Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Manuel Thomas traces a map of Pearl Harbor as he recounts where each ship was the day of the 1941 attack by the Japanese. A Hawaii native, Thomas worked as a welder in the harbor until after the war. Sharna Johnson A single tear gathered in his right eye and […]

Students learn about food chain through owl pellets

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo James Bickley Elementary fourth grader Gerardo Valenzuela picks fur off of a skull. Liliana Castillo A class of about 20 fourth-graders dissected what looked like hairballs Wednesday at James Bickley Elementary School. The subject of their regard with tweezers and other tools were owl pellets. Owls eat their food in […]

Education feature: School district building projects coming closer to construction

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Wilson and Company Architects Janet Lacy goes over blueprints of James Bickley with the staff Wednesday during a preliminary construction meeting. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Schools in Clovis are slowly getting closer to seeing “hammer and nail” construction across the district. Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley and […]

Education feature: Walking program promotes healthy lifestyle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Students earn toe tokens and mile markers for walking. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Some Barry Elementary students spend their recess walking in groups, meandering slowly, or stroll by themselves while others jog or sprint around the quarter-mile track. The students decided Tuesday they are walking to Hawaii, one […]

Man recounts finding 7-year-old in wrecked jeep

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer On a dark, deserted road, five friends returning to town after visiting a friend quickly gained on the vehicle ahead as it slowly criss-crossed the highway. Many possibilities circled through their minds — a drunk driver, a crime in progress, someone ill or injured. But nothing prepared them for […]

Letter to the Editor: Gasoline pricing strategy long outdated

I have waited much too long to comment on the price of gasoline, so here goes. The 9/10 cent pricing practice was initiated at a time when a 1/10 cent saving per gallon of motor fuel represented a much larger portion of the total purchase price than is the case today. The industry-wide and unchanging […]

Snap judgements frequently lead spirit awry

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist This Father’s Day weekend, I remember a talk I had with my father when my attitude was less than Christianlike. It was years ago and all the teenagers were sitting at the back of the church. As my minister father walked to the pulpit, a strange man stepped into the […]

Don’t judge or look down on your brother

by Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Have you ever passed judgment on someone else without knowing all the facts? I’ve told this story before, but it never goes out of style: One Sunday night about 1963, I was sitting on the back pew at church with the rest of the teenagers. My father was preaching and […]

Students help lift fall fog

Cheryl Cunningham Editor’s note: Cheryl Cunningham, 40, is a fifth-grade teacher at Cameo Elementary School in Clovis. Her diary will be published through Friday. Manic Monday always starts out with a few taps (or slams) of the snooze button. As fall approaches, the mornings seem more dark and damp as I feel my way to […]

Snap judgments mostly are a little faulty

By Judy Brandon It has been many years, but that Sunday night long ago is still clear in my mind. God knew all about me and my attitude and still it hurts a little even today when I think about my attitude that night. It was about 1963. The teenagers at church customarily all sat […]