Thursday morning briefing: School alerts, breakfast at the Legion and Ground Hog Day

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. New school alerts Clovis Municipal Schools are now using a new Skylert Calling System as part of the district’s Student Information Management System. Skylert enables the district to contact parents via phone, email, and text message. Examples of system uses include student absences, low […]

Club notes — Oct. 10

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American Legion: Courtesy photo Janet Romero, Unit 25 President, giving her report for Unit 25 in Clovis. American Legion Auxiliary On Oct. 2, the 4th District of the American Legion Auxiliary held its fall district meeting. The purpose of the district meeting is for the units in each of the districts to give their reports […]

Memorial Day services planned across region

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Memorial Day observances are planned across the region to honor fallen soldiers. Among organizations planning ceremonies Monday in Portales are the American Legion Post 31 in Portales, United Daughters of the Confederacy chapters from Portales and Clovis and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. American Legion Post 31 Commander Joe […]

American Legion hosting community dinner

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis American Legion Post 25 is throwing a free pre-holiday dinner Saturday and it’s open to anyone. “This is for everybody in Clovis,” said Philip Duran, Post 25 member. Duran said Post 25 has prepared this meal for everyone, not just Legion members and their families. This dinner is part of […]

Old veterans daunted with current wars

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist A small group of U.S. war veterans, the age difference among them as wide as 70 years, gathered this month at American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, Va., for a special event at the annual Veterans Day Community Fair. They had agreed to participate in a “living history,” co-hosted by […]

American Legion Post 25 delivers Thanksgiving meals

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte American Legion Post 25 member Tom Creehan was one of the 28 volunteers who prepared and delivered Thanksgiving dinners to needy residents. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Chris Franklin typically spends his Saturdays working out and lifting weights. This Saturday the Clovis High junior did some lifting, but instead […]

American Legion granted extension on fire code

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer City commissioners granted the American Legion Post 117 a six-month extension to comply with a city fire code regarding the installation of a fire hydrant. City commissioners said during Thursday’s meeting the non-profit organization for military veterans can open its new post at 2800 W. Grand Ave. next week […]

Jan. 27

Sunday: The American Legion Post 25 bingo is at 2 p.m. at 2400 W. Seventh St. Information: 763-5392.

Ho ho, hogs

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Daniel Platt of Clovis rides with a bag of toys on his bike Saturday during the Harley-Davidson Toy Drive. The toys were collected from Platt’s coworkers at Cummins Natural Gas Engines. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Mix holiday spirit, Santa hats and leather jackets, and you get the High […]

In Tribute: Santiago Hidalgo

Santiago Hidalgo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He dedicated years of his life to helping others through community service and the American Legion. A wounded Vietnam veteran, Santiago “Saunty” R. Hidalgo made helping youth and fellow veterans his purpose in life. He wore many hats, holding the position of chaplain with American Legion Post […]

Clovis establishments cited for selling alcohol to minors

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Police allege two Clovis businesses sold alcohol to minors on New Year’s Eve during a sting operation by the Department of Public safety. Administrative citations are pending against the American Legion Post 25 and Kelley’s Bar and Grill package store, according to a press release from the Department of […]

American Legion members give back to those in need

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Friends and family examine — and informally weigh — the contents of a Thanksgiving box donated to Della Duran through the Sons of the American Legion Post 25. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The cold, gusty morning gave Theresa Buckley the chance to give something she never received — a […]

Connell, Dixie

Dixie Lee Connell, 51, of Logan, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari. She was born on Nov. 13, 1952, in Fort Sumner, to Pecos and Eleanor Cater Finley. She graduated from Fort Sumner High School in 1970. She married Billy L. Connell on May 2, 2002. Family members said she […]

Castillo, Frank

Frank Castillo Services: Have been held. Mr. Frank G. Castillo, 80, of Clovis, died Friday, July 9, 2004, at his home. He was born on March 4, 1924, in Pearsall, Texas, to Roman and Maria Gonzales Castillo. He married Cleo Gallegos on Dec. 15, 1947, in Clovis. He was a resident of Clovis since 1948 […]

Legion post ruined

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Decades of camaraderie and Friday night bingo sessions faded with the smoke and flames that engulfed the second floor of American Legion Post 117 late Wednesday afternoon. Nobody was in the structure at 1400 W. Seventh St. and firefighters reported no injuries, but the more than 55-year-old building is […]

American Legion to host state convention

CNJ Staff Roughly 500 members of American Legion posts statewide will be in Clovis today through Sunday for the state’s annual convention. The event will kick off this morning with a golf tournament for American Legion members at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. American Legion members across the state voted to have Clovis American Legion […]

Cannon honors decorated veteran

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent A decorated Clovis veteran will be honored today for service to his community and country. Santiago Hidalgo, 58, will be the first honoree for the Cannon Air Force Base Airman Leadership School “Wall of Heroes” at 10:30 a.m. at the base. The event is closed to the public. Chief Master […]

CCC to hold annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta at Legion Post

By Michelle Seeber, Freedom Newspapers Holiday commemorates victory by ragtag Mexican army over French forces in 1862. In the mood for a party? Clovis Community College invites the pubic to its second annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Saturday at the American Legion Post No. 25. Food from some of Clovis’ best restaurants will be […]

Brackney, Henry

Henry Brackney Services: Have been held. Henry A. Brackney, 67, of Clovis, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Southwest Regional Skilled Nursing Center in Lubbock. He was born Dec. 20, 1936, in Wellington, Kan., to Robert T. and Ruby Meekins Brackney. He married Marie Hurtado on Sept. 27, 1975, in Albuquerque. He had been a resident […]

Veterans Day breakfast annual Clovis tradition

By Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 450 came to American Legion Dean Lucas Post 25 Tuesday morning for a Veterans Day breakfast that provided a free meal to veterans, firefighters, police, active duty military and their families. Post Commander Ricardo Hidalgo described it as a “fantastic turnout.” The Veterans Day breakfast has been an annual tradition […]