Honoring past, moving on to future

By Leslie Radford: CNJ STAFF WRITER For more than 10 years, Clovis has been celebrating Juneteenth, an event that began in Texas to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery in America. Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement, according to Candice Tyler, an event coordinator for Clovis’ Juneteenth celebration. “It’s […]

Fathers important to everyone

Curtis Shelburne Note: This column was originally written in January, 2000, but maybe it will be a blessing for Father’s Day, 2005. It’s been just a little over twenty-four hours since I got word that the kindest, gentlest, strongest, and best man I have ever known passed away. He was my father. Though many thoughts […]

Farmer’s Almanac never gets old

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Ed and Yvonne McPeak of Farwell have had a garden 11 of the 13 years they have lived at their home in Farwell, using the Old Farmer’s Almanac all but one year to plant crops. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ STAFF WRITER Many farmers swear by it. Local stores can’t seem […]

Raising the roof of God’s house

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Dianne Nance of Clovis praises the Lord during the First Church of God in Christ annual Youth Crusade Wednesday evening at the church in Clovis. Nance is the youth minister at the church. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Music and praise spilled into the streets Wednesday night from First Church […]

God plays big part in modern medicine

By Judy Brandon My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn., where she has made friends with a wonderful lady. While caroling two Christmases ago at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester with some other volunteers, Susie got coupled with Sister Dora, a 78-year-old Catholic nun who is also a nurse. The two soon became great friends […]

Amos 6-10

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. a trek across texas boss do you ever get so wrapped up in the busy-ness and routine of life that you lose the wonder of it all that s the way […]

6/12 Honors, Reunions, Organizations

Honors Schumpert Wade Schumpert of Clovis has been named to the Dean’s List at Lubbock Christian University for the spring semester of 2005. To qualify for the list, students must be taking a minimum of 12 semester hours and achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the entire semester. Hale Roberta Ann […]

6/12 Anniversaries

Gaedke Billy and Phyllis Gaedke of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 28, 2005. The couple was married on May 28, 1955, in Lincoln, Neb. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force. She is retired from the Air Force civil service. Townson James and Frances Townson of Melrose will celebrate their 40th […]

6/12 Engagements

Sharpe/McGee Grant McGee and Gail Sharpe, both of Clovis, announce their approaching marriage. The couple will exchange vows on the Summer Solstice at St. George Island in Apalachicola, Fla. The reception will be announced at a later date. Furrow/Williams Zella and Raymond Furrow of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mollie […]

Clovis survived railroad office closing

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist O n Nov. 18, 1987, Santa Fe Railroad spokesman Richard Hall announced the division offices in Clovis and La Junta, Colo., would shut down and consolidate in Albuquerque during the latter half of 1988. Sure enough, Clovis suffered a closure on June 27, 1989, but we lived through it. After […]

Stuck in the bone zone

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer It’s Georgia O’Keefe’s fault I have dead things in my yard. Mind you it’s not like I have rotting corpses and half-decayed brain clumps lounging about, but I have a fine collection of moldering skulls. I recall a bookmark of one of her paintings adorned with skulls and peonies. […]

The answer for a weak chin

By Curtis K. Shelburne A gentleman by the name of Maynard Good Stoddard wrote an article recently for The Saturday Evening Post which my brother, for some reason, sent my way. It is entitled, “To Beard or Not To Beard.” Mr. Stoddard says that one day he finally figured out why he had been pushed […]

6/2 Ticket Calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Pioneer Days — Friday and Saturday. Various events and locations. Information: 763-3435, www.clovisnm.org. Little Buckaroo Rodeo at Mounted Patrol Arena — Today, Friday and Saturday. Information: Karen, 762-9481. Miss Rodeo New Mexico Pageant — Today, Friday and Saturday. Information: Wilma, 762-3237. Pioneer Days Parade — 10 a.m. Saturday, along Main Street. […]

Do you believe in magic

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer It may be a bunny or a magic book that Jamie O’Hara will pull out of his magician’s hat Friday when the Portales Public Library kicks-off its summer reading program. O’Hara, who calls himself “The Magic Guy,” has been practicing magic since he was 7 years old. “I have […]

Women’s conference offers spiritual journey

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer In 1963, an 11-year-old girl stood on the front steps of her Corpus Christi home and cried, clutching her Chihuahua. She had just witnessed her father strangle her mother to death and then fire a 32-caliber bullet into his head. She and her siblings were put in separate foster […]

6/3 amos: a rodeo comes to bugtussle

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t work the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. a rodeo comes to bugtussle boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – must have been misquoted i […]

Sin of pride greatest detriment to any Christian

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Summer is upon us and church camp is part of the warm-months experience. I’ve had some requests to retell this story. There is something about church camp in the wilderness where impressions are made in solitary away from the city. Back in the early 1960s, I regularly attended church camp […]

For Christians, forgiving is never optional

Curtis Shelburne The Apostle Peter once came to Jesus with a question: “Lord, how often do I have to forgive?” (Luke 18:21) “Lord,” he seems to be saying, “I’m a reasonable man. I want to do the right thing. If my brother keeps sinning against me, how many times do I let it go by? […]

Summer events listings

CNJ staff Clovis May 27-29 — Hoopla 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at Hillcrest Park. May 30-June 4 — Pioneer Days. Contact: 763-3435. June 4-5 — CSA Pepsi Challenge Softball Tournament. Contact: www.cloviscsa.com June 11— Clovis Fire Department Poker Run. Contact: TBA June 11-12 — 5th Annual Myers Electric “Lil Custom” Youth Softball Tournament. Contact: www.cloviscsa.com June […]

Two months living in Clovis and counting — ya’ll

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer J une 1 not only marks National Tailors Day, but it strums home a grand celebration of sorts for myself — my two month anniversary in Clovis. Appropriately moving from New York City to this small town on April Fool’s Day, I have been through wind, dust and sun […]