Lonely soldier in Iraq seeks pen pals

David Stevens: CNJ Editor

A few notes worth sharing:
n Jackie Tucker Davidson of Hereford, Texas, is asking the public to help find those responsible for her father’s slaying. J.C. Tucker was killed west of Clovis on Sept. 4, 2003.
“I have prayed daily for justice,” she writes. “I am a strong believer in the power of prayer. I am trying to strengthen the prayer chain. Everyone and anyone that will, please help me pray for justice.”
n Clovis native Georg J. Heller has been in the Army since 1999 and has been involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom for the past year. He wrote the following to his father, the Rev. Christian Heller: “I really miss getting real mail. Please try to get some people to write me. I don’t care who it is.”
The address is:
SPC Georg J. Heller
A co. 615th ASB 1CD 4BDE
APO AE 09313
A 37-cent stamp will get it there.
n Barbara Martin of Clovis, a foster parent liaison for Curry County, wants to thank those who helped honor foster parents with a recent picnic. “These people give so much of themselves every day of the year and this is a small way of showing our appreciation to them,” Martin wrote. She said almost 50 area businesses contributed to the “thanks” that ranged from food to manicures, from massages to movies.
n Community Services Center in Portales recently sponsored its annual fund-raiser to benefit United Way. CSC Executive Director Pamela O’Malley said the barbecue dinner raised about $1,000. Almost a dozen area businesses spearheaded those efforts.
n Ministerial students at Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon School of Theology are beneficiaries of the Ernest and Virginia Westmoreland Endowed Scholarship, according to a university news release.
The Westmorelands, members of Clovis’ First Baptist Church, were honored by HSU in 1994 on their 50th wedding anniversary.
Virginia Westmoreland died in 1999. Ernest Westmoreland died on April 4.
n Randy Vizyak of Mukwonago, Wis., read a Clovis News Journal story on our Web site about elected officials offering to submit to voluntary drug tests. His response: “Why don’t the elected officials submit to a voluntary lie detector test to prove they’re not a bunch of crooks?”

David Stevens is editor for Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. He can be contacted at 1-800-819-9925. His e-mail address is:
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