Oct. 2, 1983

The Clovis News-Journal reported the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler was the No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Record Hits. … Roden-Smith advertised that it sold Hello Kitty accessory items. … Ted Hare was named as president of the Clovis Board of Realtors at the Board of Realtor’s annual banquet.

Dentist not being sought in Oklahoma homicides

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File photo Former Clovis dentist James Smith is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Laura McNaugton. The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A New Mexico dentist serving life in prison for murder is no longer a “person of interest” in the unsolved killings of several prostitutes in the Lawton area. Oklahoma State Bureau […]

Fair concludes without typical rainy weather

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Ticket sales for the Curry County Fair totalled about $88,000. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Preparations for this year’s Curry County Fair included roof work and chip sealing of the food court area in case of rain. But not a drop fell during last week’s fair, a rarity according […]

Shoppers get break on tax-free weekend

By Tony Gutierrez and MIckey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico will have its third annual tax-free weekend Friday through Sunday. The state-mandated holiday is meant to coincide with students returning to schools. Tax-exempt items include school supplies less than $15, clothing less than $100, computers less than $1,000 and computer accessories less than $500, according […]

Commissioners adopt 4 percent budget increase

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners adopted a $9.3 million operational budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year at a special meeting Wednesday, about 4 percent higher than the previous year’s budget. The 2006-2007 budget was $8.9 million, although only about $7.9 million was spent. County Manager Dick Smith said county departments received […]

Purple Pride: CHS seniors urged to take a stand

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Vincent Beltran, right, cheers on classmates as they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas at Clovis High’s graduation Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. Beltran was one of 352 seniors to receive their diplomas. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Sitting together for the last time, donned in purple […]

Mesilla Valley blanks Elida behind lefty

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOS LUNAS — Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. He inserted a reliever, Caleb Widner, in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team a chance to chip away at the […]

Dentist ‘person of interest’ in homicides

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A local dentist serving a life sentence for killing a Clovis woman is considered a “person of interest” in connection with four unsolved homicides in Oklahoma, according to a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigators. Jessica Brown said Saturday that agents are investigating whether James Smith is connected […]

Court TV plans to air local homicide case

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File photo By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The case of a Clovis woman killed by a local dentist will be featured on a nationally televised crime show. In mid-April, family and friends of Laura McNaughton and local law enforcement participated in interviews and investigation reenactments and provided photos for the show “Body of Evidence: […]

Newman Project gets off ground

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Richard and Louise Smith value their independence, however, health problems and a string of attempted break-ins have left them worried about their safety. Peace of mind arrived for the retired Portales couple Thursday via the Newman Project, a senior safety program instituted by District Attorney Matt Chandler’s office. […]

Road funds go wrong way

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent It’s a good bet Curry County commissioners have heard the old saying about not looking a gift-horse in the mouth. On Tuesday, the county’s governing body didn’t hesitate to accept $1.8 million in state funds to repair a road in Curry County — even though it wasn’t the road earmarked […]

It’s their business: Smith RV & Marine

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CNJ staff photo: Jean Verlich Smith RV & Marine, located at 920 E. First St., sells RVs, boats and accessories. By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Name: Smith RV & Marine Location: 920 East First St. What they do: Sell and service RVs and boats; and sell a complete line of RV accessories from appliances […]

April 11, 1959

Dr. Elwyn Crume was president of the Clovis Toastmasters Club. He was planning a speech contest for high school boys. … Price Drugs, 318 Main St., was giving away a 1959 Studebaker Lark VI four-door sedan in a promotional drawing. … Freckles, Mutt & Jeff and Susie Q. Smith were popular comics. … Sears was […]

March 2007 Business Licenses

The following business licenses were obtained from the city of Clovis in March: Johnson Controls Inc. Type: Heating/Air Conditioning Owner: Charles Steele Location: 8316 Washington St., Albuquerque Llano Enterprises Inc. Type: Farm Supplies Owner: Robert and Regina Dart Location: 305 N. Connelly St. Auto Tech Type: Auto Parts Owner: Justin Weese Location: 504 E. Second […]

Events Center plans take shape

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners approved the final plans and construction bids Tuesday for the Special Events Center during a regular meeting. Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the multi-purpose facility will cost $80 per square foot, or $7 million total including kitchen equipment. The construction bids were originally let in […]

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 […]

Club Awards

Plains Regional Medical Center Plains Regional Medical Center held its annual awards luncheon March 20 at Holiday Inn, attended by 68 auxilians and Hoyt Skabelund, hospital administrator; Liz Crouch, chief operating officer and chief nurse officer, and Jim Peters, auxiliary state president. Ramona Parker gave the introduction and Joy Melton the invocation, with the welcome […]

Class covers alluring subject

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The Rev. Clyde Davis, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales, finishes painting one of his handmade wooden fishing lures. Davis will teach an Eastern New Mexico University class on how to carve lures. (Freedom Newspapers: Mickey Winfield) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man has perfected a craft that will help land largemouth […]

Cliff overwhelms Elida in semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Based upon results in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament, Elida’s followers might suspect that their Tigers would stand a pretty even chance with Cliff in the semifinals. But everything’s an inexact science in the state’s smallest classification, where teams from different corners […]

Dora pushes past Springer

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Dora’s Hector Fierro is fouled by Springer’s Johnny Chavez during a Class 1A state quarterfinal game Wednesday at Rio Rancho High. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — After Dora’s thrilling 55-54 victory over Springer in a Class 1A quarterfinal game, Coyote Kyler Smith said he had heard of a […]