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 […]

Military wives dependable group

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist B eing friends with your boss’

Military wives share bond

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ Columnist Being friends with your boss’ wife is always tricky but in the military it can be even more challenging. Picture my husband’s boss’ wife holding my hair back while I puke. It doesn’t exactly translate into a great first impression, let alone a good move for his career. But that’s […]

Children need to find own path

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ Columnist My oldest daughter, age eight, is beginning to show concerns about what other people think of her. She asks me if a skirt looks nice or if her hair resembles the other girls’ in her swimming class. I see her eyes furtively checking out her friends’ attires and shoes before […]

Victim remembered as caring, giving

By Jenna Dewitt: CNJ staff writer Friends and co-workers remember Elizabeth McAdams as a dedicated caregiver and a giving person. McAdams was the health service supervisor at the Senior Citizen Resident Center since May 2006. McAdams died in her home Saturday at age 54. Police are investigating her death as a homicide. “She provided care […]

Friends teach all kinds of lessons

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Every young girl needs an older lady friend/advisor — especially if she lives way out in the country. A girl’s own mother doesn’t qualify because she’s got too much invested in her offspring’s hoped-for successful life. The girl’s friend/advisor, unlike Mom, doesn’t give advice the usual straightforward way. (“If you […]

Despite tough times focus on blessings

Freedom New Mexico We gather today with family and friends at a difficult time in our history. The nation’s economy lags like it hasn’t since the 1930s. Thousands of Americans have lost their jobs, and many of those who are still employed worry that their positions also are in jeopardy. Then there are those families […]

Longtime security officer remembered as Rams’ biggest fan

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer According to friends and family, Bobby Grimes spent several hours a week on his garden. Grimes invested his time planting, watering and guiding each individual plant to its full potential, and according to those that knew him best, appreciating the fruit of his labor. In much the same way, […]

Oct. 5, 2008 Birthdays

Cole Christine Cole of Clovis will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the community center, 1504 Red Cloud Place. The celebration will be hosted by family, friends and relatives. She was born Oct. 12, 1918, in Virginia. She has four children and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and […]

First person: Crossing with care

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Leonard Gilbert Freitas is the crossing guard for Zia Elementary School. Leonard Gilbert Freitas, 76, is known by his friends, colleagues and family as Gil. But as the crossing guard for Zia Elementary School, he is known as Mr. Leonard. In sickness and in health: I used to do heavy […]

July 13, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight July 5 an officer responded to a home in the 700 block of Axtell for a battery report. A woman said she was at a residence with some friends when a female she knew came in and started arguing with […]

July 13, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Community makes show possible The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I love spending it in Clovis with my family and friends. We have made a tradition out of going to Greene Acres Park for the Smoke on the Water celebration. Smoke on the Water has everything that a […]

Friends, family gather to remember victim

Friends and family remember Don Chapman as someone who would help anybody with whatever needs they had. He’s also remembered as a man whose life changed three years ago during an extended illness when he accepted Jesus as his personal savior. Scott Reeves of Wheeler Mortuary recounted Chapman’s life Saturday during his funeral, with particular […]

A funeral, and the depth of family love

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Columnist I went to a funeral yesterday for the wife of a fine friend. She was a dear friend, too, of course. Her family and my family had been friends, her father and my father close colleagues since before I was born. I am richly blessed to have been one of […]

Cow dogs: Rancher’s best friends

Glenda Price Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish). If a cantankerous cow decided to quit the herd, my dad would say, “Get her, Oso,” and he’d chase her down. Before long she’d decide […]

Friends: Fontenot loved golf, life

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Bodies of two area residents recovered from lake

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The body of Clovis High School golfer Tyler Fontenot was found Monday afternoon. By Sharna Johnson and Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writers The body of 17-year-old Clovis High School student Tyler Fontenot was recovered from a Texas lake around 3 p.m. (CDT) Monday. The body of his uncle, Joe Haseloff of Farwell, was found two […]