Choices determine life’s path

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I wrote about these two long-gone cousins about five years ago, but the time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a […]

Holidays give everyone second chance

By Clyde Davis: Columnist In the Victorian-era Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge encounters several ghosts who transform his priorities, and thus his life. One of them, the Ghost of Christmas Past, influences Scrooge by taking him back to yuletides of his childhood and young adulthood, before he had […]

Carol Barela

Carol Barela, 41, of Portales, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at her home in Portales. She was born Sept. 22, 1964, in Portales, to Aurelia and Frank Barela. She grew up in Portales and graduated from high school in 1982. She worked at Alco for 16 years. She also worked as a checker at IGA. […]

Choices can lead to God — or stomachaches

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I wrote about Mother’s two cousins about five years ago. The time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a school club […]

Happy New Year, baby: Two cousins were the first Clovis babies of 1980

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It was New Year’s Eve, 1980. Kerry Parks called her mom around midnight to tell her that her water broke. That’s when she got the news. Her then sister-in-law, Francee Garcia, was already at the hospital, and she was also in labor. “When she told me that Francee was […]

Murrell, Arthur

Arthur Murrell Services:Have been held. Arthur Scott Murrell, 78, formerly of Las Cruces, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at the home of his sister in Clovis. He was born on June 19, 1926, in Belen, to Mary Davis “Mayme” and Joe T. Murrell. He moved to Clovis in 1928 with his family and graduated from […]

Meeks, Cindy

Cindy Meeks Services: Have been held. Miss Cindy Lue Meeks, 30, of Farwell, died Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Aug. 2, 1973, in Clovis, to Jimmy and LaWanda Meeks. Family members said she was a friend to all who knew her. She loved going to […]

Readers reminice about childhood joy

A recent Project: Reader Reaction topic asked participants what they did for fun as children. Here are some responses: “I delivered the Milwaukee Journal in my own neighborhood, covering three complete city blocks with an average of 76 weekday, Saturday, and Sunday customers. Incidentally, the price of the weekday and Saturday journals was three cents. […]

Cadena, Jason

Jason Cadena Services: Have been held. Jason Mario Cadena Jr., an infant, of New York, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. He was born on May 24, 2003, in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., to Jason and Jamie Cadena. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Estefanita Baca; […]