Christmas spirit lies in Jesus, not holiday trappings

Christmas is just three weeks away. Even though Christmas is a time of lofty hopes and expectations, some years I haven’t had much Christmas spirit. I think it has to do with really seeing the meaning of Christmas during all our activities. Let me explain. The song, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” is an old spiritual […]

Holiday haunts boonies

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Let’s take a look at Sasquatch in New Mexico, because October is Halloween Month. And that’s just the tip of the frightberg. Ghostly sounds can be heard, such as owls hooting, bones rattling, trees swaying and slurping water like vampires. To make matters worse, whenever Halloween rears it monstrous head, up […]

MP3s won’t be death of music industry

By Kevin Wilson: Guest Columnist And so the conversation went on my phone one evening, as I spoke with a friend I hadn’t talked to for about two months. “So,” she queried, “do you have a girlfriend right now?” I answered, “No, I have something better.” “Fiancee?” she blurted out, with a combination of happiness […]

Don’t live by society’s expectations

By Leonard Pitts An open letter to African-American kids: The other day, I used a big word in this column. The word was brobdingnagian; it’s from a book called “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift, a fantasy about a man whose adventures take him to a number of strange lands. One of those lands was Brobdingnag, […]

Tsunami hits close to home

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Arjune Mirchandani and girlfriend Kimberly McRae, seen here in this 2003 photo, were visiting Southern Sri Lanka when they survived a tsunami that leveled the country’s coast. (Courtesy photo) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis doctor Rajan Mirchandini spoke to his son on Christmas eve. Arjune was vacationing near the southern tip of Sri […]

Supreme Court should have an interesting year

Freedom Newspapers Some observers say the term of the U.S. Supreme Court that began Monday will be more nuts-and-bolts housekeeping than an occasion for landmark jurisprudence. But when housekeeping touches issues such as the relative power and scope of the national government compared to state governments, federal sentencing guidelines and the permissible scope of eminent […]

Have you heard the rumors?

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Every day it’s something different: Cannon Air Force Base is expanding. Cannon Air Force Base is closing. Dillard’s is closing. A high-ranking school official has his eyes set on a job at city hall. So goes the gossip that infiltrates coffee shops, beauty salons and government buildings in area […]

Historic land site gets new name

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Members of the 9th and 10th Cavalry of the Buffalo Soldiers present the flags at the beginning of Saturday morning’s ceremony at Buffalo Soldier Hill. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers LINGO — It took Oscar Robinson 14 years to get to mile marker 46 on Texas Highway 114. It took him just […]

It’s Good To Be Under God’s Blanket

By Curtis K. Shelburne Because I just had a new book come out (the first in a series entitled Wing Whispers), and because the powers that be at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., happen to like my publisher, my wife and I got to go to the Pepperdine Bible Lectures a week or two ago […]

Heard, Charlton

Charlton Heard Services: Have been held. Charlton Heard, 61, of Littlefield, Texas, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, in Charleston, S.C. He was born on Oct. 25, 1942, in Muleshoe to William Carl and Mattie Vaughn Heard. He was employed for the past 13 years as a ginner for the Amherst Cooperative Gin. Survivors include a […]