Aging gracefully: First Baptist Church in Texico was built 100 years ago this month

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Texico Baptist Youth Minister Seth Ellsworth plays the guitar as he leads the youth group in worship Wednesday at the church. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Marie Wall of Bellview drives almost 45 miles every Sunday to attend services at the First Baptist Church in Texico. All week she […]

Mom’s wisdom stands test of time

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, I stayed alert to the whims of the Axis power, namely my mother, and I found she had a vast array of covert knowledge hidden beneath her quaint farm-girl homilies. Her views on some of mankind’s most endearing areas of scholarship stick with me to this day. […]

Strangers to each other, but not to God

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist I can still recall the man who used to roam the streets of Clovis. Our children named him the “strange guy.” The first time we noticed him was on one of our usual trips to the grocery store. He was peculiar, we thought, as he held his chin high, holding his […]

Taking baby steps

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Walking was a problem. Fried foods were a holiday staple. And spending time with the grandchildren meant sitting and reading a book. Maryjo Jones was too heavy to do anything else. “I couldn’t breath,” said Jones, who lost 90 pounds after joining a Taking Off Pounds Sensibly club in […]

Let’s keep Friday the 13th under control

Bob Huber In case you didn’t notice, we had a Friday the 13th this month. To put it in a more scholarly manner, it behooves us to utilize the Freedom of Information Act in the examination of perils existing in all Fridays the 13th and offer up some time-honored, laboratory-tested solutions to make our lives […]

Hungry for life: Football player fights cystic fibrosis

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Clovis Christian senior Corey Hastings prays before the start of a game against the New Mexico School for the Deaf on Thursday at Jim Hill Field in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor When Corey Hastings was 4, his father ordered him an adult’s steak-finger basket at a Dairy Queen. […]

Early ‘lunch’ is a New Mexico thing

By Helena Rodriguez When Mom says to Dad, “Ven a almorzar!” that means it’s time to come and eat breakfast. The only problem is “almorzar” means lunch, and to make it more confusing, Mom and Dad are usually eating their breakfast at noon. Just like green chile, referring to breakfast as “almorzar” is a New […]

Coyotes are not always the bad guys

Letters to the editor I read an article in Tuesday’s newspaper about coyotes and it makes the coyote the villain. I have been around coyotes all my 48 years of life. I just want to express my opinion and a few facts about the coyotes. Coyotes are not very big animals. They range in weight […]

Eatery owner serves up more than food

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Mike Reyna of Clovis visits with Velma Jackson as she fixes Reyna a plate Monday. June 30 will be the longtime owner’s last day at Velma’s Country Cookin’ Resturaunt. CNJ photo by Eric Butler. By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent When Velma’s Country Cookin’s closes at the end of the month, customers will obviously miss Velma […]

Liars always get caught, often by themselves

Judy Brandon Once I stole a Hershey candy bar at the drug store. The cover up left me in an entangled snare of deceit. On that day, we were at the Katz Drug Store in Kansas City. Following my mother to the pharmacy area, I spotted the Hershey on the candy aisle. I justified in […]