United Way to start drive Thursday

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico officials are hoping to raise 9 percent more than last year’s goal of $482,005, or $525,385. “It’s a reasonable goal,” Executive Director Erinn Burch said, “but I’d like to blow it out of the water.” The organization will celebrate its fall fund-raiser campaign […]

Legal battles difficult for veterans

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

Old hospital now delivers hope

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLueta Clark, a volunteer worker for the Matt 25 Hope Center, sorts through donated clothing Thursday morning at the center, located at 1200 Thornton St. Clark said the center has four rooms full of clothing. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer A building that once healed the physically ailing is now […]

Local family shares legacy of motherhood

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The five generations of the Burch family gather at the Laura Ridge nursing home. From left are Melva Jo Henry, Nellie Virginia Burch, Ridley JoMarie Timberlake, Dee Rae Timberlake and Coni Jo Lyman. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A dash of self-worth and a healthy portion of respect, blended with […]

5/14 Artist of the month

Burch Wanda Burch has been selected as the artist of the month for May at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Her paintings are on display in May during regular library hours. According to Burch, her early life provided a stong foundation for her fine art career. She grew up on a farm west of Clovis, and […]

Resident crafts crosses

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clusters of crosses adorn the walls of Cheryl Burch’s quaint Clovis home. Religious symbols crafted of wood, metal and terra cotta decorate a pale yellow wall in Burch’s inviting living room. They vary in size with some bearing elaborate ornamentation. A short walk across shining wood floors reveals more […]

Regional United Way allocations top $300,000

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico gave its largest allocations to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico in Curry County and to the Shelter for Victims of Domestic Abuse in Roosevelt County. Funding for nonprofit programs in Curry County remained near 2005’s level, while Roosevelt County’s rose […]

Burch, Darrel

Darrel Wayne Burch, 63, of Lubbock, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006. He was born March 26, 1942, in Clovis to Johnny Edward Burch and Nora Miller. He married Viola Verona Coplen on June 15, 1985, in Lubbock, Texas. He was a member of Skyline Baptist Church and a licensed Baptist preacher. He attended school […]

Curry reaches United Way goal

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its fund-raising goal in Curry County by almost 2 percent, though Roosevelt County fell short of its goal, Executive Director Erinn Burch said on Friday. Curry County residents pledged $419,166, Burch said, compared to a goal of $412,005 for the county. […]

Reporter’s notebook: United Way to wrap up campaign

United Way of Eastern New Mexico is looking to wrap up its annual campaign by Friday. Executive Director Erinn Burch said pledges total about 91 percent of the campaign’s goal of $482, 005. Burch said Curry County pledges total $388,141, about 94 percent of the $412,005 goal. Roosevelt County pledges total $48,579, about 69 percent […]

United Way president confident about goal

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico has fulfilled 62 percent of a $482,005 community-wide goal for its 2005 fund-raising campaign, according to the agency’s Executive Director Erinn Burch. Burch said she is confident the remaining funds will be procured. To date, $301,656 has been donated or pledged. The bulk of United Way […]

Elida student dies in rollover

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A single-vehicle rollover has claimed the life of an Elida High School student. Clayton Ford, 16, of Chaves County, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was a junior at Elida High School. His parents are Rick and Connie Ford, according to school officials. Ford […]

United Way campaign on track

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer United Way of Eastern New Mexico has raised less than half its goal for the campaign, but the organization’s executive director said she is not too concerned. “This is always the nail-biting time of the year,” Erinn Burch said on Friday. “I would say that I’m anxious but I […]

Eastern New Mexico organizations absent from state reference guide

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico charities are absent from a non-profit charity list created as a reference guide for state employee donations. The list includes more than 100 charities, however, almost half of all the charities listed are based in Albuquerque or central New Mexico. United Way of Eastern New Mexico […]

Spending Saturdays at yard sales way of life for some

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Milz Bickley, left, of Pep, Joshuah Schultz, 15, center, and his brother Jeremiah, 17, both of Portales, carry a bucket of golf clubs Friday into the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson By most accounts, Saturday’s High Plains Yard Sale will be the biggest yard sale in eastern New […]

United Way to raise $412,005 for Clovis

CNJ staff With a food fiesta, United Way of Eastern New Mexico last week began its 2005 fund-raising program to raise over $400,000 for Clovis. During the food fiesta, people were encouraged to visit 20 area restaurants that supported the United Way. Clovis raised $392,000 last year with a donor base of 3,000 to 4,000, […]

Clovis couple goal-oriented

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A Clovis couple’s last-minute pledge of more than $11,000 to the Curry County United Way has enabled the organization to meet its campaign goal for the year. Mike and Joyce Landgraf pledged $11,421 Thursday night to the local United Way, meaning the organization will meet its goal for the […]

United Way raises 97 percent of campaign goal

CNJ staff reports For the second straight year, the Curry County United Way’s pledge drive surpassed the previous year’s drive. And for the second straight year, the campaign fell short of its campaign goal. The campaign’s final tally was $381,079, or 97 percent of the $392,500 goal and 6.75 percent above last year’s total. But […]

United Way surpasses 2003 donation total

Staff reports Curry County United Way has added nearly $40,000 to its pledges in the past week, bringing the tally to $367,557. The late surge puts the organization above the 2003 total, but about 7 percent short of its 2004 goal of $392,500. “I doubt we’ll reach the goal, but we are very happy to […]

United Way making final push

CNJ staff Curry County United Way has hit 84 percent of its $392,500 goal this year, according to executive director Erinn Burch. United Way distributed a press release Friday to local media and donors showing that they still needed $70,000 to reach their communitywide goal. Since then, approximately $7,000 more in donations have been received, […]