Anniversary —

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Butler Charles and Verna Butler of Clovis will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary with family and friends. The couple was married on March 2, 1956, in Phoenix. They have two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is a retired air force airman and printer at Hollands. She is retired from school food service.

Anniversaries — Feb. 5

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Allen D.H. and Gwen Allen of Grady will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Grady Allen Hall in Grady. The celebration will be hosted by friends and family. The couple was married Feb. 8, 1942, in Littlefield, Texas. They have one child. D.H. is a […]

Birthdays — Dec. 4

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Bowen Grace Helen Bowen of Clovis will celebrate her 100th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Senior Citizen Resident Center, 2210 Mabry Dr in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by her family. This will be a come and go celebration, no gifts please. Grace was born Dec. 8, 1911, […]

Reasons to give thanks aplenty

By Wendel Sloan: FNM columnist I usually find the inspirational sayings and dewy-eyed images in friends’ Facebook postings somewhat schmaltzy. However, a recent photo of the emaciated arm of an African child being grasped by an American aid worker with the caption, “You are living her dream life,” did sink in. Like most, I often […]

Former Milnesand fire chief remembered for hard work

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Parkinson Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County lost one of its hardest working residents Sunday with the death of lifetime Milnesand resident Thomas Elton Parkinson, according to family and friends. Parkinson, 91, died at a Portales senior living center. Better known as “T.E.” or “Elton,” Parkinson was the Milnesand fire chief for 30 years, along with being […]

Anniversaries — Oct. 30

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Fulgham Benny and Wilma Fulgham of Clovis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 5 at Central Baptist Church. The celebration will be hosted by Jerry Fulgham of Clovis, Larry and Vicki Fulgham of Stigler, Okla., and special friends. The couple was married Nov. 4, 1951, at Central Baptist Church in Clovis. They have […]

Local woman turning 100

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hazel Miller, left, draws her cards during a game of Skip-Bo with her daughter-in-law, Carol Miller. Hazel Miller turns 100 on Monday. Kevin Wilson Hazel Miller likes to play cards with her friends at the Senior Citizen Resident Center and read books. “You’ve got to have some romance” to make […]

Don’t be one of Job’s friends!

The Book of Job is the textbook on suffering. Open that Bible book and you’ll see an extraordinarily good man undergoing extraordinarily terrible affliction. He loses his family (except his wife, and keeping her might easily be counted among his afflictions), his wealth, and his health. He’s reduced to sitting on a pile of ashes, […]

My turn: Never question misery?

Some Facebook friends frequently post such reassurances as, “God is good all the time;” “God works in mysterious ways;” “He has a reason for everything;” “It is not for us to question, only to trust him.” • Mean Irene’s recent visit to the East Coast was a wrist-slap compared to other acts of God’s goodness. […]

How young is too young for Facebook?

Daniel Vasquez August Of the 20 million Facebook users under the age of 18 who have actively used the site in the past year, 7.5 million were younger than 13, according to Consumer Reports’ latest State of the Net survey. Meaning, they’re so young that they violate even Facebook’s terms of service, which requires that […]

Graduations —

Hill Sandra Hill of Clovis graduated from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Nearly 3,000 alumni and friends of Graceland gathered in Lamoni to celebrate the school’s 114th Commencement Convocation.

Military mama: Children are a matter of perspective

There is a hierarchy when it comes to children. Mine are adorable, brilliant and naughty on occasion. My friends’ kids are cute, smart and have their moments. Strangers’ children are loud, unruly and often need to learn manners. It’s all a matter of perspective. Though environment also weighs heavily on just how much cute a […]

Hello, we’re awesome: Kids who feel good about themselves make parents feel the same way

Paula Sirois My 8-year-old daughter and her friends started a band called Hello, We’re Awesome. I helped her design some fliers for their first performance, complete with star borders and stage names: Milk Chocolate, Mandarin Oranges, Laughing Twizzle and Tropical Starburst. Granted, they haven’t decided on the type of music they’ll play or if any […]

Birthdays — June 12

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McClure Evelyn McClure of Clovis will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 18, 2011, at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., Clovis. [image #2, align= left, size= medium] The celebration will be hosted by her children, Gale Ball and Robin Kirk, Hal McClure and Michelle Blake. She was born […]

Operation Purple Program offers summer camps for military youth

By 27th SOW Force Support Squadron Operation Purple camps are a time for having fun, making friends and reminding military kids that they are the nation’s youngest heroes. The mission of the Operation Purple program, sponsored by the National Military Family Association, is to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy […]

Embellishing only spices up story

Ever notice how whenever you have a problem, friends and family proceed to tell you about their similar difficulties that are much worse? I’d like someone to explain to me exactly how that is supposed to make me feel better. If so, I’m here to tell you it does not work. When my pickup is […]

List helps keep life lessons in mind

I was glancing over some old e-mails last week and came across an e-mail that a friend from far away had sent me some months back. Along with this friends greeting, she sent an entire litany of statements titled “18 things I have learned.” She said she received the email from someone else who also […]

Club notes — Jan. 16

P.E.O. Sisterhood P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded by seven college friends on Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing to women increased opportunities for higher education. There are 71 chapters in New Mexico and three in Clovis. Chapter AY of Clovis was […]