Empty stocking — Wednesday, Dec. 1

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Shelley Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “I was sanctioned from my TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits due to being in the hospital with my ill son, Seth; and I couldn’t meet my work requirements.” Clothing needs: 12, 8 and 2T boys’ pants and shirt, 18 months girls […]

Birthday celebrations

White Milton White of Elbert, Colo., will celebrate his 90th birthday at 2 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2004, at the Mountain View Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was born on Feb. 14, 1914, in Petersburg, Texas. He lived around Clovis before moving to Colorado in 1947. He has 16 children; 26 grandchildren; and 36 […]

Salvation Army in need of donations to meet goal

By Darrell Todd Maurina Unless the Salvation Army receives a large amount of donations this morning, the organization won’t make its fundraising goals. Things are better than they were two weeks ago, however, according to Capt. Hector Diaz of the Clovis unit. On Dec. 13, the kettle collection fund had received only $13,000 toward its […]

Merchants have gifts for little kids and big ‘kids’

By Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really […]

Empty Stocking Fund may fulfill two-gift wish

Eric Butler Shelly isn’t looking to have everything for her 5-year-old daughter this Christmas. It’s not a stocking full of goodies or a tree that appears to have a gift-wrapped box foundation that the single mother wants. In fact, Shelly has very modest goals for little Stephanie. “I just want a nice, quiet Christmas,” she […]

Christmas overcomes Scroogey feelings

Helena Rodriguez I was feeling a little Scroogey just before Thanksgiving and had an if-I-can-only-get-through-the-holidays attitude. But the day after Thanksgiving, I got a burst of energy and decided to put up the Christmas tree. Once we started, my dad, who was also determined to be a Scrooge, was inspired, too. He took to the […]

Religion Briefs 12/5

Church gives fund a Christmas boost Operation Christmas Child, a program that collects gifts for distribution to poor children worldwide, reported a 17 percent increase in collections at its Lubbock center and much of that increase appears to have been due to a collection drive by First Baptist Church of Clovis. According to Sammy Rhodes, […]

Memories are made at gift-giving season

Helena Rodriguez Trying to figure out what to get my loved ones for Christmas this past week got me started thinking about the favorite Christmas gifts I’ve received in my life. Now some of these Christmas gifts should not have been given to me in the first place. Oh, the things a bored adolescent can […]

Great gifts for father’s Day, from A to Z

Now that Mother’s Day is just a tumbleweed on yesterday’s fencepost, it’s time to light the big bonfire under Father’s Day, which is June 16. (Lots of bells and whistles here accompanied by more prize-winning metaphors.)  Anyway, why should the distaff side of parenthood get all the hullabaloo each year? I mean, isn’t it enough […]

Lobbyists spend money in wrong places

By Ned Cantwell Here’s the thing. You can shower me with all kinds of gifts. I will accept the Lexus. Nice gesture. Oh, and how I am looking forward to those two weeks in Hawaii at your expense. Be warned, though. Those gratuities will have no effect on me whatsoever should I ever write about […]