Anniversaries —

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Gutierrez Adam and Dolores Gutierrez celebrated their 50th anniversary on July 5, 2011, with their children and family on the Carnival Ecstasy ship with a ceremony renewing their vows. Capt. Robertio Tennie presided in the ceremony.

‘Shipwreck’ faith can face impossible situations

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Some days ago I read about Clelia II, a cruise ship that endured great damage when it was battered by bad weather in the Antarctic’s Drake Passage. With 160 passengers aboard, an engine was lost, and windows broken from 50 foot waves. Yet all aboard were saved. Not so the conditions […]

Fair’s pet performance draws crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jo Schrepfer holds out her arms to catch a trained cat during the Pets Overboard pirate show Thursday night at the fair. She said the animal performers were all rescued from animal shelters. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Children giggled and clapped as Comet climbed a ladder and began […]

Travel by sea proves quite an excursion

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It seems everywhere you look there’s increased interest in Antarctica these days. The movie “Happy Feet,” featuring animated penguins, has been playing at the North Plains Cinema 7. Surely you remember last year’s “March of the Penguins,” the documentary about the Emperor Penguins and their mating ritual in Antarctica. This […]

Day Trip: Titanic exhibit sails into Lubbock

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Courtesy photoThe RMS Titanic sank in 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean. Artifacts from the wreckage are on display through December at the Science Spectrum Museum in Lubbock. By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers The RMS Titanic has come ashore in Lubbock at the Science Spectrum Museum. The touring exhibit, which includes artifacts recovered from the […]

Roy Richardson

Roy Richardson Date of birth: Sept. 10, 1925 Dates of service: March 1945 to December 1946 Hometown: St. Vrain Theater and location of service: Philippines, Luzon and Japan Branch: Army Rank: Private First Class Unit: 120th Artillery Battalion, 8th Army Lives in: Texico Veterans organizations: American Legion On a ship entering the Pacific during World […]

Joel Young

Joel Young Date of birth: May 19, 1921 Dates of service: 1943 to 1946 Hometown: Vernon County, Mo. Theater and location of service: European Branch: Army Rank: T3 Staff Sergeant Unit and specialty: Army Transport, USAT Thomas H. Barry; Radio operator Lives in: Clovis Veterans organizations: VFW In his words: Serving in the Army as […]

Gilliland

CNJ staff Jimmy Gilliland Date of birth: Sept. 12, 1927 Dates of service: 1945 to 1946 Hometown: Clovis Theater and location of service: Pacific Branch: Navy Rank: Ship Fitter 3rd class Unit and specialty: USS West Virginia Lives in: Clovis In his words: Gilliland enlisted in the Navy right after high schools. “I was coming […]

Birch, Castleberry Veteran Profiles (Nov. 19)

C.K. Castleberry Date of birth: Sept. 6, 1924 Dates of service: 1941 to 1961 Hometown: Nome, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: Pacific, New Guinea, Philippines Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: 1st Sergeant Unit and Specialty: 10th Service Squadron; mess sergeant In his words: Serving as a mess sergeant in the South […]

Ernie K. Shuey , Charles “Ed” Edward Kirksey

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Ernie K. Shuey Date of birth: July 31, 1917 Dates of service: October 1941 to August 1945 Hometown: Muskingum County, Ohio Lives in: Clovis […]

Adrian Vandevender

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Adrian Vandevender Date of birth: May 5, 1925 Dates of Service: Sept. 1944 to May 1946 Hometown: Grady Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Joe Blair, H.G. Johnny Eastwood

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Joe Blair Date of birth: Oct. 15, 1925 Dates of service: 1942 to 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and locations of service: […]

10/7 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hopping on the keyboard shift keys. He can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks — except dashes and hyphens. the tale of colombo bug with it being near columbus day boss jenny the girl mouse next door and i decided to borrow […]

Leonard Horton

Sharna Johnson “Tell them I wont be in to work any more, I’m joining the service,” Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Leonard Horton Date of birth: May 27, 1919 […]

Harry “Ed” Lacey

Sharna Johnson On a PC boat carrying 65 men and measuring 173 by 15 feet, Lacey remembers Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Harry “Ed” Lacey Date of birth: July […]

Elbert Sanders

Sharna Johnson Large red letters said “extremely urgent” on the draft letter that pulled Sanders away from his new wife… Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Elbert Sanders Date of […]

George Bradburn

Sharna Johnson Navy “Seabees” were always stationed alongside the Marines… Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. George Bradburn Date of birth: Jan. 15, 1925 Dates of service: June 25, 1943 […]

Supreme Court considers ruling on shipping ban

Freedom Newspapers I t’s not always easy to keep track of the many pointless government regulations that have nothing to do with protecting consumers and everything to do with artificially propping up influential industries. Fortunately, thanks to the persistence of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Justice, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that […]

Bombings parallel to WW II experience

Dan True From my World War II experience, let me share with you how soldiers in Iraq are probably feeling about suicide attackers. In May of 1944, after my outfit helped defeat Hitler, we were shipped to the Pacific to help defeat Japan. During my 40-day ship voyage from Marseille, France, through Panama, to the […]

Misspending youth not all it’s cracked up to be

By Bob Huber When I was a kid — a period that hung over my head willy-nilly until I was 60 — Don Winslow of the Coast Guard was an icon of American patriotism. During World War II he spent many colorful Saturday matinees chasing Nazi submarines off Catalina Island. I’ll bet you didn’t know […]