Documentary producer, Buddy Holly’s niece performing at festival

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Courtesy photo Larry Cappetto, an award-winning documentary director and producer, is performing with Buddy Holly’s niece, Sherry Holley, 7 p.m. Friday at the Curry County Events Center as part of the Clovis Music Festival. Robin Coffey The annual Clovis Music Festival kicks off today with a variety of activities and includes something a little unusual […]

Thursday morning briefing: Alumni call, rattlesnakes and Buddy Holly’s

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Calling all alumni Eastern New Mexico University’s Portales Alumni Chapter is expanding to Clovis and surrounding areas and there is a meeting 6 p.m. today at Leal’s Restaurant on Prince Street for anyone interested. Ordering a meal is optional. Information: Tammi Gardner at 562-2125 […]

Monday morning briefing: Meetings, a graduation and Buddy Holly hits in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Meetings watch The following Roosevelt County governing bodies are scheduled to meet this week: • Roosevelt County Commission, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Roosevelt County Courthouse. The agenda includes the budget for the next fiscal year and discussion about Dalley windmill collection relocation expenses. • Roosevelt […]

Holly musical kicks off Clovis Musical Festival

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Cast with Texas Tech students and a couple of professional actors, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story has been performed 20 times this summer as part of the Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, according to Gerald Dolter, a Texas Tech University professor and the show’s producer. Sharna Johnson Kicking off the Clovis Music Festival, the story of Buddy […]

Chamber names Norman Petty studio curator as citizen of the year

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Broad walks through a standing ovation to accept his award Friday as the 2009 Citizen of the Year at the annual Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce Banquet held at the Clovis Civic Center. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The annual Clovis and Curry County Chamber of […]

Press Release: Buddy Holly tribute artist performing at chamber banquet

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Johnny Rogers, a nationally known Buddy Holly Tribute Artist will be performing at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber Annual Banquet “Celebrating the Clovis Sound”. The Banquet will be held on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the Clovis Civic Center. The event begins with a Past […]

Purported Buddy Holly car pulled from sales docket

CNJ staff A car said to have belonged to Buddy Holly has been pulled from a major auction company’s sales docket. Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., said Wednesday it has decided to remove the 1958 Chevrolet from its national auction block because it cannot resolve questions about the authenticity of the car. The coral […]

Press Release: Auction house drops car said to be Holly’s

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – January 13, 2010 – The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, producer of “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™,” announced today that the 1958 Chevrolet Impala scheduled to be sold in Scottsdale, Ariz., will not cross the block.

Authenticity of Buddy Holly vehicle under review

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Clement of Lubbock stopped in Clovis last week with what he says was a Chevrolet Impala purchased for Buddy Holly in Clovis in 1957. He said he bought the car 25 years ago for $1,000. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer An auction company has launched an investigation into […]

Thursday morning briefing: Record BNSF train

Welcome. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Long RR crossing wait BNSF says it set a new train length record from southern California to Clovis. It happened July 10. A 12,000-foot train — that’s 458 cars plus seven locomotives — delivered 11,256 tons to BNSF docking facilities in Clovis. The train traveled 1,151 miles. […]

Buddy, we had no idea

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Buddy Holly is commemorated in the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum in the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce, which opened in Sept. 2008. By David Stevens: FNM Editor Clovis never knew Buddy Holly. Fifty years after his death, Holly’s fame is a foundation for the […]

Buddy from the block

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks A 40-pound block of cheddar cheese is made to look like the image of Buddy Holly Tuesday at the Southwest Cheese Factory. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Whether Buddy Holly ever had positive feelings toward the Green Bay Packers is a matter of conjecture. But one thing’s for sure now: […]

Musician speaks to the heart

By Clyde Davis John Mueller, the fine Buddy Holly impersonator who has oftencome to Clovis, said once that some of Holly’s best music was the “apartment recordings” —

Do what Mom said

Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster has these words of advice for airmen at Cannon Air Force Base: “Treat people the way your mom taught you to and stay focused on your job.” See what else the Air Force Special Operations commander has to say: Cannon Connections • • • Ever wonder what the newspaper editor does all […]

Something for sports fans

Mike Higgins’ sports blog is live on our Freedom New Mexico sites. He writes about high school, college and professional sports of local interest. You can find the feature under “Blogs” in the blue bar atop the Clovis News Journal home page or go to: Short Rutts • • • Clovis schools are celebrating their […]

She appreciates more than the music learned

Clovis schools are celebrating their annual “Music In Our Schools” week. And so editors asked readers if they have a favorite music teacher. Darlene Cunningham’s response: “Music has always been precious to me. Probably my favorite music teacher was my music teacher in high school. Her name is Robin Pederson. She always had time to […]

Rock and roll on line

Clovis schools are celebrating their annual “Music In Our Schools” week. And so our “Web site of the day” will be music related the rest of the week. Today’s site is Buddy Holly’s page at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: Buddy Holly • • • Editor David Stevens has received a […]

Local legends hit stage

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Bobby Vee headlined Saturday’s final show of the Clovis Music Festival at the Clovis Civic Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Shane Cooney, of Clear Lake, Iowa, grew up listening to Buddy Holly as a kid. “I grew up in Clear Lake (where Buddy Holly’s plane crashed), so it’s […]

Visitors get sneak peek at museum

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CNJ correspondent photo: Martha Hardwick Robin Isler of Clovis visits with Jochen Rehberg Jr., left, and his father, Jochen Rehberg Sr., at the Norman Petty Studio tour on Saturday. The Rehbergs came from Hannoves, Germany for the Clovis Music Festival. The museum is set to open next year. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer When […]

Man moves for music

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte John Mueller performs Buddy Holly’s song, “That’ll Be the Day” during the Buddy, Roy and Elvis tribute show at the Clovis Civic Center as part of the the Clovis Music Festival. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer The music and legend of Buddy Holly changed Dave Tobin’s life. Tobin, a […]