The greatest changes in life come from within

Judy Brandon Years ago, when my parents were in seminary in Kansas City, our family had the opportunity to meet other families living at the seminary. They were from all over the United States and even foreign countries. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartments three stories high. So we had seminary families all […]

the attack of the giant ob-words

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. last night boss i woke up with a terrible nightmare as always i was being pursued by the hideous menacing marcellus the cat with no hesitation at all i scampered up […]

Wright, Jewel

Jewel Wright Services: Have been held. Ms. Jewel Wright, 96, of Belen, died Sunday, July 6, 2003. She was born June 4, 1907, in Mississippi, to James Whinery and Leona Jones. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Belen where she was a dedicated Sunday school teacher for many years. In […]

Area students gather for flagpole prayer

By Gary Mitchell About 440 students rose early to pray together at Clovis, Portales and Texico schools on Wednesday at the 14th annual See You at the Pole national student day of prayer. The total was about 30 fewer than a year ago, organizers said, and only one student participated from Gattis Junior High. Despite […]

Calvary Baptist hosts music group

By Gary Mitchell Andy Wall is anticipating an enjoyable evening of Southern Gospel music from a group he has never seen in person. They’re bound to be good, he said, because a former interim pastor recommended them. The Texans, a Gospel quartet from Quitman, Texas, will sing in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary […]

St. Helen Fiesta shows cars, food

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — The region can be well fed — spiritually and physically — at St. Helen Catholic Church’s annual Fiesta and Car Show which began Thursday and continues with daily activities through Sunday. Portales’ four-day fiesta of faith will feature “good food, praise and preaching,” said Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of St. […]

Jeremy Camp’s songs come to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With lyrics and music born out of the death of a loved one, up-and-coming Christian musical artist Jeremy Camp has been touching the hearts of music audiences around the nation. The 25-year-old singer/composer will perform in concert at 7:30 tonight at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., in Clovis. Admission to […]

Amos on apathy

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the apathetic aphid just the other day boss i ran across a disillusioned young insect annie the apathetic aphid was ambling down […]

Respect means more than flowers

Judy Brandon What is respect? We think of respect but don’t always apply it to every situation in life. Years ago, I learned a lasting lesson in respect. When I was in high school, I went with a girlfriend many times to see her grandmother who lived in a local rest home. The first time […]

Senior Happenings, Sept. 14

La Casa De Buena Salud 1120 Cameo Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — HIBAC. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor exercise. Wednesday: 10 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 10:30 a.m. — Cake walk; noon — Potluck Luncheon; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks. Thursday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor […]

Weddings, Sept. 14

Keller Erin Jo Chandler of Clovis and Troy Dean Keller of Woodward, Okla., were joined in marriage on Sept. 6, 2003, at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo. The Rev. Renae Haiduk performed the Christian traditional ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Rick and Judy Chandler of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of […]

Engagements, Sept. 14

Poller-Peck Levan and Victoria Poller of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Tonya Christine Poller of Clovis, to Gregory Forest Peck of Fontana, Calif., son of Gregory and Rebecca Peck of Fontana, Calif. The couple will exchange vows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at Faith Christian Family Church […]

Club Notes, Sept. 14

Beta Phi Beta Phi members held their first business meeting Sept. 2 under the leadership of new officers; president, Patsy Lorenz, vice president, Gwen Williams, treasurer, Collene Baldwin, corresponding secretary, Carman Richard, recording secretary, Margie Caballero, parliamentarian, June Patrick and educational director, Ms. Richard. Reports were given by Mary Ann Vinson stating that the chapter […]

Education best done by local people

By Clyde Davis Since college graduation, it has been a point of pride, and practicality, for me to maintain my public school teaching credentials. In addition to teaching full time, I have had the chance to substitute frequently in a number of states, and in a number of districts within those states. Quality education is […]

internet Safari, Sept. 14

By Tom DiFrancesca Customer service equals customer loyalty. That’s the equation for the day, folks. I sincerely believe that if an Internet company has a slightly deficient product or service, but offers great customer service, most customers will try to stick it out during the down times. If a company is unable to offer great […]

Teaching a heartbeat

By Jack King Agalu, a Nigerian-style drum and dance group, prides itself on bringing the “heartbeat” of Africa to U.S. audiences. Led by Akeem Ayanniyi, a ninth-generation player of the traditional Yoruba talking drum, the group includes percussionists skilled in the playing of the djembe, djun djun, akiko and bata drums, a masquerade dancer who […]

Leaving a lasting impression

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Republic of Singapore Air Force 2nd Warrant Officer Chris Chua and his wife Rachel will leave Clovis to go home to Singapore, but not without memories of the people, religion, and nature. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Gary Mitchell Republic of Singapore Air Force 2nd Warrant Officer Chris Chua and his wife, Rachel, have served […]

Spirit, fortitude overcome ‘giants’

Judy Brandon With each new semester, my students arrive with hopes and dreams for the future. They bring with them goals, plans and thoughts of anticipation about college and what is to many, a new beginning. Their dreams are heartfelt, distinct and meaningful. Most of them are determined to succeed against all odds. But alongside […]

amos on living free

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss it seems like ages ago yesterday that freddie the flea changed his ways in fact it s almost hard to remember how he […]

Local musicians hope to form community chamber orchestra

Helen Rodriguez Hoping to pull the right strings — or rather “pull in” the right strings — several local musicians are trying to organize a Clovis chamber orchestra. Area violin, viola, cello and bass players interested in being a part of the community sound are encouraged to attend an organizational meeting from 7-9 p.m. on […]