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 […]