Unique word usage never ceases to amaze

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Every time I think I have heard the utmost, the latest, that I am actually keeping abreast of the latest slang or the latest in terms, somebody will concoct a new creative phrase that catches me completely off guard. Since I am involved in the classroom instruction of college freshmen, [...]

It’s not polite to give away movie endings

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist A movie titled “Flightplan” has been playing in Clovis. The action revolves around a mother and daughter flying on a jumbo jet. During the flight something happens to the daughter and the action begins. I could tell you the whole story but I have only recently learned it is crude, [...]

Theater expansion nears completion

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Willie Flowers mixes varnish in one of the three new auditoriums in the new addition Monday at the North Plains Cinema 4. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer An expansion project at Allen Theaters in the North Plains Mall that was delayed more than two months by weather is nearing [...]

Clovis banker’s son once famous actor

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Take a look up at the top of the two-story brick building at 416 Main St. You’ll see it says “Rogers-Awalt 1908.” The Rogers refers to Bert Rogers, who came with his family to Clovis from Olathe, Kan., in 1908. He and A. L. Awalt built the 416 Main St. building. [...]

Man of the movies

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By Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent At 13, Abby Parrish started his first job working at the Varsity drive-in movie theater in Portales. Nearly 45 years later, Parrish still enjoys the lights and nights. He’s enjoyed a career managing movie theaters, from Carlsbad to Uvalde, Texas. He’s been in Clovis since 1980, where he’s now general [...]

Consumers benefit from e-mail service wars

By Tom DiFrancesca Let the e-mail service wars begin. That seems to be the battle cry of late. If you remember, I wrote about Google’s pending launch of a new e-mail service, one that would allow for 100 megabytes of free storage space, and how the service was currently in beta testing. Well, the folks [...]

Movie ignites ‘Passion’ in Clovis

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” Some responses: “While I haven’t had the opportunity to view this epic yet, I think the question on everyone’s mind as a result of the movie is ‘Who killed Jesus?’ “If you type this phrase into the [...]

Return of the King is edge-of-your-seat thriller

By Stacy Allen Show: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler Summary: All of the Lord of the Rings are tied together in the final chapter of Return of the King. Showtimes: 12:30, 4:30, 8:30 This is the first Lord of the [...]

Reader thanks Bob Hope for memories

The year was 1967. I was stationed at a small air base called Phu Cat located in the north-central highlands of South Vietnam. That particular day the scuttlebutt around the base was that Bob Hope was going to put on a show that afternoon. We were backlogged at work so I decided I would hold [...]

‘Pirates’ a fun romp

By Stacy Allen “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” is my favorite movie of the summer. I was looking forward to this movie since the very first previews and I must say I was not disappointed. Since it’s been a while since we’ve had a good pirate movie, I found “Pirates of [...]