Child Find screening offered

CNJ staff Grady Schools will be one of four sites for Child Find preschool screening clinics. The free clinic, scheduled for 1 p.m.-3 p.m. April 5, is for children 5 and younger. A representative from ENMRSH and Clovis MECA Therapies will be present at each clinic, which serves to locate, identify and refer as early […]

Portales windmills to be moved throughout year

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File photo Bill and Alta Dalley said they are excited about their windmill collection being moved to the Portales fairgrounds, but they will miss people stopping by for pictures of the collection. Moving the windmills is going to surpass the originally quoted $10,000, but the project was budgeted for $25,000, according to County Manager Charlene […]

Children’s sports all about energy

There are few things more joyful than the exuberance of little ones who are totally involved in a sport, especially if one of the children involved is your special grandchild — in this case, the female one. Sports activities for kids involve a sizable number of dedicated volunteers in the person of coaches, refs, and […]

Education column: Good parenting makes for successful children

What happens after our students graduate from high school? While impossible to follow every student into the future, it’s sometimes possible to catch a glimpse. Having an opportunity around the holidays to interview former Clovis students, my faith in our youth was delightfully restored. Kanisha, Natasha, and Ray Beachum Jr. agreed to be my interviewees. […]

Our debt will only burden our children

Freedom New Mexico It’s staggering. The federal debt, currently calculated at $15.2 trillion, actually is $51 trillion. The more familiar debt figure of $15.2 trillion debt is bad enough. It’s increasing at about $1.3 trillion a year and comes from deficit spending the past 10 years on the federal budget, whose fiscal year begins each […]

Anniversary —

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Fiola Joe and Connie Fiola of Clovis celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 24, 2012, at their home with family. The couple was married Dec. 24, 1971, in Farwell. They have three children and five grandchildren. He is a special agent for BNSF Railroad. She is a retired teacher. — Submitted by Jinger Fiola

Letters to Santa

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The following letters to Santa Claus are from area children given to Freedom New Mexico by teachers and the post office.

Police departments give gifts to more than 600 children

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Jamie Hacker of PPD: Courtesy photo Lt. Mark Cage of the Portales Police Department said 50 people were lined up at the door for Operation Santa Cop when the department opened. He said the department gave toys to about 400 children. Alisa Boswell and Kevin Wilson Santa sometimes dresses in blue this time of year. […]

Business digest — Dec. 13

Mother, daughter honored for book A Clovis mother-daughter team was recently honored with the national Benjamin Franklin Award for children’s books. Liz and Stephanie Eisenbraun’s book design project, “Baking with Friends,” was cited for originality in interior design by the Independent Book Publisher’s Association. Liz Eisenbraun has worked with numerous local clients, including Taco Box […]

Reader-submitted content: Bicycle donation tops off toy drive

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Courtesy photo The Clovis Evening Lions Club delivers nine new bicycles to Clovis Community College for its toy drive to benefit the Rooney Moon Broadcasting Secret Santa Initiative. Nine new bicycles were added to 80 new toys Friday by Clovis Community College to end a month-long toy drive for area children in need. The bicycles, […]

Anniversary — Nov. 27

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Smith Alvin and Mary Frances Smith of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 24, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Arch Community Building. The celebration was hosted by Betty Moore, Debbie Smith, Bill Smith and Roy Smith. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage! We love you, all your children and grandchildren. The couple was married […]

Monday morning briefing: Christmas music, Christmas lights and who shot J.R.

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Holiday music show Mark your calendars… Eastern New Mexico University will host the Eastern New Mexico Children’s Choir Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. […]

Clovis police hosting fundraisers for children

The Clovis Police Department is hosting several fundraising events to help the less fortunate children in the community. Officers will be in front of Daylight Doughnuts at 2201 N. Prince from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Dec. 2 to accept donations. Officers will also work with the wait staff at Leal’s Restaurant and Applebee’s and accept tips […]

Anniversaires — Nov. 13

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Dodd Alan and Pat Dodd of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 8 in the conference room at Kiva Realty. [image #1, align=right, size=medium] The celebration was hosted by their children and grandchildren, attended by family and home and church friends. There was a diner, special singing, slide show, videos and great fellowship. […]

Children’s home more than house

My newest buddy is a 4-year-old from the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home — eight miles from Portales on Highway 236. Gary Cox, a house parent, brings the little ball of energy when he joins us for noon-time hoops in Portales. The boy, whose parents are incarcerated, and I visit when I get benched for […]

Jesus helps keep us in our moral restraints

About two weeks ago, we were visiting in Scottsdale, Ariz. We spent a day at Paradise Valley Mall. It was there that I watched a young mother trying to corral three little children. I was amused as I thought about my own experiences with my two oldest children. Annie and John Scott were two and […]

Let’s keep Halloween safe for children

The fall season, where I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, brought a lot of superb things from the viewpoint of a child. There was the changing colors of the leaves, which I think I was aware of from a very early age; teachers would often build class projects around this. There was the likelihood of […]

Religion feature: Church partners with charity

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Wayne Boydstun, Operation Christmas Child relay center coordinator at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis, prepares for OCC 2011 by packing a shoebox with items to be sent to children in disadvantaged countries. Benna Sayyed This Christmas an impoverished child living in a third-world country will open a gift that came […]

Important to reach out in Jesus’ name

When I was teaching, I used my made up idea of The Ethiopia Concept to prompt the students to concentrate on three different questions: Have you been to Ethiopia? Do you know anyone in Ethiopia? Do you know where Ethiopia is? Then most of my students missed out on the first two questions. None had […]