Commission incumbents retain seats; Taylor-Sawyer wins District 2

Kevin Wilson Though Clovis voters changed their mayor in the Tuesday municipal elections, the city commission will be mostly unaltered. Randy Crowder, Bobby Sandoval and Chris Bryant retained their seats in Districts 1, 3 and 4, respectively, while Sandra Taylor-Sawyer was elected to the open seat in District 2. Crowder, who will serve his third […]

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer announces candidacy

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer of Clovis has announced she intends to run for the open District 2 seat on the Clovis City Commission. Taylor-Sawyer, 50, is the director of the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College and is an independent associate for Legal Shield. “I have really been blessed by the community; there are a […]

Volunteers: Community dinner rewarding

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymond Mondragon and Leticia Perez of Clovis go over routes to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound community members. Benna Sayyed Sandra Taylor-Sawyer recalls when her close family members stayed at the Lighthouse Mission, and considers it a great blessing to her family. On Thursday, Taylor-Sawyer helped spread this blessing to […]

Injured Clovis soldier recovering

Freedom New Mexico The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan on July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith […]

Vigil held for injured Clovis soldier

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Cassie Smith, second from right, sister-in-law of Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr., takes part in a prayer vigil Wednesday for Smith at Central Baptist Church. Smith was critically injured July 15 while serving in Afghanistan. Nearly 60 attended the vigil. Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” […]

Racers of all stripes compete in soapbox derby

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rockell Horton, back, and Chloe Cowman race down Sycamore Street during the semi-finals of Saturday’s Kiwanis Club Soapbox Derby. Liliana Castillo Taylor Chavez said she’s going to race in the Clovis Rotary Club Soapbox Derby until she wins or turns 18, whichever comes first. After seven years of racing, Chavez […]

YOUTH SOFTBALL: Custom Class-six

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Darius Armijo CNJ staff We talked to six players Saturday at the 10th annual Myers Electric Lil Custom Classic, which featured 40 teams, mostly from Clovis. Darius Armijo Bovina Age: 12 Hometown: Bovina Favorite athlete: Rajon Rondo Last song you downloaded: Grenade, by Bruno Mars Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift One place you […]

One family’s home saved by inches; another consumed in fire

Brian Victor, who lives off Highway 467 just before the Roosevelt County line, said the fire came within inches of his home. Victor said he and most of his family were in Clovis around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, preparing to go to the movies when he received a phone call telling him his home area was […]

The order of cars on this train matters

Curtis K. Shelburne Samuel Taylor Coleridge uttered profound truth when he warned, “He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth, will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.” It’s a matter of priority. It’s like the toy train you might set up around […]

Business tips 101 — Jan. 11

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Columnist Sandra Taylor-Sawyer offers weekly tips each month for area businesses: This week — It is not too late to organize and arrange 2010 documents for tax preparation. One place to start is with supporting documentation for purchases and expenses. Adequate organized receipts will fulfill this requirement. Receipts should have visible amount paid, […]

Health care remains top priority

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE […]

Government wants to track you online

Freedom Newspapers Dr. George Peach Taylor Jr., says he doesn’t yet know if President Obama’s defense budget for fiscal 2012 will propose higher TRICARE fees for military retirees or any other beneficiary group. If past budget requests are any guide, going back deep into the George W. Bush’s presidency, then higher TRICARE fees could be […]

Honors — July 18

Mosolf Becky Mosolf of Clovis was named to the spring 2010 Dean’s List at Taylor University.

Food bank director honored at United Way banquet

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Betty Ellis, left, talks with Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Nancy Taylor after the United Way of Eastern New Mexico annual banquet Thursday night at Eastern New Mexico University. Taylor is the director of Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico For her 27 years leading […]

Musical talent landed boy in USO show

By Don McAlavy: County historian Before Chick Taylor Jr. died he sent me an email. It read: “Dear Don, yes I remember Tommy Thompson and very much enjoyed your column about him and his kids. Thank you Don for all the great work you have done in your columns and all the other historical documentation. […]

Taylor pleads guilty to 2005 slaying

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File photo Donald Scott Taylor By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The man charged with shooting a Causey rancher in 2005 as part of a murder-for-hire drug deal has pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, avoiding the death penalty. Rogers native Donald Scott Taylor, 29, entered the plea to federal charges in Albuquerque […]

Child TV star visits Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo According to Jim’s Taylor Atelian, left, and Kendall Brumfield, both 14, met at a dance class in Santa Barbara, Calif. By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Kendall Brumfield visits her grandmother Gayla Brumfield in Clovis each summer. This year, she brought along a friend. Taylor Atelian played Ruby on ABC’s […]

Food bank expanding backpack program

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has recently drawn in corporate sponsorship and has plans for the new money. The food bank received $62,000 in sponsorship from the public sector to expand its backpack program. The program provides backpacks of food to students at Roosevelt and Curry county […]

Bible provides spiritual nourishment

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Sunday School was in progress. The teacher, Mrs. Taylor, had a group of feisty 6 year olds for the Sunday School lesson. Captured by the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, the children sat spellbound as Mrs. Taylor held up an artist’s version of Daniel surrounded by the […]

First Person: Businessman carves niche

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Chick Taylor works in his woodworking shop because it keeps him happy, he said. Chick Taylor, 75, carved a home for himself, his wife and brother-in-law from his father’s printing business. The 90-year-old, 7,000-square-foot downtown business building has five bedrooms, five dining areas, a five-car garage and a woodworking shop […]