Employer left his mark on community

By Kay Arvizu: Guest columnist On May 28, Allen Ray Bryant left this world. It was our loss and heaven’s gain. I want to tell you about this special man. When you work with someone for many years, you learn what they are really like, not just the public face. Allen was real — what […]

Here’s a good word to work into conversation

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I am of the strong opinion that, as a general rule, people should avoid omphaloskepsis. It’s a nasty practice that almost always leaves those who practice it much less happy than before.   So there. I’m on the record. If I ever aspire to high public office, the paper […]

Spell-binding finish

1173595833-3-11-spelling-bee-clovis.jpg

Christina Benitscheck, 11, of Clovis won the regional spelling bee Saturday morning at Clovis Community College. The winning word was chimichanga. She advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but […]

Bible still one of top modern marvels

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I heard about a child who is having some neurological difficulty. Because of the child’s condition and the family’s lack of answers from other doctors, the parents took their 8-year-old to a huge facility in a metropolitan area, where the latest of medical diagnostic equipment is readily available. This facility […]

Church profile: Parkland Baptist Church

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Name of church: Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis Who’s in charge: Pastor Doug Brooks Location: 921 Parkland Drive in Clovis Services: Sunday —8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Worship Services —8:30 and 10:30 a.m. KidzLife Good time to visit: Call 763-6812 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. for a convenient […]

Fill yourself with the best of media

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist The word “media” encompasses a wide variety of devices and systems these days. When my sister Susie and I were growing up, media meant radio, the newspaper, Reader’s Digest and especially television. Susie and I had our favorite TV shows, and one of them was “Gunsmoke.” As I remember, […]

County mum on jail report

CNJ staff Investigation reports into an escape and a stabbing last month at the Curry County Detention Center are complete, but officials have so far declined to release them. Curry County Assistant Manager Lance Pyle said a report was completed Wednesday evening and Warden Leslie Johnson has met with Curry County Manager Dick Smith. “Appropriate […]

Records: Detention center inmate stabbed

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, is accused of stabbing London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention […]

Inmate in critical condition after stabbing

CNJ staff A Clovis man awaiting trial for homicide was arrested Wednesday in connection with the stabbing of a fellow inmate at the county jail, according to court documents. Demetrio Salas, 21, stabbed London Word multiple times during an altercation Tuesday afternoon at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, an arrest affidavit said. Word, 20, […]

Spreading the warmth

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mary Esther Marin, top right, talks with fellow quilters at Laurel Ridge Heathcare. (Courtesy photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer On a summer day earlier this year, Mary Esther Marin paid a visit to a good friend in a local nursing home who was recovering from a broken hip. Marin said her friend requested […]

No matter who says it, n-word stings

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The N-word has had few friends better than comedian Paul Mooney. Put aside that the word was long a staple of his act. Put aside the promotional pamphlet he once sent out that screamed the word in big, fat type. Consider instead what he told anyone who argued that blacks […]

Alcoholism latest public figure cop out

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Maybe we ought to give Prohibition another try. Granted the attempt to outlaw drinking wasn’t exactly a success back in the 1920s, but maybe it’s time to have another go at it. Don’t we owe that much to the public figures who have become the unwitting victims of fool juice […]

Lied to death: Criminals end up victims

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist So I read in the paper where another man is about to be lied to death. The first such story I am aware of was published last year in the Houston Chronicle. It concerned a street punk named Ruben Cantu, who was executed in 1993 for shooting two men, […]

Mirriam-Webster brings bling into vernacular

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist I googled you to tell you that your new necklace was so bling but you were too busy being a mouse potato and that’s why I acted like such a drama queen. This isn’t gibberish I’m talking here, but English — new English that is — and you’ll be able […]

amos 7-28

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation.   the great ob-word nightmare   last night boss i woke up with a terrible nightmare as always i was being pursued by the hideous menacing marcellus the cat   with no hesitation at […]

Local speller ready for break

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Zia Elementary student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Lucas Donaldson was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he calmed himself during the […]

Festivals of all kinds highlight of summer

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’ve never been to a hootenanny, but with a name like that, it’s got to be a lot of fun. I bet it’s a lot like a pachanga, another word I like. For the summer outdoor party naive, a hootenanny is a gathering in which folksingers entertain. As for a […]

New Jersey 13-year-old wins national spelling bee, first girl since 1999

By Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee rattled off “ursprache” to claim the title of America’s best speller Thursday on prime-time television. Katharine Close, an eighth-grader at the H.W. Mountz School in Spring Lake, N.J., is the first […]

Clovis student eliminated from national bee

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — After more than three rounds of spelling such words as “spheterize,” “ibidem,” “lipogrammatism” and “obstreperous,” 46 elementary and middle school students remained Wednesday at the end of the first day of tense competition in the annual national spelling bee. The winner will be crowned Thursday night on national TV. […]

5/14 Births

Word Noah Scott Word was born May 1 at Elmendorf Medical Hospital in Anchorage, Ala., to Caryn and Scott Word. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and has one brother, Laylon Helfferich, 14. The mother is a former Melrose resident, and the father is from Naperville, Ill. Grandparents are Johnny and Terrell Thompson of Clovis; […]