Politics are battle for ‘Land of the Free’

By Jim Lee: Local Columnist Since childhood I have been fascinated with politics. As a high school sophomore I worked on John Kennedy’s campaign. I was only a kid, of course, and I just did whatever the local organization needed me to do. I learned a lot. I saw our presidential candidate in person when […]

Christ offers new beginning on far greater scale

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Oh, the days of buying school supplies. This time of year it is hard not to notice those long store aisles of notebooks, paper, pencil boxes and backpacks. When I was a child, there were certain preparation activities that surrounded the beginning of another school year. The whole process started […]

Holiday spending surprises retailers

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Positive thinking and confidence in the Clovis economy may have contributed to a strong holiday season for local retailers. Local store owners and managers have seen a healthy bump in sales this month, and some are saying the perception of a strong Clovis economy may be part of the […]

Empty stocking: 12-20-04

Today’s focus: Alice Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “I was unemployed for five months and right now I need help. It’s hard trying to pay bills and get the extras for my children.” Clothing needs: Boy pants size 18-20; girl pants size 8; boy shirts size 18-20; girls shirts size 8; boy shoes […]

Empty stocking — Monday, Nov. 29

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Judy Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “This year has been hard. The bills have kinda put our family behind a little bit.” Her holiday hopes: “The Salvation Army will be of great help this year for the holidays.” Clothing needs: 8, 3T and 2T girls’ pants and shirts. Size […]

Hitchhiking is not entirely a bad thing

by Grant McGee There are plenty of opinions and stories about the pitfalls of picking up hitchhikers. If I decide to give someone a ride I guess it’s because I think “that could be me there.” I don’t think hitchhiking is entirely a bad thing. Wal-Mart’s Sam Walton allegedly engaged in what I’d call hitchhiking […]

Behind the Scenes 10/12

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. For me, the “magic of the movies” […]