Miracles: Area residents recount unexplainable events

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The Rev. Steve Brown, working Friday on drywall at the Matt: 25 Hope Center in Clovis, said he attributes the miracle he witnessed to God. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The night was dark and the highway seemingly empty. Two men inside a truck had the radio on and the […]

Three Cats chosen to all-star team

CNJ staff AMARILLO — Three members of Clovis High’s Class 5A state runnerup football team have been chosen to the 2005 Class 5A-4A Golden Spread Team, announced recently by the Amarillo Globe News. Junior running back Brian Mead and junior wide receiver Rishard Matthews were chosen on offense, while senior free safety Devin Sweet was […]

12/25 Engagements

Cortez/Sizemore Valentin Cortez of Clovis and Enriqueta Cortez of Roswell announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their son Valentin Cortez II to Carmen Elena Sizemore of Marietta, Ga. The bride is the daughter of Elia Lopez. The couple will exchange vows at sunset on Feb. 10 on a private beach in Los Cabos, Mexico. […]

12/25 Senior Happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St. Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Blood pressure checks; 10 a.m. — Health insurance benefits assistance. Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. — Indoor exercise. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Blood sugar checks; 1 p.m. — Bingo; 1:30 p.m. — Blood pressure checks; 2 p.m. — Refreshments. Thursday: 10:30 a.m. — […]

12/25 Organizations

El Portal Chapter The El Portal Chapter club met at 6 p.m on Dec. 10 at the Territorial Restaurant in Portales. The program focused on Christmas traditions. Nine members of El Portal Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and 10 guests held a formal evening of dining. Regent Wanda Dunn presided over a […]

Christmas revives thoughts of childhood

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Here we are on the brink of the big day — the day families and churches and people who sell honey-baked hams have all been waiting for. No matter how the holidays go down this year, we will always be stuffed with memories of Christmas pasts — not unlike cream-filled […]

Holiday memories fueled by variety of experiences

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What are the pieces that compose the collage of memories that you have marked “Christmas and holiday season?” What are the sights, the sounds, and the special places that they take you in your mind at this time of year? In the middle of all the frantic juggling of schedules and […]

Mother was tough shopper

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist My mother was the epitome of rough, tough Nebraska stinginess, but she always made a special trip to Denver just before Christmas to show me the holiday decorations. On these trips she also bought pigs’ feet. Besides being cheap, they provided hours of winter fun for the family as we […]

Christmas tunes yield tales of 1950s studio

By Don McAlavy: Curry County historian The story is told that a New Mexico blizzard made its appearance during the two days (actually nights) when two songs by Jimmy Self were recorded by Norman Petty. It was said that the recording studio was so cold the musicians had to wear coats during the sessions. Perhaps […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

By Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch- worth of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Norman Luboff […]

Cats edge Coronado with no time left

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Clovis’ Jaden Isler falls to the ground as he tries to control a loose ball during the second half of Thursday’s game against Lubbock Coronado at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With time about to run out, Jaden Isler knew he had to just throw one […]

Pastors plan similar Christmas sermons

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Bethel Assembly of God Pastor Lemuel Perry said he will conduct a simple worship service for Christmas. (File photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The story is as old as time; originating from the New Testament Gospel of Matthew. The saga chronicles the miracle of the virgin birth that resulted in Jesus Christ being […]

Clovis High junior dies in crash

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New Mexico State Police Lt. Gary Ross, left, and Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison investigate the scene of a fatal vehicle crash Thursday at the intersection of Wilhite Road and County Road G. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis High School junior was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident […]

Students bring Christmas to needy

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Isaiah Willmot, 4, right, opens as present as his brother Elighio Rodriguez, 7, watches during an early Christmas party for five children from the Lighthouse Mission Thursday at a home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Mikayle Moore hugged her new dolls, however, the boxes the presents came in […]

12/23 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Dec. 15-21: • Ricky Dale Southern, 31, to Jonni De Awn Cain, 19, both of Clovis • Juan De La Rosa, 31, to Eileen Carolina Escarzega, 30, both of Clovis • Fred Travis Van Solen, 35, to Erin Leigh Sumrall, 30, both of Clovis • […]

Oil development step toward independence

Freedom Newspapers The continuing debate over limited oil drilling in the enormous and remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge spotlights the degree to which the Democratic Party and environmental groups have become obstructionists when it comes to oil and gas development. Democrats and two liberal Republicans in the Senate succeeded Wednesday in stopping a provision that […]

Fascination with nuns may be ‘nunsense’

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I know of at least one person more organized than me when it comes to Christmas: Sister Margaret. I received my first Christmas card for the season from Sister Margaret the week right after Thanksgiving. I immediately pictured Sister Margaret, who in spite of her small frame and kind face, […]

Age lends perspective to Christmas

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I saw Santa Claus in downtown Clovis last Saturday. I know he was Santa Claus because his long white beard was real, he was in his suit and he was jolly. I asked Santa if he liked the 7Up and Ritz crackers with peanut butter I left out for him […]

Childhood hill teaches lesson of constant change

More than 25 Christmas seasons ago, my children Annie and John Scott asked for new bicycles for Christmas. At that time, we lived in a newly developed area. Behind our house was a giant dirt pile where the contractors had leveled off the lots to build new homes. Our children were little and the attraction […]

12/23 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the discarded ornaments attic boss while strolling around in the attic the other day i stumbled into a sea of christmas tree ornaments there were red ones gold ones blue ones green ones and […]