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 […]