Jesus solid foundation to weather storms in life

When I was a child and our family lived in Kansas City, Mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational. Mother would pack a lunch and then at mealtime, we headed into the nearest Katz Drug Store where she bought us […]

Teen dies in two-vehicle wreck

CNJ staff Kody R. Downing, 18, of Clovis died Friday in a crash near Melrose, according to a spokesman for the family. New Mexico State Police said it appeared Downing’s SUV crossed the centerline striking a westbound semi hauling cattle head-on about 5:30 p.m. some three miles east of Melrose. Downing was returning to Clovis […]

Shoutouts — Oct. 2

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Family offers thanks to community When a family confronts sadness and misfortune with a gallant spirit, the family learns to live bravely and strong. For we know that sometimes the most beautiful intentions in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart. We also know that a candle loses […]

Family recipes featured on show

Information on new products to keep you healthy, making a ruched bias tape flower pin, and family traditions and recipes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday, September 27th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, September 29th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Laura Dellutri will share some new products on […]

Portales family named farm family of year

Freedom New Mexico A Portales family has been named “Farm Family of the Year” by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Rick and Evelyn Ledbetter produced chile, cotton, alfalfa and corn silage, according to a news release from the ag department. Rick Ledbetter grew up on a farm in eastern New Mexico, and took out […]

Shooting victim’s daughter hoped to reconnect with him

Benna Sayyed Marisol Castillo was planning to meet her estranged father in person for the first time this month. After a deadly shooting Tuesday night, she is left with only memories of pleasant moments shared on the phone and online with dad, Joe Valero. Valero and his girlfriend, Lupita Casteneda, were gunned down at a […]

Family remembers son who died in attacks

Kevin Wilson A decade after they lost a son and brother, the Milam family still finds things out about Maj. Ron Milam. And no matter how many years pass, their lives will never be the same. Killed Sept. 11, 2001, when a hijacked jet slammed into the Pentagon, Ron Milam continues to inspire memories from […]

Christ’s sacrifice should always be remembered

I heard this true story first hand about three years ago. The following true incident happened in the summer of 2008. An American family was recently vacationing in Prague. Early one morning, the father went to an outdoor cafe before the other family members awoke. He began visiting with an elderly Czech man who said, […]

Reader-submitted: Steve Sims joins First Baptist Church ministry staff

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Steve Sims First Baptist Church of Clovis recently welcomed Steve Sims to its ministry staff. Steve and his wife Carrie moved to Clovis with their two children to become a part of the ministry of First Baptist on Aug. 21. Steve and Carrie have lived in Amarillo the past several years, where Steve served as […]

Steve Jobs could see what others couldn’t

Freedom Newspapers Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve Jobs and his family. Last week he announced he was stepping down, for health reasons, as Apple Inc.’s CEO. He no longer will oversee day-to-day operations at the world’s most successful technology company, but will serve as the company’s chairman of the board. We can […]

Reunions — Aug. 21

Carlton The family of Aubrey and Elmira (Crow) Carlton, formerly of Friona, held their 25th annual reunion at the homes of Ricky and Donette Sabins and Debbie Carltonon July 16 in Plainview, Texas. Special guests attending were Ethelyn Garnett of Lockney, Texas, and Tami Vernon of Plainview. Family attending were Saundra Lappe of Ovala, Texas; […]

Clovis schools come to Cannon

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Tanya Thompson, a military spouse, and her children meet with Terry Myers, Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent, Aug. 5 at the First Friday “Back to School Bash.” The Airman and Family Readiness Center co-hosted the event held at the Landing Zone to allow Cannon families to meet local school […]

Important to visit family

I got lost finding my uncle and aunt’s house. Yes, it was that simple. I was going to visit my Uncle Mel and Aunt Joann, on my recent trip back to western Pennsylvania and I got lost. They live on a state route which connects Butler County and Beaver County, and I became confused because […]

Vacationing Muleshoe family witnesses chase of fugitives

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Courtesy photo: RayAn Dosher The view from the vehicle of RayAn and Cary Dosher, who were traveling south along I-25 Wednesday adjacent to the standoff between police and the “Dougherty Gang,” a trio of siblings who were sought by the FBI for an alleged three-state crime spree. Kevin Wilson RayAn and Cary Dosher flipped on […]

Injured Clovis soldier recovering

Freedom New Mexico The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan on July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Our people: Clovis obstetrician Dr. Richard Layman and his family travel frequently

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Dr. Richard Layman has been practicing as an obstetrician in Clovis for 22 years. Dr. Richard Layman has been practicing as an obstetrician in Clovis for 22 years. He’s delivering babies for some of the same people he delivered. He took that as a hint. He’s decided it’s time to […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County resident Jo Hughes’ granddaughter Hannah Hughes competed in the 9- to 12-year-olds goat tying event Saturday in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Curry County Events Center. Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go […]

Commissioners vote to rezone golf course

Sharna Johnson In a 6-1 vote, Clovis Commissioners rezoned the Colonial Park Golf Course during a meeting Thursday night. The ordinance to rezone the area from a single family district zone to a mixed development zone came recommended by the city’s planning and zoning committee, which held a public hearing July 13. Planning and Zoning […]