Nieka Style: Cool hat always great summer choice

Many of us have come and gone or are planning plenty on trips this summer. Everything from family reunions to summer vacations. Packing for them may not be the most fun but if you pack light and simple clothing with a few accent items it can be a breeze. For me, packing accessories and a […]

Terry: Country store tough to let go

Back before we had the convenience store this area had at least one little country store in every community or wide spot in the road. This past week I stepped inside a building that was once home to one of those stores — Turnbough’s Store, just east of Portales. Today it’s being operated as a […]

Club Notes — July 6

Curry County Republican Women The June meeting of Curry County Republican Women (CCRW) was called to order by President Laquita Terry. Nineteen members, associate members and guests attended. May meeting minutes and treasurer’s reports were approved. Rube Render, Curry County Republican Party chairman, invited the group to Saturday’s breakfast meeting at Leal’s on Mabry. Render […]

New pastor feels at home

Staff photo: Vanessa Kahin
Layloni Drake is the new pastor at Kingswood United Methodist Church. She served in the Air Force largely to create an opportunity to serve as a chaplain.

By Vanessa Kahin Staff writer vkahin@cnjonline.com Her church leadership was once considered by some to be an oddity, but Layloni Drake is simply following a call she received at the age of 17. The new pastor of Kingswood United Methodist Church, Drake said that as far as she knows, she is the first female pastor […]

Brandon: Patriotism should stir our emotions

What is patriotism? Patriotism consists of dedicated love and support, and protection of one’s country. Think about this question: If we eliminate the emotional part of patriotism, what do we have? I am one of those sensitive people that gets teary eyed when some band plays “The Star Spangled Banner.” I even became visibly moved […]

Amos the churchmouse: Amos and the fiery death stick

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 dashes and hyphens. amos and the fiery death stick bne grand and bright sunshiny day as i was whistling on my way boss – it was […]

Freedom is God’s gift, but it is never free

By Curtis K. Shelburne Religion columnist The closer a soldier was to fierce combat during any war, the less likely he’ll want to talk about it years later. My wife’s father, Milton E. “Mick” Cotten, served for 41 months during World War II. He left Turkey, Texas, in March 1942, and was honorably discharged as […]

Nieka Style: Keep patriotism fashionable

D'Nieka Hartsfield

I can’t believe we’re already entering a new month this week and the Fourth of July is Friday. This holiday’s festivities are among my favorites of all celebrations. Fireworks, darling! No matter if you’re lighting up a firecracker show, watching a grandiose display or both, it is one great day for family, friends and parties. […]

Davis: Remember history’s sacrifices

Clyde Davis

The 3-inch-tall lead colonial soldier painted to represent our great, great many times grandfather on my dad’s side, a man who fought in the American Revolution, is on display for “his” favorite holiday. Independence Day approaches this coming Friday. Since you will be reading this column on Sunday, you’ll still have plenty of time to […]

Graduations — June 29

Anaya Jerome Anaya of Clovis is one of 1,193 graduates to receive degrees May 17 at the 146th Worcester Polytechnic Institute commencement ceremony in Worcester, Massachusetts. Anaya was awarded a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering.

Engagements — June 29

Medlock-Massey The parents and family of Kelsey Massey and Cody Medlock are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching marriage. Kelsey is the daughter of Kevin Massey of Roswell and Kandie Banks of Portales. Cody is the son of Jay Medlock of Springfield, Missouri, and Regina Henson of Portales. The wedding is 5 p.m. July […]

Club Notes — June 29

Encanto Garden Club Encanto Garden Club’s June 11 meeting was held at Muffley’s Back Door in Clovis and was called to order by President Jacque Wuest. Refreshments and the program were presented by Donna Whitfield. She demonstrated how natural oils can enhance our liver. Native plants in pure oil concentrate can be beneficial by their […]

On the Shelves — June 29

The following books are available for checkout: Clovis-Carver Public Library John Wayne: The Genuine Article by Michael Goodman provides a treasure trove of memorabilia, stories, interviews, and letters to give readers a rare glimpse into the life of one of the most iconic movie stars of all time, tracing the rise of an ordinary man […]

Senior Calendar — June 29

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis & Portales) Tuesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Sewing Group (Portales); 11 a.m. Wednesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sewing group, 10 a.m. (Clovis); Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); […]

Honor Rolls — June 29

Some students may not be listed due to parents’ privacy concerns. Mesa Elementary Third grade A Honor roll Ashley Nguyen Abigail Thompson Tyla Ton Wyatt Tolle Hana Sherman Safeer Raza Draven Ramirez Brooklyn Parkinson Karlie Mitchell Laikyn Lethgo Amelia Koonce Zayda Hernandez Kenzie Bowman Emmy-Kate Arnett Kendal Byrd Azlyn Crain Sarah Garcia Camden Green Alexandria […]

Our People: Finding True joy

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Dan True at his home in Clovis,. Behind True, a longtime television weather personality in Amarillo, are translations of nature books he wrote.

Dan True is an Amarillo celebrity, World War II veteran, scientist, author of four books, and a father and grandfather. But most Clovis residents probably know him as the short guy in a khaki shirt riding his bicycle around lunchtime. True, born Dec. 8, 1924, in Nashville, Tennessee, has copies of “Flying Free: The Story […]

Creative Living — Boil in a bag tips on new show

Information on interior design, making a tee-shirt scarf, and how to do insertion lace machine embroidery will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Interior designer Kimball Starr is going to explain the tools you can use to change how you perceive the shape of a room’s interior as […]

Terry: I’ll never understand your football

I’ll never forget the day our high school PE student teacher told us we were going to spend the next week playing football. We questioned if it would be touch or flag. He replied, “No, no , you don’t understand, we’re going to play futbol — you know, soccer.” The coach in question was a […]

Faith, desire to learn drives Clovis native with terminal disease

Courtesy photo: Debra Smith
Zach Smith spends time with a little girl named Gabby at the University of New Mexico 
hospital. Smith 
crocheted and sold scarves to help buy Christmas gifts for
terminally ill children at the hospital.

By Alisa Boswell STAFF WRITER aboswell@pntonline.com A terminal illness isn’t enough to stop 20-year-old Clovis native Zack Smith from accomplishing his goals in life. In 2010 when he was 16 years old, Smith was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, and was told he had five tumors in his brain, four of which were […]

Amos the churchmouse: Jesus the same

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 dashes and hyphens. jesus the same boss i ran across carrie chameleon the other day she was busy transforming herself to look like green grass then […]