God walks with us all along life’s journey

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist I just saw something I thought I’d never see — but this week I’ve already seen a wad of things in that category.   I’m presently in the air over northern Africa. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a light flash on outside the window. The [...]

Jesus provides light in darkness

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Kansas and parts of Oklahoma and Texas have been in the news lately because of the heavy rains. We had an experience in Kansas years ago when the rain was heavy and the tornadoes were threatening. But just to note how long ago that was, it was before emergency lighting [...]

Resident: ‘I’ve never seen hail like this’

Freedom Newspapers Thunder, lighting and a feisty spell of hail hit the Tucumcari area between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Fluctuations in power flickered lights. Tucumcari Police officers directed traffic at Highway 54 and Route 66 because the signal lights were out. Hail was about three to four inches deep in that area. [...]

Day Trip: Brighten holidays with trip to River of Lights, Luminaria Tour

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Thousands of illuminated luminarias, hand-filled sandbags with lighted candles, will line the streets of Albuquerque during the annual Luminaria Tour on Dec. 24. (Courtesy photo) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers For a dose of well-lit Christmas spirit, take a drive to Albuquerque for the city’s annual River of Lights or Luminaria Tour. Get tickets for [...]

Hundreds brave cold to attend annual Christmas parade

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A group of elves dances for the judges Saturday in front of the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tradition trumped biting cold Saturday evening. Hundreds of people — shivering even beneath hats, layers of clothes, and blankets — lined Main Street for the annual Christmas Lights Parade [...]

Tree lighting, parade set for tonight

CNJ Staff Seventy small dancers clad in green and red elf costumes will perform on Main Street tonight in downtown Clovis. The performance will kick off the city’s 2006 Christmas Lights Parade. A tree lighting is also scheduled for 5 p.m. at Seventh and Main streets. The theme for this year’s parade, which begins at [...]

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Cause of loud boom unknown Officials Monday said they were not sure what caused the loud boom and flickering lights reported around 7 p.m. at Clovis High School. “I don’t have a clue (what caused it),” said Clovis Fire Department Lt. Ricky Mitchell, on duty at the time of the incident. Several people exiting the [...]

Jesus gives support, comfort in times of grief, crisis

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I have heard news last week of much sadness: a baby dies and a wonderful young man killed in car accident. I have no words of wisdom and pressed for words of comfort for these situations. I just know that we have an advocate, Jesus Christ. Perhaps this illustration will [...]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

By Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch- worth of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Norman Luboff [...]

Ruidoso hosts festival of lights

Compiled by Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers For most people — and anyone who enjoyed National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation — a big part of the holiday season is the variety of lighting displays. A few hours down U.S. 70, Portales and Clovis residents can enjoy the lights of homes and businesses in nearby Ruidoso, and perhaps [...]