Vixens play giant killer

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Ft. Sumner junior Julie Wood spikes the ball between two Lubbock Christian players during their game at the 2004 Clovis Volleyball Invitational Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Buzz isn’t usually created around a fifth-place tournament finish. But, in the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament, much of […]

Hounds’ comeback falls short

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Former Floyd six-man standout scored a pair of touchdowns in his first varsity start for the Hounds. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — If it could, Eastern New Mexico University would take a mulligan on the first 25 minutes or so of Saturday night’s season opener against Central […]

Area football summaries

CNJ staff Friday Melrose 54, Hondo 6 Hondo — Carlos Ruiz rushed for three touchdowns and caught a pass for another as Melrose routed Hondo 54-6 Friday in the season-opener for both teams. James Walker added a pair of touchdown passes, including a 52-yarder to Ruiz in a game that was halted at halftime by […]

Curry County Literacy Coalition off and reading

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A grant from the New Mexico Literacy Coalition is funding a new organization in Clovis — the Curry County Literacy Coalition. The coalition, which received the grant last week, will be headed by Clovis resident Terri Tafoya who has volunteered with the adult literacy program at Clovis Community College. […]

Weddings/Engagements/Anniversaries

• Engagements Maggio-Warrick Bill and Becky Ingram and Don and Jannette Maggio of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Allyson Maggio of Clovis, to Clifford Warrick of Portales, son of Mark and Debby Warrick of Corrales. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2004, at First United […]

‘Service pack’ installation could be confusing

By Tom Difrancesca: Internet Safari The long awaited “Service Pack 2” for Windows XP has finally been released, not without problems though. If you’ve got a good bit of computer experience, then installing the service pack shouldn’t be all that difficult. For most typical users though, it could end up being a royal pain. There […]

Local personal histories needed

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist This article had its genesis in a conversation with my mother-in-law. I bought her a book, which was really a compilation of articles from the Santa Fe New Mexican, spanning the paper’s inception in the mid 1800s until the 1950s. This got her to thinking and talking about some of […]

Hungry for life: Football player fights cystic fibrosis

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Clovis Christian senior Corey Hastings prays before the start of a game against the New Mexico School for the Deaf on Thursday at Jim Hill Field in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor When Corey Hastings was 4, his father ordered him an adult’s steak-finger basket at a Dairy Queen. […]

Community mourns homicide victim

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Brothers Andre and Lamont Dixon, of Clovis, hug each other as Tony Parker is lowered in to his grave Friday during the burial service at Mission Gardens Cemetery in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Hundreds gathered Friday afternoon at the First Church of God in Christ to mourn the […]

Mayor pushing for smoking ban

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford said the city tried to ban smoking in public acess building five years ago. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford is spearheading an effort to ban smoking in all public access buildings, including restaurants. The issue has smokers clawing to keep their “rights” intact. Lansford said the […]

Muleshoe man found innocent by jury

CNJ staff reports MULESHOE — A Bailey County jury found a Muleshoe man innocent of a murder charge on Friday, District Judge Gordon Green said. Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, was found innocent of murdering Derwin Wyn Beauchamp, 43, in October of 2003 at the home of Vince Simnacher. Kitchens is also charged with killing his […]

Prairie chickens given safe haven

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A nature gorup has purchased a pair of rancxhes near Milesnad in hopes of further protecting the lesser prairie chicken indigenous to the area. (File photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico’s rare lesser prairie chickens just got 12,000 acres safer. The New Mexico Nature Conservancy recently acquired the Pearce and Creamer ranches […]

Clovis girls win pageant titles

Reporter’s Notebook Two Clovis girls have been awarded state titles in the New Mexico America’s Choice Pageant, according to a release by the Albuquerque based agency. According to the release, 7-year-old Eboni Lunsford has been named Miss New Mexico Sweetheart and 19-year-old Creshawna Durrah has been named Miss New Mexico America’s Choice. Each of the […]

Man admits to manufacturing child porn: Cops and Courts

A Clovis man pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of manufacturing child pornography. He’s been ordered to undergo a diagnostic evaluation at the New Mexico Department of Corrections by the court, District Attorney Brett Carter said. Rockey Fleming was arrested in April after 6,000 images and at least 70 video tapes depicting lewd sexual acts […]

Police Blotter: 8-29-04

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Tuesday to a local school where a teacher complained of having been pushed by a student. The male subject had received in-school suspension for two days. While suspended he became unruly, throwing books, pushing desks, and breaking pens. When the […]

We’re looking for substance from the GOP

Freedom Newspapers Modern political conventions have become four-day infomercials about the candidates being nominated. Still, people can glean something if they listen closely. At the Democratic convention a month ago, vice presidential nominee John Edwards continued his “two Americas” rhetoric borrowed from a 1930s radical labor movement. And Sen. John Kerry emphasized his now-controversial four […]

Thank you letters

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will periodically publish thank-you letters of public interest. Letters should be less than 300 words and the writer must be identified. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses may be deleted prior […]

Project Reader Reaction

Hail Judge Quinn! Plea was wrong District Judge Stephen Quinn on Monday rejected a plea agreement involving a man accused of shooting a Clovis police detective. Keith Bessette has recovered from his wounds and is now working with police in Iraq. Timothy Michael Burke, 52, is paralyzed from the chest down, a result of officers […]

Carthel, Bill W.

Bill W. Carthel Services: Have been held. Bill W. Carthel, 78, of Friona, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, in Amarillo. He was born on July 7, 1926, in Floyd County, Texas, to Wayne and Ruth Golden Carthel. He was a Parmer County resident since 1957, coming from Dimmitt, Texas. He was a farmer/rancher and was […]

Mayfield humbles Wildcats

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Jason Burns (left) and Juan Gutierrez of Clovis stop Mayfield’s Seth McKinney for a short gain. (CNJ photo by Rick White) By Rick White Mayfield coach Jim Bradley lost track of time watching his second-ranked Trojans manhandle the Clovis Wildcats. With his team hogging the ball with a brutish ground game, Bradley wasn’t even aware […]