Heavy rains keep road crews busy

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Chad Crosswhite of Clovis takes time to fish Monday at Greene Acres lake. Crosswhite said the water is usually 10 to 15 feet away from the bench By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City and county road crews worked around the clock over the weekend clearing drains and culverts and […]

The mayor was a mower

David Lansford is stepping down as Clovis’ mayor after 12 years. We’ve been asking family and friends to share stories about him. Here’s what his mother, Roberta, had to say: “Our David began his first job by mowing lawns. He and his brother would ride their bikes over to Mrs. Travis’ home and together they […]

Valentine’s Day lunch honors golden couples

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Harold and Avis Carpenter met two and one-half miles away from where they currently live in Oklahoma Lane. “We think we’ve been married a long time, too,” Avis Carpenter said. “But it’s been good.” By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The keys to making a marriage last 50 years or […]

Malls’ shifts to icon status feel inauthentic

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Anytime I get off the interstate to head toward my parents’ home, I pass the shopping mall where I used to work. Penney’s hardware and sporting goods departments helped, greatly, to finance my seminary education. Sadly, today’s Penney’s carries neither category of item. This mall, of course, would be in […]

Hatcher named Tucumcari police chief

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Former Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher has been named Tucumcari’s new police chief. “We’re real excited to have him,” Tucumcari City Manager John Sutherland said. Sutherland and the City Commission met Thursday evening in a closed session to discuss the position. Hatcher will replace Daniel Lopez who resigned Feb. […]

Railroaders reminisce

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Each month a group of retired and current railroaders get together to keep up the family feeling their group shares. The third Thursday of every month, the National Association of Veteran and Retired Railway Employees holds a potluck at Baxter-Curren Senior Center so that railroaders can come and talk […]

In Tribute: Sister: Woman spent life helping others

By Kevin WIlson: Freedom New Mexico There was one thing Virginia Dickenson was always sure of, and she never let her eight siblings forget it. “She would say she’s the oldest, the prettiest and the smartest,” said her sister, Pat Henderson. “She’d tell us that all the time.” Some things she would never say, however, […]

La Casita students make history

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks La Casita Elementary School sixth-graders Leonardo Pereda, left, and Adriana Romero make adjustments Monday afternoon to a museum project they are working on. They are members of Mary Finifrock’s art class. By Gabriel Monte An art class at La Casita Elementary School learned about Clovis history by creating it. The […]

Maintenance worker honored

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sharon Wilson of Clovis is the 2007 recipient of a Ben Lujan Award for public school maintenance. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Sharon Wilson thought an Albuquerque trip last week was part of a workshop for public school maintenance workers. Instead, Wilson was surprised to learn she was the […]

Local Roundup: Food vouchers to be distributed

CNJ staff Vouchers for the purchase of fruits and vegetables at the Clovis Farmers’ Market will be distributed on Friday to individuals enrolled in the commodity supplemental food program. The $28 vouchers will be issued on first-come, first-serve basis at 9 a.m. at the Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 317 E. Second St., according to […]

Doctor named in lawsuit

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor An emergency room doctor with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit hanging over his head worked briefly at Plains Regional Medical Center and Roosevelt General Hospital, hospital representatives said this week. Dr. Theodore Collins worked briefly in PRMC and RGH’s emergency rooms as a contract physician before the administrations became aware of […]

In Tribute: Contractor built homes, work ethic

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Don Killough raised his family the same way he built houses — a good foundation, some independence and strict parameters. Killough’s children remembered the Clovis building contractor as a loving, supportive father who valued a strong work ethic and could be seen in church whenever its doors were open. […]

Adrian to be inducted into NMAA Hall of Fame

CNJ staff Former Clovis High athletic director Randy Adrian is among three individuals who will be inducted into the New Mexico Activities Association Hall of Fame next week. Adrian spent 25 years as a coach, teacher and administrator. He also worked as a basketball official for 31 years and was named the state’s National Federation […]

Man sentenced for taking $600,000

Freedom Newspapers A Portales man convicted of taking more than $600,000 from an armored car service where he worked last year has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. State District Judge Teddy Hartley also ordered Scott Kirby, 23, to repay the money that was not recovered, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler said […]

Eastern’s new SID rarin’ to go

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Adam Pitterman has wasted little time getting acclimated to the position as Eastern New Mexico University’s sports information director. The native of western New York was hired in early June to replace Robert McKinney, who left after eight years at ENMU to take a similar position at […]

Perales, Wilson

Wilson Perales, 63, of Clovis died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born Sept. 11, 1942, in Cayey, Puerto Rico, to Quintin and Mercedes Soto Perales. He married Elba Resto in Clovis and worked as a plumber. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two brothers, Nelson […]

King, J. C. (Clint)

J. C. (Clint) King, 89, of Portales died Monday, June 12, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born Feb. 16, 1917, in Scottland, Ill., to Mahree and John T. King. He lived in Illinois and Indiana until 1980, when he retired and settled in Portales. He graduated from high school in […]

Paid advertisement, shameless propaganda

Letters to the Editor I am writing this letter in response to a paid political advertisement paid for by Dian Forsythe (in last Sunday’s CNJ), which really was just a ridiculous jab at the law enforcement of Clovis and Curry County. I realize this response comes after the election, but I trust the citizens of […]

Southern, Derrell

Derrell Southern, 49, of Portales, died Thursday, May 18, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born May 16, 1957, in Portales to Jean and E.T. Southern. He grew up in Portales and worked as a truck driver near Clara, Okla., for a number of years. He returned to Portales about a year […]

Clovis soph repeats as 5A triple jump champ

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Mike Ware helped Clovis qualify for the 800-meter finals. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High sophomore Manuel Robles made it two in a row on Friday in Class 5A boys high jump, winning the event with a leap of 46 feet, 7 inches on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s […]