Farmer’s yogurt based on wife’s family recipe

Tonjia Rolan Andle van der Ploeg loves yogurt. He particularly loves his wife, Sjierkje’s, homemade family recipe from the Netherlands. “We just couldn’t find yogurt in the states like my wife makes all the time at home,” Van der Ploeg said. Yogurt is a natural for the Van der Ploegs, who own Mid Frisian dairy, […]

Jesus loves us regardless of our faults

I read an advertisement for puppies last week. The advertisement was in a city in Texas in the local paper. The advertisement read: “Don’t settle for second best! Exclusive looks. Top breeder with excellent credentials. Elite clientele. Puppies $600!” But I also heard about a different pet story two weeks ago. My niece and nephew […]

Customer rapport key to sales

Karl Terry Everybody loves a bargain — maybe even more so in these tight economic times. That could also explain the popularity of the shows “Pawn Stars” and “American Pickers” on History Channel. We would all like to think we’re wheelers and dealers but when it comes to our own hard-earned money on the table […]

Educator loss leaves long lasting impact

Freedom New Mexico Every death is a tragedy. Every person loves and is loved by many people. Everyone has affected the lives of countless others during the course of his life. Shock compounds the loss when it is sudden and unexpected, like Monday’s horrific accident near Saltillo, Mexico, that killed at least 11. Some of […]

First person: Family man

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo City sanitation worker, Leo Garcia, enjoys spending time with his family. Leo Garcia, 29, spends time with his family and said he loves his job at the city of Clovis’ landfill. For him, what makes the job is the people around him. Second family: I love my job because of […]

Our father in heaven loves grandfathers, too

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist I need to go see my granddaughter. Yes, I know. You wonder, “How can such a young man already be a grandfather?!” It is indeed a great mystery. But I assure you, I am a grandfather. True to the breed, I affirm that, of any accolade or degree […]

God’s love not dependent on appearance

God loves ordinary people. It is almost too good to be true. Maybe that’s why no world religion but Christianity has dared to believe it. When God comes at Bethlehem, he does not come into a clean stable filled with only hygienic and non-allergenic hay, only well-behaved animals and no “droppings,” only high quality, top-of-the-line […]

Lady Cats advance to 4-5A title game

Antiesha Brown scored 15 points and Jasmine McDonald added 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Clovis girls beat Carlsbad 66-34 in a District 4-5A tournament semifinal game Thursday at Rock Staubus Gym. With the win, the Lady Wildcats advance to Saturday’s 4-5A tournament title game at Hobbs. Dave Wagner’s game report will be posted […]

Mayor was a train stopper

Did you know Clovis Mayor David Lansford took 28 offensive charges as a senior basketball player at Clovis High in 1977? He described himself as one of Coach Jimmy Joe Robinson’s “obedient students.” “If he told me to stand in front of a train, I’d do it,” Lansford said. • • • Here’s something Steve […]

Feb. 22 – Drum away

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis band members Jesika Trujillo, left, and Jared Finch drum away between games Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym. Both have been playing the drums for four years. Finch said he loves drumming because it’s “the greatest thing in my life.”

God loves us completely — no magic require

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Witch doctors and magic. The kind of things you’d expect to find among tribesmen in the African bush, right?   Yes, unless it’s the American variety. You see, generally when we think of magic, we’re basically thinking of a recipe and manipulation. Magic calls for very little faith at […]

The famous weigh in on doggone debate

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I recently entered into deep debate with my dog, Cody — short for Co-dependent — concerning the relative differences between man and canine. It was Cody’s contention that dogs were intellectually superior to men. I know it’s ridiculous, but Cody is, after all, just a dog. His proof was that […]

Something special

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Jeannine Hendrix, left, rides the merry-go-round with her little sister, Dorothy, during Special Need Day on Thursday at the Curry County Fair. Jeannine suffers from Williams Syndrome. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Her dark, curly hair flying in the wind, Jeannine Hendrix smiled brightly as she rode a painted white […]

God absolutely loves ordinary people

By Curtis K. Shelburne Somewhere in his fine book, “Franklin and Winston,” Jon Meacham quotes a friend and colleague of Winston Churchill as commenting, “Winston was not a sinner, but he liked the company of sinners.” Don’t worry. I’m not questioning the time-tested wisdom: “Evil companions ruin good morals.” Like most parents, I’ve given some […]

10/21 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. just being there part one boss i ran into dewey duck the other day you remember dewey he wanted to be a business duck start a cracker factory and make his first million before […]

Some ladies are beautiful in any language

By Curtis K. Shelburne When I checked e-mail a little while ago, I noticed a semi-news item about the new movie “The Interpreter” and its star Nicole Kidman. I know nothing about the movie. I know only the film’s title: “The Interpreter.” But I’ve seen Nicole Kidman in some other films. So I wasn’t all […]

Our God has skin on

By Curtis K. Shelburne/ Local Columnist In worship on a Sunday just before Christmas several years ago, I found myself gazing at the front of the sanctuary watching silhouetted shepherds themselves gazing upward in wonder, one of them pointing toward a brightly shining star. The fact that the star itself was just a few feet […]

Parcel service driver, 5-year-old share special bond

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Jordan Perry, left, holds up his United Parcel Service shirt as service provider Jatonna Hankins helps with his hat Tuesday in Clovis. When Hankins delivers packages in the neighborhood, the 5-year-old runs out to meet her. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Five-year-old Jordan Perry loves the big brown truck. […]

Clovis citizen’s dog competes in Colorado show

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Clovis resident LeRoy Chavez poses for a picture after his dog Brutus won Best of Show at a 2003 dog show. Reporter’s Notebook LeRoy Chavez loves his Yorkshire Terriers. The retired Clovis resident travels all over the western United States showing his purebred Yorkies — most recently from Feb. 13 to 16 at the Rocky […]