College set to start Cultural Arts Series

Entering its seventh season, the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts series kicks off with a wine and cheese gala and a performance by blues musician Dave Gross at 8 p.m. Sept. 29. The series boasts 13 performances in a myriad of genres including Jazz singers, blues guitarists, Broadway musicals, break dancing, a Celtic band and […]

Ready for a fair time

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Glenn Shot of Clovis puts the final touches on his Noah’s Ark exhibit Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. The Curry County Fair starts Monday. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Glen Shot and his wife placed a miniature replica of Noah’s Ark in their private booth at the Ag […]

Two-step too much for East Coast boy

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Lee Roy Parnell was in concert at the Clovis Civic Center for Dairy Fest two weeks ago. Lee Roy plays Texas boogie music and is one of my favorite guitarists. I had to go. Lee Roy and his band were jamming away when a young guy and his partner decided […]

Senior center bounces back

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Gutierrez Sue Woodcock and Joe Lekovich dance at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center’s weekly Friday dance less than a month after the building was reopened. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Between 70 and 80 senior citizens danced to Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Friday night at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center. The […]

Asian Artistry

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections By Tonya Fennell Cannon Connections On nimble bare feet, Soumaly Orlando stepped gracefully across the wooden floor. With a dimpled smile, she coaxed the small crowd to clap along to the upbeat tempo of a Laotian song. Orlando, a Staff Sgt. based at Cannon Air Force Base, performed a traditional Laos […]

Association honors square-dance couple

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers If there is square dancing in heaven, James Pettus is probably calling one right now. The Portales resident, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003, and his wife Wanda were the heart and soul of square dancing in eastern New Mexico for three decades, according to local square dancers. The […]

Tornado doesn’t slow seniors

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Not even a tornado can stop a group of Clovis senior citizens from their dance and social programs. That’s what Baxter-Curren Senior Center Program Coordinator Brenda Hankins learned after a March 23 tornado temporarily robbed them of their social hub. She said the programs have been scattered to the […]

Brazilian culture comes to Clovis

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The Viver Brasil Dance Co. will use song and dance interpretation to portray Brazilian culture during a 90-minute performance Sunday at the Marshall Junior High School Auditorium in Clovis. Founded in 1997, the 12-member dance troupe focuses on bringing to life the Afro-Brazilian cultures, through dance, music and costumes, founder […]

Education Digest: Students score numerous awards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis students dominated in a Santa Fe dance competition, according to Clovis Schools officials. The Gattis Junior High School Bear Essentials, Marshall Junior High Kitten Magic, Yucca Junior High Chap Dance, and Clovis High School Wildcadettes competed March 17 in the Santa Fe Ski Festival Dance Competition sponsored by […]

Local Roundup: Teen sentenced to 13 years

CNJ staff An 18-year-old Clovis teen has been found guilty and sentenced to 13 years in prison in connection with kidnapping and rape charges, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Jose Anthony Martinez was 17 at the time of the incident but sentenced as an adult, the release reads. […]

Mexican weddings loaded with tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There’s nothing like a wedding dance to remind your family what a bad dancer you are. But when I was with familia at my sister Becky’s recent wedding, I was like, “What the heck?” I just had to dance “La Marcha,” which no Mexican wedding would be complete without. Then […]

Brazilian culture comes to Clovis

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The Viver Brasil Dance Co. will use song and dance interpretation to portray Brazilian culture during a 90-minute performance Sunday at the Marshall Junior High School Auditorium in Clovis. Founded in 1997, the 12-member dance troupe focuses on bringing to life the Afro-Brazilian cultures, through dance, music and costumes, founder […]

Religion Digest: Church sponsors New Year’s ball

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Hillside Christian Church in Amarillo is sponsoring the Texas Star Ball for singles and married couples Dec. 31. The New Year’s Eve festivities will include dinner and dancing. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. (CST) in the HCC Student Ministry Building at 6100 Soncy Drive in Amarillo. The dress […]

Ideal body shouldn’t be child’s main focus

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Three of our five children play soccer. My husband and I believe any sport they practice will help them develop self-esteem, discipline and focus. But according to my husband, no “sport” includes dance, cheerleading or ice-skating. Not only do I love to watch these three “sports,” I also studied dance […]

Dance lessons help teach Bella Vista students social skills

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Fifth-graders Samantha Lucero and Jordan Jones dance the fox trot Wednesday during Viola Cano’s dance class at Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Cano teaches ballroom dancing to some 400 students. (Staff photo: Andy Delisle) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Twenty-four little feet followed the instructions of Viola Cano. “Slow, quick, quick, slow. Slow, […]

Student ambassadors

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Laced with threads of silver, the sombrero glitters on the floor as Vanessa Cruz and Navor Estrada weave around it. From a podium, Christy Van Hoose shouts instructions. “Kick those legs,” she instructs the couple. Vanessa, 11, and Navor, 12, pound their feet in an impressive rendition of […]

County Fair at a glance

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The midway is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday. (File photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A look at Curry County Fair: The basics What: Curry County Fair When: Monday through Sunday Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (midnight Satuday) Where: Curry County Fairgrounds Cost: […]

Rain, rain, don’t delay, we need you here today

Helena Rodriguez Local Columnist Being a weather forecaster is the most boring job this time of year. Today’s forecast: Hot and dry. Tomorrow, hot and dry, and this weekend, hot and dry with a snowball’s chance of rain. Yeah we’ve had a few sprinkles here and there, even a little thunder to tease us, but […]

Tea honors nonagenarians

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Claire Burroughes, left, ties a velvet cape around Nina Luckett as she is crowned queen at a nonagenarian tea for seniors over 90 at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center Tuesday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer With some confined to wheelchairs and most dressed to impress, Curry County nonagenarians arrived at […]

High school dancing rite of manhood

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When I started high school, no one warned me that students danced cheek to cheek every day during lunch hour in the gymnasium. Had I known, I would have stayed in the eighth grade until Mr. Roosevelt drafted me or Social Security kicked in, whichever came first. What happened was, […]