Education feature: Good grades come with rewards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In local schools, it’s raining candy, stickers, popcorn, bicycles and lower insurance rates. These are just a few rewards students are being given these days for excelling in the classroom. Students 25 years or younger who maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive lower […]

Hearts and flowers: Local gift shops braced for holiday rush

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Cindy Tarango orders Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets for her five children Monday afternoon at Katie’s Flowerland. “I wanted them to feel extra special. They’ve been extra good this year,” Tarango said. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Just as lovers monopolize Valentine’s Day, so do certain gifts. Giving greeting cards, candy, […]

Halloween meanings vary among people

Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist Halloween can mean different things to different people. I’ve learned there are folks who think Halloween is a time for mischief or time for a good party. There are those who don’t care about Halloween and those who think there is something sinister about the last night of October. I once […]

Halloween happenings

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Sandia Elementary second grader Anysnah Quintero points to her favorite pumpkin, decorated as an apple with a worm, Wednesday at school. The pumpkin decorated by kindergartner Kyli Osborn took second place. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) The word Halloween is a contracted version of All Hallows Eve and actually has origins tracing back to the Catholic […]

Talk to children about making good choices

Freedom Newspapers T he next target of the anti-drug hysteria that stems from our nation’s drug war could well be something many Americans have never heard of: marijuana-flavored lollipops. Marketed by several makers under names such as “Pot Suckers,” the candies contain no THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. But that doesn’t stop rabid drug […]

Pioneer Days parade must see for some

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Amanda left, and Kaden Myers watch the 35th annual Pioneer Day Parade from atop a truck Saturday on Main Street. “I liked everything, but especially the miniature cars,” said Amanda Myers of her first Pioneer Days parade. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Jo Moss of Texico sat with her family […]

There can be no satisfaction without God

By Judy Brandon, Local Columnist When I was growing up, my parents had many good friends who were in seminary at the same time they were. I cannot help but remember a trip where our family and one other went to the Missouri State Fair in 1955. Their two children were the same ages as […]

Halloween was simpler in the old days

by Bob Huber Editor’s note: Bob Huber’s column, which is usually published on Mondays, is running early this week because of the topic: When I was a kid, the joy of Halloween ranked second only to Christmas. It was that wonderful night of the year when we could be ghosts, goblins, and other evil things, […]

Muleshoe residents enjoy parade

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Classmates from the Muleshoe High School class of 1954 wave American flags as they ride on their float in Saturday’s Fourth of July parade on Main Street in Muleshoe. (Staff photo:Eric Kluth By Eric Kluth: CNJ Staff Parade watchers coming to Muleshoe for Saturday morning’s Independence Day parade were treated to floats decorated in red, […]

Candy company, families part of history

Don McAlavy Commercial candy making in Clovis began in 1926 when Kalie H. Saykally established the Saykally Candy Company at 512 Second St. Saykally was born in Beirut, Syria, in 1885. He came to America in 1893 and settled in Chicago. He came to Clovis in 1926 and married Hedrick Schoelz that same year. Their […]