Bethanie Baker to represent Clovis in Mrs. New Mexico Pageant

Freedom New Mexico Bethanie Baker is the new Mrs. Clovis-America 2012, according to a release from the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant. Baker will represent the city in the 36th annual Mrs. New Mexico Pageant on Feb. 4 at the Rodey Theater in Albuquerque. The winner of the pageant goes on to compete in the Mrs. […]

Group working to restore Lyceum Theater

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left, Mission Improv-able members Chris Trevino, Nick Johnson, Brandon Tautfest, Lydia White and Alexis Richards perform during a benefit show for the Lyceum Theatre. A nonprofit that leases the building from the city is trying to raise $10,000 for paint work. Kevin Wilson Fans of Clovis’ Lyceum Theater profess […]

Donation to fund Mesa Theater renovation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College plans to use a $500,000 donation to renovate Mesa Theater on Main Street. Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College plans to use a $500,000 donation to renovate the historical Mesa Theater on Main Street and rename it the Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center. The donation comes […]

Education digest — Oct. 21

Eastern theater to put on ‘Peanuts’ production Eastern New Mexico University’s theater department will perform “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” according to a news release. The performances will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center. Tickets are available at the box […]

Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye on issues

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Suzana Martinez, from left to right, Allen Weh, Janice Arnold-Jones, Doug Tuner and Pete Dominici Jr. answered questions Thursday at a debate at the Lyceum Theater in Clovis hosted by the High Plains Patriots. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With little dissension emanating from the Lyceum […]

Tower Twin theater closing

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PNT Photo: Clarence Plank Tower Twin Theater is closing tonight after it runs scheduled movies. The theater has been a part of Portales square for nearly 31 years. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico It’s curtains today for the Tower Twin Theatre. After years of entertaining Portales residents, the city’s only movie theater is closing […]

Musical thriller comes to New Mexico

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Courtesy photo Sweeney Todd will premiere at the Spencer Theater in Alto on Sept. 18. Freedom New Mexico The Spencer Theater brings Broadway to the mountains. The first show of the season is Sweeney Todd, a 2006 Tony Winning musical thriller about a barber who robs and kills his wealthy customers. Set in London, the […]

Dec. 13, 2007 Education Digest

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Theater students headed to festival The Clovis Community College production of “Buried Child” will play in a February college theater festival in Huntsville, Texas. The 14-member cast directed by CCC Cultural Arts Director Christy Mendoza is competing with seven other colleges in the Region VI Kennedy Center American College […]

Dec. 11, 1939

Police Magistrate R.E. Rowells fined three men $15 and 10 days in jail each after they pleaded guilty to charges of drunkenness. … Superintendent James M. Bickley encouraged all organizations to use the school gym on any night when it was not in use by school teams. … “Our Leading Citizen” featuring Bob Burns, was […]

CHS students take to stage with production of “The Elephant Man”

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom Newspapers Equipped with professionally-created special effects, and a crew of approximately 30 determined drama students, the theater department of Clovis High School will present “The Elephant Man” Nov. 7-9 at the Lyceum Theatre. Widely known as the elephant man in the 1800s, John Merrick was stricken with a disease believed by […]

Education Feature: Students stage ‘Elephant Man’

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As soon as Clovis High School junior Kyree McField sheds her role as Ross in the production of “The Elephant Man,” she jumps into another role back stage, costume manager. McField’s dual roles on and off stage is typical of most students in the play because there aren’t enough […]

Oct. 8, 1937

The Clovis Evening News-Journal reported that city officers rounded up 15 hoboes and escorted them to the city limits, while four others were jailed for public drunkenness. … Otis Kelley, a graduate of Clovis High School, accepted a position with the George Pepperdine College in Los Angeles. … Admission to the Lyceum theater was 5 […]

Aug. 24, 1982

Curtis Mathes, located at 1611 N. Prince St., announced its grand opening special in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement. … “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “The Beast” were showing at the Hilltop Twin movie theater. … Officers and board members of the “Old Lyceum Theatre, Inc.” met in the Lyceum Theatre building to formulate plans […]

Movie persona relationship killer

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I learned from an early age that every story worth telling needs a beginning, a conflict and an end. Now, the story of my summers. There’s the beginning, when I’m talking with my dad about all of the movies I want to see. There’s the end, where I’m instead making […]

May 23, 1949

Police were searching for a 1937 coupe stolen from a Clovis garage where it had been repaired. Officials suspected the car’s owner had taken it, after refusing to pay $125 owed in repair costs. … Donna Kay Crow, Linda Anderson and Dominga Carralez were among area brownie-troop members who went through a “fly up” ceremony […]

May 3, 1972

Woolworth, open until 9 p.m., was selling record albums for 47 cents, 8 track tapes for $2.99 and tape cassettes for $2.99. … “Bonnie and Clyde” was showing at the Yucca drive-in theater. Promotional material read, “They’re young, they’re in love and they kill people.” Admission was $1. … Anthony’s was suggesting polyester double-knit tunic-top […]

April 21, 1938

The Piggly Wiggly was at Fourth and Pile streets. Palmolive soap was sold for 6 cents a bar. … C.V. Steed Undertaking was advertising its funeral and ambulance services. The phone number was 14. … Baseball slugger Lou Gehrig and singing cowboy Smith Ballew were starring in “Rawhide,” scheduled to open April 22 at the […]

April 16, 1953

The annual Red Cross fund drive had collected $9,392.63. Officials were hoping to beat the record of $10,017.77 set in 1949. They’d already passed the previous year’s total of $8,961.28. … Ronald Reagan and Rhonda Fleming were starring in Tropic Zone at the Sunshine theater. … Workers were installing 1,566 seats in Clovis’ new junior […]

April 9, 1940

Jack Leon Echols, a veteran war-time pilot, was in Clovis for a speaking engagement. His topic: “Keeping our youth out of foreign wars.” … “The Grapes of Wrath” was showing at the State theater. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was at the Lyceum. “Gone With the Wind” was due to open at the Lyceum on […]

Student Profile: Bell

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Bailey Bell is a senior at Clovis Christian School. She is the daughter of Gary and Julie Bell. Extra-curricular activities: Cheerleading, drama, track, art Hobbies: Theater, tap dancing, making jewelry, collecting Elvis Presley stuff, MySpace Future plans: Go to college to pursue an acting career, get married and have […]