Convicted robber facing 12 years in prison

Freedom New Mexico One of four men police say was chased down by a daring bank executive is facing 12 years in prison for robbing the American Heritage Bank in Melrose. Santos Preciado, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony counts of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence, according to 9th […]

Wheatfields property changes hands

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Wheatfields Senior Center has been taken by a Dallas bank as part of a bankruptcy. The future of the of the unfinished $20 million project is unclear. Sharna Johnson The future of a Clovis eyesore that was supposed to bring new housing for senior citizens is still unclear but […]

Food Bank meets money match for refrigeration space

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico volunteer Teresa Wilcock of Texico sorts through food donated in a drive over the weekend. The food bank raised $135,000 in little over a month to match another $135,000 from an anonymous donor to expand their refrigerator and freezer space. Liliana Castillo Small individual […]

Food bank seeks donation needed for expansion

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said the organization’s freezer needs to be repaired every other month. Liliana Castillo The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico received a donation of $150,000. There’s one catch; it needs to match it by Dec. 1. Executive Director Nancy Taylor […]

Citizens Bank of Clovis celebrating anniversary

CNJ staff Citizens Bank of Clovis is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a member of the Independent Community Bankers of America. “Community banks such as the Citizens Bank of Clovis are passionately committed to serving their local customers and communities,” said Camden Fine, ICBA president and chief executive officer, in a press release. Citizens Bank […]

9/11 memorial ceremony set

CNJ staff report The James Polk Stone Community Bank will host its annual 9/11 community memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. today, according to a press release. The ceremony will take place near the bank’s flag pole at the corner of Abilene and West First Streets. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry and J.P. Stone Community Bank […]

Birthdays — Aug. 29

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Skarda Lynell Griffith Skarda of Clovis celebrated his 95th birthday Saturday at his home. The celebration was hosted by The Citizens Bank of Clovis and the Skarda family. Lynell is one of the founders and the chairman of the board for The Citizens Bank of Clovis. He is the father of Jeffrey Skarda of Houston, […]

Food bank short on supplies

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Nancy Taylor, director of Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, places a box on an empty shelf Thursday. Taylor said the food bank is short 46 pallets of commodities and only have 12 pallets on hand, rendering the food bank unable to provide food in July. Jared Tucker Local distributors […]

Business digest: Bank president attends summit

Bank president attends summit Citizens Bank of Clovis President Kent Carruthers participated in two days of congressional visits as part of the Independent Bankers of America Washington Policy Summit, held April 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Each year, the summit brings community bankers from across the country to meet with their federal legislators and discuss legislative […]