‘America the Beautiful’ makes better anthem

Freedom New Mexico A nother major sporting event, another national anthem conflict. This time it wasn’t some disrespectful leftist butchering “The Star Spangled Banner,” then grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground as Roseanne Barr did before a baseball game. Instead, it was American rock legend and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler — a […]

Count on God’s promise of joy

Curtis Shelburne I began writing this particular column a week ago. The wind had been howling all day long. Someone has said that nothing in nature is more beautiful than gently falling snow and the pristine glittering blanket it creates. I agree. But if that’s on one end of beauty’s scale, a wind-begotten brown dust-storm […]

Elida teen remembered for big heart

Christina Calloway An Elida teenager killed in a crash Friday is remembered as a beautiful and bubbly girl with a big heart. Britt’ny Mowell, 17, died at a Lubbock hospital from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover crash outside Elida. “She loved everybody, everyone became her friend,” said Mowell’s sister, Mollie Crow. “She was […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch-high pile of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Norman Luboff Choir. […]

Caring for weaker species part of human nature

I noticed the signs as we made our way around the Albuquerque Aquarium, trying to see a few things besides the sharks which my granddaughter was preoccupied with. In this beautiful facility, one our state should be proud of, there were frequent notices telling viewers that a particular exhibit — occasionally even a particular fish […]

Grant McGee: Airplane travel still amazing

Grant McGee The morning broke crystal-clear and cool the other day, a beautiful High Plains morning. I was outside tending to my chores when the sound of a jet caught my ear; that jet noise from far away and high above. I scanned the wide blue yonder and saw it way up there. Five miles? […]

Honoring God more important than Earth

Curtis Shelburne I’m afraid I’ve discovered that I’m not very “Green.” Whenever we fall to self-righteousness, we are religious about it, but overtly religious people have in no way cornered the market. Chest-thumping of any sort is every bit as effective as Bible-thumping if you want to be a self-righteous jerk. All you need is […]

City of Clovis Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee agenda

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday, November 16th, 2009 Where: Assembly Room Bert Cabiness City Government Center 321 Connelly Street, Clovis, New Mexico • Call to Order • Approval of agenda • Approval of minutes of September 21st, 2009 Sub-Committee Updates: • Home/Property Beautification, Ms. Riley • Medians Mr. Snipes • Recycling, Mr. Justin Howalt • Education, […]

City seeks volunteer for committee

Freedom New Mexico The City of Clovis is looking for a volunteer member of the Keep Clovis Beautiful committee out of District One. The district is the northeast part of town and includes the Colonial Park and Jonquil Park neighborhoods. The committee meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. Anyone interested […]

Sermon on the Mount timeless, timely

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist One of the most beautiful portions of Scripture in the Bible is the sermon that Jesus delivered sitting on the side of a mountain near Capernaum. Thus it is called the Sermon on the Mount. That sermon contains three well known passages: The Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer and The Golden […]

Blessings lost when people are divided

By Curtis Shelburne: Local columnist Some of the most beautiful truths of the Christian faith can be found in our great hymns, the treasures held mostly in common by Christians of all flavors. We may be divided over lots of molehills made mountains, but, thank the Lord, even behind the walls we’ve built to separate […]

Commissioners discuss revamping beautification group

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer City commissioners universally believe in Clovis pride, and keeping Clovis beautiful. Getting from one to the other, though, brought some disagreement Thursday. Commissioner Len Vohs is spearheading an effort to reorganize the Clovis Pride Committee as the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee. Commissioners were considering an ordinance calling for a […]

A silly grandfather and the love of God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Brenley Shay Shelburne is now almost a week old. Yes, this proud father of four sons is now the beaming grandfather of TWO beautiful little girls. Amazing! It’s too early to tell, but I’m pretty sure little Brenley has come on the scene GPS-equipped just like her little now […]

Nov. 30, 2007 Passing Through

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Dennis Marsh By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Who: Dennis Marsh Hometown: Hollis, Okla. Traveling to: Heading home after visiting a dairy near Clovis. Thoughts on Clovis: “It’s a beautiful town, nice little town. A little congested, but good.”

Sept. 21, 1941

L.J. Stone and Paul Sellers of Clovis escaped uninjured when a Santa Fe train derailed 100 miles west of Clovis. … The Hotel Clovis coffee shop had 60-cent Sunday dinner specials. … Mrs. E.L. Siemantel, Mrs. Guy Bryan and Mrs. Sam Morgan were announced as Clovis’ best gardeners in the Garden Beautiful contest sponsored by […]

A grand history continues for some grand hymns

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t suppose it’s particularly surprising most of us have spent more time choosing toothpaste brands than choosing the hymns we’d like sung at our funeral. We’d rather think about toothpaste.   I don’t know who picked the hymns for President Gerald R. Ford’s funeral at the National Cathedral in […]

A Wonderful Truth Becomes a Great Christmas Gift

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Years ago when my oldest brother and his wife left for 20 years of mission work in Malawi, Africa, I was barely a pup. I was too small to remember much of the early time of their service there, but I well remember that then and always, whenever our […]

It’s good to be aboard for one more winter

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist It’s not officially winter just yet, but maybe you’ll forgive me for jumping the gun to say, I just went outside and saw a beautiful winter sky. I like what I saw.   I’d just let the dog out to take care of some extremely earthly business, and I followed […]

Recognizing unity in Christ is a beautiful thing

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ Columnist We had a great time of worship at church Sunday morning. Most folks seemed appreciative of the sermon I gave. Maybe one of these days somebody will tell me what I said. Just kidding. I wasn’t totally comatose Sunday — just partly. I’d just returned late Saturday evening from […]

Musical parenting something to pass on

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I’m wondering what young parents these days are singing to their kids, if they’re singing anything at all. My mind flashes forward to 2075. An old guy will be sitting in a Clovis nursing home remembering, “Yeah, I can still hear my momma singin’ in the kitchen ‘Just A Lil […]