Kids learn how not to get burned

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis firefighter Sheryl Chavez answers questions from Kendra Aucutt’s kindergarten class at Zia Elementary School after a presentation from the fire department about fire safety. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their hands clasped, two little girls skipped and twirled beside their classmates chanting, “Stop-drop-and-roll,” while their teacher Kendra Aucutt […]

A silly grandfather and the love of God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Brenley Shay Shelburne is now almost a week old. Yes, this proud father of four sons is now the beaming grandfather of TWO beautiful little girls. Amazing! It’s too early to tell, but I’m pretty sure little Brenley has come on the scene GPS-equipped just like her little now […]

Clovisites ignore bigger picture

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I understand the Clovis High School yearbook has pictures. Of girls. And the pictures offend some because the book acknowledges the girls are lesbians. The issue’s been discussed before, during and after 170 citizens attended a school board meeting last week, so many points have already been made: • There’s […]

Teenage girls give testimony during second day of murder trial

CNJ Staff Two teenage girls gave testimony for the prosecution Tuesday morning that placed three brothers and two other men at the apartment complex where 10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot and killed more than two years ago. Melissa Sanchez was the first witness in Day 2 of the first-degree murder trial of Edward Salas, 23, […]

Local girls advances to Hoop Shoot nationals

CNJ staff PLANO, Texas — Niki Cordova of Yucca Middle School

Girls head for Hoop Shoot super-regional

CNJ staff Two local girls have come through three rounds of the Elks-sponsored Hoop Shoot free throw contest and are headed to the Dallas area this weekend for super-regional competition. Niki Cordova, a 13-year-old student at Yucca Middle School, is competing in the girls age 12-13 division while 11-year-old Carrie Sharp, a student at Bella […]

Dec. 23, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. P Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is not earning enough money to buy Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 2T. Boys pants size 2T. Boys shoe size 7. Girls shirt size 4T. Girls pants size 4T. […]

Dec. 20, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. E Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. E” is a single mother who lost her job because she couldn’t find a baby-sitter. She has been unable to find a new job. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 4T (for two […]

Dec. 19, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. P Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is raising her grandchildren and has no money for Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have toys at Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 12 (for two girls). Girls pants sizes 12 (for two girls). Girls shoe sizes 5 […]

Dec. 18, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. G Household members: 10 Children: 8 Special circumstances: “Ms. G” will not be able to afford presents this year because her income is used towards bills. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 14, medium and 3T. Girls pants sizes 1, 5 and […]

12-15-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. B Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B’s” income is barely enough to cover necessities. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12. Girls pants size 12. Girls shoe size 2 1/2. Toys list: Scooter. The Empty Stocking Fund is a […]

Dec. 13, 2007 Empty Stocking

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 7 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” needs help this year because her husband has been unable work after being hurt. The family is left with little money after paying rent and utilities. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size […]

Dec. 13, 2007 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About 4 a.m. Dec. 4 an officer responded to a home in the 100 block of Hinkle Street for a man with a knife. A woman said her boyfriend had gone crazy and threatened everyone in the house because […]

Dec. 12, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. B” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. B” is a single mother. She is struggling financially because she just found a job and a place to live. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas in their own home. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 4T or 5T. […]

Dec. 11, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. R” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. R’s” spouse died this year and she is having a hard time making ends meet. Her sister and niece also live with her. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 24 month. Girls pants […]

12-9-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. E” Household members: 9 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. E” has her daughter, sons and grandchildren living with her. She needs help buying Christmas presents. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have presents for Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 3T and 24 month. Girls pants sizes 3T and 24 month. […]

Dec. 6, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 6 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is unable to work because she is going to have open heart surgery. She is unable to pay her basic bills. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a nice Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt sizes 12 and 8. Girls pants […]

Dec. 4, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. V” Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. V” recently escaped an abusive situation. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have a nice present for Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 2X. Girls pants size 18. Girls shoe size 10. Toys list: Battery operated lowrider car. The Empty Stocking Fund […]

Nov. 29, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. V” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. V” is a single mother. Her husband recently left and she has a low-income job. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size L. Boys pants size 14-16. Boys shoe size 5. Girls shirt sizes […]

Nov. 28, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. C” Household members: 6 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. C” is a single mother who is raising her three children. She is also raising her niece and nephew because their mother is incarcerated. She has been unable to work due to an illness. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a […]