Soap Box Derby scheduled for June 18

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File photo Clovis’ 10th annual Soap Box Derby will be held at 9 a.m. June 18 on Sycamore Street near Yucca Middle School. Freedom New Mexico The 10th annual Clovis Soap Box Derby is scheduled to take place June 18. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Sycamore Street near Yucca Middle School, the race gives youngsters […]

Clovis teen reaches third round of All American Soap Box Derby

CNJ staff Clovis’ Daulton Hatley was eliminated in the third round of the All American Soap Box Derby’s Super Stock Division on Saturday in Akron, Ohio. The 13-year-old earned the trip to the national event by winning the local event in Clovis sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club.

Ticket feature: Clovis Soap Box Derby taking place Saturday

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File photo The ninth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on Sycamore Street. Freedom New Mexico Thirteen youngsters will gather Saturday for the ninth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. The race begins at 10 a.m. on Sycamore Street near Yucca Middle School. According to Director Larry Erwin, racers are ages […]

Soapbox derby takes off

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Valon Smith of Clovis concentrates on the course ahead as she waiting for her race to begin during Saturday’s Soapbox Derby. This is the third year Smith, 12, has participated in the derby. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After a friendly sibling race, Valon Smith figures it’s going to […]

Clovis Soap Box Derby scheduled for Saturday

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File photo The Clovis Soap Box Derby is scheduled for Saturday. Drivers are competing for a chance to race in the national championship in Akron, Ohio. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Saturday is race day, as 230-pound combos of car and racer battle for a trip to Akron, Ohio. The block of Sycamore Street […]

Swimming, Shaving, Soap, DDT, and Theology

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Swimming right after you eat is dangerous. Using antibacterial soap significantly decreases your chance of getting a cold. Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker. Getting chilled gives people colds. Road rage is an epidemic. Mouthwash cures bad breath. Sugar makes kids hyper. DDT is an awful chemical whose […]

Animals prepped for livestock show

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A hog looks through the gate of a washing station at the Curry County Fair Grounds Tuesday as his owner, 15-year-old Kayley Pelfrey scrubs his hind feet. Pelfrey said preparing livestock for show is a lot of hard work. By Sharna_Johnson: CNJ staff writer On the surface, it seems like […]

Racing is family affair

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Andrew Collings, 10, left, holds down the front axle of his soap box car while his father, Rick Collings, tightens the bolts to fix it to the car. Andrew is competing Saturday in the Clovis soap box derby for the first time. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Andrew Collings […]

Racer sweeps Soap Box Derby

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Alex Collings, rear, races Kyra Bussen Saturday at the Clovis Rotary Club’s sixth annual Soap Box Derby. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Each under 6 feet long, each weighing 230 pounds, car and driver pairs could be seen rolling down Sycamore Street Saturday morning and afternoon. At the end of […]

People frequently use escape methods

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist When it comes to escaping, soap heads are so passé, however cute they may appear on the tour of Alcatraz. Several soap heads were made by inmates to fool guards and give them time to break out of “The Rock” and most likely plunge to their deaths — in the angry, […]

Clovis kid competes in All-American Soap Box Derby

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In less than 29 seconds, Kelsie Schwartz’s hopes were dashed, but she said she’s not going to let it keep her down. Losing at the 69th All-American Soap Box Derby on Saturday taught the enthusiastic 12-year-old a lesson — she wants to do it again, she said. In an […]

Racers getting ready for Soap Box Derby

CNJ staff Young racers are revving up for the fifth annual Clovis Soap Box Derby. The event, which is sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Sycamore Street. According to Director Larry Erwin, 15 participants ages 10 to 18 will vie for the right to […]

Soap Box Derby zooms to finish

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Logan Garner, 12, of Clovis, heads down the race track during Saturday’s Soap Box Derby on Sycamore Street in Clovis. Garner finished the derby in fifth place. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Eric Collings said he was not at all surprised when he zoomed away as champion of Clovis’ Soap […]

Clovis Soap Box Derby to take place in June, featuring home-made hill

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Geoffrey Holmes, 8, leads Tara DeWitt as he heads to the finish line during the final race in the 3rd annual Soap Box Derby last year in Clovis. Holmes won the Derby and raced in Akron, Ohio. (File photo) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Back in 1960, 14-year-old speedster Larry Erwin fastened his Soap […]

Ranchvale student wins Clovis Soap Box Derby, trip to nationals

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Jared Womack, 12, of Clovis, left, and Stephanie Martinez, 14, of Clovis, race down Sycamore Street during the 3rd annual Soap Box Derby Saturday in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham: CNJ correspondent Eight-year-old Geoffrey Holmes could not contain his excitement Saturday morning as he stood with his mother and awaited the […]

Clovis racers on their soap box

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Seventeen Clovis youngsters are signed up to race in this year’s Clovis Soap Box Derby, sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club. The winner of Clovis’ “Gravity Grande Prix” will join more than 400 other young racers for the 67th running of the American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs […]

Most readers won’t miss ‘Sex and the City’

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if participants would miss “Sex and the City.” Some responses: “Inasmuch as my personal ‘Sex and the City’ (Kansas City, from where we moved to Clovis in l990) was satisfactory, I didn’t feel a need to view the TV program, and never did.” — Harold Burris, Clovis “I […]

Sometimes mistakes help us come out clean

Judy Brandon Think about this: sometimes our mistakes can turn out to be blessings. As a child, I loved Ivory soap. I was so amazed that it floated in the water when I took a bath. Then I would see the commercial on television — “Ivory Soap: the soap that floats!” The Ivory soap commercial […]

Soap Box Derby winner headed to Ohio

By Janet Bresenham The victory Saturday by Lucinda Fritz, 11, in Clovis’ 2nd annual All-American Soap Box Derby came about after a series of challenges. “I got my tonsils out the 29th of May,” Lucinda explained. “Then I had to go back in the hospital twice and have another surgery because I was bleeding. Later, […]

Soapbox derby draws 15 competitors and plenty of support from family

By Janet Bresenham Keeping your head down can prove helpful for many situations in life. For the Clovis Soap Box Derby, it can mean the difference between winning or losing a run. “You duck your head down as low as you can go,” said Morgan Mayfield, 10, of Texico, in between heats of her first […]