Hearing the story of man’s faith challenges our’s

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Long, long ago a very old man stood before the Roman proconsul in Smyrna who literally held over him the power of life or death. Old Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, had been taught by the apostles themselves and had known many others who had walked physically with the Lord […]

Fans from across the nation enjoy the eats and the Super Bowl game.

CNJ staff It’s the most watched show of the year, and it’s coming this Sunday. The Super Bowl has become a sort of holiday for Americans, who often spend Super Bowl Sundays, whether at home or with family, on the couch munching on snacks. Whether you go to a party to watch the New England […]

1/30 Wedding, Birth, Birthday

Wedding Cable Nikki Steen and Barrett Cable, both of Lubbock, were joined in marriage Dec. 11, 2004, at first Baptist Church in Littlefield, Texas. The Rev. Darren Tidwell performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Don Steen of Lubbock and Debbie Steen of Littlefield. She is the granddaughter of Hilda Cummings and […]

Life events do not always make sense

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I magine the pieces of your life, the events and the happenings, intersecting like coordinates on an axis. Each line between coordinates represents some significant event, and that means significant to you not someone else. Now imagine a line connecting “know I did the right thing, without question” to “totally bizarre […]

Actor relates story of Friday night fight at Edd’s Bar

Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist This is a story a local actor named Fred told me. “It started as fun at Edd’s Bar north of Clovis. Playing pool, having a few beers, with three of my friends from the Caprock Amphitheater after a hard day of rehearsal. I was a young man then, not quite of […]

Is your foundation made of rock or sand?

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist In some of my early growing up years in Kansas City, Miss., mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or to shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational. We would shop all morning and then at noon we would head to the nearest Katz […]

Former pastor asking men of God to quit being passive and take control of their families.

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Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — As they prayed, their hands raised, their eyes closed and their fists clinched. The eight men — including Baptists, Pentecostals and Catholics — gathered Saturday morning at Portales Public Library for the “Men of God Arise” meeting were passionate about the mission. Some came because they got a […]

amos learns god s ways

Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. amos learns god s ways boss being a christian mouse in a world of heathen alley cats ain […]

Pet sterical

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Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks should meet Gregory Popovich and the dogs and cats that have become performers in his unique show. Named the top family attraction in Las Vegas, Nev., Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theatre has been featured on “The Late Show with David […]

Change: Like it or not, it’s a matter of attitude

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist It finally happened. Last Friday at 1:47 p.m. Something I’ve been dreading for ten years or so. I finally hit the optometric wall. Bifocals. Every time I’d see the guy, once every year or two or whenever his nurse would strong-arm me into coming in for an actual appointment […]

Engagements, Wedding, Birth

Wedding Norton-Ouellette Amber Jean Norton of Clovis and Mikael Daniel Ouellette of New Brunswick, Canada, were joined in marriage Dec. 18, 2004, at Central Christian Church in Clovis. Kenneth Broad performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is a daughter of the late Tracy Ford and Rusty Norton of Fort Pierce, Fla. The bridegroom is the […]

Bohemian night: Nonsensical good time

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist What do you do with your creative urges? How do you listen to the muse which inspires you to express yourself in the presence of the Universe? Perhaps you are like me — the only music you can keep tune to is on the radio, and the only thing you can […]

Ranch boy goes from peace officer to city manager

Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist T his is briefly how Joseph C. Thomas, a ranch boy, from Norton in Quay Valley, some 25 miles southeast of Tucumcari, came to be in Clovis. Isom H. Thomas and three of his sons, sometime between 1912 and 1913, came from Roger Mills County in Oklahoma to homestead in New […]

view from under the pew: belling the cat

Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. belling the cat marcellus the mangy ungodly cat has been running amuck here boss terrorizing little mice hamsters […]

What’s in name: Destiny? Security?

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist What’s in a name? First think about the name Fran. Each hurricane this season will be named a name. The National Weather Service will give the new hurricane a name, track its path and predict the direction it is going. Back in September 1996, hurricane Fran hit the East Coast and […]

Orchestraaahh delights

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From left, Raymond Jenkins, Eileen MacNaughton and Lemuel Perry make up the first violin section of the Clovis Community Orchestra. They are practicing on Monday at First United Methodist Church for their Sunday performance. (Staff photo: Tova Fruc Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community Orchestra members are on the lookout for string-instrument musicians, and […]

Being part of church family is great blessing

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist By Curtis K. Shelburne What would you say if I told you that it really is possible to have a wonderful group of friends that truly are as close as family? What would you say if I told you that it really is possible to surround yourself with a […]

Preserving history

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By Tova Fruchtman Gloria Wicker is full of stories about some of Clovis’ older, more historic sites, many of which are now falling into ruin. Like the pool at Hillcrest Park where some residents used to spend much of their summers. Or the Lyceum Theatre, once a stage for famous artists and singers. She remembers […]

Legendary radio announcer became preacher

By Don McAlavy The late Herman Samson “Don” Boles was one of the more gregarious characters in Clovis from 1945 through 1952. His antics on KICA radio station with R. B. “Mac” McAlister were legendary. Born Jan. 11, 1910, in Wellington, Texas, Boles and his parents moved to Amarillo in 1916. His dad had a […]

Talent can be hidden anywhere

By Clyde Davis I was singing my wife Janice to sleep with the words of Harry Chapin’s “Taxi” … “It was rainin’ hard in Frisco, I needed one more fare to make my night…” She woke up on the last verse, so I went right into “Cat’s in the Cradle.” True, I don’t sing well. […]