Business Digest: Tractor Supply store opening

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Tractor Supply Co. store in Clovis will open for business at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Store Manager Dee Don Bates said in a news release. The Clovis store is at 1282 State Road 209 and has 19,097 square feet, including the sales floor and support service space. A fenced […]

Life would be better on Planet Kevin

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A few years ago, I did a few pieces on how different a planet could be if I controlled the rules — a planet Kevin, based on the “Planet Charlie” standup routine of Charlie Viracola. Consider these rules of Planet Kevin, with explanations. More to come in the next […]

Business Digest: Agriculture disaster help available

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Agriculture producers who suffered losses caused by natural disasters from 2005 to 2007 are reminded to sign up for the new ad hoc disaster programs. Applications are being accepted for the Livestock Compensation Program, Livestock Indemnity Program and Crop Disaster Program. For information on disaster assistance and to schedule […]

Shh… I’m turning on the guy volume

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist A few years ago, lunch with a friend became a turning point. The person serving me and Jennifer was a tip-flirter. That’s somebody who’s really, really, unbelievably nice to customers in hopes for a tip, particularly when the opposite sex is involved. I knew this was a tip-flirter, but I […]

Van fire

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Courtesy photo: Melanie Gutierrez A van caught fire at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday at 2318 W. Grand Ave. when the son of the vehicle owner attempted to use a torch to cut the vehicle in half, according to daughter-in-law, Melanie Gutierrez. Ruben Acuna was attempting to remove the disabled vehicle by cutting it in half, […]

Movie buffs in need of new challenge

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Whenever a game night arrives, I look through the closet and wonder what I should bring. Monopoly? Simpsons trivia? Then I see the game that time forgot: The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. It’s based on the six degrees of separation theory. If you know 100 people, and they know […]

Reid, Aggies sitting sixth in WAC tourney

CNJ staff RENO, Nev. — Clovis High grad Travis Reid has shot even-par 72 each of the first two days in the Western Athletic Golf tournament, helping the Aggies to sixth place with today’s final round remaining. Teammate Kevin Lozares has also shot 72 on each of the first two days, leaving the Aggies pair […]

Don’t call it a purse; call it convenient

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I saw my friend Shannon, who’s a girl. It’s a bad song, but it’s a true story. We went out to bowl, we went out for walks, we went out to see her friends. All throughout, we took photos and […]

Opinion: Gifts great, small all make difference

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was renting a movie a few weeks ago, and the clerk asked me, “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Muscular Dystrophy Association?” That evening, I agreed and the clerk told me to write my name on the card “so people will know what a sweetheart […]

Low budget doesn’t hold back ‘Believe’

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The Lady Cyclones basketball team progresses under the tutelage of a new coach in “Believe in Me.” (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When I got an invite to an early-morning “Believe in Me” screening, I envisioned a consequence-free movie review. If I say it’s great, I give extra motivation to an eastern […]

Pretend presidential run must be fun

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I’m in a fortunate position where I can expend 500 to 600 words reflecting on whatever I want. Sometimes, a thought of mine simply isn’t enough to fill that word amount. So here’s a bunch of thoughts worth sharing but not worth their own column: • If somebody lures […]

The winners are…

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Kevin Wilson, left, and Greg Price agonize to make their Oscar picks. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) Oscar night always promises at least one awkward speech, one winner you expected, and many you didn’t. The days before promise piles of Oscar picks columns from people who spend careers watching movies. Kevin Wilson and Greg Price […]

Grand disappearing act stuns classmate

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The question is simple: Would you rather be rich or famous? The answer is also simple: I’d rather be rich, because you can be famous for the wrong reasons. Now I have proof, because I grew up with somebody who’s now famous … and I’m not sure if it’s […]

Pastor Profile: Kevin Ray

Name: Kevin Ray Age: 42 Church: Salvation Army Background: My employment background includes assembling bikes at a department store; mailroom work; managing an ice cream, popcorn and frozen yogurt shop, and I was a bank teller for three years. Hometown: Omaha, Neb. Your Family: My sister is the oldest, an older brother, a twin brother, […]

All’s fair when fighting anonymity

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Anonymity’s a conditional thing, I’ve come to find. When I’m running errands and nobody tells how good my columns, photos and news stories aren’t, anonymity’s a good thing. On the flip side, anonymity is a bad thing when it comes from my best friend’s parents. What follows is a […]

All I want for Christmas is an explanation

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s that time of year that has become an annual source of frustration foremost of my relatives. Since I have the ability to buy things I need and want, and my family’s too far away to know firsthand of my possessions, I’m one of the hardest people in the […]

Customer service, meet Mean Kevin

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I could write a whole column on the times people have ended a conversation by telling me, “You’re mean.” But I will prove I’m too nice. A few weeks ago, I got a call on my cell phone with the ID identified as “private.” I answered, asked who it […]

Politicians beware: America is watching

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Sometimes I have a suspicion I’m being watched by somebody, and that elaborate plans are made with me in mind. Of course, it’s probably unfounded. When I drove to the office all of last month and saw that an adjacent restaurant had “Very Vanilla” as its frozen yogurt of […]

Small talk leads to major annoyance

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I […]

Variety complicates basic breakfast

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I have many beliefs. Some are strong beliefs, like a man is innocent until proven guilty. Others I’m not so adamant about, like daylight-saving time being an elaborate prank by our government. (“Well, senator, I’ve got $20 that says I can make Americans change their alarm clocks because I’ll […]