Competing teen meets Down Under challenge

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Phillips with a Kuala bear while on her trip to the sanctuary Australia this summer.

Monay Phillips, 16, was born in Clovis. She is the daughter Travis and Monica Phillips, both former Clovis High graduates. Phillips has a younger brother, Malik Phillips. She enjoys basketball, softball and track & field. This summer, Phillips accepted the challenge to join the 2015 USA Track & Field team for the 15th Annual Down […]

Club notes — July 19

Hi-Plains Toastmasters Hi-Plains Toastmasters Club No. 9782 met Tuesday evening in the theater room of Wheatfields Senior Living. There were four members present. Toastmaster for the meeting was Leticia Zarate, club president. Gerald Leon Guerrero was awarded best speaker for his prepared speech on his work philosophy. The best Table Topics (impromptu) speaker was Erin […]

Reunions — July 19

Greathouse reunion The 59th Greathouse reunion was held July 11 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales. The group enjoyed visiting while eating a delicious potluck dinner. They looked at scrapbooks and shared stories. President Regina Harris called the meeting to order. A moment of silence was observed for Annabelle Greathouse, Marcia Sinclair, Roma Greathouse and […]

New pair of old Converse pricey these days

A print ad for a large department store caught my eye this week. But it wasn’t because of what was new, it was because of what was old. Maybe everything old eventually becomes new again but I never would have dreamed canvas and rubber Converse tennis shoes would ever sell for close to $60. I […]

Borden: Bottle cutting featured on show

Creative Living Information on flower designing and bottle cutting will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. Casey Schwartz co-owns the Flower Duet in Redondo Beach, California, and she is going to show how to take sets of tropical flowers and pull them together into […]

Davis: Shark Week reminds that ‘Jaws’ turns 40

In celebration of Shark Week, which for the uninitiated is a marathon cable TV event, it’s also worth noting this is the 40th anniversary of the movie “Jaws.” Since last week’s column dealt with beaches, this week of midsummer exploration is devoted to why my highly competent swimmer granddaughter wants to get her basic scuba […]

Hartsfield: Online shopping has pros, cons

Nieka Style Shopping online is an essential commodity in today’s popular culture. With our busy schedules and the struggle to have a balanced life, the new retail therapy is at the tip of our fingers. For a while I shied away from shopping online because it was a bewildering thought not being able to feel […]

Senior calendar — July 19

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. line dance; 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. Craft class; 10 a.m. sew Days; 1 p.m. crafts. Thursday: 8 a.m. blood pressure; eggs, gravy and biscuits $4; […]

Pastor gets behind scenes

Chris Horton

Chris Horton, pastor at First Baptist Church in Portales, was selected as an extra for the movie “Comancheria,” starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster that has been filming locally in Portales and Clovis. The movie follows two brothers, Pine and Foster, who encounter financial hardships on their farm and resort to bank robbery. […]

A view from under the pew — July 17

by gary mitchell 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. trapped by a cheese pizza boss you may have heard by now that i m a marked mouse marcellus the […]

Wherever you are, Christ preceded you

For several years, I listened to Erwin Lutzer on the radio. He is the author of a book titled “Failure: The Backdoor to Success” (MoodyPress, 1975). In his book, Lutzer gives the following illustration: “Many years ago, a father and his daughter were walking through the grass on the Canadian prairie. In the distance, they […]

Youngster makes best of circumstances

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Thallan Schwartz enjoys the day golfing at camp at Colonial Golf course in Clovis.

Our People Thallan Schwartz, 11, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Portales in 2013 when his father was offered a job at Eastern New Mexico University where he teaches saxophone and Jazz. Schwartz will be in sixth grade at Lindsey-Steiner in Portales. He spends his summers hanging out with friends and going […]

Terry: Chuck Berry sums up cruisin’ perfectly

I would like to have attended the Draggin’ Main event Saturday night in Clovis, but I wound up on a road trip in mom’s minivan instead. Even if I had been around, I don’t own a ride that wouldn’t have been a little embarrassing. I never would have imagined a day when I would drive […]

Staying fit on upcoming show

Creative Living Information on ways to use a grapefruit section, preventative measures that keep eyestrain at a minimum, and the five components of fitness will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. Eleisha Ensign is the executive director for TexaSweet Citrus Marketing in Mission, Texas. […]

Davis: Weeding garden part of well-tended life

It probably would have gone over a lot better if the first thing one noticed, pulling in behind the mile wide pickup truck from a neighboring state, wasn’t the giant decal across the cab back window, one of those decals of a cowboy and his horse kneeling by a cross. On the other hand, had […]

Hartsfield: To ‘do or not to ‘do

Nieka Style It’s been nearly two years that I’ve worn the same hairstyle. Normally, after about six months I get bored and I begin searching for another style. Nowadays, it’s pretty normal to change your hair often. Getting a different ‘do every month or even every week has become popular culture. One thing we all […]

On the shelves — June 28

The following books are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father by Tracey Davis takes a uniquely personal perspective on one of the greatest pop culture icons of the twentieth century who overcame extraordinary obstacles to become an entertainment superstar in a career spanning over six […]

The last note is hard to wait out

By Curtis Shelburne In music and in life, the last note is always the longest. Whenever I’m teaching a new audio/video volunteer at church how to punch the buttons, play the songs, set the levels, I always warn them at some point about “audio whiplash.” Punching “stop” or “pause” while the music is still playing […]

Amos: 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. learning english ain t easy boss you may think that speaking writing and learning the english language is the most natural thing in […]

Thunderbird alumni gives back to community

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Mike Hess is known for riding his bike around town and collecting cans during his spare time in the Clovis area.

Mike Hess is the oldest of seven children. As a child he said he used to wonder why people had to die; he knew that life was only the beginning. He was a quiet and shy boy. “I sometimes got marked absent in school because I was so quiet,” he said. Before he would choose […]