Hartsfield: Some summer pieces I can’t live without

Insect repellent and sunscreen aren’t the only essentials of summer. Some of us have become attached to some comfort pieces for the season. It has occurred to me that I’ve recently developed a pattern of wearing sneakers with virtually every one of my outfits. It’s not just for a level of comfort but I find […]

Our People: Consignor ministers to community

Staff photo: D'Nieka Hartsfield
Sheila Savitz outside her building, Consigning Women and Angel Ministries, at 104 S. Ave. A in Portales.

Sheila Savitz was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where she owned a real estate company. She moved to Portales in the early 1990’s with her late husband and children. In the late 1990’s, Savitz started out working as an advertising representative at the Portales New-Tribune. She bought […]

Terry: Sound of rain on tin roof refreshing

The promise from the weatherman and the gathering clouds was for a rainy mountain night. Somehow it didn’t happen. I’d actually gone to bed in the tin-roofed cabin we rented on a weekend getaway in eager anticipation of a rainy night. Wouldn’t it be grand to lie there and listen to the thunder roll lazily […]

Borden: Hemming techniques on upcoming show

Creative Living Information on creating an under-the-bed storage bin, preparing fish, and hemming techniques will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. Bruce Johnson is the spokesperson for Minwax, and he’s going to show how to use dresser drawers to create an under-the-bed storage bin. […]

Davis: Remember what we are celebrating

July 4, the Independence Day of the U.S., represents many things. It is the day on which many beaches in the North Atlantic really get rolling with the tourist trade, since it takes the water that long to actually get warm enough for swimming. It is the day when towns, small and large, gather for […]

Honors — July 5

Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does The Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does of the United States of America held their installation of supreme elected officers for 2015- 2016. They are Supreme President Kristy Marney of Artesia; Supreme President-elect Karen Trachsel of Winter Park, Florida; Supreme Senior Counselor Cathy Schilling of Rochester, Minnesota; Supreme Junior Counselor Carla […]

Club notes — July 5

Hi-Plains Toastmasters Hi-Plains Toastmasters Club No. 9782 met Tuesday evening at Wheatfields Senior Living. There were five members present for the meeting, with Kevin Wilson running the meeting. The impromptu speaking portion was won by Donna Labatt, answering the question, “What moment were you happiest?” Wilson and Labatt updated the club on the weekend officer […]

Senior calendar — July 5

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Sunday: Picnic Monday: 10 a.m. Jewelry pals; 1 p.m. line dance; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 8 a.m. Exercise Equip; 1 p.m. pinochle; 1-5 p.m. 8 Ball Pool; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8 a.m. Exercise Equip; 10 a.m. Sew Days; 1 p.m. crafts; Thursday: 8:45 […]

Amos: A View from Under the Pew

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: In honor of the Independence Day holiday, Amos, our erstwhile churchmouse poet, recalls his first encounter with a firecracker. Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keys, but he can’t work the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks […]

God’s truth is the truth, despite SCOTUS ruling

By Curtis Shelburne The colored lights recently painting the White House, the Obama administration’s anything-but-classy dance in the end zone after the Supreme Court’s incredibly overreaching “legislation” last week, cast the White House flag in a strange and dim light. I don’t like how some folks have tried to dim and sully rainbows and their […]

Trust in God is all we need

By Judy Brandon Not long ago I read a story about the origination of the words “In God We Trust” on our coins. Over a century ago, the Rev. W.R. Watkinson of Ridleywille, Pennsylvania, wrote a letter of concern to the Honorable S.P. Chase, who was then secretary of the treasury. The letter was dated […]

Youngster makes best of circumstances

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Thallan Schwartz enjoys the day golfing at camp at Colonial Golf course in Clovis.

Our People Thallan Schwartz, 11, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Portales in 2013 when his father was offered a job at Eastern New Mexico University where he teaches saxophone and Jazz. Schwartz will be in sixth grade at Lindsey-Steiner in Portales. He spends his summers hanging out with friends and going […]

Terry: Chuck Berry sums up cruisin’ perfectly

I would like to have attended the Draggin’ Main event Saturday night in Clovis, but I wound up on a road trip in mom’s minivan instead. Even if I had been around, I don’t own a ride that wouldn’t have been a little embarrassing. I never would have imagined a day when I would drive […]

Staying fit on upcoming show

Creative Living Information on ways to use a grapefruit section, preventative measures that keep eyestrain at a minimum, and the five components of fitness will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. Eleisha Ensign is the executive director for TexaSweet Citrus Marketing in Mission, Texas. […]

Davis: Weeding garden part of well-tended life

It probably would have gone over a lot better if the first thing one noticed, pulling in behind the mile wide pickup truck from a neighboring state, wasn’t the giant decal across the cab back window, one of those decals of a cowboy and his horse kneeling by a cross. On the other hand, had […]

Hartsfield: To ‘do or not to ‘do

Nieka Style It’s been nearly two years that I’ve worn the same hairstyle. Normally, after about six months I get bored and I begin searching for another style. Nowadays, it’s pretty normal to change your hair often. Getting a different ‘do every month or even every week has become popular culture. One thing we all […]

On the shelves — June 28

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father by Tracey Davis takes a uniquely personal perspective on one of the greatest pop culture icons of the twentieth century who overcame extraordinary obstacles to become an entertainment superstar in a career spanning over six […]

The last note is hard to wait out

By Curtis Shelburne In music and in life, the last note is always the longest. Whenever I’m teaching a new audio/video volunteer at church how to punch the buttons, play the songs, set the levels, I always warn them at some point about “audio whiplash.” Punching “stop” or “pause” while the music is still playing […]

Amos: 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. learning english ain t easy boss you may think that speaking writing and learning the english language is the most natural thing in […]

Thunderbird alumni gives back to community

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Mike Hess is known for riding his bike around town and collecting cans during his spare time in the Clovis area.

Mike Hess is the oldest of seven children. As a child he said he used to wonder why people had to die; he knew that life was only the beginning. He was a quiet and shy boy. “I sometimes got marked absent in school because I was so quiet,” he said. Before he would choose […]