Special funds invite legislative raiding, lawsuit

Freedom Newspapers We found fascinating a wire story appearing recently that reported the filing of a $442 million class-action lawsuit against our neighboring state of Colorado. It charges legislators with raiding and draining a number of special accounts in their attempts to balance the state’s budget without having to severely slash services or raise taxes. […]

Police Blotter 8/4/03

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a Main Street library on Thursday in reference to an employee stealing cash intended as a donation to a library committee. A library employee told police she saw a worker take $5 from a woman who was there to […]

Rodeo to make Lubbock stop: Reporters Notebook

There will be some major prizes up for grabs when the Top Ranch Hand Rodeo makes its first-ever stop in Lubbock in a few weeks. The rodeo in association with the National Cowboy Symposium will be held Sept. 10 and 11 starting at 7 p.m. and Sept. 12 starting at 1 p.m. at the Texas […]

Blakley, LaVerne C.

LaVerne C. Blakley Services: Have been held. Mrs. LaVerne C. Blakley, 84, of Clovis, a housewife, died Monday, June 14, 2004, at Granbury Care Center in Granbury, Texas. She was born on Feb. 20, 1920, in Hamilton, Texas, to William and Nettie Bankston Hale. She married J.W. Blakley on Feb. 15, 1941, in Hamilton. Family […]

Reserves key budget concern for board

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board gave tentative approval Wednesday night to a $44.9 million budget for the upcoming school year, but several members objected to a spending plan that could cut the district’s cash reserves by as much as $500,000. Board member Mark Lansford asked Maxine Hinderliter, the […]

Commission votes more than $62,000 for water authority

By Jack King The City Commission voted to contribute $62,476.20 to an operating fund for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority at its regular meeting Thursday night. City Finance Director Don Clifton said the money is part of matching funds water authority members are providing this year under a contract with the U.S. Bureau […]

Fund short on cash, big on toys

CNJ STAFF REPORT Contributions to the Salvation Army’s Empty Stocking Fund, which is used to provide Christmas gifts to needy families, fell far short of the organization’s goal, according to results released Friday. According to Capt. Hector Diaz, the Salvation Army raised only $4,781.23 for the fund, a bit more than half of the organization’s […]

Akers, Edith

Edith Mae Akers, 93, of Clovis, a seamstress, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on Nov. 8, 1910, in Dora, Nolan County, Texas, to George R. and Willie Bloxom Sagely. She married William L. Akers on Oct. 17, 1931, in Clovis. She was a resident of Pleasant […]

Williams, Jessie

JESSIE WILLIAMS Services: Have been held. Jessie Bell Williams, 79, of Clovis, a preschool teacher, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born April 12, 1924, in Galveston, Texas, to Theodore and Gertie Davis Thompson. She married Cash Brown on Sept. 18, 1942, in Matagorda County, Texas. She married […]

Police Blotter 10/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Clovis fire investigators reported an Oct. 8 car fire at the 1200 block of West Seventh Street looked suspicious but they could not find evidence of arson. The vehicle owner told police he had purchased a 1995 Cadillac DeVille for the engine […]

Cash remembered

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants for memories of music legend Johnny Cash, who died Sept. 12. Some responses: “This has not been a good year for American heroes. In July we paid our final tributes to Bob Hope, without challenge, the most patriotic entertainer in our country’s long and distinguished history. “Now, […]

Police Blotter 8/1

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Clovis police met Monday morning with a business owner who had a surveillance tape of her employees taking cash for purchases, putting the money beside the cash register, but not putting it in the register. The owner estimated a total loss of […]

Police questioning armed robbery suspects

By Darrell Todd Maurina A string of armed robberies in Clovis may be over, police said on Monday. Robbers hit two more Clovis businesses at gunpoint over the weekend, but Police Chief Bill Carey said his department is questioning two suspects; he thinks the string of robberies — seven since June 14 — is over. […]