Airmen give youth reason to smile

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Before receiving their gifts from members of the Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Medical group, children with the New Mexico Christian Children’s home perform musical numbers. By Gabriel Monte and Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base airmen are bringing Christmas into the lives of children in […]

First person: Security with a smile

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tommie Means has been a security bailiff for the 9th Judicial District Court for three years. Tommie Means’ mother wanted a daughter as her second child. When Means was born, his mother kept the name she had intended for a daughter, including the spelling. Means, 53, said he wanted to […]

Making waves on Main Street

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Staff photo: Sharna Johnson Morning visitors to downtown Clovis are greeted with a wave and a smile from Don Clark. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Over the years, Don Clark’s unflappable routine has made him something of an icon and part of downtown Clovis. Without uttering a word, Clark has wished countless people “good […]

Key to Christmas gift giving: No plug-ins

By Grant McGee: Local columnist They say the great thing about being a guy is you can get all of your Christmas gift shopping done in half an hour on Christmas Eve. Well, I must have missed that lesson because choosing a gift for someone ranks right up there in my top five “Anxiety-Producing Things […]

Season for giving

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Janine Summerville, of Clovis, takes donations for the Salvation Army outside Albertsons on Tuesday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The ring-a-ling of bells can be heard at stores throughout the area. The sounds aren’t a sign of Santa’s imminent arrival, but instead a Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign is […]

General-Lee fun project

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Robert Montiel admires the engine of his newly restored General Lee Friday afternoon. “There’s nothing like getting in that car. You forget yourself, your problems and you just go,” he said. (CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He’s not a bootlegger, he’s not running from the law and he doesn’t […]

Shooter sentenced to 16 years

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Jimmy Bentley, left, and defense attorney Randy Knudson listen to Sarah W. Phillips, mother of victim Joseph “J.J.” Phillips, give testimony during Bentley’s sentencing hearing Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Her shoulders trembling, Linda Bentley hung her head and hid her eyes after learning […]

Victim described as budding artist; also loved football

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Carlos Perez had a smile that could light up a room and a spirit that won’t be forgotten, said school officials who knew him. The 10-year-old boy was shot in the head early Thursday morning and died about 16 hours later. “I just can’t believe this happened to him,” […]

amos

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. a paradoxical twist boss i ran into a paradox the other day and it baffled me it […]

Kids have great appreciation of music

By Adan Estrada: Guest Columnist Music has the power to evoke emotion. It can make you laugh, it can make you smile, or it can even bring a tear to your eye. Music reaches deep inside you and before you know it you’re tapping your foot, bobbing your head and singing along. As an educator, […]

Cannon airman had knack for making others smile

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor He was good at mimicry. He always opened the door for his coworkers. And he had a voracious appetite. But what coworkers with Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs remember most about Airman 1st Class Brian Kane was his ability to put a smile on their faces — day […]

Community mourns homicide victim

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Brothers Andre and Lamont Dixon, of Clovis, hug each other as Tony Parker is lowered in to his grave Friday during the burial service at Mission Gardens Cemetery in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Hundreds gathered Friday afternoon at the First Church of God in Christ to mourn the […]

Dad took care of me, other children

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I thought of him, more than once or twice, while we were hiking up to Castle Rock and the Lighthouse as we visited Palo Duro Canyon a couple of weeks ago. That particular hike, especially in the heat over 100 degrees, would have been a bit beyond what he should […]