Clovis mother charged after cocaine found in baby

Dona Ana authorities are holding a 37-year-old Clovis woman after her 10-month-old boy tested positive for cocaine. Las Cruces police say Cecelia Lynn Aranda was charged with one count of negligent child abuse Friday and is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with a cash-only bond of $15,000. Police and the New […]

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 […]

Dresses can be special more than once

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Cost of prom dress, $150. Gas to Lubbock to shop for prom dress, $25. Jewelry, $25. Hair, $42. Nails, $30. Prom ticket, $20. Junior class dues, $30. Cost of memories: Priceless. Can’t put a price on memories. But if I could, about $322 sounds right to me. Return on investment: […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Collectors don’t compete over toys

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer HUNDREDS OF PLASTIC TOYS adorn the walls of a bedroom in the home of Leta Cole. The Clovis resident has collected toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals for about a decade. More toys are tucked away in about 15 boxes, her husband, J.D., said. Cole and her sisters in Missouri […]

Clovis site of first Coca-Cola plant in state

Don McAlavy: Local columnist G. A. Campbell came to Texico in 1906, from Rogers, Ark. He was born in 1882. Sadie Tagader also came to Texico in 1906, from Colorado in a covered wagon with her family. Her father was a horse trader and blacksmith. Campbell opened a small confectionery store in Texico, but soon […]

Death of waitress served notice to politicians

By Don McAlavy Sometime after 3 a.m. on March 30, 1949, Ovida “Cricket” Coogler was killed in Las Cruces. She was 18, stood 5 feet, 4 inches and weighed about 100 pounds. She worked as a waitress. She was called “Cricket” because of the clicking noise made by her spike-heeled shoes as she walked. She […]