Resident crafts crosses

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clusters of crosses adorn the walls of Cheryl Burch’s quaint Clovis home. Religious symbols crafted of wood, metal and terra cotta decorate a pale yellow wall in Burch’s inviting living room. They vary in size with some bearing elaborate ornamentation. A short walk across shining wood floors reveals more […]

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Editor’s note: An avid reader has requested that Amos retell his adventures in the watermelon patch. Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. amos in the watermelon patch despite what one-time country crooner roger millerbug sang — you can go fishin in a […]

Judging by earthly standards often incorrect

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Sometimes people judge others by earthly standards. A valid measurement involves looking at ourselves and others by God’s standards. An incident in my childhood just verifies this. I had no idea of the implications of the lesson at the time, but now I realize its significance. When I was a […]

Clovis senior takes first, Lady Cats win team title at triangular

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Clovis senior Jordan Moore gets ready to hit with an iron during Thursday’s Clovis Triangular at Municipal Golf Course. Moore shot a 74 to win the boys individual title. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Jordan Moore wasn’t smiling much when he came in from his round in Thursday’s Clovis triangular […]

Lady Cats state title contenders

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Clovis girls track coach Darrel Ray, right, shows Lady Cats sophomore Jasmine McDonald she took off too far from the bar after a missed high jump earlier this month dring the Wildcat Relays. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Some of them suffered a heartbreaking five-game loss at state in volleyball. […]

Interesting week in Mbale, Uganda

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown.”    That’s how storyteller Garrison Keillor begins his weekly “News from Lake Wobegon” tales. I thought about beginning this column similarly: “Well, it’s been a quiet week in Mbale, Uganda, where two of my sons serve as missionaries.” I’m just not […]

Judge questions system monitoring homicide suspect

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An employee of Hanks Bail Bonds shows an ankle bracelet that monitors the movement of suspects on bail to ensure they are following court-ordered restrictions. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis judge held a hearing Monday to determine why an ankle bracelet used to track homicide defendant Jimmy Bentley […]

Change of venue granted in double-homicide trial

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn on Wednesday granted a defense motion to change the venue of the trial of a Portales man accused of killing his uncle and aunt in March 2004. Defense attorney Jeffrey Jones of Santa Fe argued that people in Clovis and Portales have […]

Proposed Clovis budget cuts include adminsitration

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three full-time and two part-time administrative positions will likely remain vacant at the start of the next school year, in addition to 29 teaching and teaching assistant positions being eyed by Clovis Municipal Schools to compensate for a $1.4 million budget deficit created by an unfunded state salary increase […]

Rowley-backers feel snubbed

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Becky Rowley, interim president of Clovis Community College, listens Wednesday as the College Board of Trustees announced the new president. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The decision that ushers in an Arizona man as the president of Clovis Community College incited ire among a dense band of Clovis residents who […]