Area officials share new year goals

Benna Sayyed While today brings the promise of a new year, it also brings a year of new promises. Less eating, spending and complaining. More working out, saving money and helping others. We asked area officials what they hope to hold themselves to for 2012.

Empty stocking fund brings in more than $10,000

Kevin Wilson It’s often a bad year for a family when it applies to the Salvation Army for help during the Christmas season. But a greater number of people got helped during the season due to a higher-than-expected donation haul for the charity’s Empty Stocking Fund. As of Friday, the Salvation Army had received $10,113.92 [...]

Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally [...]

City tree brings holiday spirit to courthouse lawn

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Lee Delk, facilities operations director for Curry County, left, and Steve Henson, maintenance worker for Curry County, construct the community Christmas tree on the Curry County Courthouse lawn. The tree will be illuminated Saturday during the Christmas Light Parade at 6 p.m. and remain on until the second week of [...]

Education digest —

Executive director of personnel hired The Clovis Municipal Schools has hired Kerry Parker as the new executive director of personnel, according to a news release. Rhonda Roberts, who previously held the position, has retired. Parker previously served as the principal of a technical high school in Connecticut and as an assistant principal and principal in [...]

Grant McGee: Yard sale brings back memories of ‘draggin’ Main’

Grant McGee Do you remember “draggin’ Main”? You know, spending Saturday nights riding up and down the main street of your town. I got to thinking about this after encountering three sisters having a yard sale. I had picked up an old cassette they were selling and was looking at the tunes on it from [...]

New Freedom boss brings ‘wealth of experience’

By Mary Ann Milbourn Freedom Communications Inc. has named Mitchell Stern, the former chairman and chief executive of Fox Television Stations Inc., as CEO of the Irvine, Calif.-based media company. Freedom owns the Portales News-Tribune, Clovis News Journal and Quay County Sun.“We are very pleased that Mitch has agreed to lead Freedom Communications as its [...]

Lecturer’s music tourism research brings him to Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Executive Director of the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce Ernie Kos points out specific memorabilia to David Leaver of Manchester, England at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Wednesday. Leaver was in Clovis to research sites where music originated. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer [...]

For some, serving brings satisfaction

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Martha McNeil hands a plate of food to a fellow volunteer during the Lighthouse Mission’s Thanksgiving meal Thursday. McNeil said she has volunteered on Thanksgiving for five years because she enjoys helping others. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They spent their Thanksgiving afternoon serving others, and they wouldn’t have [...]

Tax holiday brings local stores steady business

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Erika Meadows of Raton took advantage of tax free weekend at Joe’s Boot Shop Saturday in Clovis. Meadows was on her way to Portales to drop her two oldest children at Eastern New Mexico University for the fall semester. Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer It looks like customers from across [...]