It’s in their blood

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Allen Kelley of Clovis proudly displays his season tickets for the upcoming Wildcats football season. Kelley is the uncle of Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley and been a fan of all the Wildcat teams since 1958. Sharna Johnson Allen Kelley might just be more excited than area teens to see […]

Christ expert at transforming lives

Judy Brandon Many years ago my sister Susie and I headed off to Baylor for the fall semester. Mother and Daddy were excited — after all their children were going to a place of old friends and acquaintances that they had made during their college years. Some were faculty, some were just citizens of Waco, […]

Camp meeting revived at Ute Lake

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Courtesy photo More than 100 people gathered at Ute Lake this summer for the Ute Lake Camp Meeting. Organizers say they are excited to see the Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp reborn at the lake and are already planning next year’s camp meeting. Sharna Johnson Organizers of the Ute Lake Camp Meeting are excited to see […]

LSC South previews: Finding QB key for ACU

By Nick Eatman: lonestarconference.org Entering his sixth season as head coach, Chris Thomsen has several talking points to get excited about this year. Not only did the Wildcats return to the playoffs last year with a 9-4 record, which included eight straight wins to open the year and a No. 1 ranking at one time […]

Press Release: Junior rodeo finals in Clovis

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals, set for July 19th-24th at the Curry County Events Center.

Poineer Days Rodeo moves indoors

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jared Smith of Ranger, Texas, holds on tight aboard Hello Dolly during last year’s bareback bronc riding competition at the annual PRCA Pioneer Days. The rodeo starts Thursday in the Special Events Center. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico An increase in competitors, partially thanks to a new venue, has […]

School officials discuss proposed student project

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School junior Luis Najera plans to study welding when he finishes high school. He told Clovis school board members Tuesday he is excited about being involved in a proposed student project to building a security fence for the high school campus. “I really think this will be […]

Parade draws residents, sense of pride

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Navy veteran Natasha Beckwith, left, holds the American flag Saturday standing with fellow veteran Les Bassinger on the American Veterans Post No. 14 float during the Veterans Day Parade. To view more photos from the parade, visit fnm.mycapture.com. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Milia and Cadence Ratledge, 4-year-old twins […]

Voting — a duty that makes you feel good

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist A few days ago I dropped in on Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s pharmacy to pick up some drugs. Um, I should clarify, I dropped in to pick up a prescription. I raised my hand in hello as I walked through the door and loudly proclaimed, “I sure am going to […]

Deployment can be tough on families

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer It could be Thursday, Friday or even Saturday, but after more than five months, Jennie Halfmann knows her husband is coming home from deployment soon. Msgt. Robert Halfmann is one of approximately 300 Cannon Air Force Base airmen returning this week from Iraq, base spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Seals said […]

God’s gift of writing came through painful times

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I talked to a young mother the other day with sick children, and it reminded me of those days when our three were small. Specifically I think back to 1977, a few months after Buffy was born. It was the time that Annie and John Scott had chicken pox, and […]

Kenneth Realty sold to Colonial

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Kenneth Jones, owner of Kenneth Realty, has sold his business of 29 years to Gayla Brumfield of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate. “Jo (his wife) and I are in our 60s,” Jones said. “We were ready to slow down.” Jones said he has been considering selling the business for […]

Richards to play again for Zias

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Elizabeth Richards, who left the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball squad last season, plans to return to the court this year for the Zias. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After a one-year hiatus, former Texico High School standout Elizabeth Richards is coming back to the Eastern New Mexico […]

God’s love will endure for all eternity

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist On Valentine’s Day, we all get excited to assure those we love that we are thinking about them. Love is not something new. Love was conceived in the heart of God. Jesus demonstrated that love on the cross and the apostle Paul tells us that love is the greatest of attributes. […]

Clovis girls win pageant titles

Reporter’s Notebook Two Clovis girls have been awarded state titles in the New Mexico America’s Choice Pageant, according to a release by the Albuquerque based agency. According to the release, 7-year-old Eboni Lunsford has been named Miss New Mexico Sweetheart and 19-year-old Creshawna Durrah has been named Miss New Mexico America’s Choice. Each of the […]

‘WhyNot?’ Web site may include Clovis, with our help

Tom Di Francesca Considering, that Halloween is coming up, I was going to write about some great Halloween related Web sites. But that has changed. Something significant has occurred and something even more significant is about to happen, and so I’d like to share that with you. I’ve mentioned the “WhyNot?” Web site a couple […]

Northcutt slated to participate in national camp

CNJ STAFF Tori Northcutt, who will be a freshman this fall at Marshall Junior High, has been invited to play in the second annual Blue Star Elite-Eighth Player Camp this weekend in Pottstown, Pa., near Philadelphia. Northcutt, a 5-foot-7 guard, is one of 150 incoming freshman and eighth grade girls players from across the United […]

Match made in heaven

By Rick_White@link.freedom.com Her high school coach believes LaToya Anderson’s best track days are ahead of her. Her college coach is counting on it — that and her versatility and character. Anderson recently signed a letter of intent to run track at Oklahoma Christian University, an NAIA school in Oklahoma City. “She’s a late bloomer,” Clovis […]