Rural schools such as Ranchvale important

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Ranchvale Elementary School northwest of Clovis has quite a history. The first school in that area was located two miles east of present Ranchvale, taught by A.J. Reid. It was open only three months each year. In 1917-18, when four neighboring schools consolidated, they agreed to open Ranchvale Elementary School with […]

Parents’ concerns weighed by school board

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Budget concerns and community emotions are heavy on the minds of school board members Monday at the end of the first round of community meetings designed to collect feedback on the proposed consolidation of three Clovis elementary schools. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm proposed the school board close […]

Families protest proposed Ranchvale closure

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale student Devon Boddy stood in front of about 35 adults Thursday night. The microphone shook in his hands and his voice wavered as he asked the superintendent why she wanted to shut down his school. “This school is home to me,” said Devon, 10, in a neon-green T-shirt. […]

9/22 Education Calendar

Today: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., school officials will host a community discussion at Ranchvale Elementary about the proposed closure of this school. Monday: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Parent-Teacher Conference Day will be held at all elementary and secondary schools. Teachers will not be available from noon to 1 p.m. Monday: From […]

Superintendent proposes possible restructuring of district

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Ranchvale Elementary Attendance Secretary Cheryl Forrest works in the office Tuesday afternoon. “This school is cool. I am going to miss it … I truly love this school,” said Forrest about its possible closure. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary teachers and staff wore black to Tuesday’s school board […]

Cannon loss would tear apart families, friendships

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Curtis Roberts of Clovis, right, talks with his mother Nelda Roberts at Mainline bowling alley in Clovis. Some residents are dismayed by the possibility of losing their military friends — and bowling partners. (AP photo: Ben Chrisman) By Anna Macias Aguayo: The Associated Press The thought of losing Cannon Air Force Base tugs at the […]

Lockmiller, LaRoy

LaRoy Lockmiller Services: Have been held. Mr. LaRoy Lockmiller, 64, of Clovis, died Sunday, June 19, 2005, in Curry County. He was born on Oct. 5, 1940, in Clovis, to Sam Otha “Tootie” and Pauline Lockmiller. He married Deanna Ritchey on Sept. 15, 1962, in Juarez, Mexico. He was a Ranchvale resident all of his […]

Jones, Daphnee

Daphnee Jones Services: Have been held. Daphnee Jane Jones, 52, of Clovis, died Friday, May 6, 2005, in Lubbock. She was born on Oct. 16, 1952, in Abilene, Texas, to Robert Jack and Betty Jane Roberson Barrington. She married Michael E. Jones on June 8, 1969, in Midland, Texas. She was an office manager and […]

Ranchvale elementary’s future might hinge on Cannon closure

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Ranchvale Elementary kindergarten teacher Tonya Wilson tries to find the heartbeat of her daughter Aliyah Hawkins, 9, Friday as Wilson was cleaning out her classroom for the summer. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary School is nearer to the Cannon Air Force Base than the strip malls of Clovis. […]

Leatherwood, Donald

Donald Leatherwood Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Ranchvale Baptist Church. Mr. Donald W. Leatherwood, 69, of Farwell, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Farwell Convalescent Center. He was born April 17, 1935, in Lindsey, Okla., to John and Addie Fox Leatherwood. He married Jean Burchett on June 21, 1953, in Ranchvale. He was a Clovis […]

Lockmiller, Otha

Otha Lockmiller Services:Have been held. Otha “Tootie” Lockmiller, 86, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at his home. He was born on Sept. 9, 1918, in Walters, Okla., to Sam and Victoria Stewart Lockmiller. He married Pauline McCarson on Oct. 8, 1939, in Roswell. He moved to New Mexico as a small child. He […]

Newman, Doris

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Doris Newman, 69, of Portales, died Thursday, March 3, 2005. She was born on Sept. 28, 1935, in McAlister, to Maude and Raymond H. Jackson. She lived in the Clovis-Melrose-House-Ranchvale area as a girl. She graduated from high school in Ranchvale in 1953. She married Odis Newman on Nov. 7, […]

Ranchvale students have ‘write’ stuff

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Twenty students from Ranchvale Elementary will have poems and essays they wrote published in an anthology called “Celebration of Young Poets.” (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer It wasn’t a project designed to take home to hang on the refrigerator. Instead it was an assignment designed to get fifth- and […]

Patton, Bill Ward

Bill Ward Patton Services:Have been held. Mrs. Bill Ward Patton, 83, of Ranchvale, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on Jan. 24, 1921, in Hope, to John Carroll and Laura Etta Ward. She attended school in Hope and college at Eastern New Mexico University, leaving to join […]

Fish, Terry Lynn

Terry Lynn Fish Services: Have been held. Terry Lynn Fish, 49, of Lubbock, a computer consultant, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at his home in Lubbock. He was born Feb. 28, 1955, in Clovis, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1973. He farmed in the Ranchvale community until he moved to Lubbock in 1995 […]

Religion Digest 10/31

First Christian Church First Christian Church is hosting a harvest festival, described by church officials as a safe environment for kids to have treats without the tricks. The event is set for 6:30 tonight at the church building across from Marshall Junior High at 1700 N. Main. Children are encouraged to dress up as Bible […]

Amendment 2 not answer to problems

Editor’s note: Wednesday is the deadline for receiving letters related to the Sept. 23 elections. New Mexicans go to the polls on Sept. 23 to vote on a Constitutional amendment to increase the allocation from the state’s Permanent Fund going to education. I believe changing New Mexico’s state Constitution is not the way to improve […]

Former pastor reports on his retirement

BRENHAM, Texas — A former Elida and Ranchvale pastor recently called the Clovis News Journal to report on his retirement status since leaving the Clovis-Portales area. The Rev. Lester Vinson was pastor of Elida Baptist Church for 2 1/2 years, interim pastor of Iglesia Bautista Bethel in Portales for 15 months and at Ranchvale Baptist […]