Unlikely prankster gets last laugh

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist City Meetings Chamber Executive CommWhen I was a kid, April Fools’ Day lasted all month. It was unwritten law in those days that guys got to seek revenge for tricks played on them. To limit that activity to only one day was blatantly unfair. (That edict always ceased at midnight, […]

Angels in disguise appear when needed

By Helene Rodriguez People will come and go in our lives and I believe the same is true for angels. This is the story of one “guardian angel” — someone who briefly appeared in my life to help me through a difficult time. She was the nurse who took care of me the night I […]

God’s love will endure for all eternity

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist On Valentine’s Day, we all get excited to assure those we love that we are thinking about them. Love is not something new. Love was conceived in the heart of God. Jesus demonstrated that love on the cross and the apostle Paul tells us that love is the greatest of attributes. […]

Ex-lawmaker praised for dedication

Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer During the past three years, James Albert Matlock could often be seen driving his red four-door SUV around Curry County, watching the daily progress of new growth — the cheese plant, homes, dairies and other signs of progress. A former community and state leader, Matlock died Wednesday at Laurel Plains […]

Christians are called to be the salt of the earth

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist “You are the salt of the earth,” Jesus once said to his disciples. A German theologian named Helmut Thielicke makes an important point regarding Christ’s words when he notes that Jesus did not say, “You should be the salt of the earth.” No, Christ said, “You are the salt […]

Trusting God makes it easy to take life step by step

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist My sister Susie, who is great at searching e-Bay for bargains, surprised me three summers ago with five cowbells she had ordered. She got five for herself, also. Charlie made wind chimes with the bells for Susie and I. The sight of those cowbells brought to mind the vacation days we […]

Shooting suspect arrested

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Byron Logan By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis police arrested two men late Friday evening in connection with last month’s slaying of a 31-year-old Clovis man. Byron Logan, 22, of Clovis, was arrested without incident at his residence and is charged with an open count of murder in the death of Tony Parker. Parker […]

Grandma was a snuff-spitting joker

Don McAlavy This story comes from John Paul Pitts, a Texas oil man. He was 9 years old when he feared the world had come to an end near Wink, Texas, about 200 miles south of Clovis. This was in 1940, on a Saturday night, long after the sun had set. A mess of roughnecks […]

We could use another Lone Ranger

By Ruben A. Pro: Guest columnist I believe I have part of the problem facing this country now. What we need now is what has been missing for almost two generations or more — we need national heroes, whether real or fictional. The past two or three generations have missed what my 1930s and ’40s […]

Reagan gave inspiration to free people

When the talking heads with microphones and cameras show up, most of those in the long lines to honor Ronald Reagan say little more than, “It’s a piece of history,” or “You have to respect somebody who rose from nothing to become president.” But their very presence suggests the bond goes deeper than mere affection […]

Man anticipated risk in Vietnam

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Pfc. Jimmy Hohstead was approaching the end of his scheduled duty in Vietnam when he was killed in action on Oct. 9, 1967, according to his sister, Donna White. Hohstead’s death came as a blow to his sister. The two had just a few years before suffered the […]

Fort Sumner enjoys twin track titles

By Dave Wagner Mario Martinez knew that, barring something way out of the ordinary, his Fort Sumner boys track team would repeat its Class 1A state championship over the weekend in Albuquerque. Winning four of five finals on Friday put the Foxes in a nearly unbeatable position, but they did what they could to prevent […]

Don’t hide behind other people’s influences

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist During my early college days, I had many excellent college professors and then I had some who were not so good. Furthermore, I had one professor in particular who was very intimidating. It was my sophomore year. I needed an English literature class in my degree plan so I had […]

Uneducated drivers roam Clovis streets

Letters to the Editor After reading Friday’s letters to the editor regarding traffic citations issued at Commerce and Prince streets, I have come to the conclusion that everything is the fault of something else, not our own fault. Did those who were ticketed ever consider yielding the right of way or letting another go first? […]

Lasiter, Tim “Patch”

TIM LASITER Services: Have been held. Mr. Tim “Patch” Lasiter, 33, of Clovis, a water technician, died Nov. 30, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on April 14, 1970, in Roswell, to Tim and Debbie Proctor Lasiter. He was a resident of Texico, where he graduated from high school in 1988. […]

Father always knew where to find friend

From the editor’s desk Several months ago, I asked readers to share family stories. Several did, and I’ll try to pass them along before the end of the year. This one is from Peggie Callaway of Melrose. She wrote about a friend of her father’s who accompanied her family when they moved to California from […]

Nebraska junior leads ENMU to strong finish

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Eastern junior Karrisa Huskey led the Zias with a fifth-place finish. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Karissa Huskey had just finished running the race of her life, and she looked like she was ready to go again. Huskey placed fifth overall with a time of 23:44.6 over 6 kilometers to […]

You never know where you will find your calling

Judy Brandon There was a time in my life when I thought I would be a junior high schoolteacher forever — or at least until I retired. Yet, after seven years of junior high school days filled with spit wads, students sent to the office with disciplinary notes, early morning pep rallies and hall duty, […]

Victim’s sister: ‘Part of me’ gone

Darrell Todd Maurina Police said an ongoing “situation” throughout the day on Tuesday may have led to Clovis’ latest homicide, but they offered no details. James Rogers, 42, was charged with open murder on Wednesday in connection with Tuesday evening’s shooting death of David Michael Wilt, 47, outside a home at 4220 North Prince. Police […]

Report: Inmate wanted to protect mother

By Darrell Todd Maurina Martin Smith told a jail officer he swallowed a packet of methamphetamine on Saturday night because he didn’t want his mother to find out on Mother’s Day that he had been arrested for drug possession. The Clovis man died early Sunday morning from complications related to the meth ingestion, officials said. […]