Tony Evans challenges community leaders

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Dr. Tony Evans speaks about overcoming hopelessness Thursday at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Gary Mitchell Dallas evangelist Tony Evans told a Thursday crusade audience of 350 to 400 people he had a theme verse for the proposed Matt. 25 Project to renovate the old Memorial Hospital — Jeremiah 29:11. […]

New book outs truth of ‘FDR’s Folly’

Thomas Sowell They say “truth will out” but sometimes it takes a long time. For more than half a century, it has been a “well-known fact” that President Franklin D. Roosevelt got us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. That view was never pervasive among economists, and even J.M. Keynes — a liberal […]

Money not a cure for education problems

Thomas Sowell Everyone knows that black students in general do not perform as well in school as white students, much less Asian American students. But few realize how painfully large the gap is. Even fewer know that there are particular black schools, even in low-income neighborhoods, where students perform above the national average. Discussing racial […]

Clovis High School students hooked on reading program

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Clovis High School seniors Michael Stallcup, left, and Mathew Coker, look for books at the school’s library Gary Mitchell Charles Downing didn’t really like to read before he became involved in Clovis High School’s outside reading program. “It just took me forever to read a book — I would just put it off,” the 17-year-old […]

Books could start to have more flavor

By Bob Huber Thirty years ago, a prominent outdoor writer in Idaho put together a collection of hunting and fishing stories, and to spice up these yarns he included a batch of woodsy recipes like green hash and juniper tea. His theory was outdoor books don’t sell well, but recipe books always do. His book […]

Eastern’s coaches are ready

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — For Eastern New Mexico University fans, the football season lasts from September to November. For the players, it lasts from August to spring football in March — not including summer workout programs. For the coaches, it’s a 12-month process, and it comes full-circle this week when practices begin on Thursday. […]

Writing offers inspiration for former teacher

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Joan Clayton’s book, “Each Day is a Gift,” is available at Southwest Books and More in Portales and Master’s Books and Gifts in Clovis. Photo by Lisa Sonnenschein. By Gary Mitchell When Joan Clayton retired from teaching school several years ago, she felt her days of usefulness were all but over. How wrong she was. […]

Dad, daughter bond sitting cross-legged

By Bob Huber Whenever summer rears its heated head, I always recall an ancient ritual of a vernal equinox variety called Indian Maidens, invented in the same era as bagged manure, potted plants, dandelions, and Ben Gay. You’ve never heard of Indian Maidens? I’m not surprised. I’ll bet you also didn’t know fathers could sit […]

Local Potter book sales steady

By Janet Bresenham Excitement about the weekend release of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” has reached Clovis readers, but the mania over the fifth in the series by author J.K. Rowling appears to be more subdued on the local front. Sales associates Nikki Reed and Angela Murphy-Dye at B. Dalton Bookstore in […]

Wheeling and dealing

By Tom Difrancesca This past Saturday morning as I was driving around town, I noticed the proliferation of posted garage sale signs. That’s how I can always tell that spring has sprung and that summer is right around the corner. I love watching the “garage sailors” as they cruise the blacktop searching for priceless treasures. […]

Pastor pens novel

By Gary Mitchell When Mike Eberhardt decides to fulfill a dream, just give him a little space and about a month. That’s what it took for him to complete his first novel, “Westward Bound,” which was published in February by PublishAmerica, an online publisher based in Baltimore. “It was sort of a dream I had […]