Coach’s cemetery exercise misses point

Occasionally, though not very often, the inspiration from this column comes from some other piece of information which slides across the Internet. Such is the case in today’s piece. Upstate New York, where a junior varsity football coach and English teacher forced members of the team, after a losing game, to detour into the local […]

Group planning confederate memorial

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Janelle Foster, left, president of the United Daughters of Confederacy, Ellen W. Jones Chapter, points out names on the new confederate memorial at Portales Cemetery to John Hilliard, who will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s memorial dedication. By Alisa Boswell: Cannon Connections Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy […]

Confederacy memorial to be dedicated Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Janelle Foster, left, president of the United Daughters of Confederacy, Ellen W. Jones Chapter, points out names on the new confederate memorial at Portales Cemetery to John Hilliard, who will be the guest speaker at Saturday’s memorial dedication. Alisa Boswell Saturday marks the dedication of a new confederacy memorial in […]

McGee: Just miss me when I’m gone

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist It was vacation time. South of Brownwood, Texas, we zipped by a cemetery. Apparently there was going to be a funeral that day. A green canopy had been set up, under it were burgundy velvet covered chairs probably there for the family. And there was the mound of dirt covered […]

Letter to the editor: Cemetery should rethink its rules

Cemetery should rethink its rules The article in Jan. 19 article “Cemetery sweep upsets residents,” reveals appalling steps taken by the Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens and Mission Garden of Memories cemetery staff. We laid to rest the remains of our granddaughter at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in October. Thankfully, we found out about the rules […]

Residents upset about cemetery’s weekend sweep

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Debbie Green pulls a teddy bear figurine from a trash bin at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens Saturday. Green and other families are upset because they said management threw away grave ornaments without telling them. Sharna Johnson Some area residents are upset with a local cemetery, whose operators say they were […]

Thoughts from the cemetery

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Several years ago my younger brother told me he’d taken his bag chair out to Paint Creek Cemetery near Robert Lee, Texas, unfolded it on his cemetery plot, sat down, and written a column or two for his church newsletter. He said he figured he might as well get […]

Volunteers unearth Blacktower Cemetery

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Senior Airman Zayed Antonio was one of about 15 volunteers who came to the Blacktower cemetery to help uncover graves during the clean up day. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections staff writer Stepping into the shoes of archeologists, volunteers from Cannon Air Force Base and the community carefully removed several […]

Cemetery all that’s left of Blacktower

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Sarah E. Schooling Durham’s grave is one of about eight whose gravestones are still visible and standing at the Blacktower Cemetery located west of Chavez West housing. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When the town of Blacktower faded away, the only thing left behind was its dead. The Blacktower […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Freedom New Mexico Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

Volunteers sought for cemetery cleanup

Cannon Connections staff Area historians sometimes refer to Blacktower Cemetery as one of eastern New Mexico’s “lost cemeteries.” That’s because most of the gravesites have been covered in sand for decades and the number of graves is unknown. Volunteers are scheduled to gather May 29-30 to help clean up the century-old resting place, which is […]

County ghost story believable

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Back in 1994 when Harold Kilmer, Ike Stanford, and I were searching old cemeteries in Curry County, Sis Simmons, the local radio personality, who grew up as Alma Willoughby near Field, told me there was a cemetery we had missed out there. As a young girl she witnessed a 13-year-old […]

Historical research counts 68 cemeteries, 17,000 names

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist When we published our High Plains History Book in 1980, following the 1978 Curry County History Book, we made the effort to record as many area cemeteries as we could, listing the names and dates of 68 cemeteries that contained nearly 17,000 names. The cemeteries we recorded covered all those […]

Closure comes with return of remains

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher My Veterans Day came early this year. It was better than ever. The saying goes that men and women never feel as alive as when death lurks in nearby shadows. It is clearly evident at Arlington National Cemetery, where every day is Veterans Day. This tale you’ll read here […]

Hayes, Delores

Delores Turner Hayes, 48, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, in Roswell. She is survived by her husband, Walt Hayes; a daughter, Carmen Cimino (and husband, Jeremy) of Jacksonville, N.C.; a son, Nathan Rivers of Jacksonville, N.C.; a granddaughter, Mackenzie Jean Cimino of Jacksonville, N.C.; three sisters, Charlene Cameron (Duncan) of Macon, Ga., Betty […]

Pre-paid funerals can lock in today’s rates

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Steed-Todd Funeral Home is among the area mortuaries that offer pre-paid services. Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer * Proponents tout savings, less stress as major advantages. While addressing the inevitability of death can be uncomfortable, planning ahead for a funeral can save money and lessen stress, according to financial advisors and funeral service providers. Prepaid […]

Reynolds searches for grave of Ruth of Tolar

Don McAlavy “I wanted to see Tolar again,” said Stephen Reynolds, a former game warden in eastern New Mexico. “Mainly I wanted to search for Ruth. Both the town and the child had been forsaken, but in different ways: Ruth, around 1910 when our family had to leave her grave behind, and Tolar almost 35 […]

Sego, Lyna

Lyna Sego Services: Have been held. Lyna M. Sego, 85, of Albuquerque, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at her home. She was born on March 10, 1920, in West Point, Miss., to Charles T. White and Lina M. Worth. She moved to Amarillo at age 2 and graduated from Amarillo High School. She married Ernest […]

Sometimes we all need a little perspective

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local religious columnist My two-years-younger brother Jim wrote an interesting column for his church newsletter the other day. He had some great things to say, but what really made the article interesting is where he was when he wrote it. The boy has always marched to a bit of a different […]

Stone, Sara

Sara Stone Services: Have been held. Sara Elizabeth “Saby” Gordon Stone, 79, of Roswell, died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, in Roswell. She was born on Feb. 27, 1926, in Floyd. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University then moved to Dexter, where she taught for 27 years for Dexter Public Schools. She married Fred H. […]