Speaker at annual MLK breakfast stresses importance of holiday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rufus Johnson spoke at Saturday’s 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at Clovis High School. Johnson urged attendees to use their day off on Jan. 19 to reflect on the freedoms they have and why they have them. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer In front of an audience […]

Trouble named Rufus runs overhead

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just heard Rufus again as he ran across the attic in my sons’ house in Mbale, Uganda. Though we hear him fairly regularly, mainly at night, we’re not sure that anyone has ever actually seen Rufus. But we’re 99.9 percent sure that Rufus, who is actually Rufus II […]

April 9, 1940

Jack Leon Echols, a veteran war-time pilot, was in Clovis for a speaking engagement. His topic: “Keeping our youth out of foreign wars.” … “The Grapes of Wrath” was showing at the State theater. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was at the Lyceum. “Gone With the Wind” was due to open at the Lyceum on […]

Rufus George

Rufus (J.R.) George Jr., 67, of Portales died Thursday, June 29, 2006, in Lubbock. Born Sept. 9, 1938, in Afton, Texas, to Alyne and Rufus E. George, he grew up in Burley, Idaho, where he graduated from high school in 1957. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1970 and Master’s […]

2/12 Anniversaries

Firestone Johnnie and Betty Firestone of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Roosevelt County Electric Coop hospitality room in Portales. The couple was married Feb. 12, 1956, in Portales. He is a farmer and rancher with operations in Floyd, Portales and Fort Sumner. She is […]

Good deed turned tragic at area farmhouse

Don McAlavy How would you feel if you caused the death of your wife? It’s unthinkable, but such a tragedy occurred in Curry County nearly 87 years ago. Sometime on the Sunday night of Sept. 2, 1917, on a farm about 20 miles northwest of Clovis, a man walked up to the house of Rufus […]