Disabled parents need some holiday help

Eric Butler Sylvia had grown used to supporting her husband Charles ever since the time his health situation deteriorated to the point where he couldn’t work any more. That was 15 years ago. Even when Sylvia gave birth to a daughter five years ago, everything seemed fine. But life for Sylvia and Charles (not their […]

Christmas overcomes Scroogey feelings

Helena Rodriguez I was feeling a little Scroogey just before Thanksgiving and had an if-I-can-only-get-through-the-holidays attitude. But the day after Thanksgiving, I got a burst of energy and decided to put up the Christmas tree. Once we started, my dad, who was also determined to be a Scrooge, was inspired, too. He took to the […]

Religion Briefs 12/5

Church gives fund a Christmas boost Operation Christmas Child, a program that collects gifts for distribution to poor children worldwide, reported a 17 percent increase in collections at its Lubbock center and much of that increase appears to have been due to a collection drive by First Baptist Church of Clovis. According to Sammy Rhodes, […]

Mom wants good holiday memories for her son

Eric Butler Most kids don’t remember their first Christmas. Or do they? After moving to the area from Texas eight months ago, Annie (not her real name) isn’t sure of the answer to that question. But if her year-old son does retain memories, she wants them to be good ones. Annie, a single mother, actually […]

Big stores have not hurt Clovis’ shops on Main St.

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Victoria (left) and Giavanna Scarafiotti shop for gifts for family members Monday at the Main Street Crafters Mall. Victoria, who lives in Grants, was visiting her sister Giavanna, a junior at Eastern New Mexico University. CNJ photo: Rick White. By Darrell Todd Maurina While most of the new businesses coming to Clovis recently have located […]

Fund could help put out financial flames

Eric Butler o Fire victims could face ‘very small’ Christmas. By Eric Butler CNJ CORRESPONDENT The holiday season is a budget cruncher for most people, but especially for those with low-paying jobs. For Lauren (not her real name), the season became particularly difficult when fire struck her family home recently. Her three daughters — ages […]

Fund helps make Christmas Day different from rest

Eric Butler Barry may look like he enjoys food a little too much, and that there’s a regular supply coming his way. But what appears to be a lack of self-control for Barry, who is overweight and unable to do much of any kind of activity, is actually a result of health problems. A friend […]

Cranes are filthy, flea-ridden and fun

Bob Huber December never inspired enthusiasm around our house. We steadfastly refused to join Santa Claus in his annual extortion ploy, and we stopped having babies 40 years ago at the end of each year for income tax purposes. That’s about all there is to December. But December in Texas — that state where old […]

Mom needs help with Christmas gifts for kids

By Eric Butler Santa may know who’s naughty and who’s nice, but what if the nice ones’ parents need some help to make Christmas a special holiday? Cheryl (not her real name), a resident of the area for the last 28 years, is hoping that the Salvation Army will be able to make it possible […]

Most readers prefer real fir on Christmas

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants if they prefer real or artificial Christmas trees. Some responses: “I love the smell of a real tree, but I would rather have an artificial tree because it is easier to decorate and there is no mess of pine needles all over the carpet. […]