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

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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

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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 […]