Engagement — June 13

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Beard- Gildenmeister [image #1, align= right, size= medium] Don and Ilene Beard of Pritchett, Colo., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mary Grace Beard of Berthoud, Colo., to Keith Alan Gildenmeister of Broomfield, Colo., son of Cheryl Gildenmeister of Avon, Ohio, and Daniel and Jane Gildenmeister of Sandusky, Ohio. The couple will […]

Melrose graduates cheer classmate

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melrose School board secretary Taz McAlister hands Jordan Beard her diploma during Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Melrose High School. Beard was in a car accident in August and missed her senior year but the school wanted her with her class at graduation. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The room […]

Playoff beard not winning move

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more than […]

Concert planned to benefit crash victims

CNJ staff The community of Melrose is rallying around two of their own who were hospitalized after a head-on collision Aug. 8. The community is planning a benefit concert 3 p.m. Sept. 5 to help the families with medical expenses. Ramon Arenivar and Jordan Beard have under gone several surgeries, according to event organizer Randy […]

Richardson: No more Mr. Nice Guy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Think back to the great couples, their linked identities warming our hearts. So many come to mind. Elvis and Priscilla. Pebbles and Bam Bam. Sonny and Cher. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Ike and Tina Turner. Al and Tipper. John Smith and Pocahontas. Ken and Barbie. Bill and Hillary. Bill […]

Water heater sparks Melrose trailer fire

CNJ staff A trailer home at 417 Eighth St. in Melrose caught fire about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and sustained significant damage, according to officials. Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson said no one was injured in the fire, which he said started in the water heater element. Melrose police and fire departments were on the scene […]

Playoff beards let them know you’re out there

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I may never be on “Meet the Press,” but that’s OK. I already have the most important thing in common with host Tim Russert. We’re Buffalo Sabres fans. Some years, that doesn’t mean a lot, and during the National Hockey League’s lost 2004-05 season, it meant even less. But […]

The answer for a weak chin

By Curtis K. Shelburne A gentleman by the name of Maynard Good Stoddard wrote an article recently for The Saturday Evening Post which my brother, for some reason, sent my way. It is entitled, “To Beard or Not To Beard.” Mr. Stoddard says that one day he finally figured out why he had been pushed […]

No. 2 Kingsville stays unbeaten — barely

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Junior running back Ryan Beard scored his third touchdown of the game, a 4-yard run with 1:07 left, and second-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 29-22 Saturday night in a battle for the Lone Star Conference South Division lead at Greyhound Stadium. Beard’s touchdown capped […]

Savages QB terrorizes Hounds

Freedom Newspapers DURANT, Okla. — Senior quarterback Drew Beard ran for 231 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 295 yards and three scores Saturday night, setting a school and Lone Star Conference single-game total offense record in the process, to lift Southeastern Oklahoma past Eastern New Mexico University 45-21 in an LSC crossover football […]

Gonzales, Billy Joe

Billy Joe Gonzales Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy Joe Gonzales, 64, of Portales, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 23, 1940, in Agudo, to Frank and Molly Valdez Gonzales. He was a resident of Melrose where he owned and operated the Phillips 66 station […]

Rattlers run wild

By Mike Linn Don’t get rattled, but the snakes are out. Just ask Elida resident Scott Beard, bitten by a rattlesnake this month while fixing a flat tire. Or the youth group at Dora Baptist Church. They stumbled on one coiled and nervous on the church sidewalk a week ago. Or ask pharmacist Doyle Potter, […]