Two-step too much for East Coast boy

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Lee Roy Parnell was in concert at the Clovis Civic Center for Dairy Fest two weeks ago. Lee Roy plays Texas boogie music and is one of my favorite guitarists. I had to go. Lee Roy and his band were jamming away when a young guy and his partner decided […]

First temporary courthouse in Clovis caught fire 1910

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Not many people today know that the old yellow brick courthouse built in 1911 in the middle of the courthouse block is not the first courthouse in Clovis. The first courthouse was in the tallest building in Clovis, built in 1909, at 118 West Grand Ave. It was on the north […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Base donates furniture to center

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer MATT 25 HOPE CENTER Executive Director Steve Reshetar likened a recent donation to throwing a stone into a pond. The donation created a ripple effect. The ripple began when Reshetar received a phone call from Cannon Air Force Base personnel. Reshetar said furniture from 70 dorm rooms — including […]

College update: Point guard finds her voice

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer New Mexico Highlands point guard Chelo McElrath has always had a quiet, introverted demeanor. After two years at Clarendon Junior College in Clarendon, Texas, the 2003 Clovis High graduate went to Highlands and walked on at the Division II school in Las Vegas. It was at Highlands where McElrath […]

County picks construction manager

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer DAVTEK Corp. of Clovis was chosen Wednesday to serve as construction managers for the county’s Special Events Center. As construction managers, DAVTEK will be responsible for keeping the $6.8 million county project within budget, monitoring progress, maintaining safety regulations, managing subcontractor bids, and permitting and licensing of the project, […]

Being military spouse never dull

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Ordinary days in the life of military spouses are anything but ordinary. We are used to last-minute cancellations, constant change of plans and unexpected emergencies. A few weeks ago, I dealt with such an emergency. My husband is a typical “military guy.” He claims to never get sick, meaning he […]

Judge not frogs nor people lest ye be judged

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist During this past rainy week, I have seen many more frogs around our house and on the streets. Seeing all these frogs reminded me of the strange encounter I had with a frog. One day several years ago I was getting ready for company and changing the sheets in the […]

Grady embraces heritage

By Marlena Hart: CNJ staff writer Schedule • What: Grady Centennial Celebration • Where: Grady Park, 410 E. Franklin St. • When: 3 p.m. Saturday • The centennial celebration will include games, prizes, food and dancing. The woman who mops the floor with a tattered rag embodies the fierce independence that also colors her town. […]

Backfiring pranks part of April

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Today’s topic is April Fools’ Day Hangovers and how to live through them. When I was a kid, the second day of April was a time of thanksgiving, a moment when youngsters across the land turned their eyes skyward and gave tearful thanks for surviving another year of April Fools’ […]