Melrose mother facing child abuse charges

A Melrose woman who called 911 to report her infant daughter was crying when touched and couldn’t use her arms to hold a bottle is now facing child abuse charges along with the baby’s father. A warrant was filed Friday for the arrest of Crystal Broeder on a felony charge of child abuse, according to […]

Feb. 15, 2009 Letters to the editor

Increasing need for firearms On Jan. 30, two males kicked in the door of our home and were approximately 4 1/2 feet from my daughter. (“Clovis woman fires on intruders,” Feb. 6 CNJ) I am extremely grateful the police arrived within three to four minutes. Unfortunately crime is escalating and we cannot expect them to […]

Feb. 8, 2009: Weddings

Pair-Willard Mitsi Pair and Joshua Willard, both of Austin, Texas, were joined in marriage Dec. 31, 2008, at Chateau Bellevue in Austin. Ryan Strebeck performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Morris and Marci Pair, both of Clyde, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Layton and Melba Holt, of Mabank, Texas. The […]

Adolescence growing time for entire family

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist My oldest daughter, age eight,

Feb. 1, 2009 Weddings

Pair-Williard Mitsi Pair and Joshua Willard, both of Austin, were joined in marriage Dec. 31, 2008, at Chateau Bellevue in Austin. Ryan Strebeck performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Morris and Marci Pair both of Clyde, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Layton and Melba Holt both of Mabank, Texas. The […]

Homicide victim’s daughter shares remorse over mother’s death

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer She wishes she had taken her mother’s call Dec. 19 and more than anything, she wishes she could get back the voice mail she erased. But at the time, Katie Murphy had no way of knowing her mother would never call again. “She called me the night that it […]

Jan. 4, 2009 Engagements

Polich-Hanson Tammy Chandler and Levi Polich of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Chelsey Polich of Portales to Devin Hanson of Clovis. He is the son of Steve and Cheri Hanson of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows 6 p.m. Jan. 9, 2009 at Central Baptist Church. The reception will be […]

Two arrested on gift card theft charges

Freedom New Mexico A Quay County mother and daughter were arrested on Christmas eve, accused of stealing Christmas gift cards intended for foster children. The cards were purchased and donated by a local church, according to a press release from the Tucumcari Police Department. Jennifer Dominguez, 24, of Tucumcari, was charged with larceny and tampering […]

Dec. 21, 2008 Weddings

Lucero-Sena Tracy Denise Lucero of Clovis and Aaron Christian Sena of Clovis were joined in marriage Dec. 6 at The Masters. The Rev. Dick Ross performed the simple ceremony. The bride is the daughter of James and Louine Easley of Clovis and the late Kenneth Sandefer. The bridegroom is the son of Marcy Sena and […]

Daughter’s obesity shocking

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist It’s official. My 2-year-old daughter, “Bubu,”

Master plan not needed

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist A 6-year-old girl on my daughter’s swim team has a cell phone, which she proudly showcases to everyone who is willing to look. She’ll even allow you to play with her games, if you look admiringly at her toy. This has created a negative buzz among other parents, who think […]

Sept. 7, 2008 Anniversaries

Bookout J.W. and Barbara Bookout of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday at the home of their son and daughter-in-law in Clovis. The celebration was hosted by their children and grandchildren. The couple was married Sept. 5, 1958, in Bethal. They have four children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is a retired auto […]

June 15, 2008 Engagements

Madril-Gonzalez Joaquin and Naty Madril of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Ramona Madril of Clovis, to Casey Gonzalez, of Gig Harbor, Wash. He is the son of Casimiro and Lidia Gonzalez of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at noon July 19, 2008, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. The […]

June 8, 2008 Engagements

Luce-Parsons Dennis and Dona Luce of Fort Sumner announce the engagement of their daughter, De’Ann Luce, to Chance Parsons, both of Portales. He is the son of Curtis and Sandra Parsons. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. July 19, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Portales. The reception will follow at the […]

With proper parenting, TV is good

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist My 20-month-old daughter clearly knows Sponge Bob Squarepants (“Bub-bob”) and can sing the song well enough that even non-family members recognize it. She is also more than familiar with Dora and Diego; I think she expects them to come over for a visit any minute now. A few years ago, […]

Graduation emotional time for parents

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A tearful Josefina Gaytan hugs her son, Elvis, after he graduated from Texico High School during a ceremony Saturday. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As LeAnn Gibbs watched her daughter, Emily, walk around the Texico Sports Arena on Saturday night in her cap and gown, she said she remembered […]

Video fallout mixed

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist I fully expected my children to be ecstatic when we put on a recording my husband sent from Iraq. But I was surprised by my 4-year-old daughter’s reaction. We received hubby’s DVD through a program called “United Through Reading,” sponsored by The United Service Organizations and the Family Literacy Foundation. […]

Prom dress memories priceless

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist I see the little black dress dangling from a hanger in my daughter’s closet. I see the shimmering rhinestones making an elegant pattern across the otherwise bare back. I close my eyes and sense memories it will hold: Memories of prom … Laura’s senior-year prom. On Saturday night, my hita […]

April 13, 2008 Engagements

Pickens-Bryant Maureen Burns of Clovis and Cary and Sheila Pickens of Winters, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Heather Pickens, to Phil Bryant, both of Clovis. He is the son of Mark and Phyllis Bryant of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. May 24, 2008, at the Clovis […]

April 6, 2008 Engagements

Kern-Whitaker David and Judy Kern of Clovis announce the engagement of their daughter, Barri Kern, to Jeff Whitaker, both of Lubbock. He is the son of Mark and Karen Whitaker of Hobbs. The couple will exchange vows at 3 p.m. May 10, 2008, at Trinity Church in Lubbock. A reception at the church will follow. […]