Ligion prepares to rock Prince Lounge

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Clovis’ and Portales’ legion of hard rock fans have plenty to get excited about Saturday as the rock band Ligion appears at the Prince Lounge in Clovis. “Melodic hard modern rock is the way I would characterize these guys,” KICA-FM corporate program director and afternoon drive personality Jack Shaw said […]

Student profile: Maher

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Megan Maher is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Robert and Angela Maher. Tell us about your pets: I absolutely adore my two cats. Gizmo joined our family a few years ago when we got her from a friend, and Gadget, my black cat, was […]

Former Clovis All-Band member still enjoys life

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This installment concludes the story of Otis Kelley, 98, who was 16 and a member of the Clovis Schools All-Band in 1924. He wrote the following in response to a column published Nov. 5, 2006, about the band. It has been edited for clarity and style. I went […]

Member responds to column about Clovis Schools All-Band

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column. The second part will be published Jan. 14. Back on Sunday, Nov. 5, I wrote a column about the 1924 Clovis Schools All-Band, made up of elementary, junior and senior students, and listed some of the students in a […]

For Clovis’ cutest couple, it was love at first sight

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Bob Vivian, back in 1978, gave me a 1924 Clovis High School “All-Band” photo. What appeals to those who see it in the Curry County History book, page 77, at the Clovis library, is Selecta Cumpton, the band’s mascot, whom everyone called Midget. As a child she was so small […]

Clovis High band plays on

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent From the first day of summer practice, Clovis High band members have one competition constantly on their minds: the Zia Marching Festival. Clovis and 31 other bands from New Mexico and neighboring states participate today in Albuquerque in the state’s premier marching competition. “This is what we aim for from […]

Clovis Schools hosts drive for musical instruments

By: Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Calling all trumpets, trombones, French horns, clarinets and saxophones. To supply horn instruments to all of its students, Clovis Municipal Schools is hosting an instrument drive in October. According to school officials, about 20 sixth-grade students are unable to afford the instruments. Supporting a band student can be expensive […]

Student profile: Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Kiran and Madhu Sharma. What do you envision your life being like in 10 years? I hope that I will be an established dentist or doctor, and I hope to have a family of my own. If money were no object, what […]

Oldtime(rs) rock ‘n’ roll

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Jimmy Torres, front and Richard Stephens practice with the rest of the String-A-Longs at the Clovis Civic Center. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer After 42 years apart, the String-A-Longs have reunited to perform at the Clovis Music Festival. The group will perform tonight during the opening night festivities. Performances […]

Aug. 31, 2006 Education Digest

Sept. 7 — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Regents Room. Regents will vote on an amendment to the ENMU-Roswell faculty handbook, and research and public service project requests. Sept. 8 — Eastern New Mexico University will present Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Stoney LaRue Band and […]

Longtime band leader plays on

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Norvil Howell, 74, of Clovis teaches his grandchildren Jake, left, and Hannahto play the trumpet. Jake has taken lessons from his grandfather since he was 4. Hannah is just starting to make sounds on it. (Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Kind but stern, longtime Clovis High band director Norvil Howell taught discipline […]

May 25, 2006 Student Profiles

Christina Bean is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of J. Frank and A. Sylvia Bean. What is your theme song? The theme song from “Mission Impossible.” What would you like printed on your gravestone? I want to be cremated so I don’t care whether or not I have a gravestone. If […]

ENMU concert features Randy Rogers Band

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University events organizers say they’re going to end the school year with some “Texas Country” music Thursday. The ENMU Associated Students Activities Board is putting together a concert that will feature the Randy Rogers Band in the ballroom of the Campus Union Building. “He’s (Randy Rogers) got […]

Burkel Jr., Louis

Louis Burkel Jr., 87, of Portales died Thursday, April 27, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Born Sept. 16, 1918, in Jefferson City, Mo., he was the son of Margaret and Louis A. Burkel. He graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1936, attended Central College in Jefferson City and earned his undergraduate degree […]

4-2 Reunions

CHS band reunion A reunion for former Clovis High School students who were band members between 1956 and 1969 is scheduled for June 16 and 17 in Clovis. The event will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. on June 16 at Chaparral Country Club. Brunch June 17 will be from 10 a.m. to noon at […]

Vocalist, founding member of Fireballs dies at 65

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rail thin, with a black cowboy hat perpetually atop his head, Chuck Tharp entertained for generations. He died Friday at the age of 65 from heart failure, following a battle with cancer. He was a founding member and the original vocalist of the Fireballs, an internationally known band. He […]

Music influence throughout life

By Teddy Guevara: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Music has influenced my whole life through decisions I make and what friends I have. I was born and raised in Clovis. When I attended Barry Elementary School, I was always […]

Student profile: Stuart Pettigrew

Stuart W. Pettigrew is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Douglas and Sherry Pettigrew. What’s your idea of a perfect day? No homework, no school, and not working and just practicing my trumpet. If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place? Teach […]

Student profiles: Sarah Limmer

Sarah Limmer is a senior at the Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Craig and Gwen Limmer. Tell us about a happy time: Last year at Ghost Ranch I met some incredibly interesting people and it began with us sitting by the fire, or rather the fire we were desperately trying to keep […]

Student profile: Brian Clark

CNJ staff Brian K. Clark Jr. is a senior at the Clovis High School. He is the son of Brian Clark Sr. and LeeAnn Clark. What is your favorite TV show, past and present? Past: “Hollywood Squares, Go Whoopie.” Present: “Sports Center.” Who is your hero and why? My Dad. He is the smartest person […]