Tornado doesn’t slow seniors

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Not even a tornado can stop a group of Clovis senior citizens from their dance and social programs. That’s what Baxter-Curren Senior Center Program Coordinator Brenda Hankins learned after a March 23 tornado temporarily robbed them of their social hub. She said the programs have been scattered to the […]

Education Digest: Students score numerous awards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis students dominated in a Santa Fe dance competition, according to Clovis Schools officials. The Gattis Junior High School Bear Essentials, Marshall Junior High Kitten Magic, Yucca Junior High Chap Dance, and Clovis High School Wildcadettes competed March 17 in the Santa Fe Ski Festival Dance Competition sponsored by […]

Local Roundup: Teen sentenced to 13 years

CNJ staff An 18-year-old Clovis teen has been found guilty and sentenced to 13 years in prison in connection with kidnapping and rape charges, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Jose Anthony Martinez was 17 at the time of the incident but sentenced as an adult, the release reads. […]

Mexican weddings loaded with tradition

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There’s nothing like a wedding dance to remind your family what a bad dancer you are. But when I was with familia at my sister Becky’s recent wedding, I was like, “What the heck?” I just had to dance “La Marcha,” which no Mexican wedding would be complete without. Then […]

Brazilian culture comes to Clovis

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The Viver Brasil Dance Co. will use song and dance interpretation to portray Brazilian culture during a 90-minute performance Sunday at the Marshall Junior High School Auditorium in Clovis. Founded in 1997, the 12-member dance troupe focuses on bringing to life the Afro-Brazilian cultures, through dance, music and costumes, founder […]

Religion Digest: Church sponsors New Year’s ball

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The Hillside Christian Church in Amarillo is sponsoring the Texas Star Ball for singles and married couples Dec. 31. The New Year’s Eve festivities will include dinner and dancing. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. (CST) in the HCC Student Ministry Building at 6100 Soncy Drive in Amarillo. The dress […]

Ideal body shouldn’t be child’s main focus

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Three of our five children play soccer. My husband and I believe any sport they practice will help them develop self-esteem, discipline and focus. But according to my husband, no “sport” includes dance, cheerleading or ice-skating. Not only do I love to watch these three “sports,” I also studied dance […]

Dance lessons help teach Bella Vista students social skills

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Fifth-graders Samantha Lucero and Jordan Jones dance the fox trot Wednesday during Viola Cano’s dance class at Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Cano teaches ballroom dancing to some 400 students. (Staff photo: Andy Delisle) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Twenty-four little feet followed the instructions of Viola Cano. “Slow, quick, quick, slow. Slow, […]

Student ambassadors

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Laced with threads of silver, the sombrero glitters on the floor as Vanessa Cruz and Navor Estrada weave around it. From a podium, Christy Van Hoose shouts instructions. “Kick those legs,” she instructs the couple. Vanessa, 11, and Navor, 12, pound their feet in an impressive rendition of […]

County Fair at a glance

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The midway is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. to midnight Saturday. (File photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A look at Curry County Fair: The basics What: Curry County Fair When: Monday through Sunday Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (midnight Satuday) Where: Curry County Fairgrounds Cost: […]

Rain, rain, don’t delay, we need you here today

Helena Rodriguez Local Columnist Being a weather forecaster is the most boring job this time of year. Today’s forecast: Hot and dry. Tomorrow, hot and dry, and this weekend, hot and dry with a snowball’s chance of rain. Yeah we’ve had a few sprinkles here and there, even a little thunder to tease us, but […]

Tea honors nonagenarians

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Claire Burroughes, left, ties a velvet cape around Nina Luckett as she is crowned queen at a nonagenarian tea for seniors over 90 at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center Tuesday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer With some confined to wheelchairs and most dressed to impress, Curry County nonagenarians arrived at […]

High school dancing rite of manhood

By Bob Huber: Local columnist When I started high school, no one warned me that students danced cheek to cheek every day during lunch hour in the gymnasium. Had I known, I would have stayed in the eighth grade until Mr. Roosevelt drafted me or Social Security kicked in, whichever came first. What happened was, […]

Local cheerleaders hold to Christian values

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Christian School cheerleaders recently danced, yelled and stunted their way to victory at the state sheer competition while remaining steadfast in their beliefs. CCS cheer coach Ginny Boersma said the young women chose a mix of Christian pop music to accompany them during their dance sequence. Staying […]

Whomans, Peggy

Peggy Whomans, 81, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at her residence in Portales. Born July 11, 1924, in Salisbury, N.C., she was the daughter of Louise and Max Moorefield. She grew up in North Carolina and attended Catawaba College in Salisbury, then moved to New York City and taught dance at the Arthur Murray Studio […]

Music can aid future career

By Judy Gambill: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. My mother made sure we had plenty of music in our home. She played the piano, and as a child she sang in […]

Music helps set everyday mood

By Courtni Jennings: Guest columnist Music is a huge part of my life. Every single day I listen to music or sing. I am in Ambassador Choir and so I listen to and sing those songs quite often. Life is better with music. It just would not be exciting without it. In my free time […]

New York dance troupe stopping in Clovis

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers A group of dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring a little New York City flair Sunday to Clovis Community College. Ailey II will perform at 4 p.m. at Clovis’ Marshall Auditorium as part of the Cultural Arts Series presented by Clovis Community College and Plains Regional […]

Day Trips: Ballet offers ‘Romantic Evening’

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The Lone Star Ballet will begin its season Nov. 5 with “A Romantic Evening,” and will end March 22-23 with a special performance of “Romeo and Juliet” by the Joffrey Ballet. (Courtesy photo) Compiled by Mike Jimenez For couples in search of a romantic evening, why not drive to the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo […]

10/22 Local Roundup

Staff reports Clovis man sentenced for forgery, fraud A Clovis man on Friday was sentenced to four years in jail for forgery and fraud, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Lawrence Caldwell, 42, signed his name to a check his former employer reported missing in January 2004, according to […]