Municipal candidates get priorities straight

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer They’ve knocked on doors and talked to voters, and now with the election two days away, City Commission candidates say they understand the people’s priorities. They said voters care about issues such as water, roads, drainage, crime and youth. Len Vohs and Gloria Wicker are running for the District […]

Edwards, James

James Arthur Vernon Edwards, 26, of North Versailles, Pa., died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, in North Versailles, Pa. He was born Jan. 6, 1979, in Clovis. He spent most of his childhood in Anchorage, Ala. He worked as an industrial maintenance worker in North Versailles. He was a member of the band, “In The Honor […]

Guardsman home for holidays

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Harold and Colleen Edwards will be together this Christmas. (Freedom Newspapers: Tony Parra) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — When Portales’ Harold Edwards left for Iraq on Jan. 2, he told his family he probably wouldn’t be back in time for Christmas. Things took a turn for the better as Edwards and the members […]

Edwards, Nathan

Nathan Edwards, 15, of Amarillo, Texas, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at home. He was born Oct. 26, 1989. He was born and raised in Amarillo and lived there all of his life. He was a sophomore at Randall High School. Family members said he loved to hunt, fish, play golf and ride motorcycles. He […]

Edwards, Donna

Donna Edwards Services:Have been held. Donna Edwards, 49, died August 6, 2005 in Waco, Texas. She was born Oct. 21, 1955 to Cecil “Glen” McDaniel and Juanita Hunt McDaniel in Midland, Texas, and was raised and educated there. Edwards had worked as a bookkeeper for Swartz & Brough, Inc. in Midland before moving to San […]

Portales soldiers cross paths while serving in Iraq

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Portales residents, left to right, Darren Hooker, Walter Carr, Brett Bedinger and James Montgomery pose for a photo while serving in Iraq. (Courtesy photo) By Marc Schoder: Freedom Newspapers Six men from Portales have more than 6,100 miles separating them from home. Though they are serving their country in Iraq, they now have reason to […]

Hobbs takes series from Cats

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Clovis first baseman Luke Gray stops a ground ball during the second game of Friday’s doubleheader at Bell Park. Clovis defeated Hobbs 7-5. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s visions of spoiling Hobbs’ postseason plans came up a couple of innings short Saturday at Bell Park. After playing […]

Leavelle, Zelda

Zelda Regina Edwards Patterson Leavelle, 87, died April 14, 2005, in Corvallis, Ore. Leavelle was born May 12, 1917, in Callahan, Texas, to J. Murry and Ima Edwards. When she was six months old, she moved with her parents and an older brother, Robert Clifton, to a homestead farm in Ruth. She attended school in […]

Grandstanding politicians focus on fickle matters

Freedom Newspapers Politicians, whether at the state or federal level, seldom pass up a chance to grandstand. So, just like their counterparts in Washington, D.C., made political hay by badgering baseball, Texas lawmakers seem intent on wasting time and effort on meaningless diversions outside the scope of their office instead of concentrating on the serious […]

Smith, Dorothy

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Dorothy I. Davis Smith, 82, of Clovis, died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at Parmer County Area Hospital in Friona. She was born on Dec. 4, 1922, in Texico, to Fay L. and Alma Crume Davis. She grew up and went to school in Pleasant Hill. After graduation she moved to […]

Farwell sweeps Dora

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Dora junior Jennifer Bolin looks to pass as Farwell sophomore Dellani Jones tries to get a hand on the ball during the second half of their game Friday in Farwell. (Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FARWELL — In a physical game with neither team having much depth, outside shooting gave the […]

Bush needs to spend his political capital

Mona Charen If you knew nothing else about John Edwards than what you could see from his semi-concession speech on Nov. 3, it would be enough to dislike him. There was Kerry, standing behind him and attempting to keep his composure before what had to be the most difficult speech of his life, and yet […]

Firefighters are like family says retiring chief

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lovis Fire Chief Ron Edwards will be retiring at the end of the month after 31 years with the Clovis Fire Department. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Much has happened in the 31 years Fire Chief Ron Edwards has been employed with the Clovis Fire Department: He was among several […]

Fire department workers given incentives

By Ryan Lengerich When the bells go off at Clovis fire station No. 3 and the ambulance sirens are flicked on, Bill Baca doesn’t know who or what he will encounter. The fire department’s driver and paramedic said at least twice each month he will encounter a Spanish-only speaking subject. Baca said he speaks limited […]

Red Cross loses 19-year veteran

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Eloise Edwards, the executive director for the American Red Cross Zia Chapter, talks with Ernest Baca during a Work Place/FirstAid/CPR/AED training class Friday at the Clovis -Carver Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: Freedom Correspondent She made deliveries during a snowstorm, was often the first volunteer to arrive when disaster struck and juggled […]

Gun range tops city’s wish list

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer City commissioners have prioritized what they feel are Clovis’ most pressing needs for the upcoming state legislative session. Those priorities include a regional gun range and outdoor recreational facilities. The commission is one of several entities that submits needs to state legislators for consideration. Other area entities, including the […]

Cheney bested Edwards — and Bush — in debate

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday night’s debate between the vice presidential candidates was more substantive than last week’s between the presidential candidates. Vice President Dick Cheney’s even-handed, informed performance was dramatically better than President Bush’s halting, repetitive answers. Even Sen. John Edwards came across in some ways better than his principal, Sen. John Kerry. Most important, Cheney […]

Edwards Sr., James

James Elmore Edwards Sr., 85, of Clovis, Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on July 11, 1919, in Vici, Okla., to William H. and Vivian T. Edwards. He married Helen Van Burkleo on June 3, 1951, in Altus, Okla. He earned a bachelor degree from the University of […]

Kerry attempting to look tougher than Republicans

Freedom Editorial Perhaps the most striking thing about the Democratic convention was the effort to convince Americans that the Democrats would be tougher than the Republicans on the issues of war, peace and national security. While surveys show about 90 percent of the delegates to the convention opposed the war in Iraq, from the speakers’ […]

Edwards, Helen

Helen Marie Edwards, 86, of Friona, Texas, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Parmer County Hospital in Friona, Texas. She was born on April 23, 1918, in Childress, Texas, to Willie and Flora Potter. She moved to Fort Sumner with her family in the 1920s. She married Homer Edwards on June 27, 1937, in Fort […]