Property ‘tax lightning’ raises ire

Liliana Castillo The Payne’s property taxes jumped 60 percent the year after they purchased their Curry County home. James and Robbie Payne were victims of what is being called tax lightning. Tax lightning is caused by a 2001 state law that put a 3 percent annual cap on how much assessed value could rise for […]

Homicide suspect had conflicts with victim

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Anthony Ray Casillas By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There was a history of friction between homicide victim Gary Payne and the man accused of shooting him, according to people who worked for a silage company with the two men. Payne and Anthony Ray Casillas worked together with a crew that traveled throughout eastern New […]

Shooting victim remembered as loving father

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Gary Payne traveled to Lubbock on Thursday afternoon to visit his daughter and see her new house. After the visit, he headed home for Melrose, but never arrived. Police said Payne and a Lubbock woman, Melissa Ward, were shot in the head about 11 p.m. Thursday as they drove […]

CHS alum takes job with Howard Payne

CNJ staff BROWNWOOD, Texas — Clovis High alum Josh Prock was named the new women’s basketball coach last week at Howard Payne University. In replacing Chris Kielsmeier, Prock has some big shoes to fill. Kielsmeier was the winningest coach in school history at 179-44 for seven seasons, and last year led the Lady Jackets to […]

Elida beats defending champs

Wesley Gilmore scored 30 points as Elida beat defending state champion Gateway Christian 75-66 Wednesday night in a Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game at Rio Rancho High School.

Novak trial: Day 9 — Defense tactics irk judge

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad […]

Defense tactics irk judge

Sharna Johnson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad Payne took a verbal […]

Transient’s family accepted way of life

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mother of a transient whose body was discovered in an abandoned house last month said her family is at peace with his death and is thankful for the thoughtfulness Clovis residents showed before and after his death. Marie Autrand of Yuma, Ariz., described her son, Howard J. Payne, […]

Much of transient’s life mystery

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Few people were aware of Howard J. Payne’s existence in Clovis. Even police information about the 52-year-old transient whose body was discovered Tuesday in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart is sketchy. He was in Clovis a few months, though police aren’t sure exactly how long. A public assistance card […]

Clovis body identified as 52-year-old

Freedom Newspapers Fingerprints have established the identity of a body discovered in Clovis Tuesday as that of a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California, according to Clovis police. Howard Payne’s badly decomposed remains were found in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart, according to police. There were no signs of foul play at the […]

Decision on jury trial for airman delayed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A decision on whether a Cannon Air Force Base airman will face a jury trial in connection with his wife’s death has been delayed while more evidence is collected. Investigating officer Lt. Col. Daniel Kiefer agreed Friday to hold Airman Basic Edward Novak II’s Article 32 hearing open for an […]

Their perspective: Melrose grads sound off

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Melrose High School’s class of 2007 includes 20 students. By Freedom Newspapers Thoughts and insights by Melrose’s graduating seniors based on a written survey: Most will be going to college The U.S. military is in Iraq for a good reason Most will likely not return to Melrose to live Alcohol, […]

National Honor Roll

National Honor Roll The National Honor Roll is pleased to announce that Evan Payne of Colleyville, Texas, has been accepted as a member of NHR’s Outstanding American Teachers for 2005-2006. Evan Payne, who teaches fifth-grade Language Arts and American History at Bransford Elementary, will appear in the Outstanding American Teachers 2005-2006 Commemorative Edition. Payne is […]

Wakefield, Milton E.

Milton Eady Wakefield, 87, of Roswell, died Friday, June 23, 2006. He was born July 9, 1918 in Mexia, Texas, to Grady and Blanche Wakefield. He was raised in Portales. He graduated from Portales High School, Amarillo Barber College and attended Eastern New Mexico University. He married Otero Pate on April 29, 1938. After serving […]

Irby, Wanda (Scottie)

Wanda (Scottie) Irby, 78, of Clovis died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at her home. Born Dec. 20, 1927, in Olton, Texas, to L. E. and Lula Dellis Silcott, she married William H. “Bill” Irby Jr. on Sept. 4, 1947, in Olton. She had been a resident of Clovis since 1953 when she moved from Kingsville, Texas. She […]

Purselley, Mae

Mae Purselley, 101, of Farwell died Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born April 8, 1904, in Hatfield, Ark., to Wilson and Nora Davis. She married C.B. Purselley on March 12, 1922, in Texico. She moved to New Mexico in 1909 with her parents, three sisters, and two brothers. They homesteaded […]

La Leche League offers resources to mothers of all ages

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Good news for moms of all ages — “There is no right way to be a mother.” This sage advice was not uttered by an old-world guru. Nor was it passed along by a new-world medicine woman. It was shared by Kimberly Wood, mother of one with another on […]

Lifestyles, etc. 4/24

ENGAGEMENTS Curry/Arthur Mr. and Mrs. Benton Curry of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jamie Dianne Curry of Clovis to Thomas Cort Arthur of Colorado City, Texas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Arthur of Colorado City, Texas. The couple will exchange vows May 28, 2005 at the First Church of […]

Now & then — Ex-Clovis coach has new team on roll

By Dave Wagner Editor’s note: This is a periodic series on former area coaches and players. After a a rocky start, former Clovis High baseball coach Chad Payne has his Houston Memorial squad rolling along in first place in District 21-5A. The Mustangs went 5-8 in predistrict games, but led the district with a 9-0 […]

Farwell resident turns 100 today

Reporter’s Notebook Mae Purselley will reach the century mark in age today. The resident of the Farwell Convalescent Center is a sweet lady who enjoys watching television and engaging in the occasional joke session, said Christine Garcia, a nurse at the center. “Once in a while she jokes around. Everybody just loves her. She’s a […]