Children’s home more than house

My newest buddy is a 4-year-old from the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home — eight miles from Portales on Highway 236. Gary Cox, a house parent, brings the little ball of energy when he joins us for noon-time hoops in Portales. The boy, whose parents are incarcerated, and I visit when I get benched for […]

Friday morning briefing: Buddy gets a star, scouts honor and Sandy’s perfect game

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Holly star It’s not all things Buddy Holly just in Clovis. Buddy Holly got his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Wednesday, which would have been the singer-songwriter’s 75th birthday. Just a little tidbit of information to take with you to the Clovis […]

Documentary producer, Buddy Holly’s niece performing at festival

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Courtesy photo Larry Cappetto, an award-winning documentary director and producer, is performing with Buddy Holly’s niece, Sherry Holley, 7 p.m. Friday at the Curry County Events Center as part of the Clovis Music Festival. Robin Coffey The annual Clovis Music Festival kicks off today with a variety of activities and includes something a little unusual […]

Clovis Music Festival upcoming

The annual Clovis Music Festival runs Sept. 7 through Sept. 11 and draws music fans from around the world. The festival is an annual celebration of the Clovis sound, attributed to music producers Norman and Vi Petty and rock music legend Buddy Holly, who recorded many of his biggest hits at their studio in Clovis.

Thursday morning briefing: Alumni call, rattlesnakes and Buddy Holly’s

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Calling all alumni Eastern New Mexico University’s Portales Alumni Chapter is expanding to Clovis and surrounding areas and there is a meeting 6 p.m. today at Leal’s Restaurant on Prince Street for anyone interested. Ordering a meal is optional. Information: Tammi Gardner at 562-2125 […]

Day trip: Buddy Holly Center

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Courtesy photo The Buddy Holly Center is located at 1801 Crickets Avenue in Lubbock. Buddy Holly Center • Location: 1801 Crickets Avenue, Lubbock • What activities can you enjoy at this location: The center offers interactive and dynamic exhibits and programs on Texas music and contemporary visual arts. The center collects, preserves and presents artifacts, […]

Candidate profiles: De Baca County

CNJ staff There are three contested De Baca County positions up for grabs in the Nov. 2 general election. The race for magistrate judge in De Baca County is between incumbent Republican Buddy Hall, who has held the office for 16 years, and Democrat Rosalie Joiner. Vying for probate judge are Republican John P. Wooton, […]

Holly musical kicks off Clovis Musical Festival

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Cast with Texas Tech students and a couple of professional actors, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story has been performed 20 times this summer as part of the Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, according to Gerald Dolter, a Texas Tech University professor and the show’s producer. Sharna Johnson Kicking off the Clovis Music Festival, the story of Buddy […]

Chamber names Norman Petty studio curator as citizen of the year

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Broad walks through a standing ovation to accept his award Friday as the 2009 Citizen of the Year at the annual Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce Banquet held at the Clovis Civic Center. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The annual Clovis and Curry County Chamber of […]

Press Release: Buddy Holly tribute artist performing at chamber banquet

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Johnny Rogers, a nationally known Buddy Holly Tribute Artist will be performing at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber Annual Banquet “Celebrating the Clovis Sound”. The Banquet will be held on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the Clovis Civic Center. The event begins with a Past […]

Purported Buddy Holly car pulled from sales docket

CNJ staff A car said to have belonged to Buddy Holly has been pulled from a major auction company’s sales docket. Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., said Wednesday it has decided to remove the 1958 Chevrolet from its national auction block because it cannot resolve questions about the authenticity of the car. The coral […]

Authenticity of Buddy Holly vehicle under review

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Clement of Lubbock stopped in Clovis last week with what he says was a Chevrolet Impala purchased for Buddy Holly in Clovis in 1957. He said he bought the car 25 years ago for $1,000. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An auction company has launched an investigation into […]

Thursday morning briefing: Record BNSF train

Welcome. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Long RR crossing wait BNSF says it set a new train length record from southern California to Clovis. It happened July 10. A 12,000-foot train — that’s 458 cars plus seven locomotives — delivered 11,256 tons to BNSF docking facilities in Clovis. The train traveled 1,151 miles. […]

This good buddy won’t be tweeting

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist While I do whistle while I work, I haven’t begun to tweet. Evidently tweeting is a new form of communication being applied by a new online software technology called Twitter, being used mostly through cell phones and other mobile devices. The other day my wife saw something on a news […]

Buddy, we had no idea

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Buddy Holly is commemorated in the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum in the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce, which opened in Sept. 2008. By David Stevens: FNM Editor Clovis never knew Buddy Holly. Fifty years after his death, Holly’s fame is a foundation for the […]

Buddy from the block

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks A 40-pound block of cheddar cheese is made to look like the image of Buddy Holly Tuesday at the Southwest Cheese Factory. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Whether Buddy Holly ever had positive feelings toward the Green Bay Packers is a matter of conjecture. But one thing’s for sure now: […]

Aug. 3, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue: A Memoir by Buddy Holly’s Peggy Sue Gerron relates one of the most compelling stories in music history, written by someone who was actually involved and who has an unyielding determination to keep the music alive. Virgin River by Richard […]

Got everything minus flying cars

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist I traveled back in time a few days ago. One moment I was driving north on Prince, the next moment I was 15 and riding with my buddy Catfish.

Musician speaks to the heart

By Clyde Davis John Mueller, the fine Buddy Holly impersonator who has oftencome to Clovis, said once that some of Holly’s best music was the “apartment recordings” —

Do what Mom said

Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster has these words of advice for airmen at Cannon Air Force Base: “Treat people the way your mom taught you to and stay focused on your job.” See what else the Air Force Special Operations commander has to say: Cannon Connections • • • Ever wonder what the newspaper editor does all […]