Reader Reaction

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants if they had any advice for area high school graduates. Here are some responses: “Get to work. On time. Every day. There will be a lot of people counting on you to do this. … You owe it to these folks as well as to yourself to be […]

Student killed in one-vehicle crash

Jack King A Clovis High School student was killed in a one-car accident Thursday at the intersection of Curry Road 11 and Curry Road N. According to a New Mexico State Police report, William R. “Billy” Mason, 18, was traveling east on Curry Road 11, a dirt road, shortly after noon in a 1985 Honda […]

Walk to honor brother who died of cancer

Jack King Sam Sena, a 50-year-old Fort Sumner resident, has a quest. He aims to walk 53 miles — 212 laps — today in the Relay for Life at Fort Sumner High School. Sena said he’ll make the walk in honor of his brother, Michael, who of died of leukemia March 5. Sam, who survived […]

Shoe on the other foot not comfortable

Steve Chapman Back in 1993, a Democrat was in the White House, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and liberal thinkers had an idea to make it easier to get what they wanted. They proposed to abolish the Senate filibuster — which allows a minority of senators to block action by the whole body. One […]

Charen tome exposes ‘useful idiots’

Thomas Sowell The term “useful idiots” has been attributed to Lenin, as a description of those mindless people in the Western democracies who would always find ways to excuse whatever the Soviet Union did. Columnist Mona Charen’s new book “Useful Idiots” shows that such people are still with us. Long after the Soviet Union’s horrors […]

Communities set Memorial Day observances

By Gary Mitchell Memorial Day has a significance that local veteran Larry Frappier and his colleagues want to make sure the nation doesn’t forget. “It’s a day you’re honoring your fallen comrades,” said Frappier, who serves as secretary for the Joint Veterans Council in Clovis, the sponsor of the community’s annual Memorial Day Observance. “It’s […]

75-plus years of ministry: Church to celebrate anniversary

Gary Mitchell It took a couple of starts, but the second start took root. As a result, First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., will celebrate its 75th-plus anniversary of ministry to the Clovis community with a Homecoming Weekend May 30 through June 1. The theme for the Homecoming 2003 Weekend is “Celebrating […]

Money vs. Ministry

Gary Mitchell Michael Covington, general manager of The Master’s — A Parable Christian Store, sees the store’s upcoming move into the new “Master’s Center” business complex as an enhancement of its mission. The Christian bookstore and a travel agency, National Travel Systems, will be among businesses relocating to the former Furr’s grocery store, a 55,000 […]

‘Buck’-ing adversity

Gary Mitchell gary_mitchell@link.freedom.com Once William “Billy” Buck, a man-mountain at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, makes up his mind, it takes a mob to alter his determination. That certainly was true Thursday at Clovis High School’s Senior Bash Day, which is part of the school’s graduation events. The Clovis Fire Department firefighters were spraying students with […]

Clovis, Muleshoe sets Memorial Day observances

Gary Mitchell Memorial Day has a significance that local veteran Larry Frappier and his colleagues want to make sure the nation doesn’t forget. “It’s a day you’re honoring your fallen comrades,” said Frappier, who serves as secretary for the Joint Veterans Council in Clovis, the sponsor of the community’s annual Memorial Day Observance. “It’s always […]

Advice to graduates

Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. mousy advice to graduates boss i ve run across some quippy sayings compiled by perry tanksley some of them particularly relate to the church pew underworld and this time of graduation so […]

Only God can turn your filthy rags into good deeds

Judy Brandon I’m sure I share many growing-up experiences with other baby boomers my age. When it came to buying clothes, no doubt my sister Susie and I stood alongside the other millions of children in the 1950s. On those times when Mother would buy Susie or myself a new outfit, we started out by […]

One dead, another injured after shootings

Darrell Todd Maurina A seriously ill Clovis man died from a gunshot on Wednesday evening, while his caretaker suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh. Police reports show that James “J.O.” Barnett Jr., 83, may have accidentally shot his caretaker, Charles Rocky Williams, before killing himself. Officer Randy Pitcock wrote in his report that Williams, […]

Trailer washing outfit fined by EPA

Jack King The New Mexico Environment Department has charged a Clovis cattle trailer washout facility with violating the state Water Quality Act and charged it a $483,994 fine. NMED Communications Director Jon Goldstein said Bigger and Better Septic Tanks of Clovis dumped wastewater and contaminated water from its trailer washout facility into unlined lagoons. Darin […]

National answer not right

The government-employed airport screener who inspected the contents of your purse or briefcase at the security checkpoint may have a criminal record and either the government doesn’t know that yet, or has found out but hasn’t done anything about it. Chalk it up as a consequence of nationalizing airport security. According to recent media reports, […]

Police in the market for officers

By Darrell Todd Maurina Police staffing has reached a crisis and will soon become worse, according to Capt. Dan Blair of the Clovis Police Department. “If things happen the way we think they are going to happen, by the end of the summer we will have an emergency,” Blair said at Tuesday’s meeting of the […]

Texico girls basketball coach casuality of budget crunch

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — Reduced state funding based on declining enrollment has triggered changes in the Texico High School coaching staff, according to school officials. The contracts of girls basketball coach Sean Wootton and an assistant coach will not be renewed, school officials said. Wootton replaced longtime coach Roy King, who stepped down last […]

New summer league opens tonight

By Kevin Wilson Weeknights just got a little more interesting for girls basketball in the area. Clovis and Portales area teams are part of a new summer league, which opens at 6 p.m. tonight with games at Farwell and Texico high schools. West Texas-New Mexico Phenoms Summer League organizer Sammy Herrera said he wanted to […]

CCC Board of Trustees swears in Gayla Brumfield as new member

By Jack King Gayla Brumfield, owner of Colonial Real Estate in Clovis, was sworn in as the new District 1 trustee for Clovis Community College at CCC’s regular board meeting Wednesday. Brumfield replaces Ted Hartley, who has been appointed a judge in the 9th Judicial District. “I’m really excited,” Brumfield said, “I’ve always been very […]

Jackson, S.L.

S.L. Jackson Services: Have been held. Mr. S.L. “Tuney” Jackson Jr., 75, of Floyd, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at his home. He was born on March 24, 1928, in Olton, Texas, to Betty and S.L. Jackson. He attended school in Olton for several years. He graduated from high school in Carisa Springs, Texas, in […]