Education column: Middle school play impressive

The classic Dickens tale of “A Christmas Carol” was recreated last week in Clovis to a standing ovation at the end of the performance. Adults and kids filled the audience and, as always, good old Marshall auditorium had that special atmosphere of bated breath in anticipation of a theatrical performance. Impressive special effects were included, [...]

Births —

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Hay Kadon K. Hay, left, Kolton B. Hay, middle, and Katie N. Hay, right, were born Nov. 11, 2011, to Daniel and Trisha Hay of Portales at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Kadon weighed 4 pounds 15 ounces, Kolton weighed 5 pounds 3 ounces and Katie weighed 5 pounds 1 ounce. They have two brothers, [...]

Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis junior James Moten of the Clovis High School JROTC stands at attention while presenting the colors Friday at Marshall Middle School Veterans Day assembly to honor veterans past and present. Marshall Principal Jay Brady said this is the time their veterans day event was open to the public. Benna [...]

Officials break ground on school construction projects

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed School board members and local dignitaries collaborate to break ground for Gattis Middle School which is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2013. Benna Sayyed It was a busy day for Clovis Municipal Schools, with groundbreaking ceremonies for its new middle school and a renovation project at another school. [...]

Input sought to name new middle school

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is seeking public input in selecting a name and mascot for the district’s third middle school, which will open in the 2013-14 school year. The district’s first survey gives residents the option to name the middle school Liberty, Bataan, W.D. Gattis, Llano Estacado, Robert H. McDougal, Clovis or [...]

School board members table decision on new middle school name

Kevin Wilson Citing a desire for more public input on the matter, Clovis school board members tabled consideration of a new name, mascot and color scheme for its incoming middle school. Superintendent Terry Myers said the school, scheduled to open in the 2013-14 school year, is two months away from shovels going into the dirt. [...]

Middle East wars can’t end soon enough

Freedom Newspapers It’s a start. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he would withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. He promised, “(We) will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge” of troop levels he began in 2009. About 67,000 troops then would remain [...]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth [...]

Obama wants to drill — but only in Brazil

Gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in California, twice what they were when Barack Obama took office. But sometimes overlooked is that prices previously declined partly because of worldwide recession depressing demand. As economies recover, demand increases, and so do prices. Moreover, Middle East instability now threatens supplies, adding more upward price pressure as [...]

Wildcadettes holding annual dance

CNJ staff The Clovis High School Wildcadettes are hosting their annual dance spectacular Tuesday. The event, called a Night of Spectacular Dance, will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Admission is free. During the event, the dance teams from Marshall Middle School, Yucca Middle School, Clovis High Freshman Academy and Clovis High [...]