Demolition changes skyline

If walls could talk, Lincoln Hall’s would have been spilling their guts the last few weeks. The skyline above Eastern New Mexico University has been altered forever as demolition of the men’s dorm is almost complete. Passing by Thursday, two portions of the structure remained upright in a mountain of debris. Growing up in Portales, […]

Inmates smashed holes in cinder block walls to escape

CNJ file photo Four inmates smashed holes through the cinder block walls in their cells during a Feb. 21 escape attempt. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Four inmates trying to escape from jail Feb. 21 tore a metal desk from a wall, then used the desk to smash holes through the concrete block walls […]

Jail issues linger

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File photo Following the escape, officials rushed to correct deficiencies at the jail. Workers can be seen doing repairs in this photo of one of the pods at the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two huge mistakes just weeks before the one-year anniversary of a major escape that focused national attention on Clovis […]

March 1, 2009 Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 3 a.m. Feb. 14 an officer responded to a residence in the 800 block of Stanton for a report of a fight. While standing at the front door, the officer noted blood smeared on the walls and all over the floor. […]

Feb. 20, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a report of breaking and entering and criminal damage at 4 p.m. Feb. 11 in the 3600 block of Sheridan Street. They found a broken window, holes kicked in walls and a door and small holes in walls throughout […]

Workers raise walls for Habitat

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Laurie Kennedy, second from left, invests sweat equity Saturday into a home being built for her by Habitat for Humanity. People throughout the Clovis community helped with raising the walls of the home. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Laurie Kennedy helped lift the walls of her new house Saturday […]

Jan. 14, 1950

Brown ‘n Serve hot rolls were “newer than new” at your favorite grocer. … City Sanitarian Warren Griffin was offering tips on “rat-proofing” city eating and drinking establishments. Among his tips: Holes in walls around pipe fittings should be filled. … Spence Hall was the new president of Clovis American Business Club, succeeding Al Taylor.

Jesus’ birth most humble of miracles

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago I visited a birthing center in a huge metropolitan city. It was a popular place, and women expecting babies put their names on a list months before their due dates so they could take advantage of the state-of-the-art facility. The place looked more like a fancy hotel […]

Mesa Elementary receives new cafeteria

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The teachers at Mesa Elementary School, dressed in ’50s attire, finished their dance and the end of the dedication program for the new “Wild Horse Café” on Wednesday at the school. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The present Mesa Elementary students received would never fit under a Christmas tree. It […]

Faith-based group tries to turn abandoned hospital into place of hope

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Volunteersof the Matt 25 project, led by Rev. Steve Brown, are trying to resurrect this abandoned hospital at 12th and Thornton streets in Clovis into a location where people in need can get help. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer To look at the old, abandoned building at 12th and Thornton […]

It’s OK to do good

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist “Teacher,” John the Apostle said to Jesus, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” (Mark 9:38). The disciples were royally ticked. They were absolutely indignant, and who can blame them? They’d discovered a fellow […]

Clutter becoming more inviting in home

My friend Mary Reyes of Abilene, Texas, does not have a messy house. I repeat: Her house is not messy. I call it “tastefully cluttered.” Maybe you know someone like Mary. I believe there’s a little charm to this term, “tastefully cluttered,” which I coined myself. You are not likely to hear it used on […]

Walls, Kent

Kent Aaros Walls, 83, of Clovis, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 30, 1920, in Clarendon, Texas, to Chaston C. and Johnnie May Morgan Walls. He was a resident of the Clovis and Portales area most of his life. He was in the U.S. […]

Walls, Lola

Lola Fern Walls, 81, of Clovis, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 19, 1922, in Clovis, to Wilburn and Eula Mae Mickey Faris. She married Kent Aaros Walls on March 8, 1938, in Portales. She was a resident of Clovis for most of her […]