Holiday spending surprises retailers

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Positive thinking and confidence in the Clovis economy may have contributed to a strong holiday season for local retailers. Local store owners and managers have seen a healthy bump in sales this month, and some are saying the perception of a strong Clovis economy may be part of the […]

Empty stocking: 12-20-04

Today’s focus: Alice Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “I was unemployed for five months and right now I need help. It’s hard trying to pay bills and get the extras for my children.” Clothing needs: Boy pants size 18-20; girl pants size 8; boy shirts size 18-20; girls shirts size 8; boy shoes […]

Empty stocking — Monday, Nov. 29

CNJ staff Today’s focus: Judy Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “This year has been hard. The bills have kinda put our family behind a little bit.” Her holiday hopes: “The Salvation Army will be of great help this year for the holidays.” Clothing needs: 8, 3T and 2T girls’ pants and shirts. Size […]

Hitchhiking is not entirely a bad thing

by Grant McGee There are plenty of opinions and stories about the pitfalls of picking up hitchhikers. If I decide to give someone a ride I guess it’s because I think “that could be me there.” I don’t think hitchhiking is entirely a bad thing. Wal-Mart’s Sam Walton allegedly engaged in what I’d call hitchhiking […]

Behind the Scenes 10/12

by John Manulis, Producer of “Believe in Me” Editor’s note: The producers of “Believe in Me,” a film about a 1960s Oklahoma girl’s basketball team’s run at the state title, will write a daily diary in the Clovis News Journal until filming ends in Clovis later this month. For me, the “magic of the movies” […]