Memories define holiday season

By Clyde Davis: Columnist The other day, while doing some browse-shopping in our local chain bookstore, I came across two books to put on the “maybe” list. Complete scripts, or at least apparently complete, for “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Miracle On 34th Street.” Since both rank high on my favorite blond’s list of touching […]

Accident didn’t slow down farmer

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist This story is told by the daughter of Clyde Sparks, Neva Riggins of Clovis, and takes place in the fall of 1945. “Dad said that he lacked two rounds being completely finished with the wheat harvest in that field. It was close to sundown so he felt that he could […]

‘Julio’ popular name in Hispanic family

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Before the month is over, I must write about how popular the name Julio is in my family. My dad is named Julio. His favorite uncle was named Julio and he has cousins named Julio. Many males born in July on my father’s side of the family are named […]

In Tribute: Former pastor defies doctor’s predictions

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer When Otis Foster had a stroke, doctors predicted he wouldn’t make it through the night. The Baptist deacon, farmer and grandfather of 30 defied the odds for 18 years before he died May 16. He was 96. “I told my dad he was a bull, he was going to […]

Low-tech friendships were just as good

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer I’m so out of the loop that I’ve never MySpaced, let alone started a Web page or blog. My idea of chatting is old fashion, talking face to face with a real person, or on a real cell phone. When we were kids, MySpace.com was my bedroom, I mean […]

Student profile: Wheeler

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cade Wheeler is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Mike and Paige Wheeler. He was selected as the CHS Teen of the Week for March 19-23. Who is your hero and why? My dad. He has been a great role model for me in […]

Ellison Green remembers growing up in Hillcrest Park

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist One of the nicest guys in Clovis is Ellison Green, who after all these years wrote about his growing up in a home in Hillcrest Park. Here is his story he told to me. I wish you could have known the people and the times when I was young. My […]

Mothers can still be daddy’s girls

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist I never thought of myself as daddy’s girl. My dad, who is a tour manager in Rome, recently went back to Italy after spending several weeks with me during my husband’s deployment. My hubby left a few days after my fourth C-section, and my parents were concerned about my situation […]

Holiday time to count blessings

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

To avoid time in jail, heed mom’s advice

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Recently I met Leslie Johnson, warden of the Curry County Detention Center. In chatting with her, thoughts about jail and prison came to mind; some inspired by movies, some by my own experiences. I’ve often pondered hard time in the hoosegow. It started when I was a kid watching Burt […]