Clovis remembers fallen hero

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Robert and Lucia Kassin are presented with a US flag during a memorial service Sunday for their son, Robert Paul Kassin, at Highland Baptist Church. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their white-gloved fingers slid the length of the flag before them, creasing it along the stripes. As the fabric was snapped and pulled by […]

Escapees captured near Las Vegas, N.M.

CNJ Staff Two inmates who escaped from the DeBaca County Detention Center were recaptured on Saturday in Las Vegas, N.M., about 114 miles away, according to the DeBaca County Sheriff’s Department. Barry Wright, 23, of Higgins, Texas, and Cody Jessup, 19, of Woodward, Okla., were sharing a cell when they overpowered a detention officer about […]

Slaying victim’s family visits site

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David and Maria Beardmore view a cross they placed Thursday to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found by hunters in December. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a […]

Hospital receives 26 citations

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Plains Regional Medical Center has received 26 citations for violating federal regulations, according to a federal report issued after a May investigation. The extensive investigation was performed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a division of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department whose mission is to […]

Q&A: Dairy man loves challenge

Editor’s Note: Albin Smith is a local dairy owner and a Curry County commissioner. Q: How long have you been in the dairy business? A: I came to Portales 30 years ago this month with 28 cows. Q: What does the dairy business mean to you? A: I like the cows, but I have come […]

Flags to fly at half-staff

CNJ Staff Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. today at Highland Baptist Church. Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff Monday and Tuesday to honor Clovis Infantryman Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, according to a news release from the governor. Kassin, 29, died July 16 while serving his second tour […]

Rare cactus blooms

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers A rare cactus bloomed at a local couples’ home this last week, giving them and their neighbors a chance to see a beautiful sight available only once a year. Portales gardening enthusiasts Cecil and Mary Clotfelter own a species of cactus commonly called the night-blooming cereus, which blooms its white […]

July 23, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5 a.m. July 15 officers dispatched to a fire in the 400 block of West 12th Street found a small building behind a home engulfed in flames. As firefighters worked to put the fire out, officers questioned three juveniles seen in […]

Area players to participate in all-star volleyball games

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Aimee Hilburn says she’s a little sad her final competitive volleyball match is coming up this week in the Class 4A-5A New Mexico High School Coaches Association Class 4-5A all-star game in Albuquerque, but at the same time she’s ready to move on. Hilburn signed to play […]

HPJRA finals: Short-go puts wraps on rodeo

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Abby Medlin races to the finish line after running her horse through the poles in the 9-12 age group in Saturday’s short-go of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent In essence, the last day of the High Plains […]

Club Notes – 7/23

Encanto Members of the Encanto Garden Club brought sack lunches to the home of Betty Dunlap for an all-day gourd workshop, according to Ruth Burns. Dunlap raises numerous gourds of all shapes and sizes, which she provided club members for art projects. She also provided patterns, paint and tools from her home workshop. Of particular […]

Honors – 7/23

South Plains College Clovis students named to the South Plains College Dean’s Honor List for the spring 2006 semester were Richard Bouley, Engelo Charles, Carli McCasland and Christine Young. Csakan Nicholas A. Csakan of Clovis has been named a Collegiate All-American Scholar, according to the United States Achievement Academy. Csakan, who attends New Mexico State […]

Weddings – Walton-Hicks

Natalie Ann Walton of Texico and Kenneth David Hicks of Ringgold, La., were joined in marriage June 17 at Springhill Baptist Church in Ringgold. The Rev. Gary Haylor performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Tim and Debbie Walton of Texico. She is the granddaughter of Marvine and Aloma Walton and Raymond and […]

Engagements – 7/23

Lujan-Francis Antionette and Samantha Massey of Albuquerque announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their mother, Evonna Lujan, to Burl Francis, both of Clovis. He is the father of Dakota Francis of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows Dec. 31. The reception will be at 3001 Las Palomas. The bride is employed at Safe Ride […]

Anniversaries – Pennington

Bill and Bernice Pennington of Farwell will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Tuesday. The couple were married July 25, 1946, in Portales. They have two children, four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Both are retired.

Birthdays – 7/23

Delaney Rosa Carter Delaney of Clovis, formerly of Tucumcari, will celebrate her 90th birthday with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis- Carver Public Library (North Annex entry), 701 N. Main. She was born July 27, 1916, in Swearingen, Texas. The celebration is open to friends and relatives. No gifts […]

Births – Waggoner

Sequoyah Charisse Waggoner was born July 8 to Brooke Waggoner of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces. Grandparents are Michael and Roberta Waggoner of Clovis. Great-grandparents are Sue Bocox of Perryton, Texas, and Roberta Craig of Elizabethtown, N.C.

Admit you cannot do everything

By Anita Doberman: local columnist As if being a military wife is not difficult enough, I sometimes find myself wrestling with what I call the “super military wife syndrome.” This condition lies dormant, but can be aggressive when activated. It peaks during husbands’ deployments, when the sufferers attempt to become Super Heroes. In the wives […]

Head-on collision takes lives of mental patients

By Don McAlavy: local columnist Six people were killed and three others critically injured in a head-on collision three miles east of Fort Sumner on Highway 60 on the night of Nov. 16, 1950, the Clovis News Journal reported the next day. Five apparently died instantly and the other was dead on arrival at Clovis […]

Reporters are the best pranksters

By Bob Huber: local columnist News reporters in olden times enjoyed pulling pranks. They all did. You probably think they acquired that fun-filled pastime in journalism school, except the reporters I knew never went to college. That’s why they were reporters. The most applauded jokes were those that involved large groups of people. Politicians and […]