9/9 view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos, our erstwhile churchmouse poet, bumped into bertie woeworm last week, who was bemoaning the “sad state” of his life. Being a churchmouse, Amos is unable to use the keyboard shift keys and is unschooled in the art of punctuation. bertie s lament – part two i tell you bertie told me i […]

Gulf Coast Disaster Questions Keep Surfacing

By Curtis K. Shelburne As daily we are seeing more ramifications of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast, new dimensions of the disaster continue to impress themselves on our minds.   It is very hard to wrap your mind around such widespread devastation, but the pictures and sound-bytes just keep pouring in. Water everywhere. Wrecked […]

Pop Echols important cog of Clovis music scene

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columinist Editor’s note: As told by Odis Echols Jr. to Don McAlavy on Sept. 4, 1998. In late 1953 my father, Odis “Pop” Echols bought the KCLV radio station in Clovis. To make ends meet, we put together shows from Clovis and went on the road to places such as Muleshoe, […]

Uncle Claude has no luck

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist I had an uncle, a farmer hounded by failure. When I was a kid in high top shoes and bib overalls, he tried to buy a one-way ticket to that Great Cornfield in the Sky and, true to form, failed. It was Great Depression time and Uncle Claude’s luck was […]

Finding niche in workforce challenging

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I recall, as a child, riding back from my grandparents’ homes late at night. We would pass by small river towns in western Pennsylvania, with blast furnaces of the steel mills sending up glowing red, blue or yellow sparks against the dark sky. Piles of coal and slag dotted the […]

Lifestyles 9-4

CNJ staff Births Kilian Sean and Amanda Kilian of Urbana, Ill. are the parents of a 7-pound, 6-ounce boy, William Thomas Kilian, who was born on July 7, 2005 at the Carle Hospital in Urbana, Ill. Grandparents are Scott and Joy Kilian of Clovis, and Orin and Pam Whisman of DeLand, Ill. Great-grandparents are Caryl […]

Could Gas Prices Be a Blessing in Disguise?

By Curtis K. Shelburne As I write this column, gasoline prices are rising so rapidly that it would be pretty safe to bet they’ll be a couple or twenty cents higher per gallon by the time I finish writing this than they are as I begin. Where will it end? I don’t know. One good […]

8-28 Lifestyles

Engagements Collins/Rollins David and Becky Collins of Friona, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Sara Katherine Collins, of Amarillo, to Jonathan Rollins, of Amarillo, son of Dale and Carolyn Rollins of Amarillo. The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. (CDT) Sept. 30, 2005, at First Presbyterian Church in Amarillo. The […]

Former Hell’s Angel now preaches Gospel


The First Church of the Nazarene will be host to an ex-Hell’s Angel for a four day revival beginning Sunday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Jerry McGee was previously a Harley-Davidson riding member of the Hell’s Angels who sold narcotics to support his own addiction. These days McGee is an […]

8/26 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. a hollow log fantasy flight boss i ran into a hollow log yesterday that led me into the mythical reaches of fantasy land and no i haven t been smoking my cheese instead of […]

Country church hearkens to simpler times

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I have vivid childhood memories of the little country church in Arkansas that my parents knew well. When we attended there as a family, it was as if we stepped into a past era, and this little country church was not changed by the world and its changes. We were […]

A Lesson from History and Party Politics

By Curtis K. Shelburne It was the summer of 1945. Nazi Germany had just been defeated, and the British people, in their first election since the war had begun, thanked Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill by voting him out of office. I’ve wondered why. It seems so ungrateful and wrong. The British people loved Churchill. […]

8-21 Senior Happenings

Melrose Senior Center 405 Main St. Monday: Baked chicken nuggets, corn, brusssel sprouts, biscuit, margarine, strawberries and banana’s, milk. Tuesday: GC Cheeseburger, onion rings, baked beans, applesauce, milk. Wednesday: Liver and onions, green beans, cornbread muffin, sliced cucumber, bananas, peaches, strawberries, milk. Thursday: Chili Casserole, fried okra, stewed tomatoes, peaches, milk. Friday: Steak, asparagus, milk, […]

8-21 Births

Kilian Sean and Amanda Kilian of Uruba, Ill. are the parents of a seven pound six ounce boy, William Thomas Kilian, born on July 7, 2005, at Carle Hospital in Uruba, Ill. Grandparents are Scott and Joy Kilian of Clovis, and Orin and Pam Whisman of DeLand, Ill. Great-grandparents are Caryl Kilian and the late […]

8-21 Engagements

Rogers/McGriff Mr. Larry and Mrs. Patricia Rogers of Brunswick, Ga., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Vanessa Latrice of Warner Robins, Ga., to Derrick Lewis McGriff, of Hawkinsville, Ga., son of Mr. Jimmy and Mrs. Dianne Solomon of Hawkinsville, Ga. The couple will exchange vows on at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. […]

8-21 Reunions

2005 Carlton The family of Aubrey and Elmina Crow Carlton, formally of Friona, held their 19th annual reunion at the home of Joe and Margie Rexrode of Lockney, Texas on July 16. Special guest were Zula Carlton, Plainview, Texas, Dorothy Crawford, Lubbock. Family members were; Heath, Jeri, Austen, and Audrey Rexrode, Lockney, Texas, Wyman, Tammy, […]

8-21 School Menus

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza, juice, milk. Lunch — Fish sticks, tator tots, cornbread, applesauce, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast — Eggs, toast, juice, milk. Lunch — Burrito, salsa, corn, lettuce, apple, milk. Wednesday: Breakfast — Sausage biscuit, juice, milk. Lunch — Spaghetti, green beans, garden salad, ranch dressing, pears, milk, Thursday: Breakfast — Go-gurt, […]

8-21 Club Notes

Altrusa International Foundation, Inc. Nancy Taylor of Clovis was recently elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Altrusa International Foundation, Inc. The International Foundation was established in 1962 to assist Altrusa clubs and other worthy organizations carry out community service programs throughout the world. She has been a member of Altrusa since […]

8-21 Honors

Chairez Anica M. Chairez, was nominated to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. She attends Yucca Junior High School, and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Mrs. Lena Willis, a history teacher at Yucca Junior High school nominated Ms. Chairez for the conference. Burdell Anneka Burdell of Clovis was the recipient of a […]

8-21 Anniversaries

Jones Cletis and Pat Jones of Clovis, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 2, 2005, at their home. The celebration was hosted by Brian and DeLinda Jones, Ronnie and Dianne Jones, Kim and Bob Helgeson, and Whitney, Kambrey, Kelcee and Kade Jones. The couple was married on Aug. 14, 1955, in Clovis. They have […]