Patriotism helps define us as nation

When I was a little girl, Memorial Day around my grandparents’ community in Arkansas was known as “Decoration Day.” On Saturday, families would meet and tidy up the church cemetery. They would cut overgrown grass and trim around the headstones. Then they always finished by placing fresh flowers on the graves. On this Memorial Day, […]

Crashes claim two lives

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Texico woman and a Clovis senior citizen died Monday morning in separate accidents involving motor vehicles, according to officials. Just before 9 a.m., Magalibanesa Mendoza-Jimenez, 28, was killed when the compact car she was driving struck an oncoming tractor-trailer on State Road 108 near Leftwhich Avenue in Texico, according […]

In Tribute: Adventurous owner ‘didn’t feel like a granny’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer They had their fair share of parent-child arguments, as expected in any parent-child relationship. The most common disagreement Sue Crow of Clovis started was when she would boast her frequent travels took her to every state, including Alaska twice. “She never was convinced Hawaii was a state,” said daughter […]

Second resident dies from tornado injuries

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Last month’s tornado claimed its second victim Thursday when Walter “Snap” Cravy, 90, of Clovis died at a Lubbock hospital. Thomas V. Cravy said his father had been hospitalized with multiple injuries since the March 23 tornado tore through a trailer home “Snap” Cravy shared with a friend on […]

Tornado claims second life

CNJ staff report The March 23 tornado that thrashed through Clovis has claimed another life. Walter “Snap” Cravy, 90, of Clovis died Thursday evening at Lubbock Covenant Hospital, according to his son, Thomas V. Cravy. Cravy said his father spent 20 days in the hospital before succumbing to the severe injuries he sustained in the […]

Tornadoes carry blessings after few tragic minutes

By Freedom Newspapers The shock, euphoria and amazement at surviving Friday’s eastern New Mexico tornadoes are slowly changing for residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, including the communities of Logan and Clovis. Five days later, our thoughts and energies are focused on cleaning up, rebuilding and moving forward with our lives even as we […]

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 […]

Feb. 4, 1923

Dorothy Tracy, De Aun Sammons and Fay Brandon were among students voted “favorite girl” in classes at Clovis High. … A professional baseball league was formed in Plainview, Texas, and Clovis was recommended as the site for one of the teams, along with Roswell, Lubbock, Amarillo, Plainview and Slaton, Texas. … J.S. Stockton, who lived […]

Lifetime measured by dash, not dates

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Rusty Galloway is the Clovis News Journal’s circulation guy. He introduced me to the concept of “the nugget” in the daily edition of the CNJ. The nugget is that story, that thing in the paper that makes you think, “Isn’t that something?” when you read it. Not too long ago […]

Two die in car accident

CNJ staff Two young women were killed in a car accident in Clovis on New Year’s Eve, according to a press release from the Clovis Police Department. Keri Bechthold, 19, of Portales, and Ashley Welch, 21, of Estancia, died Sunday near W. 21st St. after the vehicle they were in collided with a fence, according […]

Year in review: Ex-dentist pleads guilty

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Christian Madden of Clovis tries to clear a path to his front door Nov. 14 at his house on Sheridan St. The tumbleweed invasion was fueled by 52 mph winds which thrashed through Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff A day after a judge ruled the state could pursue the death penalty against […]

Year in Review: Soldiers die in line of duty

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks: Army Honor Guard members fold a flag from the coffin of Sgt. Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. outside the Scared Heart Church. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, was seving his second tour in Iraq. CNJ staff Two U.S. Army soldiers with Clovis ties were killed during a three-week span while […]

Accident victim’s baby dies

By Freedom Newspapers A Portales infant born following an accident on U.S. 70 between Portales and Clovis has died, according to the baby’s family. Riley Joshua Partin-Greenwalt, son of Emily Partin of Portales and Coby Greenwalt of Clovis, died Thursday after four days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. The […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Vigil will honor lost children

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis mother whose infant son died from a medical complication and others who bear the grief of losing a child will hold a candlelight vigil Sunday. The vigil is held annually around the world in remembrance and honor of children who have died at any age from any […]

Closure comes with return of remains

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher My Veterans Day came early this year. It was better than ever. The saying goes that men and women never feel as alive as when death lurks in nearby shadows. It is clearly evident at Arlington National Cemetery, where every day is Veterans Day. This tale you’ll read here […]

We need to see big picture

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Christian scholar and writer D. Elton Trueblood once wrote, “The major danger of our contemporary religion … is that it makes small what ought to be large.” Lest we make small what Christ meant to be exceedingly large in scope, perhaps we do well from time to time to […]

Following one’s passion worth most any risk

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Shocking news made headlines with the death of pilot Guy “Doc” Baldwin who crashed while performing in last week’s Tucumcari air show. It was sudden, sad and unexpected. Nor did anyone expect “alligator man” Steve Irwin, who spent years mingling with deadly beasts, to have a stingray thrust a barb into […]

Second Clovis soldier killed

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J.R. Segura helped Clovis win a rare district cross country title in 2000. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died […]

Clovis soldier dies in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A soldier from Clovis died in Iraq on Friday, the Department of Defense confirmed today. Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr., 23, died of injuries he received in a vehicle accident while serving in Habbaniyah, Iraq, a news release from DoD reported. Segura was in a Humvee that rolled while maneuvering over […]

Mighty man mighty carver of stone

By Don McAlavy, Local Columnist An artist in stone was J. M. H. Dwight. The stones he carved on were tombstones. There is not a lot of history on Dwight, but we do know that he was born Dec. 24, 1851, probably in Oklahoma, and he died in Clovis Sept. 6, 1929, still practicing his […]