School fights still don’t make sense

Grant McGee: Local columnist A friend just told me about her son getting beat up at one of our High Plains schools. No need to go into detail of who, where, when or even why. The end result was a trip to the emergency room, stitches, a chat with police, and the family wondering how […]

Residents give gift of sight in Africa

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Clovis residents George and Diana Franklin are the founders of the nonprofit organization SEE Ministries, established in 1998 for the purpose of providing eyeglasses to rural Africans. (Courtesy photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A story in the Gospel of Mark features a blind man named Bartimaeus. According to the biblical story, Jesus and […]

Souls full of spirit produce music of life

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist One of the earliest music memories I have is of Meserve School in Kansas City, Kansas. I was in third grade and I always looked forward to music class with Miss Abel, our young and energetic music teacher. She was pretty and kind and had a great enthusiasm about her […]

Nothing like unorganized summer baseball

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When I was a kid, there was nothing more pleasurable than summer baseball. A friend might ask, “What you want to do today?” and I always replied, “You crazy? Play ball, of course.” I’m not talking about Big League, Little League, or the Abner Doubleday Code of Conduct. I’m talking […]

Ranchvale students have ‘write’ stuff

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Twenty students from Ranchvale Elementary will have poems and essays they wrote published in an anthology called “Celebration of Young Poets.” (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer It wasn’t a project designed to take home to hang on the refrigerator. Instead it was an assignment designed to get fifth- and […]

Change: Like it or not, it’s a matter of attitude

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist It finally happened. Last Friday at 1:47 p.m. Something I’ve been dreading for ten years or so. I finally hit the optometric wall. Bifocals. Every time I’d see the guy, once every year or two or whenever his nurse would strong-arm me into coming in for an actual appointment […]

Time marked on highway of life

Grant McGee It’s time for bifocals. At least that’s what the eye doctor told me last week. My distance vision is still pretty good with my glasses on but my close vision is shot. People have been giving me a hard time about it anyway. “Why are you wearing your glasses like an old man?” […]