Jan. 16, 1939

The annual Boy Scout fund-raising drive kicked off at a breakfast at the Harvey House with 40 men in attendance. … Two local boys made their first court appearance after being charged with breaking into the soda pop container at Peck’s Service station at the corner of Fifth and Pile. … Clovis mourned the death […]

Kids go on shopping spree

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A huge bone-in ham topped the Christmas list for one local youngster. The 12-year-old boy was one of 102 local children who were treated to an early morning Christmas shopping spree by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The large group — made up of Eagles members, adult volunteers and […]

Vice principal Jeopardy! champion

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As a boy, Andrew Espinoza was a loyal fan of the TV trivia show “Jeopardy!” “He always watched the show and would get a lot of the questions right,” said his mother, Maria Espinoza. In late October, the Muleshoe, Texas, native appeared on “Jeopardy!” In his first appearance, Espinoza, […]

Oct. 13, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 p.m. Oct. 6, an officer was called to a home in the 200 block of Pinon Street in reference to a domestic dispute. The officer saw clothing strewn along the driveway and noticed a broken window on the car. A […]

Juvenile inmate recaptured during hospital visit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A teen who escaped from police custody Saturday by crawling into the ceiling while awaiting medical treatment at Plains Regional Medical Center was recaptured about an hour later with the help of hospital staff, according to police. Alerted to his whereabouts after the youth fell through the ceiling tiles, […]

Scouts taught more than survival skills

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The folks who run the Boy Scouts of America in the Clovis area are having a recruiting drive. Just hearing about the Boy Scouts brought back all kinds of good memories. I was in Troop 62 in a city back east. I don’t think it was a typical Boy Scout […]

Emotions fill courtroom at sentencing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A mother’s loud wails and sobs pierced a Clovis courtroom on Thursday as a prosecuting attorney recounted the September killing of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. The boy was shot in the head as he slept in his bed next to his older brother, Ruben. Seated beside Carlos’ mother Lupe Perez, […]

Relay for Life: Clovis 10-year-old battling cancer

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Jeffrey Pierson, 10, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February after suffering for three years from migraine headaches, according to his mother, Becky Pierson. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer At first glance, Jeffrey Pierson looks strong and healthy, but closer inspection reveals the heart-breaking signs of a young boy […]

Police accuse Clovis man of sexual contact with teen

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 49-year-old Clovis man accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy was arrested Thursday, according to police. Paul Bergman was charged with four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, three counts of sexual contact of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. […]

State of comedy no laughing matter

By Leonard PItts Jr.: Syndicated columnist Lionel Richie always seemed like one of the good guys. I interviewed him many times back in the ‘70s and found him friendly, funny, gregarious, a great guy to be around. So it has always surprised me that his daughter is such an idiot. Maybe I shouldn’t care. There’s […]

Outdoor incidents not at all uncommon

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s been almost two weeks since the news broke that Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot his hunting buddy, Harry Whittington, while they were traipsing through the brush and mesquite of south Texas looking for quail. Stuff can happen when you go into the great outdoors. I think most folks […]

Georgia mother gave children strong spiritual foundation

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I know about this story first hand. In this year 2006, there is much to be learned from this seemingly obscure incident. It was 1910 and “Decoration Day” at the old Salem Methodist Church in rural Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event and had planned for noon […]

Empty Stocking Fund: ‘Ms. T’

Today’s Focus: “Ms. T” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” has custody of her three grandchildren. This family has no income and is trying to get low income housing. This is a difficult time of year for them. Her holiday hopes: To be able to give her grandchildren a good holiday. Clothing […]

Mother of Highland third-grader believes son’s arrest unnecessary

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A 9-year-old boy was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Tuesday at Highland Elementary School. The boy’s mother said she thinks police took things too far. Rebecca Spain said her son has a history of acting up, but she doesn’t think he should have been arrested. According to […]

Toddler dies after being hit by van

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer * Driver says he didn’t see 20-month-old boy in street while leaving his driveway. Martin Molina Saldana said he “looked out both mirrors” before backing out of his driveway on Sunday afternoon. He said he never saw 20-month-old Alan Loya-Moreno in the street. The boy was hit by Saldana’s vehicle […]

Virtues often lacking in youth of today

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Several months ago, I had a doctor’s appointment here in town. On the day of my appointment, I arrived to find the waiting room full with only one seat available. After signing in at the desk, I took that seat and sat down next to young man, about 15 years […]

Relaxing in pool worth some extra work

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist As the end of summer approaches, I’ve been thinking about how nice it was to have a swimming pool this year. Thanks to modern design, a number of us in Clovis have our own swimming pools. For somewhere between $100 and $200 you can get one of these plastic contraptions […]

Horoscopes for your children

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Don’t fret over those expensive items you bought for your kid as he entered school this fall. You should instead smack your forehead and cry, “I shudda bought a Student Horoscope!” Allow me to explain. The 2005 Old Newsman’s Horoscope is hot off the presses, and it’s just what your kid […]

Bad parenting won’t help boy become man

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ronnie Paris and I had the same father. At least, that’s the way it felt reading the news reports out of Tampa last week. They told of how Ronnie’s dad — his name is also Ronnie Paris — used to hit the boy, throw him around, bang him up. According […]

Beat it: Jackson acquitted of all charges

By Linda Deutsch: The Associated Press SANTA MARIA, Calif. — A jury acquitted Michael Jackson on Monday of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch — exonerating the pop star who insisted he was the victim of mother-and-son con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta. Jurors also acquitted Jackson of getting the […]