At 300 million strong, U.S. keeps going

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist The other morning my family and I ogled a beautiful one-day-old infant girl featured on Fox News as the 300 millionth American. She was so cute we were prompted to dig out pictures of our own kids as babies. But, shhh, can you keep a secret? There is no actual […]

Off-duty PRMC surgical nurse helps deliver baby boy

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Donna Morrow arrived at the Curry County Animal Hospital for her dog’s shots — instead she delivered a baby. A surgical nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, Morrow was waiting for her Chihuahua to be seen Tuesday when she heard a woman scream. Morrow followed the sounds to a […]

Pastors plan similar Christmas sermons

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Bethel Assembly of God Pastor Lemuel Perry said he will conduct a simple worship service for Christmas. (File photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The story is as old as time; originating from the New Testament Gospel of Matthew. The saga chronicles the miracle of the virgin birth that resulted in Jesus Christ being […]

Letters to the editor: Santa being stolen from Christmas

’Tis the season to celebrate Christ’s birth and enjoy gifts, family gatherings and Santa Claus. You remember Santa Claus, right? He was the magical man who’d shimmy down your chimney one night a year to bring you presents. Sad to say, it seems Santa Claus is becoming a thing of the past. Now he’s a […]

W Carpenter, I Butler

Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Willard Carpenter Date of birth: Sept. 11, 1924 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: House Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: Italy Branch: Army Rank: Corporal Unit: 10th Mountain Division, 85th Infantry Regiment. In his words: Spring thaw had begun and it was then the push began. […]

Bob Ware, Verald Blandford

Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Bob Ware Date of birth: May 4, 1928 Dates of service: October 1946 to March 1948 Hometown: Clovis Lives […]

Paul G. Kohler

Sharna Johnson “We are Americans” his father instilled in him from a very early age. Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Paul G. Kohler Date of birth: March 10, 1922 […]

Carl Deaton, Dolphus Johnston, Joe Masters

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Carl Deaton Date of Birth: Dec. 23, 1924 Dates of Service: 1943-1946 Hometown: Lariat, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater or location of […]

Morning-after pill sparks debate

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Pharmacist Bob Addison of Fort Sumner leads the Emergency Contraception seminar at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It wasn’t until Joan Sanford held her baby daughter in her arms that her world-view, and pro-choice convictions, crystallized. “Something about having a daughter made me feel my responsibility […]

Fundraising program designed for women

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Women will find plenty of activities Saturday during Women’s Day Out at the College of Business on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. There will be more than 60 seminars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the categories of home garden, family, health, hobbies, beauty, exercise, personal and professional growth. […]

Child-bearing revolution is getting old

Leonard Pitts Jr Let me share with you the daydream that gets me through to Friday. I retire. I move to a house on a wooded acre from which I cannot see my nearest neighbor. My new house has a media room with a state-of-the-art sound system and plush recliners. When I am not there, […]

Partial-birth abortion docs have no excuse

Mona Charen “The Justice Department has expanded its demands for private medical records of abortion patients, issuing subpoenas this week for hundreds of files from six Planned Parenthood affiliates …” Or that’s the Washington Post’s take, anyway — there goes that sinister Justice Department under John Ashcroft, attempting to reveal “private medical records.” Actually, the […]

Man, myth or legend, reflect on why we celebrate Jesus

More than two millennia ago, during the last time the Middle East probably has ever experienced peace, a child was born whose life in this temporal realm became the most important turning point in human history. Of course, archeology, history, anthropology and other scientific fields have cast reasonable doubt upon many elements of the biblical […]

God’s plan almost always surprises us

GOD’S PLAN ALMOST ALWAYS SURPRISES US Does God ever do anything just like we’d expect him to? A world to save, a Gift to give, a Baby to send. And the greatest Christmas Present ever given is all wrapped up in swaddling cloths and laid in a feed trough. And the mother of the King […]

the mystery and miracle of Christmas

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently, he encountered the trials of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for the real meaning of Christmas. Just then, Sammy Salamander wiggled by and pointed him to a little nativity scene far from the […]

Situation normal when Christ was born

SITUATION NORMAL WHEN CHRIST WAS BORN In some ways, the world just a few moments before the birth of Jesus in that Bethlehem stable was almost exactly the same as the world just a few moments after his birth. The state of the stable, and the inn out in front of it, and Bethlehem, and […]

Contentement can be found in the kingdom

Judy Brandon Weaver was our dachshund who died just last year and had been a part of our family since he was 6 weeks old. Some might have characterized Weaver as docile and easy going. He seemed that way because his days were spent sleeping and looking out the front window. Rarely did his expression […]

No justification for abortions after partial birth

Freedom Newspapers The renewed debate over a federal ban on partial-birth abortion has reminded us of the unwillingness of abortion supporters to accept even the most sensible restrictions on the controversial practice. The Senate last week passed, and President George W. Bush has vowed to sign, a carefully crafted and limited law that would outlaw […]

Ceremony to fire the Spirit

By Gary Mitchell For the first time in recent memory, several Clovis churches will join together to celebrate what many Christians call the birth of the Church — Pentecost Sunday. “Since this is the first time we’ve done it, we want to get it right,” said the Rev. Lemuel Perry, pastor of Bethel Assembly of […]