Reporter’s Notebook: Resident closely follows city happenings

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor JOHN WIDMARK’S FACE is a familiar one at Clovis City Commission and Curry County Commission meetings. Since the 71-year-old retiree moved to Clovis from the Seattle area in November 2001, he has had a front-row seat to the local political process. He attends the meetings of both governing bodies […]

Wildcat Relays moved

CNJ Staff Wildcat Relays moved Due to weather concerns, the Wildcat Relays have been rescheduled for Saturday. Clovis High track coach Darren Kelly said field events will begin at noon, and running events will start at 2 p.m.

Roosevelt County dairyman rides out storm

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The Grande Vida Dairy, nine miles north of Portales, suffered extensive damage in Friday’s tornado. (CNJ Correspondent Photo: Roger Hatcher) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County’s Mike Mitchell lost a new dairy operation and about 175 cows in Friday’s tornado, but quick thinking allowed him to escape with his life. Mitchell said he arrived […]

In tribute: Man played backup for Elvis

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clyde Norris loved music, and life was a never-ending song. Norris, a long-time musician and a Clovis business owner, died Feb. 20. Norris was born May 19, 1934, in Swenson, Texas, and moved with his mother and seven siblings to Lubbock. In Lubbock he came to know the two […]

Former Clovis All-Band member still enjoys life

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This installment concludes the story of Otis Kelley, 98, who was 16 and a member of the Clovis Schools All-Band in 1924. He wrote the following in response to a column published Nov. 5, 2006, about the band. It has been edited for clarity and style. I went […]

Adams, Estherline D.

Estherline Dutton Adams, 90, of Portales died Monday, June 5, 2006, at her home. She was born July 11, 1915, to Dena and P.E. Dutton in Burkburnett, Texas. Shortly after graduating from Burkburnett High School, she moved to Portales. She attended Eastern New Mexico University, West Texas Teacher’s College in Canyon, Texas, Texas Tech University […]

Sullivan, Boley

Boley Sullivan, 81, died Monday, June 5, 2006, at Southwest Regional Hospital in Lubbock. He was born Sept. 27, 1924, to Allie and Albert J. Sullivan in Post, Texas. When he was 8, the family moved to Portales. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and hit the beaches of Omaha on […]

Rogers, Thelma

Thelma Rogers, 96, of Melrose died Thursday, June 1, 2006, in Rowlett, Texas. Born to O. J. and Fannie Bell Awtrey on Sept. 12, 1909, in Haslet, Texas, she moved to Melrose at the age of 10 with her parents and one sister, Edna. She resided in Melrose all her life until she moved to […]

Hagglund, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Charlotte Hagglund, 77, of Phoenix died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, in Phoenix. Born in Germany on May 27, 1929, she married Robert Dean Hagglund on Feb. 25, 1955, and then moved to the United States. She lived in Phoenix for 19 years. She is survived by her husband; daughter Chris Brockett (and husband, Dave) […]

Jones, Margaret “Peggy”

Margaret “Peggy” Jones, 88, of Clovis died Saturday, May 27, 2006, at her home. She was born Dec. 21, 1917, to Frederick and Edith Greaves in Buxton, England. She married Eddie Jones and moved to Post, Texas, in 1946. They moved to Clovis in 1947 and operated House of Color Paint Store until his death […]