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 […]