Clovis boy is hit-and-run victim

CNJ staff Police are investigating a hit-and-run Wednesday that left a Clovis boy with a broken leg. It happened in the alley behind the 100 block of Sandpiper around 5 p.m. An 11-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle that left the scene, records show. Audra Childers, 13, said she was among a group of […]

Railway’s ‘brashness’ put Clovis on the map for good

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Don McAlavy Santa Fe Railway mechanical department workers numbering about 120 mass together on a steam locomotive in the Clovis railroad yards on April 8, 1926. Photo courtesy of the High Plains Historical Foundation. The brashness of the railroad in choosing a site on the bald prairie for a new town and division point sent […]

Part 2: John Childers, killer who came to Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist We learned in part one John W. Childers Jr. survived a long court trial down in Las Cruces for killing a prominent attorney. Money and power behind the scenes caused Childers to be acquitted. His rich and powerful father and attorneys, with the help of three famous New Mexicans, aided […]

Part 1: John Childers, killer who came to Clovis

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist One of the first real shootouts in Clovis happened on Aug. 15, 1909. That’s one of the first stories I heard when I started writing about Clovis history. Old Tom Pendergrass, the first historian of Clovis, told me the story. He was a lad of 9, who was in the […]

Childers, Joel

Joel Childers Services: Have been held. Joel Childers, 72, of Foley, Ala., died Friday, July 15, 2005. He was born on Aug. 11, 1932, in Kentucky, to Laura and Clint Childers. He was a concrete contractor in the Foley area for 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Thelma Deaton; […]

Editors deserve recognition

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Editors, as a whole, are usually decent, hard-working and totally dedicated to their task. Editors of small town newspapers in the old days, not too unlike their counterparts today, often found it difficult to please everybody. On April 23, 1909, in the first issue of Clovis’ first daily newspaper, “The […]

Brasser, Preston

Preston Brasser Services: Have been held. Preston Louis Brasser, 61, of Clovis died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 21, 1943, in Escanaba, Mich., to Irving and Vivian Keene Brasser. He came to Clovis in 1979. He was a retired Chief Master Sergeant from the […]