Mother fondly remembers son

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Evans said she plans to keep a promise her son made to his wife when they were married. “We have to try to keep that smile on her face. He promised her he would keep her smiling,” she said. Capt. Kermit O. Evans, 31, a Cannon airman serving […]

“Kirby man” keeps going

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CNJ Staff Photo: Kevin WilsonLawrence Riggins shows his “100 Percent Kirby Club” pin received during 50 years working with the company. He received the pin for 16 sales of the vacuum cleaner and a stone for each additional 16 sales. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Lawrence Riggins once sold a vacuum cleaner for a […]

Happiness comes when we learn to trust in God

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist What are the ingredients for a happy life? How do we find happiness? With the Galilean countryside stretching out below him and the Sea of Galilee in the distance, Jesus, in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount,” talked to his listeners about the Kingdom of God and […]

If happiness is a choice, so is unhappiness

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist A great way to virtually guarantee that you’ll never be happy is to ask yourself regularly and with poignancy, “Am I happy?” Happy people are so focused outside themselves on the good, beautiful, inspiring, winsome, positive and fun people and endeavors of life that dissecting their own happiness just seems […]

Don’t hold grudges, hold aggravations

By Bob Huber: local columnist Some folks carry grudges all their lives. They don’t leave home without them. They’re just not happy unless they’re blasting governments, churches, school boards or college football teams. They’re even against actors, neighbors, newspapers, television, lawyers and relatives. But the weirdest resentment I ever saw belonged to my wife, Marilyn, […]

State mottos: Get ‘em while they’re relevant

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist Every state has an antiquated motto, usually a timely little statement such as “Don’t Tread on Me.” But no one understands them except local historians, and you know how they are. So as a public service we here at the Institute for Better Slogans are fostering more up-to-date expressions such […]

More and bigger don’t necessarily equal happiness

“Happiness is worth a lot to me,” a good friend, colleague, and mentor once told his boss as he made a decision that would lead to his leaving the company. “Well, so what? Isn’t happiness worth a lot to everybody?” his boss replied. “No,” my friend replied truthfully and I think with unusual wisdom, “it […]

Home show makes comeback

Keith Moore, left, of Clovis participates in a speed drill contest at the 2006 Home and Garden Show on Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a three-year layoff, the Home and Garden show returned to Clovis. The 2006 show was in a new facility […]

STUDENT PROFILE: Jennifer Rich

Jennifer Rich is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Janet and Rory Rich. What did you think about Sept. 11? I woke up that day to the sound of my father’s voice. I got up and went to see what all the fuss was about. Then I saw it: The […]

Lady Cats settle for split on road

CNJ staff ROSWELL — A doubleheader spilt Tuesday at Roswell High left Clovis softball coach Brandi Thomas wanting more. “I’m not happy with the split,” she said. “We came away with some positives, but you’re never happy with a split.” Clovis won the opener 6-3 in eight innings. Roswell rebounded in the second game, beating […]

One of god’s best gifts is talent for happiness

By Curtis K. Shelburne In C. S. Lewis’ account of his early life, “Surprised by Joy,” he begins by writing about the two family strains that had come together to give him life. On his father’s side, Lewis descended from Welshmen: “Sentimental, passionate, and rhetorical, easily moved both to anger and to tenderness; men who […]

12/25 Letters to the editor

War on ‘Christmas’ sign of decline At this Christmas season in America, it has become evident there is a diabolical plot to destroy the Judaic-Christian foundation of the greatest nation on God’s green Earth by attacking the word “Christmas.” The First Amendment to the Constitution has been blatantly misinterpreted by the liberal minds of judges […]

Christmas greeting debate nonsense

By Ned Cantwell Hand me that AK-47. I am about to join the Culture War. There is the notion that somehow the entire Christmas season has become an orchestrated movement by Christians to impose their faith on non-believers or followers of other sects. Therefore, goes the argument, a Nativity scene on a courthouse lawn is […]

Battle over Christmas greeting absurd

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Let me begin by speaking the forbidden words. Merry Christmas. There, I said it. So did the sky crack? Did the oceans turn to blood? Is a horde of angry Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists storming the gates, demanding a retraction? Or does the world look much the same as it […]

Lady Blue wins rematch with Happy

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Farwell’s Brooke Lundsford releases a shot over a Happy defender during the first half of Friday’s semi-final game of the Farwell Invitational Basketball Tournament. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer In their second meeting of the season, Happy and Farwell had a complete reversal of fortune. In the first matchup, […]

FARWELL INVITATIONAL NOTES: Melrose notches first win against Happy

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Texico’s Andrew Schaap releases a shot over a Friona defender during the first half of their game Thursday in the Farwell Invitational Basketball Tournament in Farwell. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer FARWELL — After three losses to start the season, the Melrose boys came out with a big first […]

CHS’ Hilburn signs with Texas State

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Aimee Hilburn signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. (CNJ file photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With her college plans set, Clovis High senior Aimee Hilburn can now spend the 2005-06 basketball season focusing on helping the Lady Wildcats repeat their […]

Many people owe their success to loving mothers

Freedom Newspapers Mothering babies might not seem what it used to be. We seem to see growing instances of mothers who abuse or abandon their children, whether leaving them alone at home or in hot car seats. We still hear news about spectacular cases such as that of a Texas woman, who with her common-law […]

happy birthday amos

Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist happy birthday amos boss having a birthday isn t so bad – if only you didn t have to age any you ask me how old i am but i think i ll adopt the same policy that the giant redwoods of california fame have – never reveal your age until […]

United Way raises 97 percent of campaign goal

CNJ staff reports For the second straight year, the Curry County United Way’s pledge drive surpassed the previous year’s drive. And for the second straight year, the campaign fell short of its campaign goal. The campaign’s final tally was $381,079, or 97 percent of the $392,500 goal and 6.75 percent above last year’s total. But […]