Webb, Delbert “Del”

Delbert “Del” Webb, 82, of Portales, died Monday, March 27, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. He was born July 6, 1923, to Eva and Joe Webb in Pearl, Texas, where he grew up. He graduated from Tahoka High School and joined the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, he married Margaret Reagan in Lubbock on […]

Clovis man sentenced to 48 1/2 years in prison

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Steven Duran, left, was convicted of killing his friend, Ricardo Gallegos, two years ago. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Steven Duran maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to at least 48 1/2 years in prison for killing his friend almost two years ago. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker […]

Convicted killer asks for delay in sentence

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A defense attorney says he will ask to delay sentencing for a convicted killer because DNA that hasn’t been processed could prove his client’s innocence. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said the DNA in question would not exonerate Steven Duran of Clovis, who was convicted of a Jan. […]

Derrick, Billy

Billy Lloyd Derrick, 62, of Portales died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born to Frank and Ina V. Belyeu-Derrick on Jan. 15, 1944, in Roswell. He married Sarah Lee Derrick on May 18, 1963. She died in 1978. Family members said he was a true cowboy. His profession included […]

McDaniel, Ida

Ida Mae McDaniel, 94, of Ennis, Texas, died Jan. 24, 2006, at the Ennis Care Center in Ennis. She was born July 25, 1911, in Barry, Texas to Sidney Lee and Sarah Myrtle Mitchell. She attended school in Barry, Texas, and lived there and in Corsicana, Texas, until she married Lawrence McDaniel of Texico on […]

Duane B. Cornett

Duane B. Cornett, 84, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at the VA Hospital in Amarillo. He was born Jan. 13, 1922, in Tres Piedras, to M.P. and Emma Barnard Cornett. He was the grandson of Dr. Joseph Barnard, pioneer doctor of Knox and Haskell Counties in Texas. He attended school in Plainview, Texas, […]

Hogg, Jewel

Jewel Lavelle Cox Hogg was born Oct. 13, 1916, in Ringwood, Okla., to Edward and Leona Florence Warner Cox. In 1925, the family moved to the Richland community. The country store they owned and operated was moved in 1928 to State Highway 209 and a settlement was founded named Pep. She graduated from Portales High […]

John R. Reese

John R. Reese, 50, of Albuquerque, and formerly of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, in Albuquerque. Survivors include his children, Eric, Kristen, Mick, Mitchell and Jesse; and former wife, Denise. Arrangements are by Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque.

2/12 Local roundup

No injuries reported in house fire A one-story house fire Saturday afternoon closed traffic on the two west lanes of Prince Street for about one hour, according to Clovis Fire Department Lt. Ricky Mitchell. One room in the single-story, wood home located on the west side of the 1000 block of Prince Street was destroyed, […]

Mitchell, Willie M.

Willie May Mitchell, 92, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Jan. 5, 1913, to Willie and Lizzie Green Woods in Carbondale, Texas. She was a laundry worker and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers […]

1/31 Local roundup

Cause of loud boom unknown Officials Monday said they were not sure what caused the loud boom and flickering lights reported around 7 p.m. at Clovis High School. “I don’t have a clue (what caused it),” said Clovis Fire Department Lt. Ricky Mitchell, on duty at the time of the incident. Several people exiting the […]

Winds wreak havoc

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Winds that reached as high as 61 mph Sunday knocked down power lines on Norris Street. (Courtesy photo: Brad Drake) CNJ staff Firefighters had a busy day around the region on Sunday. In addition to the downtown fire in Clovis, an estimated 600 tons of cotton bur caught fire in Parmer County, closing a portion […]

Homicide victim remembered as cheerful, dependable

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She was a mother, a waitress, a student reaching for a bachelor’s degree. Laura McNaughton approached those endeavors wholeheartedly — those who knew her said she was a hard worker, a dedicated mother, a person perennially cheerful. A Sunday phone call alerted Toni Russo of the slaying of her […]

Police car hits, kills pedestrian

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A woman walking home with dinner was killed by a Clovis police car as she crossed Mitchell Street at 6:45 p.m. on Monday night, officials and witnesses said. Dolores Jacks, 71, was killed after a police car, driven by Clovis Police Lt. Roger Grah, struck her, according to a […]

Power company workers return from Texas, Louisiana

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Randy Mitchell of Clovis’ Powerline Inc., top, and an unidentified co-worker repair a damaged power line during Hurricane Rita relief efforts. (Courtesy photo) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer After restoring power to homes in Texas and Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Rita, representatives from a Clovis power company came home Friday. Randy Mitchell, […]

Hurley Mitchell, Elizabeth R.

Mrs. Elizabeth Rebecca Hurley Mitchell, 103, of Clovis, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at the Laurel Ridge Healthcare. She was born May 28, 1902, in Cody, Wyo., to Frank and Carrie Hurley. She married Dewey Mitchell at Grier, on Aug. 11, 1921. The family moved to Nebraska when she was 2, and to Curry County […]

Campbell, Kleinive M.

Kleinive Mitchell Campbell, 87, of Oklahoma City, Okla., died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She was born to J.H. and Nancy (Hunt) Mitchell on April 23, 1918, in Delhi, Okla. She was raised in Oklahoma. Her father was a Baptist minister. She attended school at Thomas, Okla., graduating in 1934. She married […]

Pinkert, Beverly

Beverly Pinkert Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales. Beverly Pinkert, 67, of Portales, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born March 24, 1938 in Pendleton, Ore., to Annabelle and Harvey Exum. Pinkert grew up in Oregon, and graduated from Athena High School. She married […]

Cotton growers optimistic

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Cotton stands in a field beside the Parmer County Cotton Grower’s cotton gin waiting to be processed. Cotton yields have already shown an increase over last year’s production. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Spurred by a September heat wave, cotton production in the Texas High Plains is expected to surpass […]

Clovis man found guilty

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Francesea Duran cries Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse after hearing the verdict, which found her uncle, Steven Duran, guilty of first-degree murder, as well as five other charges. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson and Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writers The man Cindy Gallegos holds accountable for her brother’s death was found guilty […]