Community mourns homicide victim

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Brothers Andre and Lamont Dixon, of Clovis, hug each other as Tony Parker is lowered in to his grave Friday during the burial service at Mission Gardens Cemetery in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Hundreds gathered Friday afternoon at the First Church of God in Christ to mourn the […]

Clovis youth group reaches out

By Darrell Todd Maurina For members of the youth group at Kingswood United Methodist Church, running a vacation Bible school program this summer on a Navajo reservation was like nothing they’d seen. In July, nine members of the church’s youth group traveled to Pinedale, a spread-out Navajo community in northwest New Mexico, about 30 miles […]

Fahsholtz, Gulley help South take All-Star tilt

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Not only did recent Clovis High grads Scott Fahsholtz and Steven Gulley finally got a chance to play side-by-side, but they helped the South dominate the second half of Friday’s 61st annual New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4A-5A football game. Although their South team would go on to […]

We could use another Lone Ranger

By Ruben A. Pro: Guest columnist I believe I have part of the problem facing this country now. What we need now is what has been missing for almost two generations or more — we need national heroes, whether real or fictional. The past two or three generations have missed what my 1930s and ’40s […]

Reagan ideas inspirational

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ Staff Writer Cheryl Gist was inspired by Ronald Reagan as far back as 1976. A Muleshoe High School teacher in her early 30s, she was so inspired she organized a group of about 10 students she called the “Young Republicans.” Reagan lost the Republican Primary to Gerald Ford that year, but […]

Now-and-then: Ex-Texico standout settling in at Sul Ross

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Justin Stewart (left) helped Texico reach the state semifinals in 2000. Courtesy photo. By Dave Wagner Editor’s note: This is a perdiodic feature on former area athletes and where they are now. Since helping the Texico boys basketball team reach the Class 2A state semifinals in 2000, Justin Steward has gone through some ups and […]

Suddenly hot Hounds finish off Rattlers

By Dave Wagner PORTALES —After surpassing last year’s win total a day earlier, Eastern New Mexico completed a three-game sweep of sixth-ranked St. Mary’s on Sunday with a 12-6 victory at Greyhound Field. The Hounds (14-18) rallied from a 4-0, fourth-inning deficit to win going away behind a 17-hit attack. Eastern started a spring break […]

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 […]

a trip to valley forge

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. willifred the white rat came by yesterday boss to see if i wanted to travel back in […]

Valentines Day 1986 brings laughs, memories

By Michelle Seeber PORTALES — Tom and Sandy Simenson of Portales have celebrated 15 Valentine’s Day anniversaries since their marriage on Nov. 19, 1988, in Denver. The Valentine’s Day they remember most, though, was in 1986, when they lived at Windsor Gardens in Denver before they got married. “It was a Roarin’ ‘20s party,” Tom, […]

Big Fish movie is catch of the year

By Stacy Allen Show: Big Fish Stars: Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Danny Devito Summary: Big Fish is the story of a man’s life that intertwines fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, and entertains you until the very end. Showtimes: (1:30) 4:45, 7:30, 10:00   Big Fish is the catch of the […]

Texico seniors learn what they’ve missed

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Texico seniors John Nate Williams (left) and Johnny Rivera have been key contributors to the Wolverines’ 9-0 season, even though both are playing football for the first time since junior high. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner TEXICO — Texico seniors Johnny Rivera and John Nate Williams have been on the sidelines since junior […]

Clovis couple battling Portales bank over foreclosed ranch

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS PORTALES — A Portales bank and a Clovis couple are battling over whether the bank took advantage of an elderly couple in loans on their Portales-area ranch. The fight began when Portales National Bank filed for foreclosure on Abe and Maurene Ribble’s 5,000-acre ranch in July 1999, saying the couple owed […]

Youngsters honor troops with humor

By Gary Mitchell Although they made their public debut Saturday, the members of the Clovis Patriotic Kids’ Choir say a kazoo-playing career is not likely in their future. The six-member song-and-dance troupe opened the “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration” festivities with kazoo number with “Sir Duffy” Moon of KSMX Radio. “They pretty much […]

Frazier lived ‘a Christian life’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Following a long and painful illness, retired carpenter Glen Frazier died peacefully at the age of 80 on April 11, the way his wife said he would have wanted — lying on a tree-shaded recliner enjoying the outdoors. “He said he felt so good he wanted to go out and he […]