House holds fond memories for daughter

Letters to the editor I am Ellen Artman Verner, daughter of Teola Artman. I grew up in Clovis and I have been following with interest all the stories about my mother and the Girl Scout Little House. Don McAlvay and Jack King both have written very nice tributes to Mother. The actual date of the […]

God’s Perfect Love Drives Away All Fear

By Curtis K. Shelburne There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear — 1 John 4:18 The little fellow standing on the corner of the street, just down at the end of the block from San Jacinto Elementary School and his second-grade class, was trying to be a “big boy,” but […]

When picking your fight, make it worthwhile

Judy Brandon I have vivid childhood memories from years spent in Kansas City during my parents’ seminary days. The family budget was tight so my parents were very frugal and very inventive in making ends meet. On one occasion, my mother purchased an old sofa from a thrift store. The sofa’s wood trim was in […]

Wife’s list secret to successful column

Bob Huber I spent time recently reading my wife’s daily journals, a set of diaries dating back more than 50 years to the day we married. Without going into detail, I have to say we award-winning journalists must occasionally resort to this type of devious activity in order to capture more prizes and get a […]

Ramsey, Katie May

Katie May Ramsey Services: Have been held. Katie May Ramsey, 54, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Clovis, a homemaker, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, in Fort Worth. She was born on July 9, 1949, in Jacksboro, Texas, to Lloyd and Ruth Bilbrey. Family members said she was a wonderful wife, mother and friend, who […]

Mother’s legacy will effect eternity

By Judy Brandon The year was about 1910. The occasion was the annual “Decoration Day” at the century old Salem Methodist Church in a little town in Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event. On this unusual day their singing seemed to ring upward through the wood rafters and beyond. The table on […]

Teachers regale with ‘old war stories’

Bob Huber As a card-carrying member of the Old Geezer Party, I take great pleasure chewing the fat with contemporaries over tales of bygone school days — you know, back when teachers were mean, ugly, stupid dinosaurs, and all the kids were brilliant scholars. “Do you remember that goofy old Miz Gluttenflugger? One time she […]

A life of grace begins with a simle lesson

Judy Brandon I am a preacher’s kid. When my sister and I were growing up, we lived in a house owned by the church. I have wonderful memories of the parsonage. Tithe money from the members of the church supported us and part of the arrangement was that the church would pay the utilities of […]

One killed in car wreck

Darrell Todd Maurina One woman died and six people were hospitalized in two unrelated car crashes late last week, officials said. Patrolman Jason Spearman of the New Mexico State Police said he arrived about 4:20 p.m. Friday at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 70 a few feet from the Curry-Roosevelt […]

Police Blotter 8/28

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A shop foreman from a Clovis business called police Friday morning to report an employee had stolen about $300 worth of punch and die sets that had been placed in a trailer used to collect scrap iron for recycling. The business was […]

Wall, Bill

Bill Wall Services: Have been held. Mr. Bill Wall, 62, of Dora and formerly of Lazbuddie, Texas, died Friday, June 20, 2003, at his home in Dora. He was born on Feb. 27, 1941, in Cass County, Texas, near Atlanta, to Ivy and Earl Wall. He lived in Cass County, Texas, until the age of […]

Some yearnings bring little satisfaction

By Judy Brandon When my mother told me about her old friends calling from Missouri last week, I could not help but remember our two families’ trip together to the Missouri State Fair in 1958. Their two children, who were the same ages as my sister, Susie, and me, made our outing more exciting. The […]

Time for a refresher on the Golden Rule

By Judy Brandon Several months back, I had an appointment in town. I arrived about 30 minutes ahead of time really hoping to get in a bit early. The waiting room was not that large, but there were about 10 chairs. After signing in at the desk, I turned to find a chair and saw […]

Criticism may not be deserved, but relevant

Clovis law enforcement officers have faced some public criticism in the past week for their actions in two unrelated cases that occurred last weekend. We support the rights of those who have questioned authority — indeed we have given them a voice through the pages of this newspaper. But we are hesitant to join in […]

Teen mother arraigned for child abuse

CNJ staff An 18-year-old mother of two children was arraigned Monday afternoon for abandonment and abuse of her 9-month-old daughter. Myrena Rodriguez of Clovis was charged with a first-degree felony of abandonment or abuse of a child, obstruction of reporting or investigation of child abuse or neglect and protective custody due to mental problems. Magistrate […]

Soap Box Derby winner headed to Ohio

By Janet Bresenham The victory Saturday by Lucinda Fritz, 11, in Clovis’ 2nd annual All-American Soap Box Derby came about after a series of challenges. “I got my tonsils out the 29th of May,” Lucinda explained. “Then I had to go back in the hospital twice and have another surgery because I was bleeding. Later, […]

Reader Reaction: Heroes

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about heroes. Here are some responses: “One of my heroines was Mrs. Eddie Lake Trull. After my mother died, I would call her every time I needed to know something about cooking or other domestic tasks. I always got lots of wisdom tossed in for good measure. When […]

SUVs have nothing on old Crosley car

By Bob Huber My wife Marilyn nagged me into writing a funny, poignant, offbeat family story in 100 words or less so she could win a Luxury Edition SUV the size of a Sherman tank. The contest advertisement stated that the SUV had all-wheel drive, a premium sound system, a wide load permit, and an […]

Only God can turn your filthy rags into good deeds

Judy Brandon I’m sure I share many growing-up experiences with other baby boomers my age. When it came to buying clothes, no doubt my sister Susie and I stood alongside the other millions of children in the 1950s. On those times when Mother would buy Susie or myself a new outfit, we started out by […]

Report: Inmate wanted to protect mother

By Darrell Todd Maurina Martin Smith told a jail officer he swallowed a packet of methamphetamine on Saturday night because he didn’t want his mother to find out on Mother’s Day that he had been arrested for drug possession. The Clovis man died early Sunday morning from complications related to the meth ingestion, officials said. […]