Purcell, Margie

Margie Purcell Services: Have been held. Mrs. Margie Purcell, 74, of Portales, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at her home. She was born on Dec. 14, 1929, in Melrose, to Bessie Mae and Charles R. Vance. She attended school at McAlister and House, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1948. She married Bill Purcell […]

Lary, James

James Lary Services: No services are sheduled Mr. James William Lary, 75, of Clovis, died April 14, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Dec. 10, 1928, in Melrose, to William and Blanche Matthews Lary. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He married Josephine Scoma on […]

Brazell, Richard

Richard Brazell Services: Have been held. Richard E. Brazell, 71, of Clovis, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Laurel Plains Health Care Center in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 28, 1933, in Milnesand, to James Arthur Dollie Elizabeth Lankford Brazell. He attended schools at Portales, Clovis and Fort Sumner. He served in the U.S. […]

Pine, Ola Mae

Ola Mae Pine Services: Have been held. Ola Mae Wylie Pine, 77, of Albuquerque died Monday, April 12, 2004. She was born on Feb. 20, 1927, in Larned, Kan. She moved to Fort Sumner shortly after she was born. She spent several years working in Santa Fe before moving to Albuquerque. She was a charter […]

Sumners, Clifford Lee

Clifford Lee Sumners Services: Will be held at a later date. Clifford Lee Sumners, 72, of Nocona, Texas, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, in Nocona. He was born on June 19, 1931, in Aurora, Mo., to Wilmer and Gertrude Forrester Sumners. He lived in Clovis for 45 years before retiring in Nocona Hills, Texas, in […]

First-degree murder charge dropped in trial

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Fernando Garcia no longer faces the possibility of life in prison after prosecutors dropped the most serious charge of first-degree murder for lack of evidence. Deputy District Attorney Bryan McKay told the court on Wednesday that testimony so far hasn’t provided enough evidence to prove Garcia acted intentionally […]

Mayor promotes youth council

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A mayor’s youth council and a city youth center are among the goals set by city officials Wednesday in a strategic planning session for city government. Other goals are continued work on efforts to get a sustainable water supply, completion of a salary and benefits package for city employees […]

U.S. ambassador must try to build a nation in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has appointed veteran diplomat John Negroponte, now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to be the ambassador to Iraq, heading what is slated to be the largest U.S. embassy in the world, with 3,000 employees. His job, which will in some ways be more like nation-building than traditional diplomacy, will […]

‘Whiner’ gets mixed replies from readers

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Thank you, reader, for letting me get that off my chest. I have spent the last couple of hours going over reader response e-mails and letters to the editor. I was shocked — be prepared, this is going to knock your socks off — to find not everyone thinks I am […]

Learning tough ladder to climb for blacks

Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Drs. Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom’s new book “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning” shows the government education whites receive is nothing to write home about, but for blacks, it’s no less than a disgraceful disaster. According to National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) findings, only in writing do less […]