Grant McGee: Manners lesson from mom

Grant McGee The Lady of the House and I were having breakfast at a local eatery when I got to thinking about manners; manners in restaurants to be specific. It seems there are some manners everyone follows and others no one cares about. “You know,” I said, “You just don’t hear anyone belch in a […]

Grant McGee: Classroom punishments thing of the past

Grant McGee There’s a news story out of Santa Fe about a shop teacher who allegedly locked up an unruly student in a storage area. Authorities say she could face child abuse and false imprisonment charges. The story brought back memories of my eighth grade math teacher, Mr. Rigdon. Mr. Rigdon had his ways to […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

McGee: Christmas lights make town sparkle

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The joke goes, “You know you’re from New Mexico if you leave your Christmas lights up year round.” No worries about that around our house; The Lady of the House had Christmas packed up a couple of days ago, lights and all. “That’s it,” she said, smacking her hands together. […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist McGee: New toilets leave wife and I flush with excitement We put new toilets in the Stucco Hacienda the other day. It felt good to join the 21st century with units that use just a little bit of water instead of gallons. It was also good to have a throne […]

Grant McGee: Harmony hard to achieve

“I suppose aggression is the way of the universe,” I said to The Lady of the House last Saturday. We were at a local eatery. She peered over her menu. “What now?” She said. I told her the story about the guy in south Florida who woke up one morning to find his home had […]

Grant McGee: Small town holds wondrous discoveries

Grant McGee Haven’t you found things around your town and wondered how they got here? For instance The Lady of the House and I were watching a movie we picked up at a yard sale. “NOT FOR SALE OR RENTAL. FOR AWARD CONSIDERATION PURPOSES ONLY.” These words popped up occasionally along the bottom of the […]

Grant McGee: Yard sale brings back memories of ‘draggin’ Main’

Grant McGee Do you remember “draggin’ Main”? You know, spending Saturday nights riding up and down the main street of your town. I got to thinking about this after encountering three sisters having a yard sale. I had picked up an old cassette they were selling and was looking at the tunes on it from […]

Grant McGee: A lesson in forgiving and forgetting

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McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

McGee: Corrections officers deserve salute

One of our area jails has a new guy in charge. That can’t be an easy job. I mean, on one hand you’re basically working for a committee, and on the other, you’re sitting on top of what is, for all intents and purposes, a pressure cooker. I had a brief career as a corrections […]

McGee: I’m OK with going global

We might as well get used to customer service centers from the other side of the planet. I have this feeling we’re going to being dealing with them for more and more stuff. You’re familiar with what I’m talking about, right? Something goes on the fritz with some modern day electronic doomaflatchit, you call customer […]

Grant McGee: Secret Service dudes and tambourines

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist I overheard some folks talking the other day, calling one of our area churches a “cult.” Did you know we have a cult around here? I didn’t. But I think I may have visited one in Arizona. During my trucking days I saw an ad in a Phoenix paper showing […]

Lady Cats dominate Mayfield in final

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Clovis and Mayfield share a lot. Each has won a state title recently, each are 5-0 this season, and each breezed through the first two round of the Mel Otero Invitational tournament. But Saturday’s tournament title contest turned out to be no contest as the defending Class […]

Former Hell’s Angel now preaches Gospel

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The First Church of the Nazarene will be host to an ex-Hell’s Angel for a four day revival beginning Sunday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Jerry McGee was previously a Harley-Davidson riding member of the Hell’s Angels who sold narcotics to support his own addiction. These days McGee is an […]

Mayfield tops Sandia; other tournament scores

The Associated Press Mayfield 78, Sandia 65 ALBUQUERQUE — Mayfield used its full court press and strong shooting to defeat Sandia 78-65 Thursday in the semifinals of the girls Class 5A State Tournament. Mayfield, which will play the winner of the Clovis-Rio Rancho game in the championship Saturday, hopes for a rematch to defend its […]

McGee, Tommy

Tommy McGee Services: Have been held. Tommy McGee, 87, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at the VA Hospital in Amarillo. He was born on March 21, 1917, in Sulfur Springs, Texas, to Margaret and Flavy McGee. He moved from Wink, Texas to Portales when he was a young boy. He married Belle McCall […]

In Tribute

by David Irvin Former teacher became mayor She was a longtime school teacher, faithful volunteer in the Methodist church, and for 4 1/2 years in the late 1960s, mayor of a small town in the Texas Panhandle. Isabelle “Izzie” Perkins died Sept. 21 at Bridges Retirement Manor in Clovis. She was 102. “She was like […]

Coffey, Leanoard

Leonard Coffey Services: Have been held. Mr. Leonard Coffey, 82, of Clovis, died Monday, April 5, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on March 30, 1922, in Rawls, Texas, to Lonnie and Claire Griffin Coffey. He married Thelma Skeen on July 3, 1943, in Clovis. He was a member and a […]