Perfect Christmas involves family, lasting memories

Tonya Fennell Christmas perfection has always eluded me. I’m the wife who burns the rolls or forgets to buy a needed ingredient for the casserole. I’m the friend who waits until the last minute to mail presents, so of course they’re always late. I’m the mother who buys the perfect video game, but my kids […]

Season begins with reliving old memories

By Clyde Davis: Columnist As I drove off the highway and onto the peninsula that is Presque Isle, I was not driving alone — at least not in spirit. Oh, it’s true that I was meeting my old friend Roger for the day at the beach, but he was coming in a separate car, driving […]

Childhood memories change with time

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The day after Thanksgiving, in my memory at least, there was inevitably an inch dusting of snow. The snow had all fallen overnight and was finished by 6 a.m., when we arose early for the first day of deer season. The rifles had all been cleaned and oiled, and the […]

Nelson, George W.

George W. Nelson, 78, of Portales died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 at his daughter’s home in Glendale, Ariz. He was born Feb. 22, 1927, in Erwin, Tenn., to Joseph Henry and Jenovne McCurry Nelson. He married Nettie Erickson on Dec. 9, 1966, in Reno, Nev. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1966 and owned […]

Christmas revives thoughts of childhood

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Here we are on the brink of the big day — the day families and churches and people who sell honey-baked hams have all been waiting for. No matter how the holidays go down this year, we will always be stuffed with memories of Christmas pasts — not unlike cream-filled […]

Portales remembers veterans

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Harrie Black and James Kyte bow their heads in prayer at the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars program, “A Tribute to Veterans,” on Friday in commemoration of Veterans Day. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers For widows of the men who marched in the Bataan Death March, Friday brought back wonderful memories of […]

Family bonding memories emerge with football season

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist My first encounter with football was getting hit in the head with one. No, it really wasn’t but it sounds funny. And it brings back fond memories of that Brady Bunch episode in which a football smashes into and breaks Marsha’s nose. Ah, the joy of the game. Actually, fond memories […]

‘Believe’ makes great memories

By Cotty Chubb: Special to CNJ Editor’s note: Cotty Chubb, a producer of the “Believe In Me” movie filmed in eastern New Mexico this fall, recorded a few fragments of his memories of our part of the world. In his words: • The girls showing up on set complaining of soreness. Too much training? No, […]

Shell, Ramona

Ramona Shell Services: Have been held. Mrs. Ramona Christine Shell, 86, of Bowling Green, Ky., a housewife, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004, at the Medical Center in Bowling Green, Ky. She was born on May 11, 1918, in Okalahoma to Edward and Frances Hibbitts. She was a member of Westbrook Baptist Church. She was preceded […]

Local personal histories needed

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist This article had its genesis in a conversation with my mother-in-law. I bought her a book, which was really a compilation of articles from the Santa Fe New Mexican, spanning the paper’s inception in the mid 1800s until the 1950s. This got her to thinking and talking about some of […]

Clay , Marie

Marie Clay Services: Have been held. Marie Clay, 91, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at Laural Ridge Health Care in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 9, 1913, in Corsicana, Texas, to William File and Dela Sesser Mullins. She married John Clay on Feb. 9, 1952, in Lovington. She was of the Methodist […]

Drive-in theater digs up good memories

As we recently drove past the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theater in Lubbock, it brought back fond memories of the old Varsity Drive-In in Portales, once located on the Roswell Highway. We took the girls to Texas Water Rampage for the day, and my eyes lit with excitement when we drove past the drive-in theater […]

Reagan’s funeral brought America together Friday

Whatever anyone may feel about the Reagan presidency, we came together as a nation Friday to say our final good-byes to America’s 40th president in a ceremony that celebrated his life, his patriotism, his tenderness and forcefulness, his home-spun humor and his achievements as a national and world leader. Television once again delivered to us […]

Beware faulty memories at reunions

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Here’s a knee jerker for you nostalgia buffs — beware of reunions! They’re hazardous to your mental health and won’t do your liver any favors either. I recently participated in a reunion of sorts that ranked up there with all get-togethers I’ve experienced over the years. It took place at […]

Menudo can heal the soul like soup

By Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard about “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” compilations of warm, inspirational stories and messages that make you feel all mushy inside. My daughter Laura and I love to read them, and most recently, my niece, Marili Diaz, has discovered the warmth of reading these books. There are many versions of Chicken […]

Thanks for all the memories; Hope was a king

He gave us so many memories. From the movie screen to shows for troops far from home, from radio appearances to TV specials, Bob Hope entertained generations of Americans with his self-depreciating jokes and deadpan delivery. Hope, who recently turned 100, died late Sunday of pneumonia at his home in California. More than anything else, […]

Elida church celebrates 100th anniversary

By Janet Bresenham In a century of ministry, activities and memories at the First Baptist Church of Elida, one key focus has not changed. And when the church celebrated its 100th anniversary last weekend in the small Roosevelt County town, the executive director of the New Mexico Baptist Convention praised the congregation for maintaining their […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Memories

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for childhood memories. Here are some responses: “As a young boy I loved horses. The only books […]