Officials say bank transition smooth

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Access Bank is now officially the First Community Bank and banking officials said customers will notice the transition, but they’re confidentcustomers will only experience minor inconveniences. Linda Wedeen, senior vice president of First Community Bank, said the Access Banks in Portales and Clovis officially became First Community Banks in January. […]

Fire guts bridal shop

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Clovis firefighters work Sunday to control a fire at Freeman’s Bridal Shop and Formal Wear on Main Street. The fire left a hole in the building’s roof. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff photo The downtown shop Marjorie Noble owned and operated for more than 30 years was severely damaged in a […]

Smaller stores see influx of holiday traffic

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Alicia Weed, left, and Millie Weed of Clovis browsed the gourmet items Saturday at Lizzie’s Menagerie. (Staff photo: Tonya Garner) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Many local people chose to avoid the “mega-stores” and head downtown to the smaller, specialty shops Clovis has to offer. Main Street was bustling with activity Saturday afternoon as […]

Some fear vitamin guidelines will interfere with purchases

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Joy Armstrong is afraid she may not be able to purchase certain quantities of vitamin and mineral supplements due to tightening international guidelines. The Clovis resident regularly orders vitamins from a research center and has been doing so for more than 40 years. Ever since she was diagnosed wheat intolerant, […]

9/9 Local Roundup

Access Anytime acquired by First State Access Anytime Bancorp has been acquired by First State Bancorporation in a tax-free, stock-for-stock trade. According to Access Bank CEO Norm Corzine, First State will be honoring all employee contracts and Access Bank customers won’t “recognize the transition.” Corzine said loan customers can look forward to having access to […]

New China Star on its way

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent When his restaurant went up in flames on July 18, 2004, Harry Wang was sadly there for the end of an era. The Main Street restaurant was the first in a chain of China Stars that eventually sprouted in Amarillo, Lubbock, Roswell and Albuquerque. At the urging of former customers […]

Shop Hop brings quilters together for specials, camaraderie, fabric

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Fabric lines the store of Patchwork House as Mandy Laseter of Amarillo shops during the 2005 Top of Texas Shop Hop Friday in Clovis. The shop hop involves shoppers traveling to 11 fabric shops in New Mexico and West Texas. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Call it shop hopping — hitting […]

80-year-old has been Roden-Smith employee for 60 years

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Cleo Mullis of Clovis has worked at Roden-Smith Village for over 60 years, at both the original store on Fourth and Main streets in Clovis and the second location at Hilltop Plaza. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A complete living room set, with patterned pillows placed across a coordinating couch, […]

Hair salon aiding Relay for Life

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Employees at Visible Changes hair salon on 21st Street are decorating a pine tree, normally reserved for holidays, with paper star and moon cutouts that are symbolic of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tucked behind lanes of swivel chairs, mirrors and shears […]

Gas prices fuel change

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Vehicles fill the busy intersection Monday afternoon at Prince and 21st streets. Record high gas prices are changing the way some people look at purchasing vehicles. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Local auto dealers are feeling the effect of record-high gas prices. But the news is not all bad. […]

Bilingual employees becoming a necessity

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Blanca Rios, owner of Blanca’s, rearranges the quinceañera display Monday at the store. Rios, who is bilingual, said being able to speak Spanish has helped her business grow. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer From bilingual haircut signs at Wal-Mart to Spanish radio ads by local auto dealers, local business […]

Heavy rains blanket Clovis, state

Staff and Wire Reports Clovis saw its wettest spell of the summer early Saturday morning, with more than 2 inches of rain and a flash-flood warning that hovered for nearly four hours. Officially, the city received 2.4 inches of rain — the most of any community in the state, officials at the National Weather Service […]

Eatery owner serves up more than food

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Mike Reyna of Clovis visits with Velma Jackson as she fixes Reyna a plate Monday. June 30 will be the longtime owner’s last day at Velma’s Country Cookin’ Resturaunt. CNJ photo by Eric Butler. By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent When Velma’s Country Cookin’s closes at the end of the month, customers will obviously miss Velma […]

Small-town post offices are crucial part of rural communities

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor ST. VRAIN — Across the highway from the train tracks, where the pavement meets a sun-baked dirt road, sits the St. Vrain Post Office. A beacon for a community not even recognized by the United States census, the post office adds character to a town dotted with just a […]

Local paper carrier retires after 20 years

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Beth Nelson understood customer service. The 79-year-old former newspaper carrier speaks softly and smiles often despite a knee brace strapped on her right leg like a sidelined athlete. That brace, she said, is the only thing preventing her from delivering Clovis News Journals to 150 customers in city’s southeast […]

Discrimination by government is always wrong

The city of San Francisco is renowned for its history and charm and its vibrant art galleries, restaurants and street life. San Francisco, like other interesting cities, did not gain its uniqueness by government edict. Unfortunately, those who control San Francisco apparently believe government now is the only thing standing between their fair city and […]

Thank lobbyists for minimum gas prices

Walter Williams A couple of weeks ago, heading down to George Mason University, I pulled into my favorite Wawa gasoline station just off the Bel Air, Md., exit on I-95 South. At each of the 20 gasoline pumps, there was a sign posted that Wawa would no longer dispense free coffee to its gasoline customers. […]

Weather no problem at ag expo

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — Vendors promoting a bevy of products to help endorse, maximize and reinvent the business of agriculture closed their booths and headed home on Wednesday as the New Mexico Ag Expo came to an end. Organizers say the event that started on Tuesday with a light, wind-driven snow and ended on a […]

Town hall has light turnout — one guy

By Michelle Seeber Clovis’ city officials held their first town hall meeting Friday to explain their request for a quarter-percent increase in the gross-receipts tax. Aside from media and city officials, only one man showed up. He was from Friona and is unable to vote in the March 2 election. Alvin Petty, 55, said he […]

Clovis soul-food cook plans June retirement

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Velma Jackson, owner of Velma’s Bar BQ, will be retiring after spending more than 20 years cooking in Clovis. June 30 will be the last day she will cook at the restaurant. By Jack King Soul food, that bedrock of Southern cooking, is as rare in the Southwest as a good enchilada in Peoria. When […]