Support strong for Kid to remain at rest

Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is some big stuff going on, and I am not just talking about who is going to be our next American Idol. Don’t laugh. The word derives from “idolatry,” the “worship of a physical object as a god.” That is why, once chosen, we always remember and respect these emerging […]

Staying in Iraq will bring officials more dilemmas

The scene was a sad reminder of the dangers that remain in Iraq, long after the nation has been liberated from Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime. Four civilians who worked for a North Carolina-based security company were killed in an ambush of their SUV in Fallujah, a city west of Baghdad, on Wednesday. Then crowds dragged […]

Man takes own life with store-bought gun

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales man killed himself in a Clovis pawn shop Friday afternoon after he bought a shotgun and ammunition in the store, police said. William H. Windley Jr., 32, went into Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City, where he purchased a shotgun and ammunition of unknown gauge, put the weapon to his head, […]

Area veterans meet need for new memorial

Freedom Newspapers T he Clovis Joint Veterans Council announced last week it plans to build a monument to Curry County veterans who have been killed in war. This is great news. Curry County has a prominent war memorial: six stone tablets outside Clovis/Carver Public Library “Dedicated to Curry County veterans who served their country.” But […]

Iraq occupation not worth lives with no clear goal

Freedom Newspapers The news from last weekend that American soldiers killed 46 guerrilla fighters (the exact number is disputed) during several attacks in Samarra, a small town near Saddam Hussein’s home town of Tikrit, suggests the “postwar” in Iraq has moved to a different level, one that more closely resembles, as several military commanders have […]

Pedestrian killed when struck by car

CNJ STAFF An 80-year-old man was struck and killed by a motorist on the 2200 block of North Prince Street on Saturday night, police said. Late Saturday night police identified the victim as Robert Grimm. Sgt. John Corley of the Clovis Police Department said Grimm, whose hometown was not immediately known, was hit about 6:45 […]

Suicide bombings belittle meaning of religious day

Freedom Newspapers It is perhaps a sign of degradation in our times that the coming of almost any religious holiday brings warnings of death and destruction — not from any supernatural being but from misguided humans who claim to be doing the will of the deity. Thus the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia felt compelled […]

U.S. releases photos of Odai and Qusai’s bodies

The Associated Press Editor’s note: Photos of the bodies appear at the end of this story. They are very graphic in nature, and parents should use caution in showing them to children and some adults. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. military released graphic after-death photographs Thursday in an effort to prove to Iraqis that […]

Billy the Kid probably a media creation

By Ned Cantwell Somewhere between heaping one more spoonful of potato salad onto the plate and decorating the hot dog with colorful pickles and mustard, a sense of foreboding clouds this celebration of our independence. Nagging thoughts: – Where in the heck are those WMDs (weapons of mass destruction)? – When will the next TIM […]

Muleshoe man killed in one-vehicle rollover

By Angela Peacock A Muleshoe man and Bailey County employee was killed Thursday in a one-vehicle rollover involving the work truck he was driving. Mario Melendez, 24, was 13 miles south of Muleshoe driving westbound on FM 746 when his right inside rear tire blew out causing him to lose control and roll the Bailey […]