Faith: Churches opening doors to Pokemon trainers

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Seth Herman, left, and his brother, Caleb Herman, use their phones to hunt for virtual Pokemon outside of Trinity United Methodist Church in Clovis. The brothers helped organize the Pokemon Go gathering to be held tonight at the church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer You won’t find Pokemon mentioned in the Bible, but you can find them at church. When Clovis’ Trinity United Methodist Church Pastor Amy Jordan discovered her church was a “PokeStop” featured in the phenomenon of Pokemon Go, she decided to take full advantage of it. The mobile-app version of […]

Faith: The world is far too much with us

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist In one of Jan Karon’s delightful “Mitford” books, the winsome Episcopal priest Father Tim Cavanaugh shares with his dear old organist some lines from the sonnet (1807) by Wordsworth: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see […]

Faith, family and football for principal

Todd Morris at a Florida State University game.

Todd Morris was born and raised in Ruidoso and graduated high school there. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University and has been an educator for over 20 years. Upon graduating college, Morris spent a year in South Africa with the Rotary Youth Exchange. His first teaching job was for […]

Terry: Still not convinced to do the Pokemon thing

Have you been enlightened to the new “Pokemon Go” craze? Yeah, me neither. I’ve seen and read stories on it for a week now and not one has explained the phenomenon well enough to cause me to download the game app and head out in search of Pokemon. Apparently the word Pokemon is plural but […]

Hartsfield: Style tips for the relaxed mom

Do you ever think about your street style? Has your style evolved or have you surrendered it to all of life’s crazy demands? There’s the woman who’s always in her head about what to wear the next day and makes her style a priority. She is never caught looking less than chic. Planning an outfit […]

Borden: Learn to conquer your closet chaos

Information on using the dual feed and stitch regulator on a sewing machine and conquering chaos in the closet will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Kerri Forrest represents Bernina Sewing Machine, and she’s going to demonstrate how to use […]

Club notes — July 17

Children- American Revolution The National Society of Children of the American Revolution held their Rocky Mountain Regional Conference in Tempe, Arizona, June 29-30 at the Embassy Suites/Hilton. Members of Seven Caves Society of Clovis/Portales attending were Dylan Hawkins, RMAC color guard, New Mexico state chaplain, Seven Caves recording secretary; Katelyn Hawkins, RMRC treasurer, New Mexico […]

Greathouse reunion marks 60 years

The 60th Greathouse reunion was held July 8-9 in Portales. The group had a potluck meal and shared scrapbooks. President Regina Harris hosted a business meeting. A moment of silence was observed for Don McAlavy, Faye Miller and Austin Hall, who passed. Attending from St. Petersburg, Florida: Katherine, Keevy, Marcile and Orion McAlavy Adairsville, Georgia: […]

Senior calendar — July 17

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 10 a.m. beg. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; Noon Beg. crochet; 10 a.m. sew days; […]

Travel: A journey of ghostly fire

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A variety of animal and plant life is found at the Valley of Fire Recreational Area near Carrizozo. The adjacent Malpais lava flow is said to be about 5,000 years old.

What do ghosts and fire have in common? In New Mexico, just at the foothills of the Sacramento mountains, is an ancient site of volcanic activity at the Valley of Fires Recreational area. That’s next to White Oaks, one of New Mexico’s active ghost towns. In order to reach this scenic area, the drive is […]

Faith: Pastor saying good-bye to Texico’s First Baptist

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Rob Hollis, longtime pastor at First Baptist Church of Texico, is about to become Muleshoe High School’s assistant principal.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Leading a church is no different than leading a high school — just ask Rob Hollis. Hollis realized this quickly when he became pastor of First Baptist Church of Texico in June 2000 after serving for three years as the principal of Texico High School. “The two are very […]

Faith: A decidedly delusional discourse in the key of D

I wonder why “D” words are so often downers? Death, disease, depression, despair, desperation, divorce, doom, despondency, doldrums, detritus. Decompose, destruct, deconstruct, demoralize, demonize. Decrepit, dim-witted, dumb, disheartened, disemboweled (sorry), dead, discombobulated, dilapidated, dingy, delusional, desperate. That last one’s a cheat. We’ve already listed its brother Darrell and its other brother Darrell: “despair” and “desperation.” […]

Faith: Scriptures you learn will encourage the heart

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist This week I have been thinking about vacation Bible school. Each time I see a church advertisement for one, my mind goes back to my childhood, when vacation  Bible schools were two weeks long and scripture memorization was a major part of those two weeks. On the first day, we […]

Teaching a life’s work

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Cheryl Hinrichs, pictured with husband Bruce, has been a teacher in Melrose for 23 years.

Cheryl Hinrichs was born and raised in Clovis. She lives in Floyd and is a teacher in Melrose. Hinrichs majored in home economics at New Mexico State University and taught her first year in Farwell. Home Economics is known as Family Career and Community Leaders in America (FCCLA) today. In 1993, Hinrichs was offered a […]

Terry: My garage overflows with work to do

You can only put it off just so long, but when you can’t walk by the bench in the garage without knocking something off, it’s time to take action. I had planned to take a vacation day this summer to clean out my overflowing garage. It looks like at this point it’s going to take […]

Club notes — July 10

Peanut Valley Toastmasters President Jon Barr gave a dramatic speech titled “Link’s Back” and Vice President of Education Donna Labatt won best evaluation for her feedback on the speech. Member Bailey Decker evaluated Area Director Kevin Wilson’s interpretive reading of JFK’s famous “Ask Not” speech and Kevin won best speaker. Bailey won best table topics […]

Senior calendar — July 10

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance; 5 p.m. bus. meeting; 5:30 p.m. potluck; 6 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 10 a.m. beg. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; […]

Travel: Descend into darkness

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Carlsbad Caverns is about 200 miles, or three hours drive time, from Clovis.

It was cool enough for the First Family. If you’re looking to escape the summer heat, Carlsbad Caverns — which maintains a year-round temperature of 56 degrees — might be the escape for you. President Obama and family visited the caverns last month as part of their mission to bring attention to the 100-year-old National […]

Faith: Ministerial alliance seeks unity

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From left, Parkland Baptist Church Pastor Roy Martin greets Lighthouse Mission Director Richard Gomez before the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance meeting begins, while Christian Believers Education Founder Sistar Yancy shares a laugh with them.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer Twenty representatives of various Christian churches and nonprofit organizations in Clovis felt more unified than ever Thursday morning, but they wished it had been under different circumstances. They didn’t expect the unity would be because of two fatal shootings that occurred in the past week. As they settled in […]

Faith: Young girls should look for steadfast heroines

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist This past week I read an article about the most admired women of 2015. Among the most admired were Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Carly Fiorina, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush and Angela Merkel. I suppose responders to this poll sincerely admire these women and believe that these women have […]