Our people: Clovis High School cheerleader keeps busy schedule

Darius Robinson-Singleton, a cheerleader at Clovis High School, keeps a grueling schedule, has a plan for the future, and a desire to help others. As the only male on his cheer squad, Robinson provides the muscle for lifts and catches. Robinson resides with his grandparents in Clovis, where he has lived most of his life.

Roads in need of repair

The roads in Clovis are horrible. I have lived in three states and these roads in Clovis are the worst. They are filled with potholes and are a hazard to drive on. Everywhere I have lived, the roads are watched over 24/7 and are always under construction to maintain the best quality. I was hoping […]

Our freedoms were secured by Pilgrims

Freedom New Mexico Conscience is powerful human resource. A life lived in service to truth that abides in one’s conscience can transform lives and circumstances. And, as history sometimes witnesses, matters of conscience can make all the difference in the world to ordinary people forced into extraordinary choices. This is the Pilgrim’s journey and a […]

Jesus solid foundation to weather storms in life

When I was a child and our family lived in Kansas City, Mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational. Mother would pack a lunch and then at mealtime, we headed into the nearest Katz Drug Store where she bought us […]

Our people: Farwell resident enjoys music

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Courtesy photo Farwell resident Marjorie Watkins enjoys playing 42 and the piano and organ at church. Farwell resident Marjorie Watkins has lived in the Clovis area for the majority of her life. She has mainly lived in the smaller outlying communities and held an elected office in Parmer County for 12 years. Watkins is in […]

Housing plan didn’t benefit Cannon

Those of us who lived in Washington were amused at what we called the “Washington Monument Syndrome.” When budget cuts were threatened, we were told “we will have to close the Washington Monument.” No one threatened to close an obscure park in North Dakota; always the Washington Monument. Clovis is doing the same with its […]

Banquet to honor unsung citizens

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Ethel Shankle has 2,600 flowers in her home that she is using for decorations at the Legacy Award Banquet next week. Liliana Castillo A Clovis resident is digging deep into her pockets and her contacts to honor unsung heroes of the town at a banquet July 29. Ethel […]

Education column: Technology prepares students for future success

Why is technology important to education? When you think about it, our students of today have never lived in a world without the Internet. Computers have always been around during their lifetimes. We’ve heard the various statistics about how the top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not even exist in 2004, and that we’re […]

God provides strength to keep us on path

Judy Brandon A friend of mine was telling me of a childhood memory she has while growing up on a remote farm in upper eastern North Dakota. Betty lived with her parents and four siblings. Each member of the family had a designated job to keep the farm running. In the summer, it was fairly […]

In tribute: Clovis Bataan survivor never passed up chance to go out

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Courtesy photo Buren Johnston, left, and Lee Roach at a monument in Albuquerque’s Bataan Memorial Park. Johnston and Roach were two of 89 men from Curry County who survived the Bataan Death March. Roach died Thursday. Johnston is believed to be the only remaining Bataan survivor still living in Clovis. Kevin Wilson Thousands of American […]

Local businesses enhance public spirit

Clyde Davis The compliments must go out to local businesses which, not only during the holiday, but in other times of the year, do what they can to spread and enhance public spirit. I have lived in enough places to know that, not only Clovis, but every town, has its detractors, and that many or […]

Halloween festivals more fun

Karl Terry Trick-or-treating was a big part of the fall season when I was a kid but the annual Fun Festival at L.L. Brown Elementary School was a fall classic. When I was trick-or-treat age we lived in the country and so that activity wasn’t as big for us as it was for city kids […]

Food at the speed of life: Hobo stew feeds soul

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I learned about hobo stew when I lived in Socorro and went to First Baptist Church there. The congregation made the interesting stew every year. Everybody brought a can of … whatever. It just had to be edible. It didn’t even have to come in a can. Everything from potatoes to enchilada sauce to fruit […]

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 […]

Influence should be cherished, used to nurture

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I am ready for some rain now. I would like to hear that thunder, see that lightening am ready for spring. Yet, thunderstorms bring me back to thoughts of tornado country in the rural area in Arkansas where my grandparents lived. When I was a child, I delighted in the […]

Family describes victim as loner

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Courtesy photo Clifford Webber pictured in a Prince Street Baptist Church publication in the late 1980’s as a teen. He is described by friends and family as a troubled loner. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when […]

Life too short to wait

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When I was in high school, I went with a girlfriend many times to see her grandmother, who lived in a rest home. The first time I went with her, we arrived at about 11:30 in the morning. What caught our attention was a little lady, sitting in the “parlor” […]

Immigrants guaranteed rights, too

Freedom New Mexico Americans have lived under the same Constitution, and behind the same Declaration of Independence, for more than two centuries. It’s sad, then, to see that so many people don’t know — or at least don’t appreciate — the basic precepts those great documents assert. Sadly, even members of our own government — […]

Samaritan opportunities all around us

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist She has been gone now for many years. Our children were small and she lived not far from our home. She rarely enjoyed the pleasure of anyone’s company. When I stumbled upon her, it was at a time when I was involved in delivering sacks of groceries for a church […]

Shooting victim remembered as thoughtful, caring

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Courtesy photo Melissa Ward was shot and killed while traveling in a van last week in Clovis. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Despite living a hard life, shooting victim Melissa Ward had a big heart, according to residents in the Lubbock neighborhood where she lived. Ward, who was shot and killed while traveling in […]