Single vs. single dad : A recent study suggests women are more trusting of single dads than other single men.

By Angie Toole : Freedom Newspapers Back in the early 1970s, Bill Bixby made it look easy. He was a single dad who had no problem dating – in fact, women were eager to go out with the guy who took long walks on the beach with his son in “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” […]

6/16 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except hyphens and dashes. basketball reflections boss i was running for my very life away from marcellus the heathen alley cat the other day and tripped […]

Traffic stops just another part of life

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I’ve always had a healthy respect for the police. When I was a kid, I knew they weren’t to be trifled with. As an adult, I have a respect for the job they do and I still know they aren’t to be trifled with. I’ve run across various names for […]

STUDENT PROFILE: Jennifer Rich

Jennifer Rich is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Janet and Rory Rich. What did you think about Sept. 11? I woke up that day to the sound of my father’s voice. I got up and went to see what all the fuss was about. Then I saw it: The […]

Christmas movies will not be missed

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Here’s the good thing about no more Christmas: No more sappy Christmas movies. Neal Patrick Harris was in one. Let me quickly acknowledge New Mexico basks in Neal’s fame. He was one of us. His parents, attorneys both, still live in Albuquerque where they no longer practice law but instead […]

Christmas revives thoughts of childhood

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Here we are on the brink of the big day — the day families and churches and people who sell honey-baked hams have all been waiting for. No matter how the holidays go down this year, we will always be stuffed with memories of Christmas pasts — not unlike cream-filled […]

Fathers do learn from children

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]

Hubers start turkey business

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

Menudo: Grandpa’s perfect goodbye

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist When it starts feeling crisp outside with a cold snap in the air, I think of the cozy fires Dad will kindle in his woodburning stove. Then my stomach churns, thinking of the ollas of menudo he’ll brew. When I think of his savory menudo — a stew of tripe, pork, […]

Family bonding memories emerge with football season

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist My first encounter with football was getting hit in the head with one. No, it really wasn’t but it sounds funny. And it brings back fond memories of that Brady Bunch episode in which a football smashes into and breaks Marsha’s nose. Ah, the joy of the game. Actually, fond memories […]

Feeding cattle hay by air risky adventure

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The following story was told to Don McAlavy by Mark Hall, a commercial pilot who grew up in Clovis. “In the winter of 1958-59, my dad, L. S. (Bud) Hall,” said Mark Hall “was a partner with Lee Ross and George Hammond in the first aircraft dealership at the new Clovis […]

Reliving parents’ courtships connects ages

Helena Rodriguez For many people, Lubbock is a place to shop until you drop, dine out and go night-clubbing. For me, the Hub City is a place where it all began — literally. My parents met in Lubbock in August of 1963 and married on Sept. 25, 1965. It was only fitting that we were […]

Education from reluctant piano student

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist When I was a kid, I lived under a family curse that was common in America in those days. It was called “Relatives Dropping In.” I’m talking here about uninvited guests. You know, out-of-work uncles, religious aunts, outlawed cousins and icy in-laws, and they all stayed for days, sometimes months. […]

Bad parenting won’t help boy become man

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ronnie Paris and I had the same father. At least, that’s the way it felt reading the news reports out of Tampa last week. They told of how Ronnie’s dad — his name is also Ronnie Paris — used to hit the boy, throw him around, bang him up. According […]

“For Better or Worse, For Richer or Poorer . . .”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health . . .” As I write, it was exactly 30 years ago when my father stood before my bride and myself and asked us to verbally assent to those familiar vows. I assume that we both […]

Never take advantage of relishing in time with family

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist “Dad, do you want to run to Amarillo with me?” That was the question that came across the phone line into my office. My son was needing to pick up his international driver’s license in Amarillo. Hmm. I hadn’t planned to take a trip that day. I had a […]

Custom Classic tournament special for participants

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Justin Sparkman of Lubbock’s Jake’s Sports Bar nails a pitch against Clovis’ Guys Electric on Saturday Morning at the 22nd Annual Custom Classic tourney in Clovis. Sparkman’s dad Harold helped start the tourney in 1983. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When he was a kid growing up in Clovis, Justin Sparkman […]

Soap Box Derby zooms to finish

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Logan Garner, 12, of Clovis, heads down the race track during Saturday’s Soap Box Derby on Sycamore Street in Clovis. Garner finished the derby in fifth place. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Eric Collings said he was not at all surprised when he zoomed away as champion of Clovis’ Soap […]

Like father, like sons

By Ryn Gargulinski Haberdasher Homer Tankersley said he was amazed when his sons followed him into the clothing business. Pilot Brad Telshaw said he was not surprised to find his son in the sky. Coach Eric Roanhaus said his two boys perhaps followed in his football footsteps “because of the same lack of intelligence I […]

the great father s day quest

By Gary Mitchell the great father s day quest boss i bumped into ollie the orphan sea otter the other day and he said he was on a spiritual quest – to find a father by father s day you remember ollie boss when he was a baby otter his parents were killed by seal […]