Monday morning briefing: A recital, a send-off and a windy day

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Music, music, music Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the Junior Voice Recital of Nicole Flores 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at Buchanan. The event is free and open to the public. The recital will feature three exclusive arrangements of Italian art songs for voice […]

Ticket feature: Will Banister performing on way to England

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Courtesy photo: Johnny Mulhair Country music singer Will Banister will be performing Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre in Clovis. Freedom New Mexico Country singer Will Banister will be performing 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre in celebration of his upcoming appearance at the Country Music Festival at Wembley Stadium in England. Tickets are available […]

Local bands dream big

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Courtesy photo: Chamber of Commerce Will Banister and the Mulberry Band performed at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Alisa Boswell Musical talent is not a scarce thing in the Clovis and Portales areas. Many local musicians have the ambition to go all the way to stardom with their musical talents and considering the recent […]

Clovis woman sentenced to 15 years in stabbing

CNJ staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for second degree murder. Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to the crime earlier this year, but sentencing was postponed for evaluations, according to a press release from District Attorney Matthew Chandler. The sentence is the maximum for second degree murder. Chandler said […]

Press release: Convicted murderer receives maximum sentence

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Robbin Banister pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison. Clovis, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Robbin Banister, age 43, was sentenced today for one-count of Second Degree Murder. Banister pled guilty to the crime earlier this year but sentencing was postponed until a diagnostic […]

Charges filed in meth lab case

Freedom New Mexico Charges of manufacturing a controlled substance were filed in magistrate court on Wednesday against three subjects arrested in connection with seized meth labs in Portales. Manufacturing charges were filed against Cody Banister, 27, Brandy Rury, 24 and Troy Thompson, 29. “The investigation is still ongoing and there could be additional arrests and […]

Teen loitering issues rising

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cruising Main Street, hanging out at the mall, and gathering in parking lots are part of teen culture. So is angst and mischief. Police were called Friday to assist security officers at North Plains Mall when more than 80 youth gathered in a parking lot, according to dispatcher call […]

Shoppers hit stores early

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Monica Vigil and her uncle, Leroy Cordova, shop for bargains Friday at Wal-Mart. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Helen Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers The early bird gets the laptop. That’s the lesson Kelah Sephus learned as she and many others lined up at the Clovis Super Wal-Mart on Black Friday hoping to get one of a […]

Silvia Wagner

Sylvia (Susie) Faye Wagner, 59, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 15, 1946, in Clovis to Sylvester (Vester) Banister and Faye Morgan. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two daughters, Heather Wagner of Clovis […]

Clovis grows despite BRAC

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A summer swoon brought on by the announcement that Cannon Air Force Base was targeted for closure appears to be easing, according to area officials. Gross receipts taxes for the first nine months of this year are up 7.84 percent from 2005 and 36 percent from 2001. Gross receipts […]