Rodents don’t deserve bad reputation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s getting about that time for rats and mice to start making their way into our homes to keep warm. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen a Clovis mouse. I’ve never seen a Clovis rat, but I bet Clovis rats would be normal sized compared to the […]

Sept. 13 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 an officer responded to a home in the 900 block of Gidding for a report of breaking and entering. A woman told the officer she heard someone hit her back door […]

Jesus provides light in darkness

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Kansas and parts of Oklahoma and Texas have been in the news lately because of the heavy rains. We had an experience in Kansas years ago when the rain was heavy and the tornadoes were threatening. But just to note how long ago that was, it was before emergency lighting […]

Parsonage door always open to those in need

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist In thinking about celebrating Clovis as 100 years old, I can recall some good times as a preacher’s kid in the late 1950s. Daddy was pastor of Central Baptist Church here in Clovis and in the ’50s we had experiences that are a little different from what I have today. […]

Cops and courts: CPD promotes four officers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis Police Department promoted four officers Friday to the rank of master police officer, according to a press release. Officers Charlie Aguirre and Rick Smith are detectives, bringing to nine the number of detectives handling cases, according to Capt. Patrick Whitney, a department spokesman. Officers Michael Wyche and […]

April 13, 1921

Cotton’s Café, next door to Taylor’s Tire & Battery Co., promised “You will not have to wait long for your meals here” and encouraged potential customers to “Try us on!” … E. B. Reed’s “Greater Shows” were on their way to Clovis. The traveling show featured a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and an aero swing.

Aging is just part of life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband was home for a long weekend before being off again, and we decided to go on a date. It was a last-minute idea, meaning I didn’t have time to do my makeup, put in my contacts, or torture my husband to give opinions on five different outfits that meant […]

Residents come to each other’s aid

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Adam Turboville cleans debris and tree limbs from his roof Saturday morning in the 1400 block of Eastridge Street. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Neighbors were out in force Saturday morning, working together to clean debris from one of several tornadoes that struck the Clovis area Friday night. About a […]

Officials: Inmate uses dummy to escape

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A jail inmate slipped through a broken door after he stuffed his bed with blankets, creating a dummy to fool guards during a head count, according to Curry County Adult Detention and court documents filed Tuesday. Guadalupe Rodriguez — an inmate tasked with kitchen duties — escaped sometime Saturday […]

Couple finds love at college, graduates together

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers John and Betty Ellis ironically met in a marriage and family class at Eastern New Mexico University in 1986. They had differing views on marriage, yet they tied the knot and put their education on hold. Twenty years later, following careers in restaurant management and the birth of their two […]

Holiday decor

Freedom Newspapers Holiday traditions don’t just happen — they take planning and hard work. Members of the Altrusa Club of Portales say the club has been working for months to make sure a nine-year holiday tradition turns out festive and fun for everyone. The organization is sponsoring the 9th annual Holiday Happening from 10 a.m. […]

Relay for Life kicks off

CNJ STAFF The American Cancer Society 2007 Clovis Relay for Life kicks off today at 6:30 p.m. at the Java Loft, 810 E. 21st St. According to co-chairman Rebecca Holt, the kick-off will include entertainment, door prizes and refreshments. Walking teams can register during the kick-off for the 12th annual Relay for Life in May. […]

It Pays to Watch for the Signs Along Our Way

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Last Saturday morning I enjoyed a marvelous moment. My younger brother, Jim, (also a pastor) was here to purchase and take possession of a really nice-looking little pickup I’d found for him. My neighbor was selling his Ford Ranger pickup. Kent Wiley takes better care of his vehicles than […]

Letter carrier helps save life

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A Portales rural letter carrier is being credited with helping to save the life of an elderly Roosevelt County woman two weeks ago after she fell at home. According to co-workers at the Portales post office, Charles “Chuck” Jones was the first to notice something was wrong at the home […]

Christmas shooting suspect arrested

CNJ staff Police arrested Robert Macias, 30, on Tuesday in connection with the Christmas night shooting of a Clovis man on Pile Street. The arrest was made based on interviews and witness statements, according to Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel. Zachariah Stephenson, 30, was shot once in the leg, above the knee, about 9:45 p.m. […]

12/1 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 3 p.m. Sunday, police went to a shop on the 500 block of Sycamore Street regarding a break-in and graffiti. The store owner told police an intruder ran out the back door when the owner entered the store. He said he […]

11/18 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. de-churched for a night boss i remember it happening just like it was yesterday in fact it was yesterday when it happened i got locked out of church locked out of fellowship with the […]

Like Noah’s ark, only one door to salvation: Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist During our children’s growing up years, they had a multitude of toys. Each birthday and Christmas brought a new batch of the latest from the toy market. I still recall all the special toys that were such a part our children’s lives. When I pass aisles of toys in the […]

10/30 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call from a home on the 600 block of 13th Street regarding a stolen stove. The caller told police his rental home was being renovated and an electric stove was stolen sometime between Oct. […]

10/9 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: • At 6 a.m. on Tuesday, a woman on the 1000 block of Wallace called the police station after she woke up, found the back door open, and discovered her car and keys missing. The woman told the responding police officers that […]