Government has no place to rule on marriage

The unemployment rate in Cleveland County, N.C., hovers just under 12 percent. In North Carolina, the rate is at 10.4 percent. When a major problem affects thousands in North Carolina and Cleveland County, legislators are expected to work for solutions. Instead, ours went looking for another problem. With the state’s economy in peril, legislators decided […]

Jobs’ success shows reward of capitalism

Freedom New Mexico Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who died of cancer this week at the young age of 56, is being remembered across the globe as a great innovator, entrepreneur and visionary whose work has greatly improved the lives of people from all stations of life, in all countries and all professions. We appreciate […]

Lane closure expected

CNJ staff Xcel Energy will be moving power lines in the area of Prince Street and Llano Estacado Boulevard between 8 a.m. and dark Tuesday. The work will require the closure of one lane on the southeast side of the intersection. Information: 903-328-4381.

Needle work tips featured on show

Information on sculpting dolls and wing needle hemstitching will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, October 11th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, October 13th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Author and doll maker, Terese Cato has been making sculpted dolls for years. She will show how to paint the […]

God uses both Mars and Venus to make Earth work

If I ever actually had any doubt (and I didn’t) that, to borrow from the wise guy’s book title, men really are from Mars and women are from Venus, one evening’s dinner drama would have put that doubt to rest yet again. There was no fuss. My wife and I really don’t fuss much. Well, […]

U.S. needs to drastically reduce spending

Freedom New Mexico The party is almost over and it may be time to push for a debt-limit reduction in order to avoid another binge. A lowering of the credit rating may be inevitable, even if Congress and President Obama work out a deal to raise the debt limit and pay bills. That’s because we’re […]

Banquet to honor unsung citizens

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Ethel Shankle has 2,600 flowers in her home that she is using for decorations at the Legacy Award Banquet next week. Liliana Castillo A Clovis resident is digging deep into her pockets and her contacts to honor unsung heroes of the town at a banquet July 29. Ethel […]

Education column: Maintaining school property more work than seems

Next in the installments describing the activities of Clovis Municipal Schools’ Operations Department during the summer months, here are some other things you might notice as you drive in and around town. As schools’ window and frame trims are being repainted, a complementary, two-color scheme, relatively neutral (with the shade chosen by the schools), has […]

Official: Average wage not indication of what average worker earns

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CNJ graphic: Sharna Johnson Sharna Johnson According to the state, the average weekly wage in Curry County for private industry employees was $551 in 2010, but those who work closely with local wage information say it’s not an indication of what the average person in the area earns. An employee making the average wage would […]

God’s plan for each of us not work of fiction

John Scott our son has a birthday coming up. I think back to childhood times when he was a little boy. But even though he is grown, I remember years filled with fantasy and child play. John Scott had an infatuation with “The Incredible Hulk” series on television and. The Hulk was a normal man […]

Thursday morning briefing: Habitat help, library fact and a Triple Crown legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Volunteer-Op Habit for Humanity needs volunteers but you need to notify them by 2 p.m. Friday. The group needs about a dozen people Saturday for two work sites in Portales. Work begins is 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch (provided) at […]

Honors — June 5

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Dodd Zenessa Dodd, daughter of Dennis and Dena Dodd graduated from the Lubbock Christian University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work with a Minor in Missions. Zenessa was awarded the honor of Dean’s List for the spring semester.

Pastors show God’s works

Curtis Shelburne All honorable work is God’s work, a calling, and anyone serious about doing a good job in his/her work derives priceless benefit from the example of respected mentors. Surely teachers and doctors, business folks and farmers, all need mentors to encourage them to “soldier on.” One of my most influential mentors is a […]

Military mama: Don’t stop trying

In my personal opinion every person on this planet needs to have a hobby, a passion outside of anything work related. Something that is not only a recreational diversion, but also mentally-stimulating activity. Facebook does not count. I’ve learned that it’s easy to do what you’re good at, but what about everything else? It is […]

Hospice helps patients, families

I never thought I would love to work with dying people. It just sounded too morbid. Our American culture does just about everything it can to prevent the inevitable; we rarely discuss our funeral services or burial wishes openly. We are not likely to make a will or advanced directives. So the thought of working […]

Our people: Jackie Clark has helped organize the Roosevelt County fair for more than 20 years

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico A bench at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was dedicated in Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark’s honor after she helped organize the county fair for more than 20 years. Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark helped organize the Roosevelt County Fair for more than 20 years. She began volunteering at the fair […]

Press release: U.S. 70 construction in Curry County

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) began pavement rehabilitation work earlier this month on a 6.4 mile section of U.S. 70 (Prince Street) from Brady Street in Clovis to the county line, from mile marker 434 to mile marker 441. This pavement rehabilitation project will cost approximately $6 million. The project consists of a […]

Lawmakers’ benefits exceed ours

Wanted: Well-to-do individuals (or working stiffs with extremely understanding bosses) to punch in 45 days a year. Seasonal work involves passage of New Mexico legislation. Requires considerable study, intelligent debate. Ability to huff, puff and posture most helpful. No salary, but promising future for would-be lobbyists. Healthy expense account and best retirement program in the […]

ENMU offering helping hands with Eastern in Action

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File photo Eastern in Action volunteers do yard work during the group’s service day last year. With the program, Eastern New Mexico University students and employees volunteer to do various jobs around Portales once a year to give back to the community. Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University is offering many pairs of helping hands […]

In tribute: Mother believed in equality, education

Kevin Wilson Julia Jefferson believed in the need for equality and for education, and worked on both fronts. But her work often began in the simplest places — the home and the church. Jefferson, who spent more than half a century in Clovis, died Feb. 16 of complications with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was […]