First person: Veteran ringer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson David Garza of Clovis has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army for five years. David Garza of Clovis, is one of many faces behind the bells and the red kettles outside throughout the Christmas season. Garza, 46, was one of two ringers collecting money for the Salvation Army […]

Shoppers up early for Black Friday deals

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Amber Knox of the Portales Beall’s, wraps Christmas gifts Friday afternoon for customers. Alisa Boswell Friday marked a day of hustle and bustle for local Clovis and Portales businesses as Black Friday shoppers lined up to get discounted items and other special deals on this after Thanksgiving shopping day extravaganza. […]

Business feature: Stores aim to stock locally grown produce

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jessica Pacheco of Portales culled though a package of strawberries Monday in the produce department at Russell’s Super Save in Portales. Kevin Wilson Stores are going local, and searching for those who are growing local. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to double its sales of fresh produce from local farms in […]

Clovis Wal-Mart pulls pinatas after complaint

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Clovis couple said this Shrek pinata purchased for their 2-year-old daughter’s birthday party was made from paper depicting suggestive photos of women. Sharna Johnson Clovis’ Wal-Mart has pulled pi

Cops give kids early Christmas

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jaden Philips, 6, holds out his hand to McGruff the Crime Dog Monday morning during the Shop with a Cop program at Wal-Mart. Philips and his three siblings were each taken on a $100 shopping spree by local law enforcement. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Leaning out of the […]

Group collecting supplies for military personnel

CNJ staff The 73rd SOS Wombat Wives Group is collecting personal supplies for wounded servicemen and women starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart in Clovis. Donated supplies will be part of Soldiers’ Angels First Response Backpacks for patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Kleber outpatient barracks, according to information from the […]

City starts recycling program

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The city started a recycling program in January that includes containers in the Albertsons and Wal-Mart parking lots and the city landfill. City Public Works Director Clint Bunch said the program is designed to save space at the landfill. CNJ staff Clovis is giving recycling another go with containers in […]

Fourth of July closures

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, Clovis banks, credit unions, city and county offices and the Clovis Community College campus will be closed. Wal-Mart will be open with normal hours. North Plains Mall and its shops will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Portales strip mall still in development

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A new retail development that could accommodate up to 10 retail and service businesses is under construction near the Wal-Mart store in Portales. The developer is hoping to have tenants in the building by early 2008. Tom McSpadden, a marketing representative with CMS Properties of Lubbock, said Wednesday the development, […]

Clovis body identified as 52-year-old

Freedom Newspapers Fingerprints have established the identity of a body discovered in Clovis Tuesday as that of a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California, according to Clovis police. Howard Payne’s badly decomposed remains were found in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart, according to police. There were no signs of foul play at the […]

Body found near Wal-Mart

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Clovis detectives Jay Longley (left), Waylon Rains (center) and Ricky Smith wait for a search warrant outside an abandoned home where a body was discovered this morning. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police are attempting to identify a badly decomposed body found Tuesday morning in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart. There were no immediate […]

Education Digest: Wal-Mart honors teacher of the year

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Doug Schwartz, a Mesa Elementary School teacher, is one of several New Mexico teachers honored by Wal-Mart as a teacher of the year, according to a Wal-Mart news release. He receives a $1,000 grant for the school and $100 gift card to buy classroom supplies. One teacher has been […]

Littlest things can interrupt routine

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I get lost so easily in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Sometimes I’m in and right back out of the store in a few, but when I walk out of those sliding doors, I can’t remember where I parked. Even more baffling to my friend Bernard, however, is how I can […]

Salmonella scare

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Stansell’s Thriftway removed its supply of Peter Pan peanut butter Thursday after hundreds of cases of salmonella led to a nationwide recall. Officials are looking into a suspected salmonella case in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Officials from several area grocery stores reported Thursday they have removed brands of […]

Scrambling season

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Vickie McCormick of Clovis does some Saturday shopping at Wal-Mart. McCormick said after Wal-Mart, she was headed to the North Plains Mall. McCormick said she is usually done shopping for Christmas very early. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Shopper Jim Zaikowski scoured the shelves of downtown stores Saturday, searching for […]

Hot toys top shopping lists

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleJulia Waid of Clovis shops for toys at Wal-Mart Friday with her daughter, Harlea, who turns 2 on Wednesday. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer He’s a furry, red monster with googly eyes who goes by the name of Elmo. And he tops the list of must-have Christmas toys of 2006, […]

Letter to the Editor: Reader: Wal-Mart exploits communities

Once again Glenda Bly is spewing forth her rantings without doing her homework. I would like to clear up the misinformation she gave in last Sunday’s letter to the editor regarding Bill Richardson and Wal-Mart. Americans want good jobs, affordable health care and a better life for their families. Big, powerful corporations like Wal-Mart are […]

Wal-Mart ruling a victory against government interference

A federal judge ruled last week that the state of Maryland can’t use health insurance laws to punish Wal-Mart. The state law in question would have required nongovernmental employers with 10,000 or more workers to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on health care or pay the difference in taxes, according to The Associated […]

Ex-backup singer befriended Wal-Mart founder

By Don McAlavy: local columnist Wal-Mart broke ground for a store at the North Plains Mall on Jan. 10, 1985. It was the mall’s biggest anchor store. Construction on the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 3728 North Prince St. on the old Charles Sorgen homestead started in 1998. A lake alongside Llano Estacado Boulevard going west from […]

Believe it, loitering is a skill

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today, in our continuing series “What Makes Guys Tick,” we explore the question: How can husbands kill time in stores while their wives shop? This is a tough one, because in the first place, if a guy has the brains of zucchini, he will never accompany his wife on a […]