She styles memories for the grieving

Don McAlavy Not every hairdresser would work at a funeral home. The former Verdine Crume, now Mrs. Duane Howard of Clovis, has been praised by many husbands, fathers and children of the deceased with the wonderful work she performs. Verdine received her cosmetology license in 1938 and was soon called by a funeral home to […]

Emergency management agency to set up exercise

By Darrell Todd Maurina In the event of a major hazardous materials disaster, would local police, fire and medical officials be able to work together? Officials met in a series of three meetings this week, Monday through Wednesday, to set up a tabletop exercise to test this question. Organized as the Curry County Local Emergency […]

Lowe, Olen

Lowe, Olen Services: Have been held. Olen Lowe, 90, of Portales, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born Nov. 28, 1912, in Fairplay, Mo., to Nora and Walter Lowe. Mr. Olen moved to Texas when he was young, and lived in Borger for several years, where he […]

Working seniors give ‘retirement’ new definition

Freedom Newspapers T he face of retirement in America is changing dramatically, as many seniors put to rest the idea that the “golden years” mean saying goodbye to work and becoming a permanent fixture in a comfortable recliner. AARP recently announced the findings of its 2003 Working in Retirement Survey, which showed that many seniors […]

Zias put together competitive team

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Eastern New Mexico University freshman Erin Armstrong of Albuquerque advances the ball during practice on Wednesday. Photo by Lisa Sonnenschein By Mike Linn PORTALES — They practice on a field about half the size of their game day turf, working on mental quickness and short passes, turning split-second breakdowns in defense into shot-on-goal opportunities. Meet […]

Q&A with Buddy Vaughan

Buddy Vaughan, 40, has been president of the Curry County Fair Board since January 2001. Question: How long have you been working with the Curry County Fair? Answer: I joined the fair board in 1998, and I’ve been working with the fair since then. When Charlie Vannatta was running for Curry County Sheriff, he had […]

Portales honors nonagenarians

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 […]