Pastors prepare for packed houses on Easter

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The pews will be packed, worshipers will be dressed in their finest and pastors have been preparing for weeks. All will be in preparation for what is sometimes referred to as the Super Bowl of Sunday worship — Easter. Clovis pastor Larry Tittle said while the Easter sermon is […]

Albuquerque or bust: Feds revisit air service bid

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Passengers disembark from a Great Lakes plane that arrived at the Clovis Municipal Airport from Albuquerque. (CNJ file photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ air service deal with Great Lakes Aviation has been grounded. City and state officials raised concerns after the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Wyoming-based company a contract to […]

Religion Digest: Church presents ‘Eternity’ drama

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Central Baptist Church will present “Eternity” at 7 p.m. nightly April 14-18. The dramatic production is about life after death. According to a church news release, three professionals will coach the members of the church in acting the parts of each scene. The production emphasizes the truth about heaven […]

Jesus’ story survived, even without TV

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist News spreads within minutes these days. Major earthquakes, fires in California or “leaks” in governmental investigations are spread around the world in minutes via 24-hour news channels. However, the breaking news that weekend Jesus was crucified spread quickly even without sophisticated technology. Jerusalem was a packed city because of Passover, […]

Vandalism increases in northern Clovis

CNJ staff Police are investigating a rash of vandalism incidents in north-central Clovis. More than a dozen residents called police to report graffiti to homes and fences and auto burglaries Wednesday. Police believe the incidents began Tuesday night and residents discovered the damage Wednesday morning, Capt. Patrick Whitney said. Affected areas ranged from the 2700 […]

Army owes it to fallen soldier to reveal truth

By Freedom Newspapers Friendly fire killed Pat Tillman almost three years ago in Afghanistan. But his death continues to haunt us. Maybe it’s because his sacrifice seems so supreme: relinquishing the ease and wealth of life as a respected NFL football player for the brutality and danger of fighting on the front lines. It’s a […]

Collector knows when to clean house

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “You don’t like my collections for some reason,” I said. “You make little snippy comments about them every now and then.” “I don’t like collections that gather dust,” said The Lady of the House. “I don’t mind your music collection; you play all those LPs and cassettes. But that book […]

Meaning of Easter needs resurrection

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers And then he bowed his head and died. John 19:30 sounds like a great ending to a dramatic story, but for billions of Christians worldwide, it marks a new beginning. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were open and the […]

Learning all the worth of pain

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The tones ascend in the sanctuary, winged praises launched heavenward by the band of assembled worshipers.   “When my love to Christ grows weak, / When for deeper faith I seek, / Then in thought I go to thee, / Garden of Gethsemane!”   J. R. Wreford’s familiar words […]

Meeting’s message: Help still here

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FEMA’s Martin Blake explains how Clovis residents can obtain FEMA assistance Wednesday at a Town Hall meeting. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Nine students from Lockwood Elementary School received hugs at Wednesday’s Town Hall meeting from Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray and Clovis Fire […]