Trojan in Wildcat country

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LeighAnn Melancon adds an ornament the tree she donated at the clerk’s office in City Hall. Melancon says she and her mother made all the ornaments and decorations throughout the years and that she loves to make use of them every year at work.

LeighAnn Melancon is from Las Cruces and says she still bleeds green and gold for the Mayfield Trojans even though she’s in Wildcat country. Melancon graduated from New Mexico State. She went to work for Asarco in Silver City where she got experience in zinc mining. In 1986, Melancon moved to Clovis and started with […]

Wishing you peace, hope of first Christmas

By Karl Terry Local columnist At the first Christmas in Portales, Santa Claus showed up in cowboy boots, riding a grey donkey. That’s right, he didn’t exactly fit the description that Clement Clark Moore had portrayed 76 years earlier in his poem “The Night Before Christmas.” But it was 1899 in Middle of Nowhere, NM […]

On the shelves — Dec. 21

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey offers a rare, powerful, and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women, while providing readers a candid, humorous, insightful, and uplifting guide to becoming their best selves. The […]

Brandon — Theological awakening worth retelling

I told this story several years ago in my weekly column and I believe it is worth telling again. Several years ago, I had purchased a CD with Christmas songs sung by children for my grandchildren. Not long after that, I was on the way home from some doctor appointments in Lubbock and pushed that […]

Amos the churchmouse — A Christmas paradox

Editor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently, he encountered the trials of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for the real meaning of Christmas. Just then, Sammy Salamander wiggled by and pointed him to a little nativity scene far from the malling crowd but in the heart of Bugtussle. Jenny (the little girl […]

Artsy assessor

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Curry County Assessor Candace Morrison looks over some work in her office.

Candace Morrison was born in Portales. She was raised in Clovis from the time she was 7 years old. Morrison graduated with the class of 1999 at Melrose High School. She studied computer information systems at Clovis Community College and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration degree at Eastern New Mexico University. Morrison went […]

Redstone true winter wonderland

By Karl Terry Local columnist One of the things I miss about Colorado is the postcard perfect scenes at Christmastime. It’s hard to beat a blue spruce tree loaded with snow — unless you drive into a whole peaceful grove of them on Christmas Day and notice elk feeding and resting peacefully all around you. […]

Learn how to select jewelry on the show

By Sheryl Borden Creative Living Information on using a Scissor Mouse, selecting jewelry, and making window treatments will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” Tuesday 9:30 p.m. and Thursday at noon. Marisa Pawelko is a designer and crafter, and she is going to demonstrate one of the neatest “gadgets” to come out in the […]

Altrusa fundraising to support projects

Staff report Altrusa International is selling nuts to help support the organization’s community service projects. Nuts offered include pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews and mixed nuts. The organization supports many local programs including The Hartley House, Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and Meals on Wheels. Each 12-ounce package costs $8, and some orders include local […]

Holiday shopping tips for your fashion forward friend

By D’Nieka Hartsfield Staff writer Christmas is right around the corner and so if you haven’t started thinking about gifts for your fashion forward friend, you’re running out of time. Shopping for the fashionista can be the most complex task ever. Especially if she’s as particular as I am. After so many years of dropping […]

Senior calendar — Dec. 14

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: Jewelry Pals, 10 a.m.; 8-Ball Pool, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Line dance, 1 p.m.; pinochle, 1 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m.; Beginning line dance, 2 p.m.; Social night, 5 p.m. Tuesday: Christmas party and Santa Claus; Quilting, 8 a.m.; exercise equipment, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; […]

Holiday happenings in full gear

By Clyde Davis Local columnist Holiday happenings are in full swing in Clovis. Some of these, at least, are among the events that my family looks forward to on a yearly basis. Many of the happenings are free or at minimal cost. An evening in our household is always spent drinking hot chocolate while listening […]

Club notes — Dec. 14

Portales Woman’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met on Dec. 10 with President June Ferguson presiding. Julie Nickles gave the invocation and Wanda Pettus led the pledges and Collect. There were 12 members and three guests present. Jan Smartnick introduced James Golden, director of the PHS Choir, who sang a number of Christmas songs, and invited […]

School menus — Dec. 14

Clovis elementary Monday: Breakfast – Breakfast pizza. Lunch – Meat and cheese nachos, garden salad with ranch, mini carrots, applesauce. Tuesday: Breakfast – Cinnamon roll. Lunch – Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, mixed green salad, delicious apple, whole wheat roll. Wednesday: Breakfast – Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch -Homemade meat & bean burrito, […]

On the shelves — Dec. 14

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library A More Abundant Life: New Deal Artists and Public Art in New Mexico by Jacqueline Hoefer was given by Dr. James B. Moss in memory of Walter Ingle. This engrossing volume offers a photographic record of art works that were sponsored by the various […]

Brandon: Christmas provides gift of worship

This week I have been contemplating on the Christmas story and especially the three wise men and their offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child in Bethlehem. Most artists’ depictions of the three wise men show them dressed in well-designed robes with ornate caps or crowns on their heads. Each man has  […]

Amos the churchmouse: Amos lit up for Christmas

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 lit up for christmas boss i don t know if you ve noticed the wonder of the lighted world around us at […]

Bethlehem amazing sight, no matter the language

It was early May in 1999, the first time I saw Bethlehem. Our guide looked exactly like the apostle Peter, or so I imagined. I was traveling with a small group of about 15 people from Clovis,   including my precious brother and his wife. It was glorious springtime when our small Mercedes van pulled up […]

Even at Christmas, the circle of life Is often a whirlwind

By Curtis K. Shelburne By the time you read this, the Christmas “mini-pageant” our church kids are presenting this year will be history. But although this church is definitely a non-prophet organization, I can already tell you, as I’m writing two days before the event, it was cute and sweet, beautiful and full of meaning. […]

Counselor in training

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Rozalyn Cox hangs a stop the violence poster on her office door at the Ninth Judicial District Court in the Curry County Courthouse.

Rozalyn Cox was born in Ogden, Utah, where her fathered separated from the military. Her journey began when the family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was 6. After her parents divorced, the family moved back to Clovis where her mother is from and she has been in here since. Cox loves sports and […]