Riordan, Daniel

Daniel Riordan Services: Have been held. Daniel Ray Riordan Sr., 83, of Clovis, died Monday, April 25, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 20, 1922, to Michael and Gertrude Riordan in Austin, Texas. Riordan married Effie I. Sawyer on April 3, 1948 in Kyle, Texas. He was transferred […]

Coffman, Kathryn

Kathryn Coffman Services: Have been held. Kathryn Coffman, 91, of Portales, died Wednesday April 13, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on August 4, 1913, in Red River County, Texas, to Nellie and George T. Hale. She married Leslie Worth Coffman on Nov. 29, 1936, in Portales. She grew up […]

Hendershot, Gena

Gena Hendershot Services: Have been held. Gena G. Hendershot 35, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died Saturday, March 5, 2005. She was born on May 13, 1969, in Clovis. She was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church and worked in the toy department at Walmart. Family members said she was an avid outdooorsman and loved life in […]

Thompson, Jimmy L.

Services: Have been held. Jimmy Lee Thompson, 59, of Portales, died Monday, March 14, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 8, 1945, in Artesia to Katie and Oscar O. Thompson. He married Barbara Jean Ensign in September 1997 in Marysville, Calif.  He grew up in Artesia and Roswell. While living […]

3/17 Education Digest

Head Start enrolling now The Eastern Plains Head Start Program is accepting application for enrollment in preschool and infant/toddler programs. Both programs are designed for low-income families and include educational instruction, health and dental care, family support and many other services. Information: 762-5585. Kiwanis Club to give scholarships The Clovis Noonday Kiwanis Club will award […]

Cunningham, Allen

Allen Cunningham Services: Have been held. Allen Ray Cunningham, 52, of Tatum, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at Nor Lea General Hospital in Lovington. He was born on July 16, 1952, in Farmington, to James and Rose Cunningham. He married Carla Reeves on April 9, 1976, in Portales. He was a member of Living Water […]

Bailey, Thelma S.

Thelma S. Bailey Services: Have been held. Mrs. Thelma S. Bailey, 88, of Clovis, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, in Logan. She was born on Dec. 13, 1915, in Atoka, Okla., to W.O. and Bessie Shelton. She was a past president of the American Business Women’s Association. She was a member of Central Baptist Church […]

School official stable after heart surgery

CNJ STAFF A Clovis schools assistant superintendent is in stable condition after suffering from a heart attack late Monday night, a school official said Tuesday afternoon. Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent of operations, was recovering from a successful quadruple-bypass surgery Tuesday afternoon at Lubbock Heart Hospital, said Jelayne Curtis, secretary to Superintendent Neil Nuttall. His vitals […]

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 […]

It’s a shame that ‘Catfish’ got away

Just off Thornton Street the other day I saw two boys, probably about 8 years old, sitting on an iron railing chattering and laughing . It got me to thinking about my old friend “Catfish.” Those two Clovis boys reminded me of a summer long ago and far away when things were simpler (key word […]

New classrooms at Clovis High

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Ross Sanchez, of Condeck of Albuquerque, smoothes out freshly poured concrete Thursday that will be a light-weight roof at Clovis High School. Condeck has been working on the roof for two weeks and will finish today. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School students will have 11 new […]

Candy company, families part of history

Don McAlavy Commercial candy making in Clovis began in 1926 when Kalie H. Saykally established the Saykally Candy Company at 512 Second St. Saykally was born in Beirut, Syria, in 1885. He came to America in 1893 and settled in Chicago. He came to Clovis in 1926 and married Hedrick Schoelz that same year. Their […]

Vannatta, Leslie “Les”

Leslie L. “Les” Vannatta, 70, of Clovis died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at his home. He was born on Nov. 11, 1933, in Oakwood, Texas, to Leslie Edward and Myrtle Johnson Vannatta. He married Carrie “Beth” Jones on Aug. 12, 1959, in Oakwood. He worked as a teacher and a high school football coach in […]

Area education halted by snow

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis school students received a day off Thursday, thanks to Mother Nature, but they’ll have to wait until this morning to learn if the weather vacation will continue. Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent for operations of the Clovis Municipal Schools, said the decision to close schools rests with Superintendent Neil Nuttall. Officials […]

School officials brace for snow

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Bottles of Driveway Heat ice melter line the shelf at the entrance of Triangle Ace Home Center as employee Sasha Guhrke, 16, works the register Wednesday at the store. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina When local school officials heard Wednesday afternoon that their students could face 3 inches of snow by […]

Schools ready to make use of bond money

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A computer screen at the Curry County Courthouse shows the unofficial results of the school bond election Tuesday night as Clovis School’s Superintendent Neil Nuttall, left, is congratulated on the passing of the bond issue. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth. Ryan Lengerich Let the renovations commence. The Clovis school bond has been passed and Assistant Superintendent […]

Fire drill proves pupils’ prowess

By Darrell Todd Maurina As the fire alarms blared at La Casita Elementary, the teachers followed the practices they’d been taught in numerous fire drills over the previous months and years. In classroom after classroom, teachers directed their students to remain calm and exit the room in an orderly manner. The teachers did a head […]

Clovis schools receive $200,000

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis Municipal School Board members learned Tuesday evening the district has received nearly $200,000 in funds from a special library bond issue and $6,168 in three different grants to support smaller projects. According to a budget adjustment request, the district will spend $160,000 for textbooks, $10,000 for software, and $26,177 for […]

Renovations planned for Clovis schools

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Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent for operations at Clovis Municipal Schools, points out renovations in a Bella Vista classroom Tuesday during a tour of the city’s schools. CNJ photo: Sue Gilmore By Sue Gilmore There are some pretty old schools in Clovis. But, like wine, they keep getting better with age thanks to a decision by […]

Sears, Leslie

Leslie Sears Services: Have been held. Ms. Leslie Carla Sears, 52, of Farwell, a business co-owner, died Monday, July 7, 2003, at Muleshoe Area Medical Center. She was born Sept. 28, 1950, in Clovis, to Lester C. and Dovie Sears. She spent most of her life in the Clovis area and moved to Farwell five […]