Honors — April 24

Rutledge Erica Nicole Rutledge of Denver, Colo., received a $1,000 scholarship grant from Beta Sigma Phi. Rutledge was sponsored for this scholarship by the local chapter, Kappa Mastre of Clovis. Recipient’s are chosen based on their scholastic standing, community involvement, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay. Erica is the granddaughter of Bunny Marston, member […]

Teacher rewarded for exceptional instruction

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis teacher who aims to bring history to life has been honored by the New Mexico Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mike Rutledge has been named the New Mexico Citizenship Teacher of the Year for grades nine through 12 by the state veterans organization. He teaches social studies and […]

Charles W. Rutledge

Charles W. Rutledge, 68, died Nov. 4, 2005, in Albuquerque. He was born in Clovis in 1937, and worked for many years with First Federal Savings and Loan, where he became president in 1975. As a career banker, he demonstrated his flair for architecture and real estate development, and was the founding father of the […]

Roslyn R. Byars

Roslyn R. Byars, 86, died Sept. 10, 2005, in Grapevine, Texas.  She graduated from Clovis High School in 1938, and worked for the Civil Service Administration. She served as secretary for Terrace Acres Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, for more than 10 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlett E. Byars;  […]

Jury: Melrose man guilty of vehicular homicide

By Darrell Todd Maurina Harry Downey, 70, showed no emotion Friday in Curry County District Court as jurors found him guilty of homicide by vehicle after four hours of deliberation, a verdict that could put him behind bars in state prison for the next six years. Downey, a farmer from Melrose, also faces an upcoming […]

Vehicular homicide case recesses without verdict

By Darrell Todd Maurina The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Harry L. Downey recessed without a verdict Thursday night after more than two hours of deliberations. Debates about basic facts and the interpretations of those facts have been frequent since the trial began Monday in the courtroom of Judge Stephen Quinn, according to […]

Melrose man goes on trial in 2001 death of secretary

By Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County jurors will be asked this week to determine if Harry L. Downey, 70, of Melrose, is responsible for the 2001 death of Anna Beth Austin, the secretary for Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper. The key question, prosecutors and defense attorneys agree, is whether Downey was intoxicated at the time […]