New Year's resolutions

Tonya Fennell What is it about Jan. 1 that drives people to make New Year’s resolutions? Everyone wants to be thinner, healthier or richer each year. And I’m as guilty as the next person about breaking New Year’s resolutions. I have resolved to lose weight in the past only to discover that starving myself is […]

Our holiday traditions

I love Christmas. Unlike a lot of families, we don’t have a lot of traditions in our house. We pretty much just go with the flow. Last year we were sleep-deprived parents of an infant, so the tree didn’t go up until two weeks before Christmas. Shopping was done when the baby was happy and […]

Shopping with Tonya – Playskool Busy Ball Popper

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Playskool.com Playskool Ball Popper Description: Brightly colored toy that features air-powered drop and take play. Cost: About $20 Where to purchase: Any store that carries Playskool brand toys or www.hasbro.com. Who would enjoy this gift: Boys or girls ages 9 months to 4 years.

Columnist remembers special vet

Tonya Fennell Veterans Day has come and gone. Although the day is meant to honor living servicemembers, it always reminds me of my maternal grandfather who died many years ago. Like many young men his age, my grandfather enlisted in the Navy when he was only 17 years old during World War II. I don’t […]

Business Digest: Small business classes planned

Clovis Community College is offering several classes geared towards small business owners. A pre-venture seminar will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the CCC conference room. This free seminar will provide an overview on starting a business. n An Introduction to Windows class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 […]

Deployment teaches independence

I treated myself to a trip to Lubbock this weekend. I consider it a treat only because it’s something I rarely attempt when my husband is deployed. Packing up a 20-month-old and all her “stuff” and driving for an hour and a half is much easier when my husband is along on the trip. Actually, […]

Headstrong children hard to control

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Last week I met a friend for lunch at a local restaurant. A few minutes after we were seated, a family of three, which included a 4 or 5 year old boy, was seated in the booth behind us. As my friend and I began filling each other in on our […]

Imagination provides amusement

Tonya Fennell Monday evening I received a telephone call from a Cannon Air Force Master Sergeant who I have never met. This was the second call in a month I have gotten. He calls to check on my family and ask if I need anything while my husband is away. I think this is wonderful […]

Change is inevitable

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections May is a month where change is evident in more ways than one. The weather heats up, the grass turns green and schools release the students for a couple of months of relaxation. And around the Fennell house there has been much change as well. Our oldest child, 17-year-old Josh, has […]

Office treasures

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Debbie Spriggs keeps her workspace cheerful with Mickey Mouse items at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The way people decorate their desk or office can reveal a lot about them. We asked several Curry and Roosevelt county workers to share with us their most […]

Religion Digest: Church presents mission speakers

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer John and Vicki Moore, newly appointed regional directors for Nazarene Missions in northern Europe, will be special guests on Sept. 8 at the Broadview Church of the Nazarene. The church is located on the curve of Highway 209, 30 miles north of Clovis. The Moores will speak with an […]