Cannon power outage set for Friday

By 27th SOW Public Affairs A base-wide power outage is scheduled for from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, at Cannon Air Force Base, to include Chavez West Manor military family housing. The outage is required to allow contractors to install custom-made parts for the base power substation, which will help prevent future outages. Base […]

Custom Classic A to Z

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson First baseman Cody Hosler of Amarillo-based F2D slaps a single to center in a Saturday night game at the Custom Classic. Kevin Wilson The Custom Classic entered its 28th year in Clovis this weekend, drawing players, teams and themes from A to Z. A stands for “Amistad Pavilion, with picnic […]

Custom Classic upgrades, but legacy remains

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CNJ Photo: Kevin Wilson Sabrina Gutierrez of S.O.S. Softball offers a pitch during Friday’s women’s recreation game at the Plateau Wireless Custom Classic. The tournament includes 125 teams and is in its 27th run. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Roger Jackson remembers when he and staff would do Custom Classic brackets by hand, cutting […]

Custom Classic tourney begins Friday

CNJ staff More than half the teams will be from out of town this weekend in the 27th Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Complex and Spencer Field. Tournament director Roger Jackson said Tuesday that 67 of the 125 squads will be coming into Clovis for the three-day event. “It makes everybody happy,” Jackson […]

Lil Custom tourney set this weekend

By Dave Wagner Youth softball teams from eastern New Mexico and the Amarillo area will gather this weekend for the ninth annual Lil Custom tournament at Guy Leeder Complex. Tournament director Roger Jackson expects around 46 boys and girls teams to participate in 10 divisions, ranging from 8-and-under to 16-and-under. Play will begin around 8 […]

Dreamers should not settle on mediocrity

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist In response to a number of reader inquiries, I want to update readers of this column on a story which I submitted several weeks ago. The story concerned an entrepreneur, whose name happens to be Brice Hoskins, and his struggles with the zoning commission of the town of Silverton, Colo. […]

Custom Classic starts today

Freedom Communications The 26th Annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic slowpitch softball tournament starts today. This year’s classic has 126 teams converging on Clovis for the weekend-long event at the Guy Leeder Softball Complex and Bob Spencer Field. USSSA Area Director Roger Jackson said the tournament is a great economic boost for Clovis because of the […]

Custom Classic tournament will have field of 118 teams

CNJ staff The 25th Plateau Wireless Custom Classic slow-pitch softball tournament begins a three-day run at Guy Leeder Complex tonight, with 118 teams scheduled to participate in five divisions. Tournament co-ordinator Roger Jackson said that as the event has grown, it has not lacked for teams. “Over the years, we’ve had as high as 130 […]

May 13, 2008 It’s Their Business: All About Braces

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Name: All About Braces Location: 1423 N. Main What they do: They carry and sell durable medical equipment, which includes bracing, diabetic shoes, mastectomy prosthesis and bras. They also sell compression garments and stockings that are sold off the shelf or custom made. The business also sells wheelchairs, canes and walkers. Who’s in charge: Carol […]

3-4-08 It’s their business

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Name: Serendipity Trophies and Engraving Location: 212 N. Main St. What they do: They custom make awards and trophies and offer laser, glass and hand engraving. The business can also order award ribbons. Who’s in charge: Rose Hernandez and Geneva Gonzales Employees: Three How long in business: Five years Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., […]

It’s their business: Moreno Custom Hats

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By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Moreno Custom Hats Location: 2411 S. Prince St., U.S. Highway 70 mile marker 439 What they do: Custom-build felt hats in 10, 20, 30 and 100X quality, renovate felt hats, and sell Stetson and Resistol hats. Who’s in charge: Ida Jo Moreno is the owner. How long in […]

Custom Classic draws 115 teams

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tomas Gallegos is hoping his Clovis Looscrewz team can make a run to another title in the 24th annual Plateau Wireless Custom Classic this weekend at Guy Leeder Complex. He knows it’ll be a little tougher, because Looscrewz moved up from men’s Class E to Class D this season. […]

Custom Classic draws 50 teams

CNJ staff The sixth annual Lil Custom youth softball tournament is slated for this weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, with 50 teams in 10 divisions scheduled to compete. Play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, with the final games scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tournament co-director Roger Jackson said the field is considerably larger than […]

It’s their business: Signature Cosmetics

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Name: Signature Cosmetics Location: 3620 N. Prince St., Suite E What they do: Custom facial skin care and custom glamour cosmetics Who’s in charge: Rebecca Reid-Carlyle is the owner. Employees: Four Contact: (800) 980-9464 or 762-9313, www.signaturecosmetics.com and e-mail sales@signaturecosmetics.com How long in business: Since 2004 Of note: Clovis […]

New cell requires complicated decisions

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As if it happened through cosmic fate, my little-used cellular phone decided to stop functioning properly right when I was due a rebate for a new cell phone. It is only through fate that I get a new cell phone, and yet one more affirmation that I hate getting […]

Custom Classic has unwritten rules

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleFlorence Jackson of the Clovis Benchwarmer swings at a pitch Friday during the 23rd annual Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in Clovis. The tournament drew 126 teams. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Ask before taking the last slice. Don’t date your friend’s sister unless you plan to […]

Custom Classic tournament special for participants

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Justin Sparkman of Lubbock’s Jake’s Sports Bar nails a pitch against Clovis’ Guys Electric on Saturday Morning at the 22nd Annual Custom Classic tourney in Clovis. Sparkman’s dad Harold helped start the tourney in 1983. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When he was a kid growing up in Clovis, Justin Sparkman […]

Umpiring at Custom Classic not a 9-to-5 job

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Umpire Jesse Gonzales of Clovis waits to make the call on a close play at the plate in a game between the Budweiser of Amarillo and the El Paso Jazz. Gonzales called the runner out. CNJ photo by Rick White By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent Brandon Harris was just getting up Friday night when many […]

Custom Classic cranking up again

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Rebels shortstop Chad Davis leaps for a liner during last year’s annual Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. CNJ file photo. By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent After sweeping through the recreation division undefeated in last year’s Custom Classic, members of the Clovis X-Treme women’s softball team thought maybe a step up in […]

Softball promoters: City hits home run

By Janet Bresenham o Custom Classic organizers declare hotels, restaurants benefit from three-day tournament. By Janet Bresenham CNJ STAFF WRITER janet_bresenham@link.freedom.com Ballplayers weren’t the only ones hitting home runs when 130 teams gathered in Clovis for the 20th anniversary of the Custom Classic Men’s and Women’s Softball Tournament. The three-day event began Friday night and […]