Police Blotter: May 28, 2004

A Clovis restaurant manager called police about 9 a.m. Monday to report that an employee’s cash drawer had come up $235.79 short and the night manager had no explanation. The restaurant manager informed police that cash shortages have been occurring more and more frequently at the restaurant. She told police she had directed the night […]

Lot being considered for new IHOP

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer If all the plans come together, Clovis residents won’t have to make a run to Lubbock or Amarillo for a “Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity” breakfast. They’ll be able to dine on the trademarked breakfast of two eggs, two bacon strips, two pork sausage links and two buttermilk pancakes […]

Quiznos and new Leal’s are planned

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis continues to add businesses. The owner of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday committed to adding a second restaurant in the city. Also, remodeling to a Prince Street building is underway for national crafts chain Hancock Fabrics and city officials said plans are set for a new shopping center […]

Chili’s hot for Clovis

By Glen Seeber A Chili’s Grill & Bar Family Restaurant will open in Clovis this fall, a spokesman for Brinker International Inc. said Monday. “We’re very excited to be bringing Chili’s to Clovis,” Chris Barnes said. “We have signed a lease on a property in Clovis.” The new restaurant will be located in a lot […]

Restaurant owner claims inspector targeting his business

By Jack King A Curry County restaurant owner has charged that over-regulation and a “vendetta” by a state electrical inspector forced him to close his restaurant in December. But city and state officials said questions were raised about whether the restauranteur — Will Cockrell, owner of The Restaurant at Fox Run — followed proper, even […]

It’s a new year baby

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Maria Rodriguez holds her new baby boy Francisco Saturday at Plains Regional Medical Center. Francisco was first born in 2004 at 8:16 a.m. Friday, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Maria Rodriguez of Muleshoe, Texas, said she wants to thank the many Clovis businesses and individuals who donated […]

Q&A: Muleshoe mayor to devote time to restaurant commitments

Muleshoe Mayor Victor Leal, 41, has announced his intention to resign in January. He said he plans to move to Amarillo and open a new Leal’s Mexican Restaurant. Q: You’ve made no secret about your political aspirations. How has politics influenced your decision to move to Amarillo after spending most of your life in your […]

Minor fire fought at restaurant

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Clovis firefighters extinguished a blaze in the bathroom of the Kripple Creek Restaurant, 2400 N. Prince, about 3 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported and damage was minor, officials said. Lt. Mike Inge of the Clovis Fire Department said seven employees and an undetermined number of diners were in the building when a […]

New stores mean new jobs in Clovis

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The parking lot at the corner of 21st and Prince, vacant since Kmart left Clovis, is now filling with cars of shoppers at the new Hobby Lobby store. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. Gary Mitchell Hobby Lobby Creative Center co-manager Roger Lusk said he was pleasantly surprised at the warm reception the new arts […]

Hobby Lobby sets sights on Clovis

By Gary Mitchell Another major chain has selected Clovis for the site of a new store. Hobby Lobby Creative Center officials announced Monday plans to open an arts and crafts retail store in Clovis in the former Kmart. Officials said construction will begin soon and the store will be open by this fall. The seventh […]

Eating a way of charity

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Joshua Bonney, 2, shows his father Mark Bonney a burrito as they eat with their family during the 13th annual Food Fest Thursday at North Plains Mall. By Helena Rodriguez Jalapeno peanut brittle. Shrimp cocktail. Ribs. Strawberry shortcake. Fried wontons. Burritos. Strawberry smoothies. Pizza. A smorgasbord — from appetizers to entrees to dessert, not necessarily […]