It’s their business: Bigs Lots

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: Big Lots Location: 820 E. 21st St. What they do: Sell name-brand products at closeout prices. Who’s in charge: Ralph Aguilar is the manager. Employees: 19 How long in business: Two years Hours of business: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, […]

Food fuels football fun

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Every year, sports fans around the globe gather with friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl, and the communities of Portales and Clovis are no different. In addition to the various decorations, jerseys and drinks, another necessary component of a proper Super Bowl fest is food. Michelle Taylor, […]

Holiday time to count blessings

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This Thanksgiving my husband will not be with us. Like countless other families whose loved ones are serving in the armed forces, we’ll do our best to keep the holiday spirit alive, and show our children that we have lots to be grateful for, despite the fact that Daddy is […]

Fears are challenges everyone must face

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist One of my favorite short stories is Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” where Gregor Samsa wakes up as a gigantic insect and has to deal with his newfound identity. I like this story because it deals with change, something that I have experienced many times since joining the ranks of “military spouse and […]

What we need is grace — costly but free

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist I am in Austin, Texas, this week with my wife, her honor the municipal judge, as she is taking a week of special training. I’m all for that. Training is a good thing. It’s good for our city officials to be highly trained. I’m lobbying for more of such training, […]

Big Lots coming to Clovis

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Big Lots will lease part of the former Furr’s supermarket building on 21st Street, company officials said. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff A national closeout retailer confirmed Thursday the company plans to open a store in Clovis before the end of the year. Big Lots, a Fortune 500 company that deals in closeouts and […]

New septic tank rules could cost home builders

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New state septic tanks standards may increase the cost of building a home in rural areas. That is the unsettling reality of stricter septic tank regulations, according to one septic tank installer. “Every ranch house, farm house, (and) anytime you see a house in the country, it’s got a […]

Pop black culture ignorant, disrespectful

By Leonard Pitts, Jr. It was a sunlit moment. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had students in my pop culture class talking about black images in entertainment media. As part of that discussion, I showed them a movie — Spike Lee’s 2000 satire, “Bamboozled.” It is in some ways a deeply flawed film. […]

Expanding housing market brings developers from Texas, Arizona

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Out-of-town developers are starting to take notice of Clovis’ expanding housing market. Of the four subdivisions currently awaiting review from the Clovis Planning and Zoning Committee, three are being developed by out-of-town companies. “For the most part it has been local developers, but here recently we’ve had developers from […]

Some Thoughts on Long Pastorates and Great Churches

Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist An aging and highly-respected minister who’d been serving the same congregation for many years was once asked by a group of young pastors, “How can you stay in one church and work successfully for such a long time?” I don’t know what kind of sage counsel they expected, but his […]