Local businesses enhance public spirit

Clyde Davis The compliments must go out to local businesses which, not only during the holiday, but in other times of the year, do what they can to spread and enhance public spirit. I have lived in enough places to know that, not only Clovis, but every town, has its detractors, and that many or […]

Halloween festivals more fun

Karl Terry Trick-or-treating was a big part of the fall season when I was a kid but the annual Fun Festival at L.L. Brown Elementary School was a fall classic. When I was trick-or-treat age we lived in the country and so that activity wasn’t as big for us as it was for city kids […]

First person: Parks director sets youth activities as top priority

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Bizzell of Clovis is moving from education to parks and recreation after 38 years in schools. Bill Bizzell of Clovis is the new parks and recreation director in Clovis. Bizzell has lived in Clovis since 1972. Currently, he is the superintendent of Bovina Independent School District. Bizzell’s first official day […]

Influence should be cherished, used to nurture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I am ready for some rain now. I would like to hear that thunder, see that lightening am ready for spring. Yet, thunderstorms bring me back to thoughts of tornado country in the rural area in Arkansas where my grandparents lived. When I was a child, I delighted in the […]

Family describes victim as loner

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Courtesy photo Clifford Webber pictured in a Prince Street Baptist Church publication in the late 1980’s as a teen. He is described by friends and family as a troubled loner. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when […]

Life too short to wait

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When I was in high school, I went with a girlfriend many times to see her grandmother, who lived in a rest home. The first time I went with her, we arrived at about 11:30 in the morning. What caught our attention was a little lady, sitting in the “parlor” […]

Immigrants guaranteed rights, too

Freedom New Mexico Americans have lived under the same Constitution, and behind the same Declaration of Independence, for more than two centuries. It’s sad, then, to see that so many people don’t know — or at least don’t appreciate — the basic precepts those great documents assert. Sadly, even members of our own government — […]

Samaritan opportunities all around us

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist She has been gone now for many years. Our children were small and she lived not far from our home. She rarely enjoyed the pleasure of anyone’s company. When I stumbled upon her, it was at a time when I was involved in delivering sacks of groceries for a church […]

Shooting victim remembered as thoughtful, caring

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Courtesy photo Melissa Ward was shot and killed while traveling in a van last week in Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Despite living a hard life, shooting victim Melissa Ward had a big heart, according to residents in the Lubbock neighborhood where she lived. Ward, who was shot and killed while traveling in […]

Inmate escape short-lived

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer