Birthdays — Jan. 23

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Adelicia Cordova Adelicia Cordova of Clovis will celebrate her 90th birthday 5 p.m. Jan. 24, at Leal’s Restaurant. The celebration will be hosted by her son, James Leroy Cordova and two daughters, Elena Vigil and Connye Cordova Bynum. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, in Sombrio. She has 10 children, 23 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. [...]

Anniversaries — Sept. 19

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Black Paten and Gwen Black of Clovis celebrated their 50th anniversary June 18, 2010, at Leal’s restaurant. The celebration was hosted by their two daughters, Brenda Black and Sandra Lynn and was celebrated with family and friends. The couple was married June 17, 1960, in Sanderson, Texas. They have two daughters and one grandson. They [...]

Anniversaries — Sept. 5

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Cabrera Black Paten and Gwen Black of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 18, 2010, at Leal’s Restaurant. The celebration was hosted by Brenda Black, Sandra and Jeff Lynn and Chad Lynn. The couple was married June 17, 1960, in Sanderson, Texas. They have two children and one grandchild. They are both semi-retired owners [...]

Business digest: Leal’s to raise funds for United Way

Leal’s to raise funds for United Way The Leal’s Mexican Restaurant crew is gearing up to give to United Way on Thursday, when 10 percent of sales will go towards United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising drive. The organization, which funds charities in Curry and Roosevelt counties, reported last week it is at $481,137 [...]

Monday morning briefing: Tribute to Jesse Leal

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Tribute to an inspiration: Jesse Leal, founder of Leal’s Mexican food restaurants, died Friday at age 79. An anonymous Clovis News Journal reader passed along this tribute: “I never personally met Mr. Leal, but I have heard many wonderful stories about him. I am a former employee [...]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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Courtesy photo Leal By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He [...]

Oct. 19, 2008 Anniversaries

Richards Marion and Mary Jo Richards of Texico are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25, 2008, at Leal’s Restaurant, 2115 N. Prince St. R.L. Richards, Lecil Richards, Damon Richards and Quata Casaday are hosting the luncheon. The couple was married Oct. 26, 1948, in Fame, Okla. They have [...]

11-11 Births

Leal Brayden John Leal was born Oct. 10, 2007, to Franky and Amy Leal of Clovis at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock. He weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces. Grandparents are Jimmy and Linda Dimas and Leo and Kathy Leal, all of Clovis. Great-grandparents are Flora Dimas of Texas City, Texas, Sylvia Gonzales and Nabor Leal, [...]

Petition gaining steam

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Several Clovis restaurants have become signature collection points to support a petition for alcohol sales on Sundays. The Committee for Clovis Progress started Wednesday its petition to collect 725 signatures from Clovis registered voters to put Sunday Alcohol sales on the March 4 municipal election ballot, according committee spokesperson [...]

Business Feature: Leal’s celebrates 50 years of spice

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Quannah Saiz, left, and Monica Lott of Clovis have lunch Monday at Leal’s restaurant on Mabry Drive. The pair said they’ve been coming to Leal’s for years. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Sergio Leal begins each day at 4:30 a.m. making homemade tortillas in Muleshoe. From there the tortillas [...]