Castleberry, Hollis maintain magistrate judge positions

Liliana Castillo Curry County voters chose to keep both incumbent magistrate judges in Tuesday’s general election. Republican Duane Castleberry won 64 percent of the vote in Division 1 with Democrat candidate Johnny Chavez receiving 36 percent of the vote. That’s 2,256 votes for Castleberry to 1,280 for Chavez. Republican Richard Hollis won 83 percent of […]

Snapshot

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Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said he finds civil cases the most challenging part of his job. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff What: Magistrate court is a full-time court that handles civil and criminal cases. The severity of the crime or the monetary and/or jurisdiction limitations in a civil action determine […]

Incumbent Hollis takes magistrate judge position

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The will of 580 people entrusted the Division 2 magistrate judge position to incumbent Richard Hollis during the Tuesday primary election. Hollis, a Republican, will run unopposed in November. The Clovis News Journal was unable to contact the judge early Wednesday morning after Curry County officials released the results. […]

Officials paint disturbing picture of underage drinking trends in America

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Alcohol companies target youth through magazine, television, radio and other advertising as seen in a statistic during the Curry County Underage Drinking Prevention meeting Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Library North Annex. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlenaa Hartz: CNJ staff writer The red-haired child, with big, brown eyes, addressed her audience. “My name is Lisa, […]

Sheriff running for judge’s position

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher believes he is ready for another phase of his law-enforcement career. He wants to be a judge. Hatcher, whose eight-year sheriff’s career will end in December because of term limits, has announced he is running for the magistrate judge position held by Richard Hollis. […]

Suspect arraigned in motel slaying

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Linda Bentley talks with defense attorney Randy Knudson after Bentley’s husband, homicide suspect Jimmy Bentley, was arraigned Wednesday in Magistrate Court. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutor Matt Chandler said in court Wednesday the Christmas Eve slaying of a 48-year-old black man may have been racially motivated. The defense attorney […]

Twila Smith

Mrs. Twila Smith, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Billings, Mo., to Junie and Ora Johnson. She lived in Missouri until she was 8 years old, when her family moved to Portales. In 1945, she wound the Maypole before graduating from Portales […]

Texico church finds its mission

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Courtesy photo: Doyal La Rue Joe Humrichous talks about what led him to become a missionary to participants of a missionary conference last weekend at First Baptist Church in Texico. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Joe Humrichous served as pastor of churches in Tennessee, Georgia and Illinois for 32 years. When his wife died […]

Area judges defend right of wives to show support for candidates

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A disclaimer sits next to a campaign sign in the yard at the Clovis home of Jennifer and Judge Richard Hollis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Both Curry County magistrate judges and a retired district judge have campaign signs in their yards supporting 9th Judicial District Attorney candidate […]

First Baptist hosting annual Bible conference

By Darrell Todd Maurina Churches from New Mexico and west Texas will be sending members and leaders to First Baptist Church of Texico for the church’s annual Bible conference beginning Sunday. Started 22 years ago, the Texico Annual Bible Conference is free to the public. This year’s conference will bring the pastor of one of […]

DA summoned to answer for absences

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said Thursday he is satisfied with reasons District Attorney Brett Carter provided for prosecutors missing recent court appearances. But Carter said he’s unhappy that news he was summoned to the bench to show cause for the absences was leaked to the media. Carter said he […]

Questioning Islam

By Darrell Todd Maurina When a missionary to the Islamic world told Pastor Rob Hollis of First Baptist Church of Texico that he’d be available to speak, the church jumped at the chance to offer a presentation on Islam to the community. On Sunday, David Witt of the Voice of the Martyrs organization, a ministry […]

Passions stirred over ‘Christ’ movie

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Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” opened Wednesday in Clovis for a sellout crowd. Many churches are purchasing tickets for their parishioners to watch the movie as a group. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around […]

Hicks, Winona Pierce

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Winona Pierce Hicks, 88, of Clovis died Nov. 27, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Nov. 6, 1915, in Hollis, Okla., to Rueben Garfield and Ivy Lee Burrows Pierce. She moved to Clovis in 1934 from Hollis and married Jason Hicks on July 20, […]

Connolly, Rose

Rose Connolly Services: Have been held. Ms. Rose Katherine Connolly, 66, of Clovis, a homemaker, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at her home. She was born Oct. 20, 1936, in Greenville, Miss., to Frank and Tena Maranto Mason. She came to Clovis in June 1978. She was a Catholic. Family members said she enjoyed traveling […]

Vehicular homicide suspect arraigned

By Gary Mitchell In an emotional arraignment via video Monday, a 32-year-old Clovis man charged with vehicular homicide pleaded for a light bond for his family’s sake. Magistrate Judge Rick Hollis set the bond at $50,000 cash in connection with the death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval, 39, who was killed Friday while attending a holiday […]

Christian school graduates 12

Janet Bresenham Tobias “Tobi” Knierim traveled a great distance to attend Clovis Christian School. Knierim, 18, moved to Clovis in August from his hometown of Langenburg, Germany, a small town of about 2,000 people in the southern part of the country. “I just wanted to be in a Christian school,” Knierim said. “I had never […]