Birthdays — Oct. 31

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Winnie Ethel (Brown) Moore [image #2, align=right, size=medium] It was Oct. 20, 1910, in Rockwood, Texas, when Joseph and Margaret America Garner became proud parents to a beautiful baby girl who they named Winnie Ethel. She was the 11th child in a family of 12 children. Winnie is a long time resident of Clovis, having […]

In tribute: Builders contributed to Clovis history

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Kevin Wilson A drive through Clovis or a talk with family and friends gives clear indication — Duffy Sasser and Cotton Simms were, so to speak, above par as residents and leaders. But the versatile architects, students and businessmen never thought of themselves that way. “He was one of those people from the quiet generation […]

Ready to let Google take wheel

My favorite cop-driver story comes from two friends in Portales mocking a street sign. The sign said, “Speed controlled by radar,” which led them to joke the driver was no longer responsible. On cue, they got pulled over for speeding, and tested their logic. “Actually, officer, that’s your fault,” the driver said as he handed […]

Anniversaries — Oct. 3

Burrell Eric and Roberta Burrell of Clovis celebrated their 25th anniversary Sept. 25, 2010, at New Life Assembly of God with family and friends. They were married Sept. 21, 1985. They have four children and four grandchildren. 1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is […]

Making friends gets harder as we get older

Kevin Wilson Here’s a good way to tell somebody’s lying to you – they tell you, “My life is a sitcom.” No, it isn’t. Mine isn’t, either. Sitcoms are full of witty commentary and situations that end with morals and all loose ends tied up. Life has a smattering of funny moments, but it’s mostly […]

Birthday — Aug. 15

Paul Woolfolk of Perryton, Texas, and formerly of Clovis, will be celebrating his 90th birthday today at the Community Christian Church in Perryton, Texas. The celebration will be hosted by his family. Family and friends interested in sending cards can send them to Paul Woolfolk, 1201 South Grinnell St., Perryton, Texas. 79070. Woolfolk was born […]

Time in church meant for focusing on message

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Once I got in trouble for talking during the Sunday morning service. I was sitting in the balcony of the old church at 8th and Hinkle. The church was packed that day but the Lord and worshipping Him was the last thing on my mind that Sunday morning. I had […]

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

Anniversaries — June 6

Nance John and Teresa Nance of Causey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 6, 2010, at Causey Community Building. The celebration will be hosted by their children. The couple was married June 5, 1960, in Lingo. They have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is a retired farmer. She is a […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fuzzy friends and free sodas

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Feeling frisky or fuzzy? Try “Animal attractions,” our local video of people and their favorite fuzzy and, sometimes, not-so-fuzzy friends.Free sodas Here’s the deal — answer a few questions, get a free soda from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and […]

Painting is their passion

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tasha Hicks, left, and friend Megen Graddy work on a mural Friday on the west side of Bike Dude, a bike store on Grand Street. The two childhood friends are artists and hope to start a business. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Two artists are hoping to paint their […]

Oasis State Park preps for trout derby

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Officials at Oasis State Park near Portales are gearing up for a Spring Trout Derby. The derby is Saturday and is a first for the park. It is sponsored by the Friends of Oasis State Park and gives anglers of all ages a chance to win prizes. “We’re going […]

Our people: Literary legacy

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FNM correspondent: Jeanette Everett Betty Williamson loves hugs from children and the smell of rain. By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico editor Bio Name: Betty Williamson Birthday: Nov. 12, 1961. Volunteers for: Friends of the Portales Public Library, High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival and Dora schools. Famous relative: She’s the niece of novelist Jack Williamson, […]

Old ampitheater friends will never be forgotten

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian The historical drama of New Mexico’s most notorious outlaw opened to a large crowd at the Caprock Amphitheater back in the 1980s. Clovis playwright Don McAlavy created a colorful drama in “Billy the Kid,” which he created using known facts with a little imagination, about a dark period in the […]

42nd POPS dinner concert at ENMU set for November 14

PORTALES–The 42nd POPS Dinner Concert, sponsored by the University Friends of Music, will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Campus Union Ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Tickets are $30 per person and $20 for active military. Tickets are sold by mail only. Checks should be made out to […]

TV can’t compare to country living

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist I was in high school when I saw television for the first time. Some friends who lived in town had one. They bought a green plastic cover they taped over the screen to make the “snow” seem not so bad. Our family wasn’t impressed, but everyone else thought it was […]

Festival on the border

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Christian Barrett, 8, dressed up as a cowboy to fit the Honoring the Pioneer bike contest theme for Saturday’s Border Town Days parade. Jana Barrett said her son enjoys dressing up and playing a character. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For Farwell native Troy Christian, Border Town Days is […]

In tribute: Radio announcer made fast friends

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer He was the voice of Wildcats, Bulldogs, Dillas and Gorillas, but Joe Frank Wheeler never hesitated to shout out Clovis as his hometown. The longtime sports announcer died Monday of a heart attack while setting up for a broadcast of the Amarillo Dillas baseball game against the Rio Grande […]

The day the music (almost) died

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I wanted to shuffle. My music player wanted to click and whir. These things never end well. And so, I prepare to deal with the death of what has been one of my best friends over the last three or so years. Yes, a music player may not actually […]

Friends arrive when unexpected

I was at a meeting recently where the subject was friendship. Much talk ensued about real vs. fake friends, acquaintances vs. friends, and other such roundabout conversation that never really got to the point. Later, I remembered a story my father told that taught me the true meaning of friendship. It also helps explain the […]