Our people: Seasonal Santa

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident Jimmy Craven has played the part of Santa Claus for 12 years and, yes, the beard is real. Clovis resident Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Village and about 40 other engagements during the […]

Anniversaries — July 11

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Craven Betty and Jim Craven of Clovis are celebrating 52 years of marriage 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 24 at 1300 Gidding St. in Clovis. The celebration is open to friends and relatives. Michael Craven and Stacia Williams are hosting the event. The Cravens were married Dec. 26, 1957, at the First Assembly of […]

First person: Santa’s coming to town

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes for 11 years. Jim Craven has donned a red crushed velvet suit and a matching red hat to fill Santa’s shoes at Roden-Smith Pharmacy and about 40 other engagements during the Christmas […]

How two kids invented the game ‘42’

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Jim Craven, a friend of mine in Clovis, went to teach 42 to passengers on a cruise ship a while back, hired by the ship’s captain. Craven put in nearly 11 hours teaching that week and what a job it was, he said. The history of the game 42 began in […]

Radio stations making area football games available on web

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Webcasts have allowed fans hundreds of miles away from the game be able to follow to their favorite high school and college sports team. (CNJ illustration: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer The Internet is making it easier for sports fans to keep in touch with their favorite high school and college teams. […]

Smart, Ben

Ben Smart Services: Have been held. Mr. Ben. O. “Pappy Ben” Smart, 86, of Arvada, Colo., a furniture dealer, died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at the Wheatridge Manor Nursing Home in Arvada. He was born on Feb. 27, 1917, in Roosevelt County. He married Lela Inez Leitner on Oct. 22, 1937, in Amarillo. They lived […]

Craven, Billy

Mr. Billy Gene “Santa” Craven, 70, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, in Amarillo. He was born on May 26, 1932, in Wellington, Texas. He moved to Amarillo in 1961 from Clovis. He served in the Army for two years and the Air Force for four years. He was a veteran of the Korean […]