Salesman stint didn’t result in millions

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I received a phone call the other day from one of our Clovis car dealerships. “Hello Mr. McGee,” the voice said. “We’re just making some random calls today to see who wants to buy a car.” The poor guy’s voice couldn’t have been more transparent. What I heard was, “We […]

June 30, 1933

J.N. Cook grocery, 511 W. Seventh, was selling bread for 4 cents per loaf. … Piggly Wiggly had Kellogg’s Rice Krispies for 9 cents per package. … Clovis Fruit Market, Fourth and Pile, had watermelon for 2 cents per pound. … Clovis fight fans were looking forward to a July 4 card that included Clovis’ […]

May 3, 1972

Woolworth, open until 9 p.m., was selling record albums for 47 cents, 8 track tapes for $2.99 and tape cassettes for $2.99. … “Bonnie and Clyde” was showing at the Yucca drive-in theater. Promotional material read, “They’re young, they’re in love and they kill people.” Admission was $1. … Anthony’s was suggesting polyester double-knit tunic-top […]

March 17, 1948

Anthony’s was selling bedspreads for $5 and lace tablecloths for $2. … Five men were fined $25 each for drinking in public. Another man was fined $25 for wife beating, the Clovis News-Journal reported. … Woody Electric Co. at 117 W. Grand was offering free 10-day home demonstrations on radio-phonographs.

March 17, 1948

Anthony’s was selling bedspreads for $5 and lace tablecloths for $2. … Five men were fined $25 each for drinking in public. Another man was fined $25 for wife beating, the Clovis News-Journal reported. … Woody Electric Co. at 117 W. Grand was offering free 10-day home demonstrations on radio-phonographs.

Gamers test Madden ’07 dexterity

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer For Clovis Civic Center managers Brock Neely and Isaac Siaz, their love of video games turned into an idea they believe can benefit the Clovis community. Siaz and Neely have started a video game tournament for all those Madden ’07 fiends who dominate their friends and any other competition […]

Occupational dreams fill busy weekend

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Pondering being a goat herder, selling fudge from town to town, riding a Spanish bicycle, looking for treasure in Clovis, visiting a Celtic Faire in Amarillo … it was all part of a High Plains weekend. Afterward, it occurred to me there’s plenty to do around here. Come along through […]

Self-projected racism perpetuates cycle

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “Can you show me the doll that looks bad?” The two baby dolls are identical except that one has pale skin, the other is dark. The little black girl, maybe 5 years old, has been holding up the pale doll, but in response to the question, she puts it down […]

Government using wrong argument for sale of forest

Freedom Newspapers The Bush administration isn’t exactly a fount of sensible policy making, as it spends tax dollars wildly and proposes one government expansion after another. But even when the administration does something wise and reasonable, its Democratic critics howl and squeal to high heaven. The administration announced this month a plan to sell an […]

The selling of spirituality misleads people

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Our recent trip to Sedona, Ariz., brought us in touch with one of the most striking landscapes I have ever encountered. The red rock formations that we were able to do a little hiking among, the spectacular views that we were treated to, and the sensory overload on the beauty […]

Changing the world: Texico students raise money for tsunami victims

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Texico fourth-grader D.J. Griego donated more than $5 to a penny drive Tuesday at the school started to help tsunami victims. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Mega-Hollywood stars grabbed the spotlight Saturday night with a telethon to benefit survivors of the tsunami that ravaged southern Asia. But locally — with […]

A.L. Gurley: Pioneer entrepreneur

One of the busier pioneers who helped in the making of Clovis was A. L. Gurley. He made his fortune in broomcorn and oil. Success in oil was the tricky part! This is how it came about: First he married his childhood sweetheart, Myrtle Poor, in Purdy, Mo. That was in 1903. They headed west […]

Shops drop costs

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Shoppers walk past one of many signs offering post-Christmas sales Saturday at North Plains Mall. Stores were slashing prices in hopes of luring shoppers into spending money after Christmas. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis businesses did well with their post-Christmas sales, according to store managers who said much of their […]

Merchants have gifts for little kids and big ‘kids’

By Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really […]

Summer sales heating up

By Janet Bresenham With summer fast approaching and already reaching the 100-degree mark, the thoughts of shoppers appear to be turning toward backyard barbecues, landscaping and staying cool. Hank Bean, a sales associate in the Garden Center at Clovis’ Wal-Mart Supercenter, said the store has been busy selling summer-type items the last two weeks. “We […]