Education column: Borrowed grandparents boon to school

La Casita recently held a special birthday breakfast celebration. Juanita Chavez, “foster grandmother” turned 80 years old last week, and Principal Sylvia Martinez, along with all the staff at La Casita, decided it was definitely worth making a fuss about. Juanita, whose six children reside in diverse locations — from Texas, Washington, California, Connecticut, to […]

Volunteer program hosting banquet

CNJ staff The Curry County Senior Volunteer program is hosting a banquet to honor volunteers 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at The Bistro, 4101 N. Prince St. The banquet honors senior volunteers for participation in such programs as the food basket, foster grandparents and pink ladies at Plains Regional Medical Center. Information: 763-6009.

Births — Oct. 16

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Spencer Kendal Matthew Spencer was born Sept. 30, 2011, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis to Chris and Trish Spencer of Clovis. He weighed, 8 pounds 11 ounces. He has one brother, Tristan, 6. Grandparents are Bob and Peggy Spencer of McDonough, N.Y., and Johnnie Santos of Tucumcari. Great-grandparent is Joyce Gates of McDonough, […]

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Spriggs Keenen James Spriggs was born Sept. 16, 2011, at University Medical Center in Lubbock to Philip and Jeanette Spriggs of Clovis. [image#1, align=left, size=medium] He weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces. Grandparents are Bryan and Louise Kos of Melrose; Kim Pruit of Las Cruces and Debbie Spriggs of Clovis. Great-grandparents: Rosemary Smithhesler of Clovis; Florine […]

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Woods DeAngelo Clark Woods was born Aug. 4, 2011, at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood to Bernie and Stephanie Woods Fort Hood, Texas. He weighed 10 pounds. He has one brother, Dominic, 3, and two sisters, Shaquira, 15, and Liyah, 7. Grandparents are Michael and Lilly Chrisman of San Antonio, Ed […]

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Laccur [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Ilario Laccur of Clovis celebrated his first birthday Aug. 17. The celebration was hosted by his mom Naomi Garcia, sister Lynnea Olivas, grandpa Joe Bullet, step-grandma Debbie Garcia, grandma Vickey Garcia and great-grandparents Jake and Trini Garcia. Ilario was born Aug. 17, 2010, in Clovis.

Births — July 31

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Daniels Brooklyn Michelle Ann Daniels was born July 12, 2011, to Sedrick Daniels and Naomi Perales of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. She has four brothers, Saidreck, 7, Malik, 6, Maki, 4, and Jayden, 3. Grandparents are Benny Jones and Ruth Daniels of Clovis and Michelle […]

Mother’s Day honors maternity

Long before Hallmark came along and invented such obvious commercial ploys as Sweetest Day or Grandparents Day, there was Mother’s Day. For those of us with mothers who are geographically distant, this can present a dilemma, though one which is easily resolved, with a little forethought. Quasi religious in its nature, since it was first […]

Births — Dec. 19

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Denton Kayleigh Grace Denton was born Oct. 23, 2010, to Eric Denton of Clovis and Michelle Naughton of Dublin, Ireland, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Grandparents are Jill and Jace Denton of Clovis and Mary and Peter Naughton of Dublin, Ireland. Great-grandparents are Jerry and Maroy Bell […]

Birthdays — Dec. 12

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Romero [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Ryder Romero of Clovis celebrated his 1st birthday Dec. 10, 2010. His parents are Brandi Bonney and Ronnie Romero. His grandparents are Ronnie Sr. and Andrea Bonney and Richard Romero and Peggy Trujillo and the late Debra Romero. Great-grandparents are Alex and Linda Bonney and Nap and the late Irene […]

Birthdays — Nov. 28

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Reeves [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Aydyn Cash Reeves celebrated his 1st birthday Nov. 23. His parents are Cameron and Kelsey Reeves of Clovis and his grandparents are Johnny and Janet Reeves and Lori Day of Clovis.

Seniors lend helping hand at schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Foster Grandparent Magdalena Gallegos works with students Wednesday in her assigned first grade class at La Casita Elementary School. Liliana Castillo Seniors Juanita Chavez and Magdalena Gallegos are called grandma by more than their biological grandchildren. They are two of the 14 seniors who participate in Curry County’s Foster Grandparent […]

Births — Sept. 19

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Tatum Everett Rivers Tatum was born Sept. 13, 2010, to Drew and Christina Tatum of Clovis, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces. He has one sister, Gracie Tatum. Grandparents are Edwin and Susan Tatum of Clovis; and William and Sung Yon Nielsen of Safety Harbor, Fla. Great-grandparents are Marion Steinmeyer […]

Birth — Sept. 5

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Ramirez Ramirez [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Simon Augustin Ramirez was born Aug. 8, 2010, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis to Margarita Armenta and Leandro Ramirez of Portales. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Grandparents are Felix and Margarita Armenta and Apolinar Ramirez.

Births — Aug. 29

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Ramirez Madelyn Grace Ramirez was born Aug. 17, 2010, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis to Danny and Lindsey Ramirez of Charlottesville, Va. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Grandparents are Keith and Peggy Ingram of Clovis and Dan and Maggie Ramirez of Muleshoe. Great-grandparents are June Ingram of Clovis, Cruz and Ignacia Ramirez […]

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Thompson Darren David Thompson was born July 28, 2010, to Tyla Thompson and Frank Flood, of Portales, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Grandparents are Denise Thompson of Portales; Shalon Thompson and Daniel and Diana Flood, of Marble Falls, Texas. Great-grandparents are Keith and Anita Carmichael of Portales.

Birth — July 18

Lauren Daugherty Lauren Diane Daugherty was born April 7, 2010 to Payton and Heather Daugherty of Humble, Texas at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble, Texas. She weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces. Grandparents are Tammie and Dwayne Wilkerson of Portales; and Jim and Cathy Daugherty of Elida. Great-grandparents are Joann Hall of Roswell, Rose Norman […]

Influence should be cherished, used to nurture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I am ready for some rain now. I would like to hear that thunder, see that lightening am ready for spring. Yet, thunderstorms bring me back to thoughts of tornado country in the rural area in Arkansas where my grandparents lived. When I was a child, I delighted in the […]

10-4 Births

Fails Byron Mitchell Fails was born Sept. 20. 2009, to Jonathan Fails and Christine Kious of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces. Grandparents are Richard and Jolene Fails of Clovis; and Brian and Jessica Kious of Albuquerque. Great-great grandparents are Alvin Fails of Clovis; Burton and Marie […]

May 3 Birth Announcements

Abel Paxton Robert Abel was born April 6, 2009, to Jeremy Abel of Everett, Wash., and Steffanie Michaels of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces. Grandparents are Mark Abel of Clovis, Gary Swinford of Clovis, Ted and Linda Pietrzak of Las Vegas, Nev., and Robert and Florene […]