Patronage varies on Black Friday

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Electronics Boutique Games sold out of video game consoles within five minutes of opening on Black Friday, according to Store Manager Bill O’Shea. Located at North Plains Mall, the video game store along with other stores at the mall opened at about 6 a.m. Friday. Some Clovis retail store […]

The grind: Coffee debate goes on

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The classic cup The group gathered at A-ME-D’s Diner in Texico includes a farmer, five retirees, and a couple of cattle buyers. Every weekday around 3 p.m. they regale each other with stories about the past, their grandchildren and their work over coffee. They […]

Bear necessities

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Hillcrest Zoo welcomed two black bear cubs Sunday. The sister cubs are eight months old and weigh about 60 pounds each. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Like any toddler, they go crazy for candy bars, chew on everything in sight, climb things they shouldn’t and crave attention. But […]

Oct. 22, 1962

Advance elements of the Cannon-based “Black Falcons” returned to their home base from a deployment to Turkey. … The Clovis News-Journal reported that President Kennedy summoned top congressional leaders back to Washington and planned to make a nationwide television report because of an “International situation of the highest security.” … Rex Sporting Goods, 308 Main, […]

School shopping can be juggling act

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer I love to shop. However, I don’t enjoy shopping when back-to-school time rolls around. Mile-long school supply lists and a son who refuses to wear anything other than black does not equal a good time. This year, I chose to drag my children to the mall the weekend before […]

Shopping not always entertaining

Tonya Fennell I love to shop. However, I don’t enjoy shopping when back-to-school time rolls around. Mile-long school supply lists and a son who refuses to wear anything other than black does not equal a good time. This year, I chose to drag my children to the mall the weekend before school started. I encountered […]

Aug. 7, 2007 Local Briefs

Aug. 18 Arenacross tickets go on sale Tickets for the Tex New Mex Arenacross Series Aug. 18 at the Curry County Fairgrounds are on sale at Clovis Cycle and RV, High Desert Honda and the Curry County Fairgrounds. Ticket prices at the gate are $15 for adult, $10 for Children 12 – 3 yrs., and […]

Cops and Courts: Teens report shots fired

Police are investigating a report by two teens who said they were shot at Wednesday as they drove through downtown Clovis. The 17- and 15-year-old boys called police around 11 p.m. and said they were leaving a fast-food restaurant on 14th Street when a dark-color van pulled up beside them and the driver began honking, […]

Cops and Courts: Police: Robberies linked

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police believe armed robberies Tuesday afternoon on North Prince and Main Street are related. Both robberies involved a white male wearing a black bandana who threatened store workers with a black handgun, according to police. The owner of Patty’s Fashion at 800 N. Prince told police a white male […]

May 11, 1942

U.S. Sen. Carl Hatch, a Democrat from Clovis, answered his first Senate roll call of the year after a Feb. 27 car wreck. Hatch, who suffered a back injury in the crash, was “thinner and walking with a cane,” according to newspaper accounts. … Clovis police were searching for a 1934 black V-8 Ford stolen […]

Explosions rocked city as it became county seat

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist This story was told to me by Clovis’ first historian, Tom Pendergrass, in his weekly radio broadcast in the early 1950s. I later read the notes he made of a broadcast on June 19, 1953. The story he was broadcasting was about the early movie houses in Clovis and the […]

Melrose AD Black honored

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers For more than a quarter century he has argued on behalf of Melrose student-athletes to be honored for their actions in and out of their participation in sports, and now, in the twilight of his career, longtime Melrose athletic director Sid Black is the one getting recognition. Black was given […]

Racial tension part of Clovis history

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By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Clovis’ history has included many difficult days. Retired school teacher Elaine Howell remembers Jan. 15, 1971, as one of the worst. Thirty or 40 black students from Clovis High School were excused that morning to attend a memorial for Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who had been […]

Pastor wants God, not race, to be seen

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The Rev. David Dawson runs the Pure Heart Word Center in Clovis. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The identity and ministry of the Rev. David Dawson are not built around the color of his skin. “When it’s all said and done,” said Dawson, a silver cross and a whistle […]

Prejudice feelings permeate society

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers NBA basketball star Tim Hardaway’s anti-gay comments prior to the All-Star game point up bigotry is alive and well in our country and shows up in all colors, backgrounds and economic situations. Hardaway is a black man in a country where black males have historically been the target of more […]

Minority taking oval office seat could be near

By Freedom Newspapers So, it’s probably well past time to consider whether Americans are ready to elect a minority or a woman to the highest office in the nation. And it’s sort of odd having to ponder this in what we’ve always called the land of opportunity. Quite honestly, our perceptions of who should occupy […]

Jewelry store robbed in Portales

CNJ Staff Woody’s Jewelry in Portales was broken into about 9 p.m. Friday, according to Portales Police Chief Lonnie Berry. The thief broke into the front door of the jewelry store on 117 W. Second St., grabbed two cases from the top of the counter. When a security alarm in the store sounded, the thief […]

Jesus present through worst of storms

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I am writing on Sunday afternoon, the day after the big snow. Reports are that a foot of snow fell on Clovis. We see that no matter what, the weather cannot be altered or changed. Even history shows us that. On any day I will take a foot of snow […]

America’s future lies in minorities

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist There’s a joke I tell behind Miami’s back. I’ll be elsewhere in the country and someone will ask how race and diversity are viewed from a South Florida perspective. I reply that, according to the Census Bureau, Miami’s polyglot population represents what America will look like in about 40 years. […]

Black-eyed peas traditional fare for New Year’s

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Back in 1978 Christene Hardisty, Extension home economist for Curry County, shared a bit of folklore on black-eyed peas. I am deep into eating black-eyed peas and always ate some for sure on Jan. 1. It is a law that one does that in my family, as my mother was born […]