School merger passes

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Clovis school board member Lola Bryant, second from left, and other school board members listen to Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm during Tuesday’s school board meeting at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Easy to overlook, he stood on the edge of a group of parents and teachers, barely […]

Board faces difficult, necessary decision

By Rhonda Seidenwurm: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Marshall Junior High to consider school consolidation. The meeting will be open to the public. As the superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools, I have presented our Board of Education with one of the toughest […]

Lincoln-Jackson School began with only two students

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Lincoln-Jackson School, a segregated school, had its beginning in 1924 in the Patterson Chapel Church which was then located at 609 West 1st Street. Miss Marjorie Ford was the first teacher. She came from Temple, Texas to teach two students, Ray Love and Herman Dillard. Mrs. Ida O. Jackson replaced Miss […]

Parents oppose proposed school merger

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Clovis resident Bruce Pollard spoke to parents, school officials and other community members Monday night at Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy reminds Nick Chavez of the comforts of home. “In my Hispanic family, we gather around the kitchen. It’s the warmest spot in the […]

School merger talks center on jobs

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer This is Rosa Soria’s second year as the cafeteria manager at Bella Vista Elementary School. Though she has worked within the school district for 13 years, she isn’t sure she will have the same job next year. “My concerns are for my job — that I will lose it,” […]

Superintendent proposes possible restructuring of district

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Ranchvale Elementary Attendance Secretary Cheryl Forrest works in the office Tuesday afternoon. “This school is cool. I am going to miss it … I truly love this school,” said Forrest about its possible closure. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary teachers and staff wore black to Tuesday’s school board […]

February’s memories not all romantic

By Bob Huber Now that all the sentimental Valentine love stuff is over, let’s talk about why this month always gives me the flimflams. It’s an emotional roller coaster dating back to a religious experience I had in the fourth grade. Each February in those days, docudramas were staged in towns across the land commemorating […]

Companies hope expensive ads pay off in revenue.

CNJ staff and wire reports NEW YORK — There were plenty of tried-and-true techniques used in this year’s Super Bowl ads — talking animals, Clydesdale horses, celebrity cameos. But then came Gladys Knight as a rugby player, an airborne ’72 Impala and a “Mama’s Boy” action figure who was somehow plugging anti-perspirant. Clovis resident Charles […]

Former students from once segregated school reunite

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Former students from what was once an all-black Clovis school got together this weekend, just like they have for the last 15 years, to share old stories, talk about their families and enjoy fellowship. Starting on Friday night and continuing with a banquet on Saturday night, more than 100 former […]

Bomb scare prompts evacuation of dorms

By Kevin Wilson, FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Base personnel help police, firefighters search for device. PORTALES — A bomb scare caused the evacuation of two Eastern New Mexico University residence halls on Thursday, but no explosive device was found. “ENMU police saw a suspicious vehicle and they called us with a mutual aid request,” said Airman 1st […]

Billy the Kid — Outlaw’s authenticity no issue for museum

By Michelle Seeber, Freedom Newspapers Tourist destinations at Fort Sumner certain they have the correct body in the proper grave. Fort Sumner’s Lula Sweet is pretty adamant that Bill the Kid rests below the ground not far from where she works. Sweet, wife of Don Sweet and mother of Tim Sweet, all of whom own […]

Education Calendar 4/22

Today • Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy “Spring Musical,” (grades 1,3,4) at 7 p.m. at Clovis Community College Town Hall. • Yucca Junior High Band Clinic from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the school band room. • Sandia Elementary “Spring Musical” (3,4) at 6:30 p.m. at the school gym. • La Casita Elementary lower grades “Spring […]

Human chess match shows visitors aspect of education

By Jack King, CNJ STAFF WRITER Program shows methods by which students can learn on various levels. At Lincoln Jackson Elementary School Friday a group of Chris Harrell’s sixth-graders took the form live chess pieces, moving around on squares on the floor of the school gym. Some were kings, some were queens and some were […]

Academy’s artistic teaching recognized

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Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy second graders practice their 1551 medieval dance Wednesday on the playground at the school. The second graders, who will perform the dance Friday morning, are studying Shakespeare. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The school walls are busier than those of a college dorm room. Glitter, […]

Education Calendar 2/12

Today > Family Bingo and Chocolate night, 7 p.m. at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy. > Bingo for Books, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Los Ninos Early Intervention Center. > Family reading night at Parkview Elementary. Friday > Valentine’s Day dance at Yucca Junior High, 7 to 10 p.m. > Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. at […]

Education Calendar 1/29

Today > Family Literacy Night — 5:30-7 p.m. > New Mexico High School — Comp exams will be held today at Clovis High School. Friday > A six-grade sale will be held at Cameo Elementary School. > Auditions for the Children’s Opera “Juan Verdades, The Man Who Could Not Tell a Lie,” will be held […]

Clovis students have a dream

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Paige Gardner, a fourth grader at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy, waits for the judging to end after reading her speech Friday at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy during the Martin Luther King Jr. observance day contest. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King For Paige Gardner, a fourth grader at Clovis’ Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy, […]

Clovis ready to celebrate civil rights icon

By Jack King Clovis’ observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday will kick off this evening with the judging of contestants in a speech, essay and poster contest at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy, 206 Alphon St. The theme of this year’s observance is “A Day On, Not A Day Off! A continuous […]

Education Calendar 12/4

Dec. 4 — New Mexico All-State Band Auditions – ENMU, Portales. Dec. 4 — Highland Winter Program – Highland Gym, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 — Lockwood Christmas Program – Marshall Auditorium, 7 p.m. Dec. 4 — Parkview Winter Program – Parkview Gym, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 — Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy […]

Little-known facts about November

Bob Huber Today’s lesson: November history and science stuff. You’ve probably noticed lately that the days are entirely too short. A fellow barely gets out of bed before it’s supper, and it will be next April before it gets much better. We’ll probably have a cold winter too. But joyful thoughts aside, we should ponder […]