May be good sense to thank God for Santa

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist I hope Christmas is a wonderful, “wonder-filled,” time for you. If our hearts are prepared and ready for it, it can be. Hence (and this is fodder for another column), the very good sense of having a time of real preparation before Christmas. (Look up “Advent” if the word jingles […]

Christmas’ focus is that long wait is over

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist During this Christmas season, I await each day “expecting” packages. Let me explain. Much of my Christmas shopping has been done on line, from gifts for the grandchildren to ordering Christmas cards, the deals on the Internet with two day free shipping has great appeal for me. So every day […]

amos the churchmouse: quest for a christmas gift

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. quest for a christmas gift boss we have a stinkbug within our church pew […]

Show to feature quilting, stress-free cooking

By Cheryl Borden Creative Living Information on quilting, stress-free cooking and using a double-cord presser foot will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain) Marci Baker is a quilter and author, and she’s taught many people how to quilt.  She’ll talk […]

Gift tips for the fashion conscious

D’Nieka Hartsfield Nieka Style Vogue.com Senior Fashion Writer Marjon Carlos captured my attention in her recent headline, “Why You Should Never Buy a Fashion Person Fashion.” This article touched home with me because I have tried to get this same message across to close family and friends for years. For instance, my husband has bought […]

On the shelves — Dec. 13

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library “The Far End of Happy,” by Kathryn Craft. Ronnie’s husband is supposed to move out today, but when Jeff pulls into the driveway drunk with a shotgun in the front seat, she realized nothing about the day will go as planned. A chilling story […]

Senior happenings — Dec. 13

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exercise equip; 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. pinochle; 4:30 p.m. business meeting; 5:30 p.m. Christmas party Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 9 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft […]

Ready to relax and watch the lights

By Karl Terry Local columnist It’s December and there’s no doubt that we need a little Christmas. But last week I have to admit I questioned a few times if we needed it right this very moment. I’m not sure why we seem to have to get most of our major Christmas events in within […]

Bailiff enjoys slower life of high plains

Staff photo: D’Nieka Hartsfield
McDonald is a bailiff for the Ninth Judicial District. He has kept order in the court for five years.

Bio Name: Shawn McDonald Age: 37 Profession: Bailiff for Ninth Judicial District Hometown: Clovis Family: Son, Chase McDonald, 5; girlfriend, Eryn Davidson, 30. Shawn McDonald was born and raised in New Jersey. He left the fast pace of the city and journeyed to the high plains of Clovis just five years ago for family and […]

School menus — Dec. 13

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast- Cinnamon roll. Lunch- Meat and cheese nachos, garden salad with ranch, mini carrots, applesauce. Tuesday: Breakfast- Breakfast pizza. Lunch- Hot dog on a bun, sweet potato fries, seasoned green beans, fruit sidekicks. Wednesday: Breakfast- Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch- Homemade cheese and bean burrito, salsa, celery sticks with ranch dressing, […]

Advent season of waiting

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist Bubble trouble continues. I’d planned to begin: “Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble / What’s to do when bubble lights won’t bubble?” But then I checked the quotation. (My Shakespeare professor, Dr. Dudt, would be disappointed that I had to check.) The words come from Macbeth (Act 4, Scene 1), as […]

Jesus constant in changing world

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist My comprehension of Jesus has evolved over the years. I knew him first as the Baby Jesus. At a young age, I knew him as Savior and through the years I have known him as Deliverer, Healer, Adviser and Comforter. He is not the One that has changed — I […]

amos the churchmouse: amos lit up for christmas

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, 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. amos lit up for christmas boss i don t know if you ve noticed […]

Professional sees bright side of life

Staff photo: D’Nieka Hartsfield
Mary Gray is the executive secretary at the Eastern Plains Council of Government.

Mary Gray was raised in Tipton, Oklahoma. From the time she was five years old until she graduated, she lived in a children’s home with her three sisters. She didn’t have parents at a young age, but Gray never thought she was at a loss growing up. She said she had everything she needed and […]

Terry: Catalog season wife’s particular brand of bliss

Most people grit their teeth when the junk mail volume rises — not my wife. My companion is in heaven when the catalog count goes up prior to Christmas. On Thanksgiving week she topped out with a full dozen in one mail delivery alone. I think it’s safe to say the catalog census for that […]

Hartsfield: Time for new do

What does a girl do when she’s having a bad hair day? Normally, she just pulls it back in a ponytail until she can decide what to do with it. In my most recent experiences, I’ve either wrapped it in a scarf or have worn a big braid or two. But those simple hairdos and […]

Borden: Edible rubber stamping on upcoming show

Information on painting sewing machine and sergers, rubber-stamping cookies and using no bake polymer clay to make fall home décor items will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and at noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain) Clare Rowley will show how to use acrylic paint and a template […]

School menus — Dec . 6

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast- French toast. Lunch- Chicken nuggets, green beans, sliced tomato, chilled peaches, whole wheat roll. Tuesday: Breakfast- Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch- Soft taco and salsa, spanish rice, seasoned pinto beans, romaine lettuce and tomato, assorted fresh fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast- Breakfast burrito. Lunch- Hamburger on a bun, bake French fries, leafy […]

Senior calendar — Dec. 6

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exercise equip; 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 9 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft sale; 8:45 a.m. board […]

It costs little to be kind

When did kindness go out of style? I think about this while nursing a bruised ankle. I had the unfortunate timing to be standing between some Christmas candy and a shopper in dire need of a sugar fix. She got the candy and I’ve got the indentation from her wagon to prove it. This time […]