Mother of escaped inmate arrested

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hester England, 55, gave an impassioned plea to news media Wednesday outside the jail for her escapee son Michael England to turn himself in. She was arrested Thursday for assisting him after the escape. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer On Wednesday, the mother of a jail escapee made a […]

Mom pleads for son to surrender

BY Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer The mother of an escaped inmate from the Curry County Adult Detention Center said Monday she is hoping her son will turn himself in to authorities. Melody Carter of Hale Center, Texas, said she is worried about the safety of her 19-year-old son, Larry McClendon Jr., who escaped along with […]

June 15, 2008 Engagements

Madril-Gonzalez Joaquin and Naty Madril of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Ramona Madril of Clovis, to Casey Gonzalez, of Gig Harbor, Wash. He is the son of Casimiro and Lidia Gonzalez of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at noon July 19, 2008, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. The […]

May 25, 2008 Birthdays

Bell Winnie May Bell of Lubbock and formerly of Clovis, will celebrate her 100th birthday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Advent Christian Church, 2101 E. 21st St. The celebration will be hosted by her son, Willie, and all of her grandchildren. Winnie May Bell was born May 7, 1908, in Amherst, Texas. […]

Slaying trial set for September

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son in January 2007 faces a September trial date. Teresa Gilman, 25, was ruled competent to stand trial in February and indicted Feb. 27 for child abuse resulting in death, according to court records. Her trial date has been set for […]

Clovis woman sentenced in truancy case

CNJ staff A Clovis mother will have to attend parenting classes and pay court fees after she pleaded guilty Tuesday to allowing her son too many unexcused absences from school, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The 31-year-old Clovis woman was ordered to ensure her 12-year-old attends school the rest of […]

April 13, 2008 Engagements

Pickens-Bryant Maureen Burns of Clovis and Cary and Sheila Pickens of Winters, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Heather Pickens, to Phil Bryant, both of Clovis. He is the son of Mark and Phyllis Bryant of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. May 24, 2008, at the Clovis […]

April 13, 2008 Marriages

Drage-Hulse Darci Drage and William Hulse, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage March 19, 2008, at Grand Apartments. The Rev. Waymon Dowdy Sr. performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Wayne Drage and Eldeen Liggett, both of Salt Lake City. She is the granddaughter of Faye and the late Niles Drage […]

Bitten zookeeper’s condition improving

Sharna Johnson The mother of a Clovis zookeeper said because Gila Monster bites are rare, doctors struggled to figure out how to treat her son. Sharita Haragan, said her son, Cody Machen suffered a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction after he was bitten by the venomous lizard Wednesday while transferring it between cages at Hillcrest Park […]

Parents turn son in for burglary

CNJ staff Three Clovis boys were arrested Tuesday morning for burglary after one of the suspects’ parents discovered the boys had broken into a family member’s home, according to police reports. The parents called police to a home in the 1200 block of Lexington about 3 a.m. to report they had found their son and […]

Twister victims remembered for family devotion

Freedom New Mexico Two area residents died from injuries related to the March 23, 2007, tornado: Heleneta Blevins, 90, died March 27 at her son’s home after being released from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family in her last moments.

Clovis character shows off court

By Mike Thomson: Guest columnist When my son was 2, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Because of this, he has to spend time in the hospital receiving treatments every now and then. These treatments can last up to two weeks and can be very draining for a child. Especially when that child is a […]

Reporter’s notebook: Mom says son saved her life

A Clovis mother is crediting God, her son, and actor Robin Williams for saving her life Wednesday. Shelly Burger said she was sitting down watching television and eating a bowl of cereal when a piece of cereal lodged itself in her throat and blocked her airway. “I couldn’t get it loose,” she said. “I couldn’t […]

Jan. 27 – Porting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mike Muraco has been waiting for a nice day so he could finish porting a cylinder on his son’s son’s 1964 Chevy II, which they are modifying to be a drag racer. Porting changes the size or shape of intake ports on an engine to improve performance.

Lawyer Otto Smith, Clovis family beloved

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist My mother and us three kids came to town (Clovis) from the farm and met Otto Smith in the summer of 1944. She asked Smith if he would be her lawyer in the divorce of her husband. Smith said he would and immediately asked my mother if my brother, 16-year-old […]

In Christ, no separation need be permanent

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I have no business writing this column right now. First, it’s due right now. Columns I write “under the gun” tend to look that way. Second, I’m too tired, sleep-deprived, and emotional to write rationally. But … We left No. 3 son Stephan at the airport this morning to […]

Jan. 16, 2008 Military Digest

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Davidson Air Force Airman Eldrin P. Davidson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Davidson is the son of Drake Davidson of Clovis. Holt Air Force Airman Travis M. Holt has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San […]

Living with autism

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Courtesy photo Brenden Webb, 5, relaxes in a swing. Brenden has autism, and though he is able to participate in many activities typical for a child of his age, his condition presents challenges as well. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About noon Dec. 28 an officer responded to the emergency room at the hospital for a battery report. A man said he was beaten up by a group of people he didn’t know while he walked in the area […]

Many airmen move during holidays

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Instead of tinsel and lights, their homes are filled with brown cardboard boxes. And rather than neatly folded, brightly colored wrapping paper, the rustle of packing paper being swathed around fragile items echoes through empty rooms. Military families are no strangers to moving, but many at Cannon Air Force Base […]