Birthdays —

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Reeves [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Mrs. Maxcine Reeves celebrated her 90th birthday at the home of her son, Lewis Reeves, on July 30. Present were over 60 people , friends, family and three generations of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Maxcine had seen on TV a quilt painted on a barn. Being an avid quilter, […]

Firefighters, others work through holiday

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson International House of Pancakes manager Joan Wilson, front, helps cook Rusty Beevers prepare meals Saturday afternoon. The two said they were working their second Christmas with the restaurant and customer flow was consistent throughout the day. Kevin Wilson The dry roads and mid-40s temperatures made it clear there would be […]

Birthdays — Dec. 12

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Romero [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Ryder Romero of Clovis celebrated his 1st birthday Dec. 10, 2010. His parents are Brandi Bonney and Ronnie Romero. His grandparents are Ronnie Sr. and Andrea Bonney and Richard Romero and Peggy Trujillo and the late Debra Romero. Great-grandparents are Alex and Linda Bonney and Nap and the late Irene […]

Friday morning briefing: Lots of brass, a chance to dance and a here come the 20s

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Lots of brass Eastern New Mexico University will host the University Brass Choir’s performance, “A Holiday Concert,” at 7 p.m.

Gus Macker tournament rescheduled for Saturday

Kevin Wilson Gus Macker is taking another shot at Clovis. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament originally set for June is scheduled to tip off 8 a.m. Saturday in the east parking lots of Clovis Community College, adjacent to the Health and Fitness Center. “We’re all set, ready to come,” said Patty Donovan, a marketing manager for […]

Communities should get a little ‘self pride’

By Clyde Davis: Freedom columnist There are lots and lots of jokes about hearing voices in one’s head, a supposed sign of instability. I have seen T-shirts and bumper stickers which proclaim “I Hear Voices in my Head, but at Least they Like Me,”and similar sentiments. More serious, of course, is the reality behind the […]

First person: Barry teacher helps enrich learning experience

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sharon White teaches her grandchildren with educational games and toys. CNJ staff Sharon White has been in charge of the Enrichment Lab at Barry Elementary School for five years. Students attend the lab in 30 minute increments to get one-on-one help with their class work. Planting the seed: We had […]

Perspective always changes as we age

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Lots of things change as we get older. If you don’t believe that, just take a look at your kids. And I don’t even have to look that far. I can just look at my kids’ dogs. Ol’ Zeke, the college dog, is a Great Dane. Our son Chris called […]

Frugality easier than you think

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Tough economic times require tough action. A check of the daily headlines or your 401K statement will tell the time for that action is now. Sales are down in lots of businesses, wage freezes or layoffs are occurring and the job market is tight. One of the best […]

Hounds seek lots of help with signings

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With national signing day today, Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan knows the Greyhounds need a lot of help. Only two players, 6-foot-8 post Tommy York and sophomore guard Matt Churchman, are scheduled to return from this season’s injury and suspension-depleted squad which struggled to a […]

It’s their business: Bigs Lots

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Big Lots Location: 820 E. 21st St. What they do: Sell name-brand products at closeout prices. Who’s in charge: Ralph Aguilar is the manager. Employees: 19 How long in business: Two years Hours of business: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, […]

Food fuels football fun

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Every year, sports fans around the globe gather with friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl, and the communities of Portales and Clovis are no different. In addition to the various decorations, jerseys and drinks, another necessary component of a proper Super Bowl fest is food. Michelle Taylor, […]

Holiday time to count blessings

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

Fears are challenges everyone must face

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist One of my favorite short stories is Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” where Gregor Samsa wakes up as a gigantic insect and has to deal with his newfound identity. I like this story because it deals with change, something that I have experienced many times since joining the ranks of “military spouse and […]

What we need is grace — costly but free

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist I am in Austin, Texas, this week with my wife, her honor the municipal judge, as she is taking a week of special training. I’m all for that. Training is a good thing. It’s good for our city officials to be highly trained. I’m lobbying for more of such training, […]

Big Lots coming to Clovis

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Big Lots will lease part of the former Furr’s supermarket building on 21st Street, company officials said. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff A national closeout retailer confirmed Thursday the company plans to open a store in Clovis before the end of the year. Big Lots, a Fortune 500 company that deals in closeouts and […]

New septic tank rules could cost home builders

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New state septic tanks standards may increase the cost of building a home in rural areas. That is the unsettling reality of stricter septic tank regulations, according to one septic tank installer. “Every ranch house, farm house, (and) anytime you see a house in the country, it’s got a […]

Pop black culture ignorant, disrespectful

By Leonard Pitts, Jr. It was a sunlit moment. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had students in my pop culture class talking about black images in entertainment media. As part of that discussion, I showed them a movie — Spike Lee’s 2000 satire, “Bamboozled.” It is in some ways a deeply flawed film. […]

Expanding housing market brings developers from Texas, Arizona

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Out-of-town developers are starting to take notice of Clovis’ expanding housing market. Of the four subdivisions currently awaiting review from the Clovis Planning and Zoning Committee, three are being developed by out-of-town companies. “For the most part it has been local developers, but here recently we’ve had developers from […]

Some Thoughts on Long Pastorates and Great Churches

Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist An aging and highly-respected minister who’d been serving the same congregation for many years was once asked by a group of young pastors, “How can you stay in one church and work successfully for such a long time?” I don’t know what kind of sage counsel they expected, but his […]