Single airmen's Christmas dinner planned

With the festivities of the holidays once again winding up, we sometimes forget those who can’t go home to their families and celebrate this year. The Base Chapel, with the support of Al Jolly, the Committee of 50 and the 27 SOW/CC, will hold a Single Airmen’s Christmas Dinner from 6 – 8 p.m. Dec. […]

Religion Digest: Handbell Festival set for Saturday

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant The 15th annual Eastern New Mexico Handbell Festival will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Portales, 200 S. Avenue C. Twelve handbell choirs from Clovis, Portales and the surrounding areas will be performing. Music on the program will include massed ringing pieces […]

Local Roundup: City holding press conference

By Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis will hold a press conference this morning regarding a city event this weekend, and Mayor David Lansford’s political intentions for the 2008 election cycle, according to a city press release. In 2004, Lansford won his third term as mayor, earning 73 percent of the votes in a […]

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 […]

Public should have say in area growth

Letters to the Editor In the article about the Growth Committee in Thursday’s newspaper, it was mentioned that the committee voted for a bylaw barring the public from its subcommittee meetings. Is this a committee that decides the growth and development for the city of Clovis and its citizens? Who are these people who believe […]

Tickets available for honorary dinner

By CNJ Staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets for an appreciation dinner to honor retired Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton. Newton served on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission and proposed sparing Cannon Air Force Base from closure. About 50 tickets remain for the dinner, and about 160 people already are […]

BRAC commissioner will attend appreciation dinner

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Base Realignment and Closure commissioner who supported Cannon Air Force Base plans to visit Clovis next week, according to a Clovis official. Retired Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton accepted an invitation to a Chamber dinner which will be held Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center, according to Ernie Kos, […]

Chapel, Clovis community make holidays brighter for single Airmen

Airman 1st Class Jessica Martinez, 524th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, walks off with one of the more than two dozen prizes awarded at the Single Airmen’s Holiday Dinner Dec. 15. Janet Taylor-Birkey “It was pretty bad,” said Mr. Al Jolly to a roomful of Airmen at the chapel Dec. 15, recalling his first Christmas in the […]

Friend says accident victim dedicated wife

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer She was a good neighbor, devoted to her husband. That’s how friends described Delores Jacks, 71, who was killed while crossing the street on Monday night. Officials said a Clovis police officer was driving the car that killed Jacks at 12th and Mitchell streets. An investigation into the accident […]

Police car hits, kills pedestrian

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A woman walking home with dinner was killed by a Clovis police car as she crossed Mitchell Street at 6:45 p.m. on Monday night, officials and witnesses said. Dolores Jacks, 71, was killed after a police car, driven by Clovis Police Lt. Roger Grah, struck her, according to a […]

Community dinner set for Thursday

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales — The Third Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and desserts is free and open to the public. Portales and Cannon Air Force Base volunteers will help out […]

Group hosting events for Veteran’s Week

Freedom Newspapers The Joint Veterans Council will be hosting several events throughout the area for Veteran’s Week. The theme for this year’s event is Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue. The scheduled events are: Monday • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., open house at VFW 3280 Tuesday • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., open […]

Close to home, yet world away: trip to Portales

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist We are going to take a virtual tour of Portales, by way of enhancing our romancing through some wonderful events and new opportunities in this town. If you wish to grab a mid-autumn getaway with the love of your life, the approaching weekend could be a busy one for you. Changes […]

Women want certain things in a man

Bob Huber: Local columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

Veterans groups plan events

CNJ staff Area veterans groups are planning a week’s worth of activities to honor those who dedicated their lives to protecting the United States. Events on the calendar are: • Tuesday — Open house, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the VFW post 3015, 2815 W. Seventh St. • Thursday — Breakfast, 7 a.m. to […]

Saturday dinner honors local law enforcement officials

Darrell Todd Maurina Three local law enforcement agencies have worked together to sponsor a citizens’ police academy for the last four years, graduating nearly 100 people from a program that focuses on teaching civilians how the police do their jobs. On Saturday night, a group of those graduates gathered to host a police appreciation dinner […]

Irish the theme at annual fund-raiser

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Patrick Kossler, 2, waits for his St. Patrick’s Day dinner Sunday at the Clovis High School cafeteria. The dinner was sponsored by the Sacred Heart Altar Society. (Photo by Loretta Kos) By Michelle Seeber More than 850 people celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday by raising more than $5,000 at a dinner for Sacred Heart […]

Local Briefs 1/18

Offices to close for M.L. King Day The following city offices will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day: City Hall, the Clovis Area Transit System, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Baxter-Curren and Friendship citizens’ centers and Clovis-Carver Public Library. The sanitation division will pick up the commercial and poly-cart routes and the […]

Memories of Thanksgiving

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for favorite Thanksgiving memories. Some responses: “Our most memorable Thanksgiving was three years ago, when three friends of mine and I volunteered at the Salvation Army to help feed the less fortunate from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. While we were there doing that, my […]

Church celebrates 50 years of serving turkey

By Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — Forty roasted turkeys, 24 tubs of dressing, 250 pumpkin pies, 80 gallons of green beans, 500 apples, 100 stalks of celery and 14 gallons of cranberry sauce. Sounds like enough to feed an army — or about 1,400-plus hungry people expected to attend the 50th annual First United Methodist Church […]