Sandra Taylor-Sawyer announces candidacy

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer of Clovis has announced she intends to run for the open District 2 seat on the Clovis City Commission. Taylor-Sawyer, 50, is the director of the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College and is an independent associate for Legal Shield. “I have really been blessed by the community; there are a […]

Everybody’s Business: Difference between employees, contractors can mean hundreds of dollars

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? This is one question that does not get asked often, but should. The choice can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars to the business owner. And the answer is … it depends. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there are three categories that […]

Business digest — April 5

Banker honored by association Gordon Morris, CEO of American Heritage Bank, was recognized as the Ag Lender of the Year by the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico. Morris has been working in the banking industry for 29 years. He, along with other local investors, founded American Heritage Bank in 2000 to provide community […]

Startup baseball league’s solvency questioned

Kevin Wilson A startup independent baseball league hoping to tout Clovis as one of its host cities is facing allegations it’s not solvent. On the evening of Feb. 18, just hours after speaking with Freedom New Mexico, Southwestern States Baseball League Operations Director Brian Ramsey sent an e-mail to announce the formation of an online […]

Resigned members form independent committee

Sharna Johnson Though they resigned from serving on citizens’ committees created by Curry County, several former members say they remain vested in solving issues surrounding the jail and courthouse. Wayland Thomas, who resigned from the jail committee Jan. 15, said Tuesday he intends to continue studying the issues along with others who walked from the […]

Citizens Bank of Clovis celebrating anniversary

CNJ staff Citizens Bank of Clovis is celebrating its 70th anniversary as a member of the Independent Community Bankers of America. “Community banks such as the Citizens Bank of Clovis are passionately committed to serving their local customers and communities,” said Camden Fine, ICBA president and chief executive officer, in a press release. Citizens Bank […]

Board names Terry Myers superintendent

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Myers Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education named Terry Myers as the new superintendent Wednesday. The board announced their selection after a three-hour special session. Myers, superintendent for the Mount Pleasant (Texas) Independent School District, was offered a three-year contract with a base salary of $151,000. Wichita Falls (Texas) Independent School District […]

School board may name superintendent

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is meeting in special session 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to possibly name a new superintendent. The board plans to recess into executive session to discuss the position of superintendent. The agenda also states the board will reconvene from executive session and consider an offer of employment for […]

School board to call two candidates back for further interviews

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided Tuesday to call back two of the four candidates for superintendent for further interviews. Mount Pleasant Independent School District Superintendent Terry Myers and Wichita Falls Independent School District Assistant Superintendent Tim Powers will return for interviews Monday and Wednesday. Powers, 55, said he was impressed […]

Board to announce superintendent finalists Tuesday

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education finished two days of interviews Friday with the final four candidates for superintendent. President Mark Lansford said the board is going to reflect on the four interviews over the weekend. He said the board may narrow the candidates down to two finalists and make an […]

Superintendent candidates say they see Clovis as opportunity

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer They each have more than 30 years experience in education, and all four of the finalists for superintendent see Clovis as an opportunity. The candidates are Dalhart Independent School District Superintendent David Foote, Pampa Independent School District Superintendent Barry Haenisch, Mount Pleasant Independent School District Superintendent Terry Myers and […]

First person: Parks director sets youth activities as top priority

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Bizzell of Clovis is moving from education to parks and recreation after 38 years in schools. Bill Bizzell of Clovis is the new parks and recreation director in Clovis. Bizzell has lived in Clovis since 1972. Currently, he is the superintendent of Bovina Independent School District. Bizzell’s first official day […]

Business column: Taxes can be complicated for self-employed

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Who is an independent contractor? According to the Internal Revenue Service, they are people who have an independent trade, business or profession in which their services are offered to the public and they perform a job in which they determine how the task is accomplished is an independent contractor. Money […]

County officials decline comment on jail assessment

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A preliminary independent assessment of the Curry County Adult Detention Center is in but officials aren’t talking about what it says. County commissioners spent more than 2 1/2 hours in a closed, executive session with consultants on Wednesday, discussing the assessment of the jail, which was prompted by an […]

Despite U.S. economy, much left to celebrate

Freedom New Mexico There are far worse things than spending Independence Day at home because your household budget is not independent of skyrocketing gasoline prices. AAA’s annual holiday travel survey, released earlier this week, showed a small — slightly more than 1 percent — decrease in the number of people who will travel 50 miles […]

Film festival draws crowd

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cedrick Rael stood outside the Lyceum Theater Saturday and watched independent filmmakers and enthusiasts sharing ideas about movies. This is the best part of a film festival for him, said Rael, who founded the Fiery Film Festival six years ago. More than 100 people filed into the Lyceum Saturday […]

9-23 Weddings

Watley-Igo Janae Watley of Gruver, Texas, and Kyle Igo of Whiteface, Texas, were joined in marriage June 2, 2007, at Gruver United Methodist Church. The Rev. Clifton Igo, grandfather of the groom, performed the Christian ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Andy and Sheila Watley of Gruver. She is the granddaughter of Joy Van […]

Vigorous fight needed to match mounting power

By Freedom Newspapers The worst of it was that the murder was so blatant. Anna Politkovskaya, 48, a special correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has ruffled the feathers of Russian authorities for a decade, particularly with her unrelenting reporting of Russia’s “dirty war” in Chechnya. The government has been cracking down on independent journalism […]

Johnny L. Harding Sr

Johnny L. Harding Sr., 85, of Aztec and formerly of Clovis, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, in Aztec. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years and retired as a master sergeant. He also worked as an independent milkman. He and his wife, Willie May, delivered milk in Clovis and Portales for nearly […]

Independent prosecutor will review commissioner’s case

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Felony charges pending against Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales will be reviewed by an independent prosecutor to avoid any potential conflict of interest, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the District Attorney’s office. Perales was arrested Sunday and charged with false imprisonment for holding his wife and […]