On the road to salvation


Doug McGimpsey (left) Gary Ford (center) and pastor Art Evans each played a role in the crosses being erected in Broadview. There are three crosses on the roadside, including one 30 feet high and two others 24 feet tall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer During a car ride home, Trenton […]

Everyone is a writer at heart

By Judy Brandon I could call myself a writer. I am smart enough to know that I cannot write professionally for a living. I just enjoy writing to express the emotions, thoughts and ideas of my heart. But in reality, everyone is a writer. A person doesn’t have to have an article published in the […]

Amos — spooky superstititions

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types poetry by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. spooky superstititions weird things have been happening to me recently boss it s like some black cat has been […]

Sometimes God breaks in and surprises us

By Curtis K. Shelburne It’s not the kind of cartoon that makes you fall down and roll in laughter, but the cartoon I saw recently did make me stop, think and whisper a heartfelt, “Amen!” I don’t remember all the specifics and I can’t put my hands on the cartoon itself right now, but as […]

Clovis site of first Coca-Cola plant in state

Don McAlavy: Local columnist G. A. Campbell came to Texico in 1906, from Rogers, Ark. He was born in 1882. Sadie Tagader also came to Texico in 1906, from Colorado in a covered wagon with her family. Her father was a horse trader and blacksmith. Campbell opened a small confectionery store in Texico, but soon […]

Bicycle benefit teaches lessons

Clyde Davis: Local columnist Last Sunday was the Ride for the Roses in Austin, Texas. For the uninitiated, this is a long distance bicycle ride organized by the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Participants raising pledges which go to the Foundation’s cancer-fighting efforts. The lessons I learned. Okay, they were lessons reiterated. There is not much here […]

Engagements 10/24

Cross-Lopez Keith Cross of San Jose, Calif., and Nora Cross of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Teresa Cross of Clovis to Cruz Lopez, of Clovis, son of Manuel and Petra Lopez of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2004, at Fox Run in Clovis. […]

Peanuts, get your peanuts

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Peanut farmers, arts and crafts vendors and student organizations come out of their shells every fall to attend the Peanut Valley Festival, which after 31 years has become as traditional in Portales as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in an elementary student’s lunch bag. “I think everyone will […]

Job’s friends have wrong idea

By Curtis Shelburne: Local columnist The Book of Job is the textbook on suffering. Open it and you’ll see an extraordinarily good man undergoing extraordinarily terrible affliction. He loses his family (except his wife, and keeping her might easily be counted among his afflictions!), his wealth and his health. He’s reduced to sitting on a […]

Troubled boy may have been found in Arkansas

Don McAlavy Cletis Ball of Texico, following a sentence by Judge Carl A. Hatch, was given 18 months to two years to be served in the state reformatory. This was on May 6, 1929. Cletis Ball was 11 years old. On a previous occasion, after Cletis had been released from jail, a jailer named Clark […]

Movie makes magic

Clyde Davis: Local columnist It began in the most inauspicious manner that one could imagine. As I proceeded to the homecoming parade in Portales, I was totally focused on acquiring the green and gray T-shirts we had ordered for our church kids to wear in support of our favorite college athletes. Little did I know […]

The Bible is the world’s magnifying glass

Judy Brandon: Local columnist Any mother with children has experienced splinter days. When our children were small, any day could become a splinter day. They might have been in the back yard or on the swing set but suddenly they would come running into the house, complaining about a splinter in a hand. On one […]

Weddings, Anniversaries and Engagements for Oct. 17

Weddings Hoggatt Jennifer Coyle of Clovis and Phillip Hoggatt of Oklahoma City were joined in marriage on Aug. 14, 2004, at Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis. The Rev. Maurice Monson performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Marietta Coyle of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of William and Margaret Coyle […]

Clovis singles search for dates

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Bill Guild, 56, has a theory he’s come to trust when it comes to dating. Instincts, he says, you have to trust your instincts. “One thing I’ve learned is if your not getting good vibrations from someone move on right then and there. You can’t change people. People don’t […]

Clovis churches use book to find life’s purpose

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Forty. The number of days Noah spent on the Ark; the number of years Moses and the Israelites wandered the desert; the number of days Jesus spent in the desert after his baptism; and the number of days churches around the country are spending studying and reflecting upon The […]

Lunasa brings Irish music to Clovis

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Sean Smyth and other members of the Celtic band Lunasa play the music of their fathers and their fathers’ fathers. “It’s the music that we would have grown up with as kids,” Smyth, who plays fiddle, said. Clovis residents can experience the Irish band’s music on Saturday at the […]

Organizers hope show will bring Christians and Jews together

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Corrie ten Boom had unfaltering faith. Her father Casper died in a Nazi prison. Her sister Betsie died in the Ravensbruck Nazi work camp. And her nephew Christiaan never returned from the Burgen Belson Nazi camp. Her brother William, a leader in the Dutch underground, contracted spinal tuberculosis in […]

Don’t settle for too little too soon

Curtis S. Shelburne One summer years ago while I was the visiting preacher for a loving and lovely little church in Indiana, one of the leaders there took my son Jeffrey and me out for a round of golf. (It was about the last time I played, I think.) Indiana is a beautiful state filled […]

Portales coach among ENMU honorees

Freedom Newspapers After graduating from high school in Bloomfield in 1977, Brenda (Worley) Gomez came across the state to attend Eastern New Mexico University. Basically, she’s never left the area. Gomez, the girls basketball coach at Portales High School since 1985, is one of six individuals scheduled for induction into the ENMU Hall of Honors […]

ENMU does Coward classic ‘Blithe Spirit’

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anne Beck, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s production of “Blithe Spirit,” said she chose the play to bring laughter to people in a time when the national landscape is intense. “Because it was a comedy, I thought it would be appropriate and needed,” she said. Her reasons for […]