Prosecutor says victim killed friend over money

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A deputy district attorney told a Curry County jury Monday that Steven Robert Duran went to his friend’s trailer home asking for money. When the friend wouldn’t hand it over, the prosecutor said, Duran killed him. He said Duran, 36, a heroin addict, shot his friend six times, including […]

Murder trial begins Monday

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer On Monday morning the selection of the jury for the trial of Steven Robert Duran will begin at the 9th District Court in Clovis. Duran, 36, has been charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 13, 2004, shooting death of Ricardo Gallegos. Gary C. Mitchell, Duran’s attorney, said […]

W.Y. Mitchell, M.C. Kelly

Sharna Johnson “We are going to take this crossing even if it takes a truck to haul the dog tags back.” Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. W.Y. Mitchell Date […]

Shooting suspect pleads

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Jacob Roberts, 20, was Wednesday to a year in jail after agreeing to a plea of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of former CHS classmate J.T. Mitchell in March 2004. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent While memories of a state football championship will forever surround a group of […]

Two former members of Norman Petty Trio to meet again

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Next week’s Clovis Music Festival brings together two individuals who played significant roles in music history, not knowing their lives were linked. Mike Mitchell and Georgiana Hagen were members of the Norman Petty Trio in the 1950s, although not at the same time. They did not know they shared […]

Mitchell , Marion

Marion Mitchell Services: Have been held. Marion Robert “Bob” Mitchell, 82, of Bohnam, Texas, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Medical Center of Plano in Plano, Texas. He was born on July 20, 1922, in Lucas, Iowa, to Marion Francis and Ruth Maud Williams Mitchell. He married Viona Marie Hamar on July 23, 1944, […]

Reporter’s notebook: Firefighters honored at banquet

Lt. Ricky Mitchell of the Clovis Fire Department has worked over the years to foster strong working relationships, demonstrate a high level of competency as a firefighter and improve his skills as an Emergency Medical Technician assistant, his fire chief said. In recognition of those traits, Mitchell was presented the fireman of the year award […]

It’s all a matter of the batter

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Kiwanis Club member Kevin Mitchell flips pancakes during the 54th annual pancake day held by the Noon-day Kiwanis Club on Saturday at Clovis High School. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In a break between pouring and flipping pancakes, Kiwanis Club of Clovis member Gary Hoadley took a little time […]

Kennedy, Aria

Aria Kennedy Services: Have been held. Aria “Tiny” Kennedy, 75, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004. She was born on Jan. 8, 1929, in Bremont, Texas, to Mitchell and Marie Coppage. She married Albert Kennedy on Jan. 25, 1958, in Clovis. She was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church for more than 20 […]

Portales girls lose in Roswell

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS ROSWELL — Playing their fifth game on the road in six nights, including their second in two nights in Roswell, the Portales Lady Rams fell short Tuesday night when Roswell High held on late for a 54-48 victory. Portales (3-5), which beat Roswell Goddard 58-32 on Monday night, erased a nine-point deficit at […]

Gossett, E.J.

E.J. Gossett Services: Have been held. Mr. E. J. Gossett, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, in Portales. He was born on Sept. 17, 1921, in Ryan, Okla., to Ida and Charlie P. Gossett. He graduated from Floyd High School in 1942, and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served for 33 months in […]

Webb, Margaret

Margaret Webb Services: Have been held. Margaret L. Webb, 75, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Oct. 22, 1928, in Tahoka, Texas, to Margarel and Arther W. Reagan. She grew up in the Tahoka, Texas, area. She graduated from high school in 1946 […]

Former educator still cares for students

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor When longtime Clovis educator Sara Mitchell writes a former student she tries to persuade his thoughts away from his current situation. Her letters are positive and light. They focus on subjects that include books they’ve read, politics and positive reinforcement. She tries to refrain from beginning her letters with […]

Williams, Charles

Charles Williams Services: Have been held. Charles Augusta “Gus” Williams Jr., 44, formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2004, in Tacoma, Wash. He was born on May 5, 1960, in Clovis, to Augusta and Marie Williams. Family members said he was a well-known athlete and was liked by everyone. They also said he participated […]

Farwell beats up on county big brother

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Farwell sophomore wide receiver Brett Howard yanks the ball away from Friona cornerback Juan Reyes in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Farwell went on to beat the Chieftains 28-10 on Friday in Friona. (Staff photo by Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor FRIONA — Rowdy Mitchell figured with […]

Carmichael, Rubie Helen

Rubie Carmichael Services: Have been held. Rubie Helen Carmichael, 100, of Clinton, Okla., formerly of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at the Integris Clinton Regional Hospital in Clinton, Okla. She was born on Nov. 12, 1903, in Rush Springs, Okla., to Joe and Elizabeth Sanders Beevers. Her family moved to Quay County in 1907 […]

Mitchell, Clydetta

Clydetta Mitchell Services: Have been held. Clydetta Mitchell, 88, of Muleshoe, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at Park View Nursing Home in Muleshoe. She was born on Aug. 10, 1915, in Melrose. She married George Y. Mitchell on Nov. 28, 1934, in Portales. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was […]

Mitchell, J.T.

J.T. Mitchell Services: Have been held. J.T. Mitchell, 19, of Clovis, a student, died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 1, 1984, in Muleshoe to Ricky and Karen Mitchell. Family members said he loved horses and to rope, and enjoyed playing sports, not watching them. His family said he did […]

Jobe, Wade Darrel

Wade Darrel Jobe Services: Have been held. Wade Darrel Jobe, 54, of Clovis died Monday, March 8, 2004, at Laurel Plains in Clovis. He was born on April 2, 1949, in Tucumcari to Louis and Willie Danie Daniels Jobe. He married Alice Longley on April 4, 1970, in Tucumcari. He worked for Allan Richey Trucking […]

‘Better kids in community’ at party with fatal shooting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sheriff surprised at names of those attending event. Preliminary investigation of Saturday night’s fatal shooting north of Clovis indicates that Justin Tyler Mitchell, 19, was killed with his own pistol by a longtime friend, according to law enforcement officials. Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said he’s known the victim and his […]