Clovis woman convicted for child’s truancy

CNJ staff A 35-year-old Clovis woman is the 17th parent to be convicted under the District Attorney’s Abolish Chronic Truancy program. The woman pleaded guilty Thursday to failing to enforce school attendance, court records show. According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, the woman’s daughter missed 31 out of 49 days of […]

Sept. 21, 2008 School Menus

Clovis Elementary Monday: No school parent teacher conference Tuesday: Breakfast — Yogurt/Graham crackers, cereal or toast, juice and milk

Parents best bet in censoring kids’ video games

By Freedom Newspapers It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. And it’s on the way. “Grand Theft Auto IV,” the latest in arguably the most offensive, raunchy and controversial video-games series of all time, heads to stores this October. It’ll likely be rated M for mature, meaning no one under 17 should probably be in the same […]

In Tribute: Adventurous owner ‘didn’t feel like a granny’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer They had their fair share of parent-child arguments, as expected in any parent-child relationship. The most common disagreement Sue Crow of Clovis started was when she would boast her frequent travels took her to every state, including Alaska twice. “She never was convinced Hawaii was a state,” said daughter […]

Education Digest: Seniors should consider checklist

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer College-bound seniors should do three things before Dec. 31, according to a press release from Scott Anderson, an author and expert in college funding. In his press release, he recommends seniors heading to college should: 1) Remove savings from their name. If that isn’t possible due to IRS regulations, […]

Being polite can be more important than winning

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Somewhere along the line, I learned this. It may have been when Mr. Johnston, Richie’s dad, who coached our Little League team the Ravens, made us shake hands with the Eagles after they beat us 12 to nothing. It may have been when Coach Kasimankas grabbed Jeff Tracy by the […]

Cannon couple help give direction

Janet Taylor-Birkey The Doherty home is filled with big brown eyes and giggles all around from having a case of what Jennifer Doherty calls “the sillies.” But the wiggling little bodies emanating the giggles are a far cry from the children who walked into the Doherty home — and their hearts —seven months ago. That’s […]

Clovis plans parent academy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Former and future students will be seated at desks a few miles away at the Bella Vista Elementary campus, but Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy will not be vacant when the next school year begins, school administrators said. Plans to transform the arts academy into a hub for programs aimed at […]

More than 250 ENMU students graduate in Saturday ceremony

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Jill Evans is congratulated after receiving her degree at Saturday’s Eastern New Mexico University fall graduation ceremony. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Graduation gowns, tassels, honor cords, sashes, camera flashes, but most of all smiles filled up Greyhound Arena during Saturday’s fall graduation ceremonies. Former Clovis High basketball and […]

Clovis uses family approach in literacy program

Marlena Hartz A train of parents entered the Lockwood Elementary classroom. Mothers took seats next to their pre-school sons and daughters in a seamless addition to the brightly painted classroom. At snacktime, some poured milk for children and popped the day’s treat — strawberries — into their mouths. When storytime rolled around, parents settled into […]

Truant teens targeted

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico students who frequently skip school could lose their driving privileges and even be arrested under a new truancy law. The new statute gives more leverage to the state in situations where the parents of a student age 15 or older are doing their part to get their child to […]

Texas should halt legislation based on fear, ignorance

Freedom Newspapers There’s no scientific proof that homosexual foster parents treat children in their care worse than heterosexual foster parents. And there’s no evidence that legally recognizing a same-sex couple’s union will bring civilization crashing down. But that hasn’t stopped the Texas Legislature from forcing “solutions” to problems that don’t exist. Whether out of ignorance […]

Government can’t solve all black issues

by Walter Williams Black politicians and the civil rights establishment take it as an act of faith that progress for black people requires racial politics and government programs. How about examining this vision with a few simple, common-sense questions? Whether you’re black, white or polka dot, in order to take advantage of opportunities, you must […]

Single military parents find help in group

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Being a military parent can be challenging. But life can be especially tough if you’re a single military parent. Because of the many challenges that come along with raising a child alone and serving in the military at the same time, a Clovis woman has started a group to help […]

Parental involvement key to learning

Is the glass half empty or half full? I consider it half empty. My daughter, Laura, my niece, Crystal Diaz, and my cousin, Danielle Madrid, graduated from Portales Junior High School last Friday along with 180 other students. We in the Rodriguez clan made a big deal out of it with a cookout, cake, flowers […]

Clovis no longer skipping truancy issue

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis school system and district attorney’s office made good Tuesday on their promise to crack down on truancy. Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis fined a 37-year-old Clovis resident $100 and sentenced her to182 days of unsupervised probation in the first of what are expected to be about a half-dozen truancy cases […]

Parenting Anonymous helps solve problems

Special to the CNJ Parents Anonymous Inc, an organization dedicated to having parents help parents, is getting its start in the area. Dawn Pivonka, executive director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited and a certified trainer in Parents Anonymous, said the group offers parents a chance to freely share concerns, problems and possible solutions to parenting in […]