Candidate found guilty of misdemeanor battery

By Douglas Clark Staff writer dclark@cnjonline.com A candidate for Curry County Commission was found guilty of misdemeanor battery Wednesday during municipal court proceedings. Clovis Municipal Court Judge Jan Garrett ordered District 4 candidate Steve Gershon to pay $41 in court costs. In addition, a 30-day jail sentence was deferred and will be dismissed if Gershon […]

Local spearheading veteran priority parking project

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com Veterans who are injured in combat are issued a Purple Heart. Nathan McCreery wants them to also have a purple spot. McCreery, a local photographer, is spearheading the Purple Heart Project — an effort to set up priority parking spots for combat-wounded veterans at public facilities and willing businesses. […]

Faith: Youth congregation ministers to community

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Davida Padilla, far left, and Jojo Padilla present bracelets to Leota and Brian West as part of the Kids for Christ Church outreach to cancer patients.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Visiting the elderly every week and ministering to cancer patients monthly are no easy tasks, no matter the age. But Kids for Christ Church members are always up for the challenge. Kids for Christ Church is the local youth congregation led by Dee Madrid, or “Sister Dee” — as […]

Police blotter — April 29

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 1:40 a.m.: Kidnapping. • 2:22 a.m.: Resisting, evading, obstructing police officer, 200 block of West Manana Boulevard. • 4:29 a.m.: Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, 3500 block of North Prince Street. • 10:11 […]

Events calendar — April 29

Today Dance and Cheer Force dance recital — 6 p.m. Marshall Auditorium, 100 Commerce Way, Clovis. Information: 575-693-1060 ‘Til Death Do Us Part — 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. $50 a person. Mesaland Community College, NAWRTC building, 911 S. 10th St., Tucumcari. Information: 575-461-4413 Ext. 110 Saturday Successful You Career Closet garage sale — 8 […]

Religion digest — April 29

Church to host motivational speaker Clovis’ New Life Assembly will host motivational speaker and Purple Heart recipient Dave Roever during its May 8 services. According to a release from the church, Roever will speak at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Roever, a U.S. Navy veteran injured in the Vietnam War when a […]

Pages past — April 29

On this date … 1951: Clovis High School was preparing to graduate 126 students, according to Principal Dave St. Clair. Gov. Edwin Mechem was the scheduled speaker for commencement at the Marshall Junior High gymnasium. Sherman Williams was class president. Jackie Murphy was vice president. 1951: An Oklahoma City man was jailed “for safekeeping,” the […]

Archery program aims to sharpen minds

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Clovis Christian Schools fifth-grader Obed Blanco takes aim at the target during archery practice in the school’s gymnasium. The Eagles’ elementary archery team will compete at nationals in Louisville, Kentucky next month.

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com Focus and discipline are key elements that contribute to success in the classroom while the same can also be said with regard to athletic achievement. To that end, the Clovis Christian Schools archery team has managed to deploy bows and arrows with an eye toward helping students maximize academic […]

Opinion: Gattis’ Spring Fling showcases learning

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Education columnist Recently, the opportunity to catch up with Gattis goings-on presented itself. Definitely the highlight was the Gattis Middle School annual “Spring Fling.” Spring Fling is an evening event to showcase student learning, to involve the community and parents, and to provide a fun opportunity to get together. Over the last […]

Opinion: Opportunity, encouragement at the Closet

By Betty Williamson Local columnist Danielle Swopes may have one of the most satisfying jobs in eastern New Mexico.  As overseer of the Successful You Career Closet in Clovis (a direct service of the United Way of Eastern New Mexico), she regularly sees women’s lives transformed with something as simple as a new outfit. For […]

ENMU staff receive awards

Staff report Members of Eastern New Mexico University’s Communication Services received awards recently for their work in media publications. Desiree M. Cooper, new media coordinator at ENMU, received her third consecutive Doris Gregory Scholarship, worth $750, at the New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) State Conference at the Bosque Retreat last weekend in Albuquerque. She was […]

Events calendar — April 28

Today Matt 25 Hope Center banquet — 9 a.m. Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis. Information: 575-763-4400 Ribbon cutting — 8 a.m. Olive and June Boutique, 3608 N. Prince St., Suite B., Clovis. Friday Dance and Cheer Force dance recital — 6 p.m. Marshall Auditorium, 100 Commerce Way, Clovis. Information: 575-693-1060 ‘Til Death Do […]

Meetings calendar — April 28

Today Melrose City Council — 4:30 p.m. City Clerk Office, 105 E. Avenue B., Melrose.. Information: 575-253-4274 High Plains Patriots — 7 p.m. Master Center, conference room, 810 E. 21st St., Clovis. Information: 575-749-2955 Friday “How to Survive QuickBooks” seminar — 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Clovis Community College, room 610, 417 Schepps Blvd. Clovis. Information: […]

Pages past — April 28

On this date … 1966: Montgomery Ward was selling 21-inch console color TVs for $449. A “new-type tube with a rare-earth element” made colors brighter, according to newspaper advertisements. 1946: The employees of Barnes Cleaners in Clovis had hosted a surprise chicken-fry supper at Hillcrest Park in honor of their boss, Buck Barnes. Employees’ families […]

Man arrested following alleged Wednesday morning stabbings

Robert Sena

STAFF REPORT A Fort Sumner man was arrested Wednesday morning in Fort Sumner, about six hours after Clovis police allege he stabbed two people. Robert Sena, 26, is at the De Baca County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. He faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated battery on a household member, aggravated battery, aggravated fleeing of a […]

Clovis school board tables decision on supporting lawsuit

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonine.com Citing a desire to have full board input, the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education on Tuesday tabled a decision to support a lawsuit filed against the New Mexico Public Education Department and the State Legislature. Yazzie v. State of New Mexic, brought by the New Mexico Center on […]

In tribute: Church founder led by example

By Kevin Wilson Managing Editor kwilson@cnjonline.com W. Charles Green wasn’t a boisterous man by any means. But friends and family members said the example he led spoke volumes. “He always had a prayer for everyone,” son Wendell Green said. “He told me when you see ladies, always tip your hat. Wear certain clothing, talk a […]

Clovis Senior Citizen Resident Center closing

Staff photo: Brooke Finch
Senior Citizen Resident Center Health Service Aids Lari An Clark, left, and Lou Guerra prepare for the facility’s closing and begin the search for new jobs. The facility will close its doors June 1.

By Brooke Finch Staff writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Just when they thought they were settled down to live out their retirement years, residents at the Clovis Senior Citizen Resident Center are looking for new homes. The nonprofit Christian-based community is shutting down on June 1, more than six decades after it opened. “We have sold the property […]

Cannon Appreciation Day slated for Saturday

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The Cannon Appreciation Day event starts Saturday at 3 p.m. near ENMU’s Tau Alpha fraternity house north of Greyhound Arena.

Staff report Saturday will see the return of Cannon Appreciation Day in Portales. According to Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karl Terry, the event is a day in which military personnel from Cannon Air Force Base can “relax with their friends and get to know Portales better,” and community members can “let them […]

Police blotter — April 27

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Monday • 12:25 a.m.: Driving under the influence, 21st and Norris streets. • 3:08 a.m.: Burglary, aggravated. • 7:03 a.m.: Fail to yield at private drive, 4700 block of Mabry Drive. • 7:18 a.m.: Possession of […]