First Master of Divinity degree awarded at Wayland

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Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce received a high-five from Paul Sadler, dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at Wayland Baptist University, after receiving his hood May 16 for the Master of Divinity Degree. Pearce is the first person to graduate Wayland with the degree.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Central Baptist Church Worship Pastor Damon Pearce is the first graduate of the Master of Divinity degree program offered by Wayland Baptist University. Pearce received his diploma and hood at commencement May 9, at the same time two of his daughters were completing a bachelor’s degree and associate’s degree […]

Mural ‘splashes’ wall, intrigues community

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Adrian Lopez completed a large mural Wednesday at Frederick Lopez’s custom wood products business on Second Street. Lopez said eventually the entire wall will be covered with religious art to inspire the neighborhood.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Local artist Adrian Lopez made a splash this week with the completion of a religious mural that can be seen from Clovis’ busiest highway. The colorful mural set on the outside wall of a local business depicts St. Joseph teaching Jesus how to be a carpenter while Mary looks […]

Survivors, families, gather for Relay

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Parker Davis, 7, practices her back handspring at Relay for Life on Saturday afternoon at Hillcrest Park.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Fight. Battle. Survive. Dream. These are some of the words you kept hearing over and over and over again Saturday at the 20th annual Relay for Life event when talking to cancer survivors and their families. Among the survivors was Sandy Albright, the spokesperson for Relay for Life this […]

College of Education graduates celebrate success

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College of Education Dean Penelope Jones-Garcia places a medallion around graduating student Cheyenne Kyser’s neck Friday morning during a special ceremony the college had for students graduating with teaching degrees.

By Anna George Staff Writer Graduating education students at Eastern New Mexico University celebrated their success as a family on Friday. Each student was awarded a medallion in front of their peers, family, and friends before they start on their journey as licensed teachers. Alyssa Prince, 21, is starting her journey as a soccer […]

ENMU sets school graduate record

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Eastern new Mexico University graduate Heather Anderson shakes hands with ENMU Foundation President Steve Doerr Saturday morning after receiving her diploma.

By Anna George Staff writer Eastern New Mexico Junior College graduated 17 students when it opened in 1935. Eighty years later, in its 128th graduation ceremony on Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University handed out more than 600 degrees, setting a school record. University officials said more than 1,000 students will graduate in the 2014-15 […]

Kids school cops on court

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Bayleigh Smith, 6, prepares to shoot a basket against Lt. Roman Romero on Saturday at the fifth annual Cops and Kids basketball game.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor It’s not every day that 6-year-olds can have success ganging up on 6-foot-tall police officers and district attorneys. But that’s what happened Saturday. For Bayleigh Smith and David Martinez, both 6, it was their first opportunity to play basketball with Clovis Police Lt. Roman Romero and Assistant District Attorney […]

May Day tradition continues at James Bickley

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James Bickley Elementary held its fourth grade wind the Maypole event for the last time at the school’s old building Friday afternoon.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR The May Day tradition runs deep at James Bickley Elementary — in fact some may say it defines them. “It’s tradition,” Jody Burrage, a fourth-grade teacher at James Bickley Elementary said Friday before the 67th Annual May Day celebration. “That’s why. It’s our tradition. It is James Bickley.” In […]

Torres gets life plus 31 years

By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR The final suspect in the 2005 shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez was sentenced Thursday. Noe Torres, 36, will spend at least 61-and-a-half years in the state prison. Chief District Judge Drew Tatum gave Torres a life sentence — a sentence of at least 30 years that does not end until […]

Mesa rocks around the clock

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The Jailhouse Rock Dancers perform Wednesday afternoon during Mesa Elementary School’s “Rock Around the Clock” play. The play was put on by the school’s fifth graders.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Mesa Elementary School fifth grade students rocked poodle skirts and leather jackets for the “Rock Around the Clock” celebration Wednesday at the school. Students showed their parents and the community everything they learned about the 1950’s through skits about music, news, products, and sports. Dancers showed the audience how […]

Young artists show skills at gallery

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Clovis High School sophomore Lolli Burke poses in front of her artwork while her aunt, Brittany Lakin, takes pictures at the Young Masters Juried Student Mas! Art Show at the Clovis Community College Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery Tuesday. Burke won the fan favorite award, which was decided at the end of the night after tallying the crowds votes.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer Young artists and art fans packed Clovis Community College’s Eula Mae Edwards Museum and Gallery for the third annual Young Masters Juried Student Mas! Art Show Tuesday. “This is a real highlight for the Clovis Schools Foundation,” said foundation President Ken Merritt. “This has been a real joy to […]

Crowd turns out for casting call

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Extra, extra — about 600 actor hopefuls turned out for the casting call at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer About 600 people formed a long line around the block at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday afternoon for the opportunity to participate in paid, non-speaking, extra roles in an upcoming feature film. Chamber Film Liaison Nick Mondragon said the film — starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges […]

Where are they now — May 10

Ed Johnson

Editor’s note: Where are they now is a weekly feature updating the lives of Eastern New Mexico University graduates. Bio Hometown: Delran, New Jersey Family: Three siblings; father John L. Johnson; mother, Denise M. Lett (deceased); stepmother Gladys M. Clark-Johnson; partner, of 20 years, Jeff Lundenberger. Current residence: Asbury Park, New Jersey. Year(s) graduated from […]

Drunken driver hits pole, keeps going

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Robert Rodriguez’s smashed Dodge Caravan is loaded on a tow truck Friday on Missouri Street after crashing into a pole while trying to evade Clovis police.

STAFF REPORT A drunk Robert Rodriguez just wanted officers to kill him when they finally got him pulled over after a pursuit Friday morning ending at Grand Avenue and Missouri Street, said Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. The chase, according to Whitney, began when an officer clocked Rodriguez, 58, of Clovis, at 71 mph around […]

Hotel Clovis mural pays homage to west, family


By Kevin Wilson DEPUTY EDITOR When Clovis residents spot the northern exterior wall of the Hotel Clovis, they now see a pioneer woman looking towards the east. Artist Drew Merritt no longer sees a blank canvas. The Clovis native recently finished a mural, and Merritt and Texas Tech PBS affiliate KTTZ plans to interview […]

Record rainfall floods homes, strands residents

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A bridge a Greene Acres Park is submerged.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Clovis got a record-breaking rainfall Monday night with 2 to 5 inches of water swamping the city — even a police car — during relentless thunderstorms. “We sunk a police car over at the mall,” Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders said. “That’s where the car flooded, trying to help […]

Cannon families vacated due to flooding

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Cannon Air Force Base — including private housing — was swamped from rains Monday and Tuesday.

Staff report Flooding also affected on-base housing operated by Balfour Beatty, which counts Cannon among more than four dozen military communities for the Air Force, Army and Navy. Balfour Beatty manages 805 homes at Cannon, and Maureen Omrod, director of communications for Balfour Beatty, said initial estimates showed 65 of those homes were affected by […]

Mother called 18-month-old ‘demon child’

Rocio Montanez

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Rocio Montanez called her 18-month-old son Noah a “demon child” three days before he died Monday at Plains Regional Medical Center from cardiac arrest, according to court records. Montanez, 25, was charged with abandonment or abuse of a child — a first-degree felony — and booked into Curry County […]

Evening downpour floods parts of city

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The intersection of Prince and Seventh streets flooded from Monday evening’s rapid rainfall.

By Brittney Cannon Deputy Editor Clovis endured a drenching downpour Monday evening as about three inches of rain fell, flooding the city from Llano Estacado to 7th Street and beyond. “Pretty much all of Clovis is flooded at this point,” said Paul Nelson with the city’s Emergency Management department around 6:30 p.m. Monday. “We’re […]

Q&A: Professor talks upcoming mentalist performance

Jon Barr

Editor’s note: The following is a Q&A with Jon Barr, assistant professor of digital filmmaking at Eastern New Mexico University, who will be performing a mentalist show at noon on Wednesday at the Portales Public Library. Can you explain what mentalism is? It’s sort of related to magic, but instead of using props, the premise […]

Open house brings archaeology to public

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Clark Earle, right, of Portales helps his son Quinten Earle set up a spear on an atlatl during Saturday’s Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric open house at the Blackwater Draw dig site.

By Joshua Lucero Staff Writer After an invite from a neighbor, Portales resident Clark Earle decided to take his children to the Blackwater Draw National Landmark Prehistoric Open House  Saturday for the first time to see what all of the fuss was about. The annual open house, which has been held for more than […]