Officials investigate liquor license for fairgrounds

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer County officials are researching obtaining a license to serve liquor at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Curry County Fairgrounds Manager Justus Anderson is gathering information on how county officials would acquire the license, he said during a Tuesday Curry County Commission meeting. Officials envision serving alcohol in a contained and […]

Feb. 18, 1919

A.B. Austin & Son was paying 18 cents per pound for hens and 21 cents per pound for turkeys. … Russell Smith had been discharged from the Navy and returned to Clovis. … The Clovis Broom Factory was producing “excellent brooms which can be found on sale with every first class grocerman in Clovis.” … […]

Consultant hired to examine Special Events Center bids

By CNJ staff An outside consultant has been hired to examine the construction bids for the county’s Special Events Center Curry County Manager Dick Smith told the Curry County Commissioners in January that three of the bids — which comprise 60 percent of the cost of the project — were more than double the cost […]

Leaders assess local projects

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis and Curry County leaders talked roads, projects and progress Tuesday at a joint city/county luncheon. Curry County Commission Chairman Albin Smith said the quarterly luncheon is “an opportunity for us to sit right here and have a brainstorming session … and also for us to pat ourselves on […]

Parental fine pushes officials’ control too far

By Freedom Newspapers It had to happen. Now there’s a politician who wants to get the law-making process involved in the delicate business of teacher-parent relations. Rep. Wayne Smith, a Republican from Baytown, Texas, has filed a bill that would allow a $500 fine to be levied on parents who miss a meeting with their […]

Movie theater plan rolling

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners began paving the way Thursday for a 10-screen movie complex to be built in the city’s northern corridor behind Roden Smith Village on Llano Estacado Boulevard. Commissioners approved introduction of an ordinance at their meeting that would revise off-street parking standards and amend the existing code […]

Hotel Clovis fate in officials’ hands

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners want a deadline set for a use to be found for the vacant Hotel Clovis — or have it torn down. During a study session after adjournment of Thursday’s formal meeting, commissioners heard from outgoing Clovis MainStreet President Zala Smith that money is needed for the […]

County takes second look at high bids

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials are suffering from sticker shock after reviewing construction bids for the Special Events Center project. Curry County Manager Dick Smith told the county commissioners on Wednesday three of the bids — which comprise 60 percent of the cost of the project — more than double the […]

Empty Stocking Fund donor list

Freedom Newspapers The following people and companies donated to the Empty Stocking Fund in 2006. The remaining donations were made anonymously. SEI-CCS LLC, $500 Michelle and Terry Poynor, $20 Michael Majors, $150 Richard Haseloff, $100 Ward Brothers Tractors, $250 D.L. Coffman, $50 Leona Sikes, $50 Ruth Breuhl, $35 L.J. Pool, $25 Gladys Castle, $25 Fred […]

Escape prompts jail policy changes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Officials are revising jail protocol and policy after an inmate escaped last month and it took two days before law enforcement was notified, said Curry County Manager Dick Smith. The Dec. 23 escape from Curry County Adult Detention Center prompted a two-fold administrative and criminal investigation by officials and area […]

County Commission enters new term

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Albin Smith and Frank Blackburn were tabbed by fellow Curry County Commissioners to lead the five-person governing body during Wednesday’s meeting. Smith, a local dairy owner, was unanimously elected as chairman. He replaced Tim Ashley. “Thank you. I appreciate it,” Smith said after switching seats with Ashley. “I look […]

ENMU graduates take next step

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Jennifer Lockwood is congratulated by Jim Constantopoulos Saturday after receiving her diploma at Eastern New Mexico University’s graduation ceremony at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Amid cheering friends and family, 250 graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas Saturday during commencement ceremonies at Eastern New Mexico […]

January 8, 1955

Stagner and Sons Inc. obtained building permits from Clovis City Hall, announcing plans for 78 new homes in the north part of Clovis. The homes had a combined value of “over a half million dollars,” according to the “Clovis News-Journal.” … Dunlap’s at 318 Main was having a “January clearance sale.” Cotton blouses were $1.93 […]

Plea satisfies victim’s family

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The sisters of Laura McNaughton, Krystal Beardmore, front, and Jacqueline Beardmore, rear, weep after speaking at the sentencing of James Smith Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A grain of peace has been given the family of a slain Clovis mother by a Tuesday […]

Dentist headed to prison

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James Smith signs a plea agreement Tuesday morning, while CO-Counsel for defense Rebecca Reese,left, looks on. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. Laura McNaughton’s family had strong words for the Clovis woman’s convicted killer during a sentencing hearing Tuesday […]

Death penalty motion OK’d

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James Smith,right, is escorted into the court room of Judge Joe Parker at the Curry County Courthouse Monday afternoon by Transport Officer Cliff Chilcoat. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Content in this report may be offensive to some readers. A district judge ruled Monday probable cause exists […]

Impact of McNaughton slaying still lingers

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David and Maria Beardmore placed a cross to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found a year ago. (File photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Case file • The victim: Laura McNaughton, 30, mother of two. Her nude body was found Dec. 10, 2005, by hunters near Pleasant […]

Honor Rolls continued

Yucca Junior High Cont. Christopher M. Potocki, Kelsey A. Poulin, Monica Y. Sanchez, Chris D. Sharp, Daniel A. Smith, Garrett C. Smith, Jill E. Southard, Brice J. Stacy, Megan L. Sundquist, Jared A. Swenson, Michelle V. Tijerina, Emilee G. Tipton, James M. Townsend, Michael C. Villa, Madeline R. Whitmore, Joshua D. Wickham, Randi N. Wood, […]

Dentist faces death-penalty hearing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A three-day hearing to determine whether or not prosecutors can seek the death penalty against a Clovis dentist starts Monday, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said attorneys for both sides will also argue approximately 35 motions before the judge. During the proceedings, known as an […]

Officials getting pay hike

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners approved a 12 percent salary increase for elected officials Tuesday during a regular meeting. The increased was approved unanimously after a motion by Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley for a 15 percent salary increase failed. Commissioners Kathrynn Tate and Albin Smith opposed the 15 percent hike. […]