Stocking stuffers

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CNJ staff photo illustration: Liliana Castillo Stockings are a chance to show your friends and family members you’ve been paying attention to what they like. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Stocking stuffers can be anything from holiday candy to money, but in the end, as long as the stuffers bring a smile to the […]

12-11-07 It’s their business

Leslie Candy Co. Name: Leslie Candy Co. What they do: Manufacture and distribute candy in 16 states as well as operate a small candy store in Clovis. Who’s in charge: Greg Southard Employees: 14 How long in business: Since 1949 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Contact: 763-3990 or www.lesliecandy.com Of note: […]

’89 Ford just part of lifelong journey

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Mom called to tell me recently that Dad found an old set of my car keys. Judging by her description, they didn’t sound familiar. She handed them to me a few days later, though, and memories reawakened. “Here!” Mom handed me a set of rusty keys held on to a […]

Halloween hijinks

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Seven-year-olds Colter Figg, left, and Max Rowley visit the house of Lisa and Ray Dant Wednesday. This was Colter’s first year trick-or-treating and he said he was having fun. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Lisa and Ray Dant take great care in decorating their house to make it spooky. […]

Halloween safety tips

CNJ staff Children trick-or-treating should: Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses. Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if under age 12. Know their phone number and carry a cell phone if possible. Cross streets at […]

Trick-or-treating, generosity don’t mix

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House is frustrated. She can’t find just the right things she needs to dress us up for a Halloween party. “We could keep it simple,” I said. “We both tie on a box of corn flakes then stick a butcher knife in each box.” “What kind […]

Halloween candy should bear warning

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Diet commercials used to start in January, after people gained five pounds from holiday binging. Now they begin before the Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe they should run before Halloween. That’s when sweets appear in bulk. Halloween is like the pre-holiday kick-off, but there are no fat busters screaming over the television […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Dogs earn keep by helping store owner

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Customers at Sandia Wholesale are usually greeted into the store with welcoming barks from its four-legged employees. Jim Graham, who owns the candy and paper product distributing store on North Main Street, has taken his dogs to work with him for the last 10 […]

County fairs picture perfect

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist A county fair means one thing. Crouching down into an immobile ball for several hours beside the pigpens. No, I was not hiding from the cops. Nor was I attempting to steal a corncob from an unsuspecting sow. I was armed with a camera to get the ultimate photo of a […]

Reporters are the best pranksters

By Bob Huber: local columnist News reporters in olden times enjoyed pulling pranks. They all did. You probably think they acquired that fun-filled pastime in journalism school, except the reporters I knew never went to college. That’s why they were reporters. The most applauded jokes were those that involved large groups of people. Politicians and […]