Community ball, turkey dinner being served up in November

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Community ball, turkey dinner being served up in November

By Joshua Lucero November is quickly shaping up to be a month full of entertainment and food for Portales and Clovis area residents. First United Methodist Church in Portales will kick off the month Thursday with its 61st annual turkey dinner. Traditional turkey dinners will be served for lunch from 11 a.m. until 1:30 […]

Pages Past — Nov. 1

On this date 1973: Sandia Baptist Church in Clovis was celebrating its 10th anniversary. The church began as a mission of First Baptist Church. 1954: The health department and tuberculosis association had joined forces to provide free chest x-rays in Clovis and Grady. The procedure was intended to detect “possible cases of tuberculosis, lung cancer and heart […]

Hanging at hospital not for everybody

By Grant McGee Local Columnist So if you’re staying at the hospital do you need to have folks sit there with you? I thought about this when I heard a story about a friend of a friend’s in-law who had to stay at a hospital. “That whole time not a soul came to see him,” […]

Early voting ends 6 p.m. today

Staff report Early voting ends at 6 p.m. today at the Curry County Courthouse Annex and the North Plains Mall. Amber Roberts of the clerk’s office said the mall had received 1,199 votes through Friday. She said 1,427 had voted at the courthouse. Roberts said the last day to mail in the absentee ballots was […]

Mother’s instinctual bond does not extend to pets

By Sharna Johnson Local columnist They are welcomed into homes and lives like new members of the family — given names, special foods, toys, comfy beds and lots of love. Then there are the checkup visits complete with immunizations, tons of snap shots and bragging to friends and family. Included in holidays and special occasions, […]

Candidates address state land management

Republican Aubrey Dunn faces Democratic incumbent Ray Powell in the race for commissioner of state lands. Here are profiles on both candidates. Aubrey Dunn The basics • Republican, 58 • Lives in Lincoln County, 51 miles north and east of Capitan; • Contact information: 575-420-6798 and Background •l Family: My wife and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary […]

Governor candidates talk duties, economy

Republican incumbent Susana Martinez faces Democrat Gary King in the race for governor. Here are profiles on both candidates: Susana Martinez The basics • Republican, 55 • Running mate for lieutenant governor is John A. Sanchez • Lives in Las Cruces • Contact information: 505-884-1258 Background • Family: Married to Chuck Franco; stepson Carlo. • […]

Police conducting DWI patrols

Clovis police are conducting “DWI saturation patrols” within the city today, according to a police news release. “Officers will be specifically targeting drunk and drug impaired drivers,” the release said. “We ask that people please remember that it is also illegal to drive under the influence of prescription drugs that may impair their ability to […]

Portales Bible study group helps rescue man pinned under truck

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John Reilly was working on his Ford pickup Wednesday evening when the vehicle popped into gear and pinned him underneath it.

By Joshua Lucero STAFF WRITER What started as an average Wednesday evening Bible study at Church of the Nazarene in Portales turned into a heroic act. Church members rushed to the aid of a man trapped under a pickup, lifted the vehicle off of him, and pulled him to safety. John Reilly, 47, of […]

Church group hosting ‘Surviving the Holidays’ event.

Staff report Kathy Hammill knew she needed help getting through her grieving when she lost her parents-in-law. So she went to a grieving support group when she was in California. Moving to Clovis, she found there were no such groups in the area, and even one of her new church members went all the way […]

What’s happening — Oct. 31

Today L.J. Jenkins Invitational PBR-Touring Pro Bull Riding — 7:30 p.m., tickets $25 advance general seating, $20 reserved advance, $15 general advance, $30 at the gate. Curry County Events Center, 1900 E. Brady Ave. Information: 575-763-3764. Free autograph and photograph session — 2 p.m.-4 p.m., with the bull riders and bullfighters, Joe’s Boot Shop, 2600 […]

Regional job fair Wednesday in Portales

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico Council of Governments, in collaboration with the P-4 (Public-Private Private-Public) Partnership and other agencies, will host a regional fall job fair from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greyhound Arena in Portales. According to a news release from the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce: In eastern New […]

Magistrate judge candidate addresses being public servant


Incumbent Republican Duane Castleberry, 61, faces Democrat Terry Martin in the race for Clovis magistrate judge, Division 1. We asked both a series of questions via e-mail. Martin, a building inspector for the city of Clovis, president of the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education, and a member of the Clovis Community College Board of […]

Pages Past — Oct. 31

On this date … 1974: For the third straight year, Clovis News-Journal Editor Bill Southard reported, a woman estimated to be in her 80s was seen trick-or-treating in northwest Clovis. “Well, in these days of sky-high food prices, we may see more like her on the trick-or-treat circuit,” Southard wrote. 1954: Most of the Portales […]

Scary stories: Live bodies not welcome

Editor’s note: Clovis Media Inc. received about three dozen entries in our Scary Story Contest. Here are the essays our staff liked the best. By Crissy Lee Hagan Portales There were no cars outside the small-town movie theater as they pulled up to it. No lights were on and the place looked closed. “Are you […]

Scary stories: ‘I’ll be back’

By William Pretzman Floyd At a family reunion during the night, the kids were up telling horror stories. One cousin came up and he started off saying, “There was a man named Steve.” Steve was an ordinary man who had an office job and he lived in a small apartment. When Steve went to sleep, […]

Scary stories: ‘Leave or you will be next’

By Eli Terry Floyd Once upon a time, my family and I moved to Clovis. About a week after we moved there, a person knocked at the door. I went to answer, but there was nothing. But, I did feel something brush by me. That night, I got in my warm bed and closed my […]

Police blotter — Oct. 31

Jail log The following were booked into the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday: • Male, 23, aggravated assault (deadly weapon), resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, criminal damage to property (under $1,000). • Female, 31, failure to appear at time and place stated in citation. • Male, 43, warrant, failure to appear to […]

Halloween events

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Today American Legion Post 117 — Trunk or Treat 5:30 p.m. 2800 W. Grand Ave. Information: 575-763-4030 Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Trunk-a-Treat (Food, games, dunk tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223. Clovis News Journal — Trick or Treat 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. […]

Farmers keep more regular hours than you might think

By Audra Brown Local columnist Burn the midnight oil, but don’t set anything on fire. It is a well-established fact that farm work does not adhere to a particular set of hours. From day to day, the start time, end time, and total time between can vary from a short, eight hours, to a good […]