Clovis has share of famous visitors

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist A newcomer to Clovis was asking if any famous people ever came to Clovis. I told him that one of the earliest famous persons to Clovis was Charles Lindberg, and his wife Ann Morrow Lindberg, and the famed pilot Amelia Earhardt. That was in 1929-1930 when Lindberg selected the air […]

Millionaire born between Logan, Nara Visa

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist On Highway 54, between Logan and Nara Visa, was the small town of Obar. Now only a cemetery, Obar was the birth place of Frank G. Berlin, who became a millionaire and more. Here is his story: “In Obar, my father had a general merchandise store with everything from calico […]

Time too precious to be wasted

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist While mother and daddy were in seminary, the family budget was tight. So frugality was a word we lived by. Early on, I became familiar with thrift shops and the exciting bargain basement at the Macy’s department store in Kansas City. One time mother bought an old sofa at a […]

Clovis takes a day to pray

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Christian School’s Ashley Ramirez, 9, sang praise songs during Thursday’s National Day of Prayer rally in front of the Curry County Courthouse. Nineteen third-graders came from the school to lead the pledge of allegiance. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer For about an hour and a half, a portion […]

Trust still an issue

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist I grew up in an apartment in a busy section of Rome, and aside from my cousins who lived on different floors of the same building, we never socialized with our neighbors. In fact, we were taught specifically not to trust anyone. There was a lot of crime in Rome […]

Drug store owner helped develop Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist George H. Sasser, a native of Alabama, came to New Mexico in 1915 and joined the staff of the drugstores at Artesia, Carlsbad, Hagerman, and Roswell. He came to Clovis in 1922 where he organized the Fox Drug Companies, probably the largest drugstore in the State of New Mexico. Sasser […]

Brothers earned spots in baseball’s history

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Five years ago I wrote a column about the Pioneer Baseball team in Clovis. You might remember that I called it the semi-professional baseball team. Did I ever get into trouble. You don’t want to mess with professional sports and fans of professional sports. Morning after the column ran I got […]

Pavarotti work ethic just as powerful as voice

Freedom Newspapers If toward the end he became almost a caricature of himself — expanding in girth, canceling performances, indulging his appetites, leaving his wife for a young secretary, earning barbs from critics for sometimes sloppy performances — there were solid reasons Luciano Pavarotti was the most celebrated opera singer since Caruso. Pavarotti, who died […]

Terror suspects treated without shadow of doubt

By Freedom Newspapers One news story painted the conviction Thursday of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla as “a significant victory for the Bush administration.” It was far from that. If anything, it was a repudiation of the way the administration handled his case. Padilla, 36, is the former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam and […]

New Mexico woman recounts her past

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Editor’s note: Miss Nelle Gable moved to Santa Fe in the late 1890s. On Jan. 3, 1899, she married Charles Adolphus Scheurich, who in his lifetime became known as a pioneer builder in New Mexico, Curry County, and especially Clovis, she said. This is her story. “My husband was the grandson […]

Writer remembers high school experience fondly

By Don McAlvy: Columnist 1950 was a perfect year in Clovis for some 144 students who graduated in May of that year and the weather was just right. Everything was just right! The Clovis High School campus at Seventh and Main streets was right downtown, across from the courthouse. The Silver Grill Drive-In was right […]