Life is too short to skip dessert

By Don McAlvy: Columnist “I, Ann Choate Smith (born in Clovis) had a date for lunch with my lady friends. Mae, a little old ‘blue haired’ lady, about 80 years old, came along with them. “All in all it was a pleasant bunch,” said Ann. “When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and […]

Florence Sherman

Mrs. Florence Preston Sherman, 96, of Clovis, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born June 7, 1909, to Melbourne and Louise Wooding Preston in New Haven, Conn. She married Frank W. Sherman Jr. on Sept. 12, 1931, in West Haven, Conn. She was a legal secretary at Kline […]

Pre-paid funerals can lock in today’s rates

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Steed-Todd Funeral Home is among the area mortuaries that offer pre-paid services. Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer * Proponents tout savings, less stress as major advantages. While addressing the inevitability of death can be uncomfortable, planning ahead for a funeral can save money and lessen stress, according to financial advisors and funeral service providers. Prepaid […]

TSA screenings do not benefit security

By Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Maybe I am seeing things, but my impression from going through hundreds of airports since Sept. 11, 2001, is that too many Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are plainly gung-ho. Yes, they perform their jobs eagerly, often seeming to relish that bit of power it gives them to order people […]

Houk, June

June C. Houk, 90, of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at her home. She was born on June 22, 1914, in Roswell, to Isaac and Anna May Cravy. She married Maurice Houk on June 15, 1935. She was a member of Central Christian Church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star Keystone […]

Thompson, Mary

Mary Thompson Services: Have been held. Mary Nell Thompson, 79, of Independence, Mo., formerly of Clovis, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Carmel Hills Living Center in Independence. She was born June 29, 1924, in Malden, Texas, to Charles Lilburn and Clelia Casstevens Thompson. She married Melvin G. “Tommy” Thompson on May 16, 1948, in […]

‘Dear Bobby’ heals the pessimist folks

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I came out of the closet a few years ago, admitting the authorship of “Dear Abby” columns in newspapers. It began when my identity was exposed by a composing room boo-boo that placed my picture over a “Dear Abby” column. It turned out to be beneficial, however, because I no […]

Lounge shooting victim identified

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police have released the name of the man shot early Sunday morning at the Prince Lounge, but say they have no suspects in custody. Detective Keith Farkas said witnesses told police that Ricardo Urquizo, 21, of Clovis, was shot once in the abdomen by a bullet fired from a red […]

9/11 reminded America of its strength

Leonard Pitts Jr. Dear Osama, How have you been? How are the wives and kids? I’m just writing to let you know that I still think of you often. Mostly when I take off my shoes. That’s standard operating procedure over here at airports now, Osama. Can I call you Sammy? Anyway, that’s just a […]