Balloon ride has controlled crash landing

By Don McAlavy, Local Columnist Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was published in last Sunday’s Lifestyles section. We were about to land, and were low on fuel. We had taken the ‘wind blows’ route while the chase crew (our rescue crew) had to stay on the […]

Veterans need spiritual assistance

By Clyde Davis, Local Columnist Richard was like the older brother to much of the neighborhood. Although he was actually Bobby’s older brother, he played that role in a lot of our lives, as some of us had no older brother of our own. When he was in high school, Richard acquired a ’55 Chevy, […]

1/9 Anniversary, Birthday and Wedding

Anniversary Pinnell Wayne (Tuff) and Joan Pinnell of Melrose, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16, 2005 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Melrose. The celebration will be hosted by their children and family. The couple was married Jan. 15, 1955 in Adrian, Texas. They have four […]

Pockets of fun

By Tova Fruchtman, CNJ staff writer Playing pool can be an entertaining way to spend down time. Jerry Judah and about seven other men play pool from noon until 5 p.m. daily at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center in Clovis. Mostly retired or disabled, the men play partners to raise their spirits and kill time, Judah […]

Ruby Bridges was ‘Triumphant in Trouble’

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist Years ago now, I wrote a series of short essays entitled “Triumphant in Trouble.” How good it was, I don’t know, but I do know one truth came through at least to me, if to no one else. To be “triumphant in trouble” requires far more than that we […]

Happy New Year, baby: Two cousins were the first Clovis babies of 1980

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It was New Year’s Eve, 1980. Kerry Parks called her mom around midnight to tell her that her water broke. That’s when she got the news. Her then sister-in-law, Francee Garcia, was already at the hospital, and she was also in labor. “When she told me that Francee was […]

My daughter had wild balloon ride in Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will be published in next Sunday’s Lifestyles section. Clovis is not the best place to have a hot air balloon fiesta, but that is just what Clovis did from 1980 through 1986. You never know what the […]

New Year chance to try new activites

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist There’s a fellow here in town, a transplant from a large west-coast city, who admittedly doesn’t want to be here and spends lots of time finding fault with our area. One of his big impressions is that there’s no culture and never anything to do. Since he doesn’t read the […]

1/2 Wedding, Honors

Shuckman/Fox Ashley Carol Shuckman of Plano, Texas, and Jeffrey Lynn Fox of Mc Kinney, Texas, were joined in marriage Oct. 16, 2004, at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. The Rev. Patrick Berry performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of George and Ann Shuckman of Clovis. The bridegroom is the son of Gaynell […]

Families can spend New Year’s Eve together


Freedom Newspapers photo: Patrick Wyrick of Garden Grove, Calif., has a collection of 300 to 400 games. Studies have shown games are growing more popular as a family activity. Though most people have far fewer games than Wyrick, they may be a way to By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ Staff Writer As many fight that end-of-the-year […]

Christmas lasts longer than one day

By Curtis Shelburne: Local Columnist I’m afraid that in the first column I write after Christmas Day each year I’m beginning to sound like Johnny One-note, but I’ll risk it again as I remind you that Christmas is not over once Christmas Day is over. Now I can easily see why tired to the bone […]

Base readies for deployment


Members of the 523rd Fighter Squad at Cannon Air Force Base check the inventory of their chemical protection gear during the war readiness mobility deployment process Monday morning at the base. By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hundreds of pilots, airmen and other Air Force officials on Monday geared up for […]

amos: tangled in christmas

By Gary Mitchell a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks — except hyphens and dashes.   tangled in christmas    boss i don t know if you […]

Sacrifice something important, not leftovers

By Judy Brandon: local columnist What is a sacrifice? Think about that question this day before Christmas.  Sacrifice is usually an underused word during the Christmas season because of all the spending. Yet, there is a popular Christian song that begins with this question: “How can I offer anything that costs me nothing?” That is […]

House of healing


By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A group of Clovis residents’ dream of turning the abandoned and dilapidated Memorial Hospital back into a place of healing began its journey to becoming a reality in 2004. In April, the Rev. Steve Brown — experienced as both a pastor and a contractor — was hired as director […]

Our God has skin on

By Curtis K. Shelburne/ Local Columnist In worship on a Sunday just before Christmas several years ago, I found myself gazing at the front of the sanctuary watching silhouetted shepherds themselves gazing upward in wonder, one of them pointing toward a brightly shining star. The fact that the star itself was just a few feet […]

12/19 Anniversary, Birth and Honors

Anniversary Bell Jerry and Marcia Bell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 26, 2004. The couple was married in Farwell on Dec. 26, 1954. Jerry is a farmer and Marcia is a homemaker. They have three children, Jady Bell (Shelley), Jack Bell (Kim), and Jill Denton (Jace). They have six grandchildren, Eric, Ashley, […]

Party with a purpose


Karlee Johnson, left, and Mellisa Mapes trade ornaments at Monday night’s “Party with a Purpose” at a home in the 500 block of Chanticlear Place in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer At first glance it looked like a normal Christmas party. At the base of the tree were […]

Helping heals holiday gloom

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The round of holiday parties is in full swing, and except for a brief respite, will continue through the Super Bowl. The arrangements of family gatherings, friendship events and year-end and beginning-of-the-year celebrations will continue and most hearts will be filled with joy and warmth. The attitude of most people […]

A local girl gets a Christmas surprise in 1896

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist This story was told to me by a friend who died many years ago. I’ll tell it through the eyes of the young girl who was from the caprock area between Clovis and Tucumcari. In 1896, a snowstorm hit us three days before Christmas, with drifts 2- to 3-feet deep […]