Mules eliminated from Texas 3A playoffs

CNJ staff AMARILLO — The Muleshoe Mules’ run in the Texas Class 3A basketball playoffs came to an end Tuesday night as Borger held on down the stretch for a 56-49 victory in a regional round game at Amarillo High. With the Bulldogs clinging to a 50-49 lead, 6-foot-5 post Nathan Purswell went 6-for-6 from […]

Southeastern ousts Hounds from LSC tourney

CNJ staff DURANT, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University scored the first basket Tuesday night. The rest was pretty much downhill. Junior guard Jason Stampley led five players in double figures with 21 points and Southeastern Oklahoma routed the Greyhounds 93-63 in a first-round game of the Lone Star Conference tournament. Southeastern (18-9), the No. […]

Gray, Billie

Billie S. Gray, 48, of Leonard, Texas, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at her home. She was born June 9, 1957, in Portales. She was a business owner with her husband for 10 years in entertainment equipment sales. She also served in the United States Army. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Gray of […]

Overton, Marie

Marie Overton, 78, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at her daughter’s home in Capitan. She was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Roaring Springs, Texas, to Pearl and Perry McWilliams. She spent her early years in Sudan, Texas, where she played softball and basketball. As a teenager, she moved to Portales. She graduated from high school […]

Lantz-Casados, Darla

Darla M. Lantz-Casados, 48, of Los Alamos, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006. Family members said she was a giving and creative person who enjoyed life to its fullest. She enjoyed painting, photography, creating flower arrangements, snow skiing, bicycling, and sports. Family members said her greatest pleasure in life was being a grandmother. She was a […]

Leary, Leonard

Leonard Leary, 66, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born March 7, 1939, in Reading, Mass., to Marcella and Philip F. Leary. Mr. Leary graduated from high school in Reading in 1956. He moved to Portales in 1962 to attend Eastern New Mexico University. He earned a bachelor of […]

Hancock, Charles

Charles S. Hancock, 63, of Clovis, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born May 24, 1942, in Greenville, Mich. He came to Clovis in 1998. He enjoyed wood crafting, being outdoors, hunting and fishing, family members said. He served two terms in Vietnam and was a retired gunnery sergeant […]

Hough, Susie

Susie Hough, 96, of Melrose died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born May 12, 1909, in Haskell County, Texas, to James R. and Ollie Hill. She sold insurance, collected bills for the Rural Electric Company, operated the local motor vehicle office and was a notary public. The […]

Montoya, Tommy

Mr. Tommy Montoya, 59, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at his residence in Portales. He was born Dec. 5, 1946, Las Vegas, N.M., to Margaret and Arsenio Montoya. He grew up in Las Vegas and moved to Portales as a teenager. He married Alice Saiz on July 3, 1970, in Portales. He served in the […]

McCoy, Roma

Roma E. McCoy, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Bixby Manor Nursing Home in Broken Arrow, Okla. She was born Oct. 7, 1913, in Jack County, Texas, to Eva Ford and Lennie Newkirk. She married Carl Willis McCoy in Amarillo. He died in 1987.  She was a homemaker and operated childcare services from her […]

Deen, Janie

Mrs. Janie Lou Deen, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Sunset Villa in Roswell. She was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Lubbock to Rosa Lorina and Joseph Arthur Akens. Her family moved to the Portales area when she was young. She married C.B. Waide in 1938. He died in 1947. She married Ulis Deen […]

Soderberg, Wilver

Wilver Soderberg, 93, of Carlsbad died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Plains Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Isabel, S.D. He married Gertrude Schmitt on June 2, 1936. He left to serve in the Pacific Theater during World War II on Oct. 29, 1943. He achieved the naval rank of storekeeper 2nd […]

Steele, Virginia

Virginia Vinson Morris Steele, 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Parmer County Community Hospital in Friona. She was born Oct. 9, 1917, on the Swinson Ranch in Motley, County to Hugh L. and Mae Emma (Sinclair) Vinson. Her first husband, Jack Morris, preceded her in death Oct. 15, 1965. She married Charlie Steele on […]

Fails, Randolph “Randy”

Randolph Warren “Randy” Fails, 80, of Odessa, Texas, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006 at Avalon Place. He was born April 27, 1925 in Portales. He served in the U.S. Navy for more three years during World War II. He was married to Lillie Owens for 18 years. He held many jobs after the Navy. Family […]

Burch, Darrel

Darrel Wayne Burch, 63, of Lubbock, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006. He was born March 26, 1942, in Clovis to Johnny Edward Burch and Nora Miller. He married Viola Verona Coplen on June 15, 1985, in Lubbock, Texas. He was a member of Skyline Baptist Church and a licensed Baptist preacher. He attended school […]

ENMU faces Southeastern in LSC tourney opener

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Suffice it to say, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team picked the right time to play arguably its best road game of the season. In a winner-take-all situation, the Greyhounds edged Midwestern State 84-82 in overtime on Saturday at Wichita Falls, Texas, claiming the Lone Star Conference […]

Mules take on Borger in 3A regional

CNJ staff MULESHOE — Muleshoe’s boys hope to advance farther than any team in coach Ralph Mason’s previous 11 years at the school tonight when they face Borger in a Texas Class 3A regional round game at Amarillo High. The Mules (18-13) have beaten Perryton and Seminole in the playoffs so far. Mason said his […]

Cats’ coach uphappy with No. 9 seed

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Senior Devin Sweet and his Clovis High teammates, seeded ninth in the Class 5A boys state playoffs, travel to Albuquerque to play Valley in a regional game on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters isn’t sure his defending Class 5A state champion […]

Longtime base supporter Doc Stewart dies at 81

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer With a bellowing laugh, a deep voice and a stature to match at 6 feet 4 inches, Ernest “Doc” Stewart commanded attention. But it was his good nature that won the friendship of some of the most influential men in the military and steered a course for Cannon Air […]

Business partners comb garage sales for decor

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Connie Carnes, left, and Laura Ellis have recently expanded their operation, from a small, rented corner in a downtown craft store to a Main Street storefront of their own. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Their artistry is revealed in details: a rocking chair with a carefully woven fabric bottom; a […]