March 22, 2009 Engagements

Caselman-Odeguard Kelly and Kara Caselman of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Alexandra Caselman to Billy Wayne Odegaard. He is the son of Roger and Paula Odegaard of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. May 30, 2009, at First Baptist Texico in Texico. A reception will follow in [...]

Feb. 1, 2009 Births

Bare-Williamson Collin Ray Bare-Williamson and Valerie Nicole Bare-Williamson were born Dec. 19, 2008, at University Medical Center in Lubbock to Dustin Bare-Williamson and Samantha Dropps, both of Portales. Collin weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces. Valerie weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Grandparents are Alan and Mary Ann Dropps of Clovis and Rosalee Williamson of Portales and [...]

Education Feature: Yucca students mentor new classmates

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Eighth-graders Zackary Smith, left, and Edith Mendez help younger pupils find their way around Yucca Middle School. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Eighth-graders Edith Mendez and Zackary Smith remembered their first year at Yucca Middle School: “When we came here, we were freaked out,” Edith said. Finding their classrooms [...]

Clovis goes back to school

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Leonard Freitas helps a student cross the road in front of Zia Elementary at Putnam Drive and Norris Street. Freitas. Wednesday was the first day if school for Clovis Municipal Schools. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Four hundred and seventy-six students piled into the classrooms of Mesa Elementary School [...]

Students hungry to help

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Niki Bowers, 16, left, and Kelsey Hale, 17, work on making posters Thursday at Kingswood Methodist Church for the 30-hour fast fundraiser geared toward helping the poor of the world. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There will be no pizza or hot dogs, no burgers or shakes — for 30 [...]

School size does matter in testing

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ STAFF WRITER Superintendent Patricia Miller is new to the Fort Sumner school district. But when adequate yearly progress results from the New Mexico Public Education Department reached her desk Monday, and the district received a big AYP thumbs up, she was ecstatic. “There was much hand-clapping and a dance of joy,” [...]

Teacher feels first day jitters

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Kayla Smith, seventh grade literature development teacher at Yucca Junior High School, instructs her sixth period class as they fill out a worksheet Wednesday at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin Kayla Smith returned to college at 28 because she wanted to satisfy her desire to teach. On Wednesday, her first day [...]