Local hardware stores merging

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Richard Petty, owner of Triangle Ace Hardware, and James Burns, owner of Burns Hardware Do-It Center, have decided to merge their stores starting in 2012. The stores will have to undergo some changes, including their national affiliations, but both said the merger will be able to provide more services to […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Smoke, summer events and Richard Petty

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wenesday briefing. Money for ‘Smoke’ Smoke on the water, Clovis’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display, is in desperate need of donations if it is going to happen this year. The Clovis/Curry Chamber says it’s received $11,350 thus far — less than half what is needed […]

Our people: Music fan

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Courtesy photo Petty, middle, with Mickey Thomas, left, and Bobby Vee at the 2010 Clovis Music Festival. Clovis native Randy Petty has been working at Triangle ACE Hardware since he was 11 years old. Petty is now 47 and spends his time as general manager of ACE, a volunteer with Faith Christian Family Church and […]

Donation to fund Mesa Theater renovation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College plans to use a $500,000 donation to renovate Mesa Theater on Main Street. Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College plans to use a $500,000 donation to renovate the historical Mesa Theater on Main Street and rename it the Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center. The donation comes […]

Shop owners say holiday profits mixed

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Betty Mullins of Clovis makes an adjustment Friday to her display of crosses at Main Street Crafters Mall. Mullins has been displaying her craft for the past 10 years and said “I sell more during Christmas and this Christmas has been better than the last.” Alisa Bowell According to many […]

Clovis Christian School hopes to consolidate campuses

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Illustration: David Petty Phase I of Clovis Christian’s east campus is the left wing. The rest of the construction, phase II, will cost $6 million. Clovis Christian School has had two buyers interested in their secondary campus on Hinkle Street this year. The school is hoping to sell the 98-year-old building to move the entire […]

A rockin’ good time

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Johnny Rogers, a Buddy Holly impersonator, took the stage Saturday with Kevin Montgomery to play their music, rather than Holly’s. Liliana Castillo The Clovis Music Festival drew more than 6,000 people over the course of four days. The festival was started in 1987 by Vi Petty in honor of her […]

Music fans flock to Clovis for festival

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Courtesy photo Starship featuring Mickey Thomas is headlining the Clovis Music Festival and will take the Curry County Events Center stage during Thursday’s line up of performances. Liliana Castillo Music fans from England, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas were in town as early as Wednesday for the 2010 Clovis Music Festival. Clovis and Curry County […]

Veteran recalls Navy service

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served for six years in the Navy before leaving the service as a petty officer third class in 1989. Clarence Plank Portales Senior Center Director Dawn Kryder served during peacetime in the Navy. She spent six years in service before leaving the service in […]

Weekly update —

Former DA target of domestic violence case Former District Attorney Randall Harris will soon find himself the target of a prosecution. A domestic violence case against Harris is scheduled for trial Aug. 16. Harris, 49, is charged with assault against a family member, a petty misdemeanor and battery against a household member, a misdemeanor. He’s […]

Listening party draws around 100 visitors to museum

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Kathy Teston shows a copy of Tom Petty’s unreleased CD “Mojo” to Clovis City Commissioner Juan Garza during a Monday night “Mojo Listening Party”. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About 100 people mingled at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Monday night to hear Tom Petty’s […]

Resident hosting Tom Petty listening party

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Teston By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty got Kathy Teston through personal hardships such as beating cancer and going to college at an older age. Her love of Tom Petty’s music with and without his band the Heartbreakers prompted her to enter a contest to host a listening […]

Our People: A bridge to the past

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Broad became an administrator of Vi Petty’s estate one year after Norman Petty died in 1984. Kenneth Broad has been an administrator of Vi Petty’s estate since 1985, the year after Norman Petty died. Before retiring, Broad was a minister. He also provides tours at the Norman and Vi […]

Chamber names Norman Petty studio curator as citizen of the year

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Broad walks through a standing ovation to accept his award Friday as the 2009 Citizen of the Year at the annual Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce Banquet held at the Clovis Civic Center. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico The annual Clovis and Curry County Chamber of […]

Ceremony will mark anniversary of Petty’s death

CNJ Staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a special ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of famed record producer Norman Petty’s death.The ceremony is 10 a.m. Saturday at Mission Gardens Cemetery, the site of Petty’s grave.Petty, who produced records for Buddy Holy, Roy Orbison and others, died Aug. 15, 1984, from leukemia.

Petty Studios documentary airs Thursday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A New Mexico Music Commission produced documentary about the Norman Petty Recording Studio airs 7 p.m. Thursday on the regional PBS station, KENW. Jay Parmenter of Clovis gives tours of the studio during the annual Clovis Music Festival. CNJ staff The New Mexico Music Commission produced a documentary focusing on […]

Class of ’48 recalls memories of Petty during reunion

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Vera Mathwich, left, and Carl Lott, right, take a break during a tour of the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum as part of their 60th class reunion. Mathwich said Petty helped her overcome her fears of the microphone when they worked at Gabriel Monte Vera Mathwich remembers Norman Petty as a brilliant […]

Mural captures Clovis past

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A.C. Bryant of Clovis sits in front of a mural that features him taking an order at Fox Drug store in 1937. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Giving the new Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum some of the classic ambiance is a giant photo of an old-time […]

Museum showcases Petty, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Buddy Holly is one of the featured photos on a mural at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum, located on the lower level of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. The museum will have its grand opening Saturday. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Norman Petty is known […]

Blogger: We must trust God

Blogger Alvin Petty reports: