The Bible is the world’s magnifying glass

Judy Brandon: Local columnist Any mother with children has experienced splinter days. When our children were small, any day could become a splinter day. They might have been in the back yard or on the swing set but suddenly they would come running into the house, complaining about a splinter in a hand. On one […]

Weddings, Anniversaries and Engagements for Oct. 17

Weddings Hoggatt Jennifer Coyle of Clovis and Phillip Hoggatt of Oklahoma City were joined in marriage on Aug. 14, 2004, at Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis. The Rev. Maurice Monson performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Marietta Coyle of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of William and Margaret Coyle […]

Clovis singles search for dates

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Bill Guild, 56, has a theory he’s come to trust when it comes to dating. Instincts, he says, you have to trust your instincts. “One thing I’ve learned is if your not getting good vibrations from someone move on right then and there. You can’t change people. People don’t […]

Clovis churches use book to find life’s purpose

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Forty. The number of days Noah spent on the Ark; the number of years Moses and the Israelites wandered the desert; the number of days Jesus spent in the desert after his baptism; and the number of days churches around the country are spending studying and reflecting upon The […]

Lunasa brings Irish music to Clovis

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Sean Smyth and other members of the Celtic band Lunasa play the music of their fathers and their fathers’ fathers. “It’s the music that we would have grown up with as kids,” Smyth, who plays fiddle, said. Clovis residents can experience the Irish band’s music on Saturday at the […]

Organizers hope show will bring Christians and Jews together

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Corrie ten Boom had unfaltering faith. Her father Casper died in a Nazi prison. Her sister Betsie died in the Ravensbruck Nazi work camp. And her nephew Christiaan never returned from the Burgen Belson Nazi camp. Her brother William, a leader in the Dutch underground, contracted spinal tuberculosis in […]

Don’t settle for too little too soon

Curtis S. Shelburne One summer years ago while I was the visiting preacher for a loving and lovely little church in Indiana, one of the leaders there took my son Jeffrey and me out for a round of golf. (It was about the last time I played, I think.) Indiana is a beautiful state filled […]

Portales coach among ENMU honorees

Freedom Newspapers After graduating from high school in Bloomfield in 1977, Brenda (Worley) Gomez came across the state to attend Eastern New Mexico University. Basically, she’s never left the area. Gomez, the girls basketball coach at Portales High School since 1985, is one of six individuals scheduled for induction into the ENMU Hall of Honors […]

ENMU does Coward classic ‘Blithe Spirit’

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anne Beck, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s production of “Blithe Spirit,” said she chose the play to bring laughter to people in a time when the national landscape is intense. “Because it was a comedy, I thought it would be appropriate and needed,” she said. Her reasons for […]

When is a house a home, and where is home, really?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Lately I’ve been thinking more than usual about the venerable “father of the faithful,” old Abraham. More than ever, the great patriarch has my respect. God called Abraham to take a trip (God didn’t specify exactly where), to make his home in a country that would one day be his (God […]

T-shirts and jeans are still in style for teens


Clovis High School seniors Terrance Walker (left), and Larry Parker sport their favorite NFL player’s jersey at last week’s college fair at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman CNJ STAFF WRITER With school in full-swing, homework, reading and extra-curricular activities have become daily routines. Perhaps, the most drastic change from summer […]

Anniversaries, Engagements and Weddings

Anniversaries Fechter Harold and Blanche Fechter, of Clovis, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 26, 2004, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Clovis. The celebration was hosted by friends of the couple. The couple was married on Oct. 1, 1939, in Kanona, Kan. He is a retired accountant, a Red Coat at the hospital […]

Grief is strange and powerful

Grief is a strange thing. In its acute form it’s like a growling and potentially vicious dog. It’s far too loud and dangerous to ignore, and so you deal with it head-on. But then, about the time you begin to feel that you’re dealing pretty well with grief (and you probably are), the wretched cur, […]

Anniversaries, Weddings, and Births

Birth: Hunt Kari Hunt, of Fort Sumner, is the parent of KoElle Mae Hunt, a 9 pound 3 ounce girl born on Aug. 3, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Her grandparents are Bob and Karla Hunt of Fort Sumner and Dale McIlroy II of Bonsall, Calif. Her great-grandparents are Jimmie Stephenson and […]

Old church closes for good


Eldred Brown, who lives 12 miles east of the church in Texas, pauses as he looks around the Rosedale Baptist Church in Bellview. Brown and other church members helped clean up the church Tuesday for a final service that will be held Oct. 2. Tova Fruchtman BELLVIEW — About 35 miles north of Clovis, amidst […]

Church celebrates 50 years


Pam Wallace, center, a First Christian Church member, laughs along with fellow member Pat Weekley, left, and Senior Minister Jon Forrest during the church’s annual congressional meeting Wednesday at the church. Wallace has been a member at the church Tova Fruchtman A group of 128 people attended the first service of the First Christian Church […]

Political affiliation may affect television choices

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Republicans and Democrats disagree on just about everything. But there is some common ground, at least this time of year. Citizens from both political parties are looking forward to the new fall television lineup, especially when “CSI” comes on. Initiative Media Group — a media service company based in […]

How can I really find happiness? By not chasing it.

Curtis K. Shelburne I’m thankful for the Brits! When the last star twinkles its last twinkle on this world’s last night, if the United States still stands, the English will still be standing right beside us as our most trusted and time-tested friends. I believe that. But I can’t help but remind you that back […]

Diverse Drama: ENMU diversity festival offers entertainment and ideas


Eastern New Mexico University senior Chris Chavez (Right),plays the main character in the play “Straightening Out” and senior Ryan Cook , playis Dr. J. Belanski, the author of the book in this scene.”Straightening Out” is one of four plays in the t By Tova Fruchman: CNJ staff writer Some Eastern New Mexico University students have […]

The Lord Is Good, and His Love Endures Forever

By Curtis K. Shelburne When all the world around you is flying by all awhirl, know that … “the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:5). When you’re moving much too fast and need to slow down but don’t know how to put on the brakes, […]