Chicken harvesting not for meek

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

God equips those he calls to his service

Easter is later than usual this year but still Easter eggs and baskets and other Easter items line the shelves in stores. Baby chicks and ducks are for sale in the seed and farm stores and commercials about getting grass in shape for the summer appear on the television. A certain excitement is evident with […]

Raising baby chicks no easy feat

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I hear some cities are changing their covenants to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. It sounds great. People can have mini-farms in their backyards. I, however, don’t plan to participate because one spring and summer I was a chicken herder. My mom ordered a set of 25 […]

Egg processing plant on way

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer An egg-processing plant near Farwell will soon be operational. The Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods plant began construction in September 2007, and recently had its first delivery of baby chicks, said Tim Dawson, vice president and chief financial officer. The company hatches the chicks at its hatchery in Mendenhall, Miss., then […]

An open letter to Keavin Lawdermilk

By David Stevens; Clovis News Journal Editor Dear Keavin, I read a wonderful story about you in our newspaper on Wednesday. What an exciting life it must be, guarding the Dixie Chicks and associating with all of those other movie and music stars. Wow. A lot of people must be jealous. I know I am. […]

Former Wildcat bodyguard for Grammy-winning trio.

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By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Keavin Lawdermilk protects a flock of country singers who have ruffled the feathers of some Americans. The 44-year-old former Clovis resident travels the world as a bodyguard for the Dixie Chicks, a Grammy-award-winning trio that garnered criticism three years ago when lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience […]

Dixie Chicks remind us of right to dissent

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist It began in a manner innocent enough. I was finally to the last stage of the bathroom painting project, which is a piece of the entire bathroom redecorating project, and was listening to one of my Father’s Day presents on the CD boombox player. This present, the new Dixie Chicks […]

Columnist reels at Dixie Chick response

Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Welcome, graduates, to final commencement ceremonies for Column Writing — A Noble If Not Rewarding Profession. Our comprehensive two-hour course covered important territory. We thank guest lecturer and former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham for his insightful thoughts on “When is it proper to take payola? Let’s talk numbers.” It was kind […]

Critics still chirping at Dixie Chicks: At least one local radio station still boycotting group

Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks performs live on NBC’s “Today Show” in New York on November 2003. (KRT photo: Nicolas Khayat) By Paula Cronic Freedom Newspapers It was three years ago that Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines insulted President Bush and many country music fans with her now famous comment heard around the […]

Wrath of Reba a powerful weapon

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist Perhaps it was just one of those slow news days. No murders in Albuquerque, the Vigil mistrial yesterday’s story, viewers long having tired of a real yawner of a state political primary season. Whatever the case, one of the Duke City TV newscasts found time to bring us the report […]