Longtime base supporter Doc Stewart dies at 81

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer With a bellowing laugh, a deep voice and a stature to match at 6 feet 4 inches, Ernest “Doc” Stewart commanded attention. But it was his good nature that won the friendship of some of the most influential men in the military and steered a course for Cannon Air […]

Civic leader says exploits result of strong support

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Clovis businessman and community leader Ernest O. “Doc” Stewart’s support of the Air Force and Cannon airmen for more than 50 years earned him a national award. (Mach Meter: Janet Birkley) By Janet Taylor-Birkey: Mach Meter staff Local civic leader and military supporter Ernest O. “Doc” Stewart is officially retired. But at 81 years old, […]

Award going to deserving Clovis citizen

By Tom Udall: Guest Columnist Monday at the Pentagon, the U.S. Air Force will honor Clovis’ Ernest “Doc” Stewart with the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitar-ian Award. This is a truly fitting tribute for the civic leader and businessman who has been a staple and champion of the Clovis community since the […]

Community leader, base supporter receives award

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Randy Harris, Clovis banker and member of Clovis Committee of Fifty, Ernest “Doc” Stewart, Lt. Gen. William Fraser, Air Combat Command vice commander and Barret Stewart, grandson of Doc Stewart gather round as Mr. Stewart Melanie Salazar When Ernest “Doc” Stewart saw Cannon in the 50s, the base looked a little different. “The officers lived […]

Herman Berkstaller, Tom Carter, Dr. E.O. Stewart, Martha Stewart

Sharna Johnson 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. Herman Berkstaller Born: 1922 Dates of service: Aug. 8, 1942 to Sept. 1945 Hometown: Roswell Lives in: Elida Theater or location of […]

Reporter’s notebook: Longtime base supporter receives humanitarian award

Longtime Cannon Air Force Base supporter Doc Stewart said he does not like to boast. In fact, he refused to name his accomplishments over the last several decades that got him nominated for the Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award this year. “It’s a list as long as your arm,” Stewart said of his accomplishments. “But […]

Show about one of country music’s first female stars on national tour

Stewart said that when she does concert-like performances during the play, people often shout out like they are actually at a Tammy Wynette concert. (Courtesy photo: Encore Attractions) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Kristen Stewart knew little about Tammy Wynette when she auditioned for a musical based on the tragic life of the country […]

11/21 Birthdays and Wedding

Birthday Brown Gordon L. Brown, a Lubbock native and Portales resident, will celebrate his 80th birthday from 2 p.m to 4 p.m Saturday at the Rough Rider Room, First and Abilene streets in Portales. The celebration will be hosted by his children, Marlin Brown (Michelle), Greg Brown (Sharon), Ouida Aday (Brad), Sandi Bennett (Buddy), Benny […]

Kittrell, David

David Kittrell Services: Have been held. Mr. David Lynn Kittrell. 48, of Clovis, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at his home. He was born on March 14, 1956, in Clovis, to T.J. and Ysleta Kittrell. He lived in the Farwell and Clovis communities all his life, where he farmed with his dad. He married Cary […]

There’s little pity for Martha Stewart

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Martha Stewart’s five-month prison sentence. Some responses: “MARTHA STEWART’S SENTENCE is appropriate I feel, if she fully completes it, which I doubt that she will do. Jail time absolutely had to be a part of the sentence; otherwise, the court would be sending the message: ‘Jail will […]

Martha Stewart’s sentence light, but still not right

Freedom Editorial T he sentence was mild compared to what some legal experts had predicted; Martha- watchers had thought one year in prison would be the penalty. But Martha Stewart was sentenced Friday to serve five months in prison, five months of house arrest and two years of probation, and given a $30,000 fine. We’ve […]

Families join for cookout at post

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ News Journal While many Clovis families enjoyed Memorial Day by cooking food in back yards on a family grill, members and friends of VFW Post 3015 came to a Monday afternoon cookout at the veterans’ post. “This is our family,” said Post Commander Dale Huft. “We get together as veterans […]

Brothers died in WWII

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Army Air Corps Staff Sgt. Jack Love and Seaman 1st Class Dan Love died on the opposite sides of the world during World War II, but their deaths enabled their widowed mother to petition for the discharge of a third brother, Clyde Love, who returned home to Clovis […]

Homicides haunting residents

Darrell Todd Maurina Jackie Davidson couldn’t stop crying as she described her reaction to the shooting of her father, J.C. Tucker. Tucker was shot to death at his auto salvage and storage room business near Cannon Air Force Base on Sept. 4, and the case hasn’t yet been solved. The homicide is one of a […]

Torbert, William Elton

William Elton Torbert Service: Have been held. William Elton “Bill” Torbert, 71, of Amarillo, died Friday, March 12, 2004, in Topeka, Kan. He was born on July 23, 1932, in Arkansas City, Kan. He was raised in Canadian, Texas. He graduated from West Texas State University. He married Beverly Beck on June 30, 1956. They […]

Although guilty, Martha Stewart still a scapegoat

Freedom Newsapers Pardon us if we don’t buy into the “somebody-rich-and-famous-is-going-to-jail-tra-la” schadenfreude or the pious claptrap about how this verdict sends a message that nobody is above the law. It’s not so much that the Martha Stewart conviction was a travesty — given the information the jury had to work with, one can understand the […]

Thompson, Edith

EDITH THOMPSON Services: Have been held. Mrs. Edith Wyatt Thompson, 92, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at Crown of Texas Hospice in Amarillo. She was born on May 2, 1911, in Roscoe, Texas, to Noah W. and Mary Elizabeth Wyatt. In 1927 she moved from Oklahoma to south of Friona, where she attended […]

TRICARE may become available to reservists

Tom Philpott o Critics say move too costly, won’t solve problems. Dr. William Winkenwerder, the Defense Department’s top health official, has a task force working to implement healthcare gains for reserve and National Guard forces that Congress approved this month. That includes opening TRICARE, on a cost-share basis, to non-mobilized reservists who are unemployed or […]

Cannon AFB honors ‘Doc’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Robert “Rowdy” Yates knew Doc Stewart was popular at the highest levels of the Air Force. So when Cannon decided to host a reception for Stewart on Friday evening, Yates asked 15 Air Force generals formerly connected to Cannon to write letters he could read […]

Governor honors one of Clovis’ own

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Doc Stewart laughs along with his wife Martha as they listen to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talk about Stewart’s service to the Clovis community Thursday at the city commission meeting. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience at Clovis’ City Commission meeting Thursday that when he was a […]