Panel told not to cut vet benefits

Advocates for military retirees and veterans urged a bipartisan commission studying ways to end runaway budget deficits not to lump military-earned benefits in with other entitlements eyed for cost controls. “There’s a fundamental difference between social insurance programs open to every American and military benefits earned by decades of service and sacrifice,” Steve Strobridge, director […]

Clovis Christian seniors graduate

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A jeans-and-boot-clad Keeson Bell sang a song to his graduating classmates Friday during Clovis Christian School’s graduation ceremony. Bell wrote the song, called “Our Class,” and featured each one of his classmates in a line of the son By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A teary-eyed Amanda Riley said sometimes […]

Only a little starry-eyed

Glenda Price Everybody wants to be a celebrity these days. I’m sure there must be some fancy schmancy psychological term for this inordinate hunger for fame, but I just call it “star dumb.” In the old days thespians and so-called entertainers were pretty much the dregs of society. They were the ones curious country people […]

Black-eyed peas traditional fare for New Year’s

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Back in 1978 Christene Hardisty, Extension home economist for Curry County, shared a bit of folklore on black-eyed peas. I am deep into eating black-eyed peas and always ate some for sure on Jan. 1. It is a law that one does that in my family, as my mother was born […]

At least black-eyed peas aren’t fattening

By Karl Terry: Local columnist Hopefully as you read this you’ve got the Tournament of Roses Parade on your television, the lineup of football bowl games spread on the coffee table and a pot of black-eyed peas on the stove. I’ve never been too big on setting resolutions for the new year. Sure it’s a […]

Muleshoe firm sends goods to Iraq

By Eric Butler If Burton Brown comes across a sack of black-eyed peas from the Texas Panhandle while he’s stationed in Iraq, he’ll have Debbie Nickels of Muleshoe Pea and Bean to thank for the reminder of home. Brown, son of Mac Brown of Muleshoe and Jama Meritt of Lubbock, is in Iraq with the […]