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 […]