Faith: Cross walk across America sign of hope, peace

By Helena Rodriguez Religion columnist “Leave the comforts of ‘sofa happiness,’ and, with Jesus’s help, put on some ‘walking shoes’ and make a mark on history.” These were the words that Pope Francis told more than a million and a half youth during last weekend’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. There are good things […]

Faith: When you have a choice, be a Tank

By Patty Dobson Religion columnist We’ve hit a rough patch at Head Acres. So many of our permanent residents are seniors, some more “senior” than others. Two of our super seniors are struggling. Skye is our senior Great Pyrenees, so named because Wayne said no one would mess with him back in “Big Skye Country.” […]

Proud to call Clovis home

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Sabra Smith snapped with a State Farm bear in July. She’s worked for the company since 1999.

Sabra Smith is from Hereford, Texas. She has lived in the Clovis area for 10 years. In 1999, she started working for State Farm. She confidently describes her career as making sure her clients are confident about avoiding financial missteps, achieving their goals and living more confidently. Smith isn’t absent in community involvement either. She […]

Terry: Social skills in youth at peril

In the age of social media, employers say our newest employees are flunking out on social skills. That’s what a survey of employers by an ENMU College of Business professor revealed. Lack of interpersonal communication skills and the ability to connect with customers and co-workers seems to have put a generation in peril in the […]

Hartsfield: So many bags to choose from

Almost every woman enjoys a great handbag. There are so many different shapes and sizes that are trending at the moment. From mini bags to maxi ones, there’s an “it” bag that’s right for you and for your every occasion. What’s the look? Chain-handled handbags, hobo slouchy bags, over-sized clutches, fringed styles and mini bags. […]

Borden: Remodeler talks about stretching budget

Information on packing tips for a worry-free trip, using a smart pot to grow vegetables and flowers, and incorporating ribbon in needlepoint projects will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Party planner Patty Waid knows that packing can be stressful. […]

Senior calendar — July 31

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. exercise class; 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. exercise equipment; 10 a.m. beg. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 8 ball pool; 6 […]

Travel: Taos, a mecca of art, history

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Taos’ history dates back to the 1500s when Spanish explorers first came to the country. Taos Plaza has kept much of its original design from 300 years ago.

Nestled within the Sangre de Cristo mountains, Taos has always been a destination for dreamers, adventurers, and the eclectic looking for a home. From Clovis, the distance is about 250 miles, or about four hours of driving time. Taos is one of those communities where the visitor should plan on staying at least a couple […]

Faith: Clovis church given 10-year service award

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Parkland Baptist Church Pastor Wayne Boydstun, left, accepts a 10-year service award from Operation Christmas Child Amarillo Network Coordinator Karen Copeland on behalf of the church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com Members of the Parkland Baptist Church have proven that, even in July, it’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit. The Clovis church on Wednesday was awarded for its 10 years of service with Operation Christmas Child (OCC). Through Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief and Christian evangelism […]

Faith: God won’t leave us in the depths

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist It’s amazing how often we can find ourselves within the pages of the biblical Book of Psalms. Consider Psalm 130. I hope we’re not in this psalmist’s sandals often, but anyone who has lived very long can empathize with him. Hurting and almost hopeless, he writes, “Out of the depths […]

Faith: The God of my youth is still my God

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist Summertime causes me to think about the summers of my childhood. Not the least of them is the revivals we attended. Our family would travel to some rural community where my preacher father was to be the evangelist, meetings were for two weeks in the hot summertime, and we met […]

Community matters to entrepreneur

Sharesse Sawyer Warfel was raised in Clovis most of her young life. She and her two younger siblings were raised by their father, Donald Sawyer. In 2003, she graduated from Clovis High School, then in 2006 graduated from Clovis Community College with an associate degree in cosmetology. She immediately started her own business thereafter and […]

Terry: ‘Naked’ and ‘nekkid’ difference is what you’re up to

According to the late, great, Southern humor columnist Lewis Grizzard, “There’s a big difference between the words ‘naked’ and ‘nekkid.’ “‘Naked’ means you don ‘t have any clothes on and ‘nekkid’ means you don’t have any clothes on — and you’re up to something.” If you see a guy pitching a game of baseball without […]

On the shelves — July 24

The following are available for checkout at: Clovis-Carver Public Library In conjunction with the City of Clovis floodplain management program, the library maintains a collection of materials on National Flood Insurance programs including manuals for designing or retrofitting structures, handbooks on residential repair, guidelines for erosion control, and similar topics. Librarians will be happy to […]

Hartsfield: Best, worst 2016 trends so far

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and so is your sense of style. Trends come and go but having keen eyes for how to make any look your own is what’s so great about fashion. Not every look is for everyone but it’s fun to experiment with new ones. Here is a two […]

Borden: Dream first to bring goals within reach

Information on free-form rotary cutting and teaching children to sew will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday at noon. (All times are Mountain.) Quilter and author Karen Eckmeier will show how free-form rotary cutting of fabric strips that are layered can “accidentally” create a beach scene […]

Travel: State’s Las Vegas once an outlaw haven

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The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico, is known for its haunted room and was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.”

Did you know New Mexico was once a haven for outlaws including Black Jack Ketchum — they hung him so hard his head came off in 1901 — Billy the Kid and Doc Holliday? A three-hour drive from Clovis will take you to the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico, where guests can spend the […]

Senior calendar — July 24

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; 10 a.m. jewelry pals, 1 p.m. line dance; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: Moving day; 8 a.m. quilting; 10 a.m. beg. line dance; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. low impact exercise class; Noon Beg. crochet; 10 a.m. […]

Faith: Churches opening doors to Pokemon trainers

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Seth Herman, left, and his brother, Caleb Herman, use their phones to hunt for virtual Pokemon outside of Trinity United Methodist Church in Clovis. The brothers helped organize the Pokemon Go gathering to be held tonight at the church.

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com You won’t find Pokemon mentioned in the Bible, but you can find them at church. When Clovis’ Trinity United Methodist Church Pastor Amy Jordan discovered her church was a “PokeStop” featured in the phenomenon of Pokemon Go, she decided to take full advantage of it. The mobile-app version of […]

Faith: The world is far too much with us

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist In one of Jan Karon’s delightful “Mitford” books, the winsome Episcopal priest Father Tim Cavanaugh shares with his dear old organist some lines from the sonnet (1807) by Wordsworth: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see […]