Racially targeted champ deserves pardon

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Jack Johnson was a black man who often spent his days beating up white men and his nights making love to white women. This, in the first years of the last century. So you can understand why he was a polarizing figure, why newspapers inveighed against him and the government conspired […]

Two Wildcats picked for first team 5A All-State

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams rushed for 1,860 yards and 17 touchdowns. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Players and coaches for the Clovis football team said having two players named to the Class 5A All-State team was a testament to the team mentality that led to a state championship game berth. Seniors […]

Christmas trees take care

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Christmas trees line the parking lot of Allsup’s during Thanksgiving weekend in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Christmas tree is a venerated and centuries-old symbol of Christianity and the holiday season. Not to mention a beacon of joy for children come Christmas day. But it can also be […]

Clovis to play for state title

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Clovis sophomores, left to right, Chris Wall, Garrett Draehn, Shad Durham, and Drew Spears cheer on the Wildcats during the third quarter of their Class 5A semifinal game Saturday against Highland at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Defensive end Jason Burns said Clovis’ football coaching staff never […]

Cold and wind Clovis allies

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Clovis seniors Phillip Williams, left, and Jacob Jones were dressed for the cold weather during practice Thursday at the high school. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth Rick White: CNJ managing editor The Clovis Wildcats have long considered the cold and the wind their allies — Mother Nature’s test of guts on the gridiron. They know that […]

Fire damages downtown business

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Clovis firefighters battled a blaze Saturday at 120 Connelly for about two hours after semi trailers and packing crates caught fire in the yard next to Moberly Moving and Storage. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina A fire fueled by wooden packing crates swept through a storage area of a downtown moving […]

Fire wipes out China Star

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Clovis Fire Department Capt. Karen Burns, left, and fire investigator Jeff Allen look over damage near the entrance to the China Star restaurant on Sunday afternoon. (Staff photo: David Stevens) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Fire gutted the China Star about 9:30 on Sunday morning, closing one of Clovis’ more popular restaurants indefintely. Fire officials […]

Legion post ruined

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Decades of camaraderie and Friday night bingo sessions faded with the smoke and flames that engulfed the second floor of American Legion Post 117 late Wednesday afternoon. Nobody was in the structure at 1400 W. Seventh St. and firefighters reported no injuries, but the more than 55-year-old building is […]

Rodeo ciruit keeps cowboys on the move

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Matt Austin of Wills Point, Texas, hangs on during Thursday’s bull riding competition at the 34th Annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. CNJ photo by Rick White By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent As the 34th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo kicked off on Thursday night, probably only the astute […]

Blind man flees blaze

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T.J. Chevette gets medical attention from the Clovis Fire Department as he waits to be transported from 1317 N. Oak St. to PRMC Tuesday. Chevette was home at the time of the fire but managed to escape through a window. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina A blind man managed to make […]

Fire heats up local grocery store

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A Clovis firefighter carries a hose out of Lowe’s grocery store as emergency personnel responded to a fire at the store Monday evening. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Lowe’s grocery store won’t be opening today and may not reopen for some time due to an after-hours fire late Monday evening. As […]

Missed FTs leave Grady in foul mood

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Grady’s John Schueler corrals an offensive rebound during the second half of Friday’s championship game of District 4-1A boys tournament. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White GRADY — The parade to the foul line started less than three minutes into the game and didn’t end until the final buzzer sounded — 47 fouls […]

Fire drill proves pupils’ prowess

By Darrell Todd Maurina As the fire alarms blared at La Casita Elementary, the teachers followed the practices they’d been taught in numerous fire drills over the previous months and years. In classroom after classroom, teachers directed their students to remain calm and exit the room in an orderly manner. The teachers did a head […]

Fire rips through area home

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Clovis firefighters try to contain a fire at a house off U.S. Highway 60/84 Saturday in Clovis. Firefighters from Clovis, Cannon, and Texico were called to the fire around 9 p.m. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber Investigators spent Sunday trying to learn the cause of two weekend house fires. A Saturday night […]

Clovis weathers the storm

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Monday’s high winds blew down more than 20 power poles and knocked out power to about 500 customers of Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, including the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Although the treatment plant lost its power source from 10 a.m. until shortly before 5 p.m., Lance Adkins, general manager of the electric […]

Clovis blaze may be arson

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Fire Department and Curry County Sheriff’s Office suspect arson caused a Tuesday morning blaze near the corner of 21st and Sugarbeet on the northeast end of Clovis. “The fire was suspicious and will be treated as such until proven otherwise,” said Capt. Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Department. […]

There’s a hot new house in Clovis

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Capt. Karen Burns with the Clovis Fire Department demonstrates new features on the stove in the fire safety house on Tuesday. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Fire Department has a new and improved version of one of its more popular pieces of equipment — a “fire safety house” used by […]

Public Record 11/7

Compiled from court records from Oct. 29 through Wednesday Marriage licenses Javier Diaz Oviedo, 21, and Dandy Mae Cones, 24, both of Friona James Ryan Hyatt, 34, and Tessa Renea Stamps, 32, both of Lubbock Ja’Wayne Steven Helfferich, 34, and Patricia Judith Robinson, 34, both of Clovis Paul William Burns, 24, of Danville, Ill., and […]

Buffaloes win in OT at Logan

CNJ STAFF LOGAN — Junior James Walker scored on 6-yard run on fourth down and added a single-point conversion run as Melrose outlasted Logan 35-34 in overtime Friday night in a six-man clash. Neither team led by more than eight points in the game. The Buffaloes (4-1) were down 28-20 when Jason Runyan sacked Logan’s […]

Improved practice habits key for Cats

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams was the leading rusher against Valley in his first varsity start. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Rick White Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley isn’t ready to declare the Wildcats’ roller coaster ride in the first four games of the season over yet. The Wildcats have won two games by a combined […]