Editor’s love of western life shows in novels

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist A light went out in Clovis Wednesday morning, May 23, 1984 for William W. Southard, whom we called “Bill Southard.” He was a friend to many and a special inspiration to me, he died succumbing after a long and heroic struggle against that insidious and dreaded killer we call cancer. […]

Advice would still ring true today

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Greg Southard doesn’t have to guess what his father the editor might say if he’d been here Tuesday to award the annual Bill Southard Scholarship to a communications student at Eastern New Mexico University. “Since I worked at the paper for him as a kid, I know […]

Clovis candy company helps soldiers in need

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleKathy Martinez makes peanut By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The Friends of Cannon Families helps airmen bridge financial gaps when needs arise, yet this year the group found its coffers lacking. That is when a Clovis businessman devised a plan to sweeten the pot. During a spring meeting of the […]

Southard, James

James Southard Services: Have been held. Mr. James Pierce “Jim” Southard, 70, of Kenna, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock. He was born on Aug. 30, 1934, on the family ranch in Kenna, to Frank and Kathleen McDowell Southard. He spent most of as a cattle rancher. In 1977, he […]

Candy company, families part of history

Don McAlavy Commercial candy making in Clovis began in 1926 when Kalie H. Saykally established the Saykally Candy Company at 512 Second St. Saykally was born in Beirut, Syria, in 1885. He came to America in 1893 and settled in Chicago. He came to Clovis in 1926 and married Hedrick Schoelz that same year. Their […]

Growing up in Clovis defined city man

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series of stories told by Jack Winton and Engle Southard (Clovis High School class of 1951). The interviews were conducted a couple of months ago. “One of the jobs I had was at Piggly Wiggly while going to school,” said Engle Southard. “That’s where […]