Clovis graduate became railroad chairman

BY Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The man who built Clovis’ first school and first courthouse came to New Mexico to restore his health. He didn’t live long but he accomplished much in Clovis. His name was J. Sterling Marsh, born 1878, near Lynchburg, Va. Marsh first located at Albuquerque, but then to El Paso, Texas. […]

Courthouse security heightened during trial

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Court security personnel and sheriff’s deputies were highly visible throughout a five-day trial that ended Tuesday with Robert Macias being convicted of first-degree murder. Yellow security tape blocked the front steps of the Curry County Courthouse, diverting pedestrian traffic into the courthouse through a side entrance. Visitors passed through […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings

CNJ Staff The following will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: • All banks • Baxter-Curren Senior Center • Clovis-Carver Public Library • Clovis city offices • Curry County offices, including the Courthouse • Clovis Community College • Clovis Municipal Schools • CRSMA Senior Diners Club • 9th Judicial District […]

School board hopefuls file for candidacy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three acting Clovis Schools Board of Education members are running unopposed for re-election. Lora Harlan in District 3, Mark Lansford in District 4 and Terry Martin in District 5 filed for candidacy unopposed Tuesday. Seventeen other candidates for Curry County school board positions filed Tuesday at the Curry County […]

Grackles cause grief for Roosevelt courthouse

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryGreat-tailed grackles have invaded the trees around the Roosevelt County Courthouse recently. Wildlife specialist Tony Gennaro is set to try noise measures to get the birds to move on. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Like a scene from a horror movie, hundreds of great-tailed grackles descend upon the Roosevelt County Courthouse as […]

Local landmarks show individual pride

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksA mule statue has been a part of Muleshoe for more than 41 years, dating back to its July 4, 1965, dedication. Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense […]

Bird droppings making way from roof to offices inside county courthouse

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Curry County Maintenance Supervisor Lee Delk said about 50 pigeons call the roof of the Curry County Courthouse home. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The melodic, soft cooing of numerous pigeons can be heard emanating from the Curry County Courthouse. Although the birds’ calls are musical, the proliferation of pigeon […]

District attorney’s office moving

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The lack of sufficient office space at the Curry County Courthouse will soon be alleviated as the District Attorney’s office prepares to move to a new location. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said the relocation was necessary because his staff has outgrown their current office. The prosecutor’s office […]

DWI offender sentenced to three years

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Christian Heller Jr. was wheeled out of the courthouse, sobbing, before a sentence was handed down Wednesday to the man who made him a paraplegic. Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced Timothy Walton, 46, to the maximum of three years in prison for driving while intoxicated and causing […]

Portales courthouse hosting nativity scenes

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The presence of three nativity scenes on the lawn of the Portales courthouse has caused a few people to call in and ask questions. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers National department stores, including Wal-Mart and Target, have recently been criticized by some Christians for refusing to use the word “Christmas” in […]

Bailiff helps keep courthouse in order

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Looking into a wooden cabinet with a TV displaying 12 split screens, Bill Askew monitors everyone coming, going and moving around the Curry County Courthouse. For the last five years, Askew, 41, has been a handcuff- and mace-bearing bailiff in charge of security. He sits at a desk beyond […]

Jury delivers guilty verdict in slaying case

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A tearful procession exited the Curry County Courthouse on Friday afternoon just minutes after a jury delivered a guilty verdict against Joel Cordova for second-degree murder. After more than four hours of deliberations, the jury returned the verdict amid a crowded, yet subdued, courtroom. Beginning Tuesday, the state argued […]

Officials defend Decalogue

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An unidentified person walks past the Ten Commandments outside the Curry County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. A Ten Commandments monument was removed from a courthouse Wednesday in Alabama. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell A Ten Commandments monument was removed from an Alabama courthouse on Wednesday, but Clovis officials said they’ve not heard any discussion […]

Public meetings

City Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program, at Wells Fargo Bank. Tuesday, noon, Distinguished Employee Award Program. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Cultural/Ethnic Affairs Committee Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. City Commission Meeting. Wednesday, 9 a.m. Water Policy Advisory Committee, Bert Cabiness City Government Building, assembly room. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Civil Aviation Board. Thursday, 7 a.m., Chamber of […]