Boy Scout learning program helps teachers

Reporter’s Notebook Several Clovis schools are using a supplement provided by the Boy Scouts of America for teaching about ethical decisions, character building, interpersonal relationships, practical living skills and participating citizenship, said Boy Scouts District Executive Scott Kilian. Kilian said the “Learning for Life” program is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Scouts. Teachers at […]

Fire victim recovers from burns

By Ryan Lengerich What happened to Timothy Clem more than six years ago was a tragic accident. What has happened since then, his sister said, is a miracle. On Sept. 1, 1997, Timothy was enjoying an afternoon at Greenbelt Lake outside Clarendon, Texas, near his hometown of Amarillo. His uncle was priming a carburetor with […]

Clovis girl, D.J. Babbitt, stars in movie at Santa Fe Film Fest.

By Jack King “Bollocky Simper” — the title means “a pure, nostalgic smile,” according to its author — is a traditional girl-meets-boy story. It’s even filmed in black and white with dialogue cards like an old silent movie romance. Except that all the “boy” and “girl” parts are played by two young women. And there […]

Little boy’s dreams of a cowboy Christmas

By Don McAlavy It was cold that December of 1936. The drought the preceding summer had ruined the wheat crop on the small farm. There wasn’t a lot of money to be spent on Christmas. The father worked part time for a neighbor, herding sheep for a dollar a day, but this had to go […]

Mentoring a child brings reward to all

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through this week. Phil Teakell of Clovis believes mentoring a child is something every adult should try at least once. As a volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Teakell is starting […]

Boy Scouts striving to keep teenagers in uniform

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. Like most other youth-oriented associations, the Boy Scouts of America has a problem keeping kids in the group when their teenage years roll around. But Clovis’ Ryan […]

Mother’s legacy will effect eternity

By Judy Brandon The year was about 1910. The occasion was the annual “Decoration Day” at the century old Salem Methodist Church in a little town in Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event. On this unusual day their singing seemed to ring upward through the wood rafters and beyond. The table on […]

Teachers regale with ‘old war stories’

Bob Huber As a card-carrying member of the Old Geezer Party, I take great pleasure chewing the fat with contemporaries over tales of bygone school days — you know, back when teachers were mean, ugly, stupid dinosaurs, and all the kids were brilliant scholars. “Do you remember that goofy old Miz Gluttenflugger? One time she […]

Mason, William

William Mason Services: Have been held. Mr. William “Billy” Mason, 17, of Clovis, a student, died Thursday, May 22, 2003, in Clovis. He was born on May 25, 1985, at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, to Bob and Bonnie Mason. He was a student at Clovis High School. He was a member of Boy […]

Police blotter 8/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A Clovis mother called police about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after her 8-year-old son told her three older boys tried to set him on fire near their home at the 2900 block of Virginia Avenue. The boy told police the older boys held […]

Time for a refresher on the Golden Rule

By Judy Brandon Several months back, I had an appointment in town. I arrived about 30 minutes ahead of time really hoping to get in a bit early. The waiting room was not that large, but there were about 10 chairs. After signing in at the desk, I turned to find a chair and saw […]

Police Blotter 7/27

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: After receiving reports that a woman was screaming as two men tried to put her into a pickup truck, police responded about midnight Thursday to the 1300 block of North Ross and found an intoxicated 16-year-old Clovis girl trying to walk away […]

Suspected boy bandit busted

By Darrell Todd Maurina An 11-year-old boy is suspected in a series of armed robberies that plagued Clovis for the past month. Police say the boy used a plastic toy gun for his crimes — at least until his mother caught him shooting at a cat and took the gun away from him over the […]