ENMU Hosting Bucky Covington in concert on April 8

“American Idol” participant and country singer Bucky Covington will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 in Greyhound Arena at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and free to ENMU students. Covington is from North Carolina and began playing music with his buddies at a young age.

Officials: Better retirement deserved

By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members deserve a better retirement plan, one that pays an annuity earlier than age 60 at least for those willing to serve longer than 20 years. That’s what Reserve leaders have told Congress.Reservists might deserve extended health care coverage too, also in recognition of their full operational role […]

Seniors jump the gun on jury duty exemption

Legislation that would allow citizens 70 and older to exempt from jury duty is causing a headache for court clerks who are fielding calls from seniors trying to invoke their age exemption. The problem is the bill is still pending and even if it is passed, it won’t become law until July 1. District court […]

E-mail offers easy to refuse

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist In this, the age of technology on a personal level (in other words, PCs, texting and so on), many of us might want to work on a list for the new year — not of what we would like to accomplish, but what we don’t want. Examples might be randomly […]

Victim remembered as caring, giving

By Jenna Dewitt: CNJ staff writer Friends and co-workers remember Elizabeth McAdams as a dedicated caregiver and a giving person. McAdams was the health service supervisor at the Senior Citizen Resident Center since May 2006. McAdams died in her home Saturday at age 54. Police are investigating her death as a homicide. “She provided care […]

God’s love constant in our lives

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My conception of Jesus has evolved over the years. I knew him first as the Baby Jesus. At a young age, I knew him as Savior, and through the years I have known him as deliverer, healer, adviser and comforter. He is not the one that has changed — I […]

Senior fitness event to be held

CNJ staff New Mexico Senior Olympics is conducting a TREK health education event free for residents age 50 and up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. New Mexico Senior Olympics and Roosevelt General Hospital are scheduled to present interactive workshops. Planned topics include health issues, falls prevention, […]

Annual population estimates by median age & sex

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The nation’s Hispanic population increased 1.4 million to reach 45.5 million on July 1, 2007, or 15.1 percent of the estimated total U.S. population of 301.6 million. National and state estimates by race, Hispanic origin, sex and age released by the U.S. Census Bureau also show that the Hispanic population exceeded 500,000 in 16 states. […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

County Treasurer enters plea

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout, age 55, plead “No Contest” today to Tampering with Public Records (a fourth degree felony).

First Person: Crowning moment

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Courtesy photo Kimberley Eaton-Parmenter of Clovis took home the Miss Plus America crown as the second-oldest contestant. Clovis resident Kimberley Eaton-Parmenter, 46, won the title of the Ms. Plus America last week. The week-long Ms. Plus America competition awards titles for different categories based on age. Eaton-Parmenter, the second-oldest contestant, said she was shocked when […]

First person: Life coach

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Earl Diddle, 58, began his basketball coaching career at age 23. Earl Diddle loves traveling, unless it happens on the basketball court. Diddle began his lifelong career in basketball before he can remember. He took his first coaching job as head coach in his hometown of East Liverpool, Ohio, at […]

Man sentenced to 15 years for molestation

Clovis, NM. – Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Roy Johnston, age 50, was convicted of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor Child Under the Age of 13 (a Second Degree Felony), and Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Johnson to serve the next 15 years in prison.

Age, experience vary

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tegan Mills of Carlsbad takes part in Friday’s breakaway roping competition in the Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Mill roped the calf in 1.8 seconds, but was penalized 10 seconds for breaking early. By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent It didn’t take long to […]

Clovis man receives prison sentence

By CNJ Staff A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 73 years in prison for sexual acts with two children under the age of 13. Arnold Armenta, 40, was found guilty of 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor under the age of 13 and one count of first-degree criminal sexual penetration […]

Citizen issues all wet

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist This week, I attempted to sign up my children for swimming lessons. I would have easily succeeded in doing so, except that out of curiosity, I decided to ask the owner of the gym a question about the forms she gave me to fill out. On paper, there were the […]

Age does matter, lapel pins don’t

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Generally, when I’m talking to friends, it’s a tossup between sports, entertainment and politics. Some days I can decide on one, but most days I can’t. With this in mind, let’s take a quick shot at all three: Sports: Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada has come clean about his age. […]

Man arrested for illicit chatting with a child

On April 18, 2008, Brandon Bennik, (21 years of age), of Portales, was arrested following an investigation by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office into criminal sexual communication with a child.

Mission trip inspires local church group

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Courtesy photo: Rev. Ben Wright Members of St. James Church begin work on a home they built for a family in Juarez, Mexico, which was named “Casa Manos de Dios” or “The Hands of God Home.” By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico Barbara Brockmeier spent a week carrying lumber, pounding nails and helping put stucco […]

Girls head for Hoop Shoot super-regional

CNJ staff Two local girls have come through three rounds of the Elks-sponsored Hoop Shoot free throw contest and are headed to the Dallas area this weekend for super-regional competition. Niki Cordova, a 13-year-old student at Yucca Middle School, is competing in the girls age 12-13 division while 11-year-old Carrie Sharp, a student at Bella […]