reservations can be made at www.lacasasena.com. The couple was married Feb. 17, 1961, in Santa […]

Pastor making new home in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan New administrator at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, Randy Rankin, leans against a wall displaying the corner stone from the home’s previous facility, dating back to the early 1900s. Rankin said his calling in life is taking care of children. Argen Duncan The new administrator at the New Mexico […]