April 12, 1967

Gov. David Cargo had named five Clovis residents to his “Committee of 100” to foster economic growth: Gerald F. Dorough, Dr. I.D. Johnson, Duffy Sasser, J.R. Spencer and Charles Fischer. … The Clovis News-Journal cost a dime. … Shorty Purselley was enjoying his first week of retirement from the Clovis Police Department after 17 years […]

April 8, 1987

Business owners along South Prince were concerned about plans to build a railroad overpass to Brady Avenue. Officials said vehicles could be rerouted up to two years during construction Increased traffic and frequent flooding at the underpass were among reasons for the proposed change. … Chester and Edna Fitz praised Clovis firefighters in a letter […]

April 6, 1912

Clovis’ public schools were crowded, with up to 100 students in some rooms. Conditions were “making the air breathed very bad and in fact causing a condition of affairs that is nothing short of criminal,” The Clovis Journal reported. … Whitcomb Weaver Candy Co. at 117 E. Grand promised “something new and fresh every day.” […]

April 2, 1961

“Clovisites join mankind across the world today in paying homage to the risen Christ, recalling the supreme sacrifice the Son of God paid on the cross at Calvary 2,000 years ago for the redemption of humanity,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. … Barnes Cleaners at 1500 Thornton announced coin-operated dry cleaning was available. Four blankets could […]

March 27, 1927

The Clovis Journal reported four trains bearing more than 4,000 marines were expected to pass through the city on their way west and ultimately to China. The newspaper did not report the exact time of the trains’ arrivals. … The Clovis Journal offered this commentary atop its front page: “The fate of the cotton farmer […]

March 20, 1966

Frances Liles reported the purse stolen from her several days earlier had been found in the alley behind Sutton’s Bakery, 515 Main. Thieves took $15, but failed to find a $20 bill she had “secreted away” in a photo compartment of her billfold, she said. … Phil Crystal, Curry County’s extension agent, was writing a […]

March 20, 1966

Frances Liles reported the purse stolen from her several days earlier had been found in the alley behind Sutton’s Bakery, 515 Main. Thieves took $15, but failed to find a $20 bill she had “secreted away” in a photo compartment of her billfold, she said. … Phil Crystal, Curry County’s extension agent, was writing a […]

March 12, 1924

Police were giving up on catching the thieves who took more than $1,500 worth of merchandise from J.C. Penney earlier in the month. The suspects, “two men and two girls,” were believed to have escaped to Mexico, The Clovis Journal reported. … A 2 1/2-year-old boy was recovering after Clovis doctors removed a bronze badge […]

Jan. 13, 1948

KICA Radio was promoting a comedy performance by George Burns and Bing Crosby. “When this buzz saw baritone tries to outsing Bing, you’re in for the laugh of your life,” the station’s newspaper ad read. … The Clovis News-Journal reported 1,010 births were reported in Curry County in 1947, up from 906 in 1946. Deaths […]

Christmas closings

CNJ Staff The following places are closed for Christmas: • The U.S. Postal Service will be closed Monday. • All banks will be closed Monday. • Clovis City Hall will be closed Monday and Tuesday. That applies to all city offices, including the Department of Building Safety and Clovis Animal Shelter. • The Curry County […]

Project provides presents for needy

By CNJ STAFF With Christmas a month away, shoppers are busy searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. However, some parents are simply wondering how they will afford gifts at all. The Empty Stocking Fund, a Salvation Army Christmas and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico project, is once again under way. According to Capt. […]

Bailey County farmer found dead

CNJ staff The Bailey County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the homicide of a 25-year-old farmer in a small community about 75 miles northwest of Lubbock, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Jonathan Kindle was found dead in his Maple home at about 5:10 a.m. Thursday after someone found his body and called 911, Bailey County Sheriff […]

Officials confident in Curry County primary results

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The results of Tuesday’s Curry County primary were not certified in a special meeting of the county commission Friday, yet county officials remain confident in the election results, according to officials. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman recommended the county commission not certify the results. “I don’t think any races […]

NIE honors Clovis special ed teacher

CNJ staff A stack of newspapers greets Tonnette Carpenter and her students twice a week. Horoscopes, comics, and sports immediately grab the attention of the students. But Carpenter directs her pupils to local and national articles, using words printed on the page as a learning tool. “The more one reads, the better reading skills become,” […]

CNJ takes five first-place awards at Associated Press banquet

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal took home five first-place and 16 total awards Saturday at the 2005 New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors award banquet. The CNJ staff earned first place for its continuing coverage of the Base Realignment and Closure process involving Cannon Air Force Base, while staff writer […]

CNJ earns top Panhandle Press Association honors

CNJ staff The Clovis News Journal picked up 14 awards on Saturday, including the two top prizes, in the Texas Panhandle Press Association’s 2005 Better Newspaper Contest. CNJ staffers were honored with PPA’s General Excellence award for the fourth time in five years. The organization also presented its Community Service award to the CNJ for […]

Terrorist prisons violate American code of fairness

Freedom Newspapers Even if it is the troubled United Nations Human Rights Commission making the request, it is time to consider closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. At the very least all the prisoners held there should be charged and given a fair trial or released. As the prison is operated […]

Richard Sullinger

Sharna Johnson Designated as the flagship for the convoy entering Tokyo Bay, the USS San Diego… Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Richard Sullinger Date of birth: Dec. 27,1923 Dates […]

Letters 7/3

Ex-publisher’s conviction not newsworthy now I was disgusted by Wednesday’s article (“Former CNJ publisher dies at 75”) regarding the death of former Clovis News Journal Publisher Jim Griffin. He was convicted of a crime and served his time; I do not understand how that could be considered newsworthy now. I don’t recall any other residents […]

Clovis wins top honors for fourth straight year

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal won best of show in the smaller-paper circulation division for the fourth straight year Saturday in the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors annual contest. The CNJ earned first-place honors in continuing coverage, investigative reporting, columns, sports writing, graphics/illustrations, spot news photo, photo essay and tied […]