Coffman, Frankie Gordon

Frankie Gordon Coffman Services: Have been held. Mr. Frankie Gordon Coffman, 65, of Farwell, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. He graduated in 1958 from Friona High School and attended West Texas State University. He was a resident of Farwell for many years, where he was employed at the […]

12/5 Birth, Birthday, Engagements and Wedding

Birth Moehrig Adam and Shante Moehrig of Floresville, Texas are the parents of a 7-pound, 6-ounce boy born July 9, 2004 at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Nathan Cade Moehrig has one brother, Deron James. Grandparents are Rich and Connie Burger of Floresville and Richard and Vickie Moehrig of La Vernia, Texas. […]

Write-in candidate elected Parmer County attorney

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor For the first time in roughly 40 years, a write-in candidate won an election in Parmer County. And this time it wasn’t because an incumbent candidate forgot to file. Write-in candidate Kathryn Gurley of Friona defeated Farwell Republican Jeff W. Actkinson 2,014 votes to 1,606 on Tuesday night. Bonnie […]

Parmer County election day precincts

Precincts and voting locations in Parmer County for the Nov. 2 election are as follows: Precints Precinct 101 Calvary Baptist Church 1500 Cleveland Friona, Texas Precinct 201 Bovina EMS Building 109 3rd Street Bovina, Texas Precinct 202 Friona Community Center 601 W. 15th Street Friona, Texas Precinct 203 Rhea Community Center Rhea Community Highway FM […]

Farwell beats up on county big brother


Farwell sophomore wide receiver Brett Howard yanks the ball away from Friona cornerback Juan Reyes in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Farwell went on to beat the Chieftains 28-10 on Friday in Friona. (Staff photo by Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor FRIONA — Rowdy Mitchell figured with […]

Area football summaries

CNJ staff Friday Melrose 54, Hondo 6 Hondo — Carlos Ruiz rushed for three touchdowns and caught a pass for another as Melrose routed Hondo 54-6 Friday in the season-opener for both teams. James Walker added a pair of touchdown passes, including a 52-yarder to Ruiz in a game that was halted at halftime by […]

Carthel, Bill W.

Bill W. Carthel Services: Have been held. Bill W. Carthel, 78, of Friona, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, in Amarillo. He was born on July 7, 1926, in Floyd County, Texas, to Wayne and Ruth Golden Carthel. He was a Parmer County resident since 1957, coming from Dimmitt, Texas. He was a farmer/rancher and was […]

Brownd, Ruth

Ruth Brownd Services: Have been held. Ruth Brownd, 87, of Phoenix, died Friday, June 4, 2004, in Phoenix. She was born on June 30, 1916, in Gainesville, Texas, to Luther Thomas and Maude Ann Webster Mackey. She was a graduate of New Deal (Texas) High School. She married Rance Verna Brownd on April 21, 1935, […]

Summer in area loaded with fun

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Fireworks displays, concerts, county fairs, a big-time bicycle tour and a first-time golf tournament top the list of things to do in the area this summer. There seems to be something for everyone — from sports fans to pageant competitors to people who get their kicks running across a field […]

Gatlin returns to Friona for job

By Michelle Seeber Lance Gatlin has been appointed to become administrator of Parmer County Community Hospital in Friona upon the retirement of the current administrator, Bill Neely. The 33-year-old Gatlin said Monday he recently took over operational responsibilities at the hospital as part of the transitional process. Neely’s retirement date has not yet been set, […]

Standoff in Friona ends with gunfire, suspect’s death


By Michelle Seeber Robby Lynn Vaughn, 37, of Muleshoe, was shot and killed Sunday by a Lubbock SWAT team member’s bullet after taking hostage a Baptist minister and his family in their Friona home. Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries, who led negotiations with Vaughn, said he died about 2:30 p.m. Sunday after about a 19-hour […]

Friona car chase, gunfight ends in hostage standoff

By Michelle Seeber and Darrell Todd Maurina FRIONA — Law enforcement officers from throughout the area were joined here Saturday night by a SWAT team from Amarillo in response to a hostage standoff involving a local church pastor. Cpl. John Gonzalez of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Community Relations Office said the incident began […]

Texas candidates seek city offices

By Michelle Seeber The deadline to file for candidacy in Texas city elections was 5 p.m. Monday. Elections for city positions will be held in May. Muleshoe, Friona and Farwell all have three city offices each for which candidates are seeking election. In Muleshoe, Daniel Guzman, Richard Orozco and Freddy Santos have all filed for […]

Woodruff, Dorothy

Dorothy Fay Woodruff Services: Have been held. Dorothy Fay Woodruff, 77, of Friona, Texas, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004. She was born on Aug. 1, 1926, in Quitman, Texas, to Wallace Leonard and Elanor Wheeler Reid. She married Ernest Paul Woodruff on Oct. 18, 1943, in Quitman, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member […]

Tuesday area prep basketball summaries

CNJ STAFF Girls Clovis 62, Amarillo Tascosa 21 Tascosa (4-13) — Averi Raleigh 0 1-2 1, Briley Miller 0 0-0 0, Jordan Allen 0 0-1 0, Courtney Bragdon 0 0-0 0, Michelle Taylor 0 0-0 0, Lindsey McNeely 0 0-0 0, Heather Lopez 0 0-0 0, Courtney Sanders 2 1-2 7, Jasmine Johnson 0 0-0 […]

Bovina newspaper prints last edition


The Bovina Blade and The Friona Star have been merged into one newspaper by Ron Carr of Friona who bought both newspapers this past summer. CNJ Illustration: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber BOVINA — Residents of Bovina are mourning the loss of their 48-year-old community newspaper, The Bovina Blade. The Blade has been combined with […]

Chambless, Carolyn J.

Carolyn Jane Bradley Chambless Services: Have been held. Carolyn Jane Bradley Chambless, 100, of Friona, formerly of Portales, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at Prairie Acres Nursing Home in Friona. She was born on Dec. 2, 1903, in Russellville, Ark., to John M. and Emma Wallace Bradley. She spent her early childhood in Arkansas, Oklahoma […]

Farwell feels at home in title game

By Dave Wagner If form holds, the Farwell Steers are likely to be playing in Saturday’s boys championship game of the Farwell Invitational for the fourth time in coach Kirk Saul’s five years at the school. Farwell (5-2) takes on a struggling Elida squad at 8:30 p.m. (CST) today in the last of eight boys […]

Claborn, John Cecil “Jay”

John Cecil “Jay” Claborn Services: Have been held. John Cecil “Jay” Claborn, 83, of Friona, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on July 16, 1920, in Post, Texas, to John and Cordie Claborn. He joined the Army during World War II. He fought in five major battles […]

Raiders sweep Play Inc. titles

By Dave Wagner The Texico-Farwell Raiders had the best of it on Saturday in both championship games of Play Inc. youth football at Jim Hill Field. The Raiders got past the Friona Chiefs 16-14 in the Senior League (ages 11-12), while Texico-Farwell also claimed the crown in the Junior League (ages 9-10) with a 30-0 […]