New Jersey 13-year-old wins national spelling bee, first girl since 1999

By Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee rattled off “ursprache” to claim the title of America’s best speller Thursday on prime-time television. Katharine Close, an eighth-grader at the H.W. Mountz School in Spring Lake, N.J., is the first […]

4/18 Local roundup

Two Clovis girls struck by truck A 14-year-old girl was in serious condition and a 13-year-old girl in stable condition Monday following an accident that occurred about 8 p.m. Friday. Clovis police reported the girls were struck by a pickup truck while crossing Prince Street near Llano Estacado Boulevard with a group of juveniles. Both […]

Clovis mother, child die in accident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week away from her 23rd birthday, Jennifer Olivares was excited about her approaching marriage and hoping to have another child — this one a girl. Olivares and her oldest son, Alejandro “A.J” Lomas Jr., 4, were killed about 8:30 p.m. (CDT) Monday just outside of Muleshoe when the […]

Police blotter: Feb. 23

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2:30 a.m. Feb.15, police responded to the 2600 block of Seventh Street in reference to an armed robbery. Police arrived at the business after a silent alarm was set off by the store’s clerk. The clerk told police the unidentified suspect […]

Valentine traditions fading

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Speaking of February, I’m reminded of that old Valentine that says, “Never fall in love with a girl from behind,” which doesn’t say much for clever love messages or the absolute truth that a girl in hand is worth two in the bush. But it does say something about how […]

Pregnancy invites unsolicited input

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff My grandmother taught me many simple rules, which have served me well in life: * Keep your hands and feet to yourself; * If you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all; * Treat others the way you want to be treated. What is it about a pregnant […]

George Porter

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. George Porter Date of birth: March 8, 1926 Dates of Service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Fort Smith, Ark. Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Horoscopes for your children

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Don’t fret over those expensive items you bought for your kid as he entered school this fall. You should instead smack your forehead and cry, “I shudda bought a Student Horoscope!” Allow me to explain. The 2005 Old Newsman’s Horoscope is hot off the presses, and it’s just what your kid […]

June best month by far — for me, anyway

By Bob Huber June is my lucky month. It has Father’s Day, my wedding anniversary, and my birthday all rolled into one long cigar. I’ve always held June in high esteem. One thing that makes me feel so good about June is the fact that I was born this month as a boy instead of […]

Honorary chairs say fear of the unknown toughest part of cancer

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Minutes after regaining consciousness, one thought ran through Russell Muffley’s head — had his surgery been successful? The answer he had been hoping for wasn’t what he heard. “It was the lowest point. I waited and waited and waited for the doctor to come in and then he did. […]

Clovis man sentenced for molestation

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Derrick Ervin listens to testimony from the victim’s family Wednesday during his sentencing at Curry County Courthouse. Ervin was sentenced to 33 years in prison for sex crimes committed over an 18-month period. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal has opted to withhold some […]

Differences not same as inequalities

By Leonard Pitts So, what might a smarter man have said? Put aside for a moment the fact that a smarter man would have backed away from the subject as though from a live grenade. If forced at gunpoint to respond, how would a smart man have analyzed the performance gap between male and female […]

Yucca girl tries out for CHS baseball

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Yucca Junior High eight-grader Cerra Yohner takes ground ball practice Thursday at Bell Park as she tries out for the Clovis High School baseball team. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor An eighth-grade girl with aspirations to play professional baseball tried out for the Clovis Wildcats C team on Thursday, two […]

Ruby Bridges was ‘Triumphant in Trouble’

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist Years ago now, I wrote a series of short essays entitled “Triumphant in Trouble.” How good it was, I don’t know, but I do know one truth came through at least to me, if to no one else. To be “triumphant in trouble” requires far more than that we […]

Empty stocking: Dec. 23, 2004

Today’s focus: Debbie Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: My husband and I are both full time students with little income and not enough money for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boy’s pant size 34 x 32; girl’s pant size 16 girl; boy’s shirt size L; girl’s shirt size L; boys shoe size 8; girl’s shoe […]

Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s Focus: Mary Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Daughter just moved in with three children. She suffered the death of a child a few years back and has had a hard time adjusting to the loss.” Clothing needs: Boy’s pants size 18; girl’s pants sizes 10 and 3T; boy’s shirts sizes XL; girl’s […]

Empty stocking: Dec. 19, 2004

Today’s focus: Alice Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “I am having a hard time this year due to illness in the family and becoming a single mom again has made things very difficult for my children and myself.” Her holiday hopes: “All children are in need of warm winter jackets, sheets, comforters, socks […]

A local girl gets a Christmas surprise in 1896

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist This story was told to me by a friend who died many years ago. I’ll tell it through the eyes of the young girl who was from the caprock area between Clovis and Tucumcari. In 1896, a snowstorm hit us three days before Christmas, with drifts 2- to 3-feet deep […]

Empty Stocking: Dec. 17, 2004

Today’s focus: Carmen Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “With having to pay bills and buy food and all of this being done with just me, it is hard to make ends meet. I work 40 hours a week and study at night when I have time at work. There is just enough money […]

Empty stocking: Dec. 14

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Tara Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “This year I’m not working because of illness; and it doesn’t look like Christmas will happen, because with the income I have it’s either pay rent and bills or buy gifts, and we all need somewhere to stay.” Her holiday hopes: Have gifts […]