Cats cruise to win over Goddard

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Goddard’s Jesus Baca is tackled by Clovis defenders Mel Grassel (71), Chase Denton (56) and Cade Wheeler (26) during Friday’s game at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Sweet to Matthews is becoming music to Clovis’ ears. Wildcats senior quarterback Devin Sweet and junior wide receiver Rishard […]

Clovis clips Rio Rancho in final seconds

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer RIO RANCHO — Clovis rolled the dice twice in the final minutes and came out a winner of its fourth straight game. In what turned out to the winning drive, senior quarterback Devin Sweet kept the drive on a short fourth-down run and then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass […]

Hunter leads Cats to victory

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Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth Clovis’ Brian Mead looks to make a move on Highland’s Timothy Medina during the first half of their game Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Sporting a 100-watt, gap-toothed smile, Diondre Hunter sounded like an awestruck sophomore in the locker room after the game, addressing his senior […]

Restaurant owner vows she’s staying

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Connie Rios, an employee at Da’s Tailor Shop & Dry Cleaning, folds a pair of U.S. Air Force pants Wednesday at the shop across U.S. Highway 60/84. Rios said on a busy day she will press over 200 uniforms. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the customers at her Thai-food […]

Wildcats ride big plays

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — For the first time against live opposition, the Clovis High football team generally got a passing grade in Friday’s scrimmage against Las Cruces High at the Wool Bowl. The Cats’ No. 1 offense scored four touchdowns while Las Cruces tallied twice. The Bulldawgs also got a score […]

Newcomers could help Cats, Rams this fall

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Clovis High junior Rishard Matthews is playing football for the first time after his family moved from California to Clovis earlier this year. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Avid football fans are quick to notice when an unfamiliar name pops up on the roster of their favorite team. If it […]

Shop Hop brings quilters together for specials, camaraderie, fabric

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Fabric lines the store of Patchwork House as Mandy Laseter of Amarillo shops during the 2005 Top of Texas Shop Hop Friday in Clovis. The shop hop involves shoppers traveling to 11 fabric shops in New Mexico and West Texas. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Call it shop hopping — hitting […]

Matthews cooked up book in spite of stroke

By Don McAlavy John Matthews’ life suddenly changed in 1984 when suffered his first serious stroke. Then 55, Matthews had been a full-time youth and music minister. Bu the major impact of his stroke was visual impairment. “After that stroke I couldn’t lead music, couldn’t drive; so I started looking around for what I could […]

Teams forming for Relay For Life

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Judith Matthews sews a label on a pink ribbon-themed quilt Saturday at her store in downtown Clovis. Matthews is donating the quilt to raise money for Relay For Life. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Teams are now forming for the Curry County American Cancer Relay For Life scheduled for […]

Dinner unites British

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The Union Jack hangs from a pool table as former British subjects gather for a pot-luck supper Wednesday at the 801 housing Community Center in Clovis. CNJ photos: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Despite spending nearly three decades in Clovis, Judith Matthews hasn’t lost her British accent or her love for her home country. […]

The woman in the sunbonnet leaves legacy that will never die

By Jack King Teola Artman was a mainstay in Clovis-area scouting for more than 50 years. Artman, who moved to Clovis in 1930 with her husband Emery, a signal supervisor with the Santa Fe railroad, became a den mother in 1937, when her son, Neil, joined the Cub Scouts. Later, she became a troop leader […]