April 28, 1952

Ada Ingle, a sophomore from Clovis, was the new president of Sigma Beta Chi social sorority at Eastern New Mexico University. She had also been named “friendship girl” of the sorority. … Area businesses were offering prizes – from steak dinners to a car wash and lubrication – to Clovis Pioneers baseball players for good […]

Ellison Green remembers growing up in Hillcrest Park

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist One of the nicest guys in Clovis is Ellison Green, who after all these years wrote about his growing up in a home in Hillcrest Park. Here is his story he told to me. I wish you could have known the people and the times when I was young. My […]

In God’s eyes, there is no ‘in’ crowd

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Recently I viewed a documentary entitled “The ‘In’ Crowd and Social Cruelty.” The report addressed the problem of bullying and American children. For some reason, kids seem to dish out abuse to those less accepted. Many adults today were the target of bullying behavior at one time or another during […]

FBI: Girl held in local home

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Graham Staff and wire reports The man who kidnapped a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl last month is believed to have held her overnight at a Clovis residence before releasing her at a city convenience store, authorities said Tuesday. Marissa Graham of Texhoma, Okla., was recovered safely Jan. 19, but her abductor remains at large. The FBI […]

Family relieved to have child safe

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After the rescue of Marissa Graham Friday, (L-R) Sam Raynor (fiance of Graham’s mother), Angela Graham (mother), Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, Chris Graham (father) and Jessica Hoffman (father’s fiancee) met with media. (CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Though visibly exhausted, the parents of a missing 10-year-old girl recovered Friday […]

Abducted girl rescued in Clovis

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A 911 call from an abducted girl was made from the Allsup’s convenience store on Mabry Drive. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor. Marissa Marie Graham was able […]

Abduction press conference notes

CNJ staff Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair on the safe recovery Friday of 10-year-old Marissa Graham, abducted from Texhoma, Okla., Thursday night: The recovery: We received the 911 call from a local convenience store that a little girl was there that had been kidnapped out of Oklahoma. We had received earlier or last night an […]

Abducted girl recovered in Clovis

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Police say 10-year-old Marissa Marie Graham called 911 from the Allsup’s on Mabry Drive in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A missing 10-year-old Texhoma, Okla., girl was found safe Friday afternoon in Clovis, according to authorities who were still seeking her abductor. Marissa Marie Graham was able to […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. Dec. 7 an officer received a call from a parent of a high school student claiming her daughter had been assaulted during gym class. The officer spoke with the girl, who said another female student had pulled her pants […]

Self-projected racism perpetuates cycle

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “Can you show me the doll that looks bad?” The two baby dolls are identical except that one has pale skin, the other is dark. The little black girl, maybe 5 years old, has been holding up the pale doll, but in response to the question, she puts it down […]

Portales accident victim remembered for helping others

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a dull […]

July 21, 2006 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 3 p.m. July 13, an officer called to the area of Seventh and Rencher streets found a girl wearing oversized shoes and a dress who knew her name but could not identify her house or parents. She told the officer her […]

Stepmother charged in child abuse case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A stepmother was indicted and charged with child abuse in the case of a 15-year-old girl allegedly chained and abused for hours by her father in the garage of their Clovis home, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Evidence that Christine Storseth, 45, […]

You’re old! Now the bad news…

Bob Huber : Local Columnist Here at the Foundation for Doing Away with Old Age, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you get perks in your golden years that make you giggle with delight. The bad news is the perks seldom make up for the price you have to pay. […]

New Jersey 13-year-old wins national spelling bee, first girl since 1999

By Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee rattled off “ursprache” to claim the title of America’s best speller Thursday on prime-time television. Katharine Close, an eighth-grader at the H.W. Mountz School in Spring Lake, N.J., is the first […]

4/18 Local roundup

Two Clovis girls struck by truck A 14-year-old girl was in serious condition and a 13-year-old girl in stable condition Monday following an accident that occurred about 8 p.m. Friday. Clovis police reported the girls were struck by a pickup truck while crossing Prince Street near Llano Estacado Boulevard with a group of juveniles. Both […]

Clovis mother, child die in accident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week away from her 23rd birthday, Jennifer Olivares was excited about her approaching marriage and hoping to have another child — this one a girl. Olivares and her oldest son, Alejandro “A.J” Lomas Jr., 4, were killed about 8:30 p.m. (CDT) Monday just outside of Muleshoe when the […]

Police blotter: Feb. 23

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2:30 a.m. Feb.15, police responded to the 2600 block of Seventh Street in reference to an armed robbery. Police arrived at the business after a silent alarm was set off by the store’s clerk. The clerk told police the unidentified suspect […]

Valentine traditions fading

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Speaking of February, I’m reminded of that old Valentine that says, “Never fall in love with a girl from behind,” which doesn’t say much for clever love messages or the absolute truth that a girl in hand is worth two in the bush. But it does say something about how […]

Pregnancy invites unsolicited input

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff My grandmother taught me many simple rules, which have served me well in life: * Keep your hands and feet to yourself; * If you can’t say something nice then don’t say anything at all; * Treat others the way you want to be treated. What is it about a pregnant […]