Author visits area elementary students

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James Bickley Elementary fourth grader Andres Garza plays a pot belly pig as interaction with author Susan Stevens Crummel during a her presentation at the school Friday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Her granddaughter refers to her simply as “book.” It isn’t too difficult to understand why: Susan Stevens-Crummel is the […]

Clovis music book continues after co-author’s death

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Back in 1997 my musician friend Larry Buchanan discovered that Waldo O’Neal, who moved to Clovis and is buried in the W. 7th cemetery, had written five songs which were recorded by the famous Blue Yodeler, Jimmie Rodgers. Larry and I decided to write a book on music made in and […]

Ghost stories spooky fun in any culture

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program […]

Reality show scouting area for participants

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer NBC and recording artist Amy Grant are looking to grant wishes in the Clovis area as part of “Three Wishes,” a new prime-time television series that will spotlight people or communities with inspiring stories. Senior Casting Producer Traci Green said Grant specifically asked NBC to do a casting call […]

Former pastor chose to convey stories of the Bible in new way

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer From Genesis to Revelation, he’s got it down to an art. Paul Chinikidiadi of Gone Fishin’ Ministry in Clovis has created a unique and interactive way of teaching God’s word through woodcarving. Chinikidiadi (Chin-a-kid-ie-odd-ie), 51, started carving as a hobby as a young adult. His first works were of […]

Newspapers complement education

Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to think of any ingredient to success as important as a good education. Unique talents, be they athletic, artistic or scholastic, certainly play their roles. Hard work always has its place. Even dumb luck leads some to success. Whatever other factors help a person find success, none has played a leading […]

Military encouraged to write of war

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Countless stories of hometown war heroes have graced the pages of newspapers across the country. News stations broadcast the coming and going of troops, their funerals and their family’s joys and sorrows. But no news service can get completely in the minds of soldiers, to tell the most intimate […]

Place your bets on 2005’s top stories

By Ned Cantwell A pretty good year, was 2004, until a bunch of scumbags — and by scumbags we’re talking your basic media here — came along and made us read all those year-end stories. There was the best of this, the best of that. The top 10 here, the top 10 there. Even Dave […]

Would you like to see my surgical scars?

Helena Rodriguez This month I celebrate the second anniversary of a major surgery I had in 2002. Before you think I’m off the wall — regular readers already know this — I don’t normally observe the anniversaries of my surgeries. I just happened to stumble across this date when I started journaling again. Historically, all […]

National parks: Our treasures

Clyde Davis When I was a kid, I loved to read stories about animals of all kinds. Fiction, truth, you name it, I loved to read stories in which the heroes had fur, fins, or feathers. I remember quite clearly that each time a bear was the focus of the story, the words used to describe […]

Best way to cheer up is other’s misery

Bob Huber: Local columnist When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw […]

Award-winning documentary to air today on KENW-TV

CNJ STAFF Although a documentary on the fight against polio is to debut nationally on public television stations the week of April 26, the Clovis and Portales area will get a sneak preview, according to Barry Smith with Shepley Winings Public Relations Inc. April is the 50th anniversary of the first national testing of Jonas […]

Website commemorates 9/11 with stories, pictures

By Tom DiFrancesca III It’s now year 2004. Time sure seems to fly as I get older. To think, the infamous date of Sept. 11, 2001, is now years behind us, and yet it still feels like yesterday. I don’t believe that date is too far back in anyone’s mind — probably won’t be for […]

Web site commemorates 9/11 with stories, pictures

Tom DiFrancesca It’s now year 2004. Time sure seems to fly as I get older. To think, the infamous date of Sept. 11, 2001, is now years behind us, and yet it still feels like yesterday. I don’t believe that date is too far back in anyone’s mind — probably won’t be for a very […]

Take a virtual tour of England — it’s worth your time

Tom DiFrancesca I’ve just returned from yet another trip to Great Britain — virtually that is. At the request of my friend Jason, who works for British Tours Ltd. — I re-visited their Web site at www.britishtours.com/ and I’m glad that I did. This time, I got to roam the grounds of the Tower of […]

Teachers regale with ‘old war stories’

Bob Huber As a card-carrying member of the Old Geezer Party, I take great pleasure chewing the fat with contemporaries over tales of bygone school days — you know, back when teachers were mean, ugly, stupid dinosaurs, and all the kids were brilliant scholars. “Do you remember that goofy old Miz Gluttenflugger? One time she […]

Master muralist brings the Bible to Master’s

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Josh McCallister is painting a Bible scene mural at Master’s Books showing the Israelites crossing the Jordan River. When finished, the 360-degree mural will show Bible scenes in a time line of events. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Gary Mitchell Mural painter Josh McCallister tends to be tough on himself and his artwork, so he […]

Bush should give America ‘whole picture’

Freedom Newspapers You have to give President Bush this much. Unlike the previous occupant of the Oval Office, who offered insincere promises (by Christmas — well, maybe late spring) concerning when U.S. troops would be finished in Bosnia or Kosovo (they’re still there), President Bush is willing to tell the American people that Iraq “will […]

Residents to share experiences with readers

Welcome to My Life. That’s a new feature that begins today in the Clovis News Journal. Each week, the newspaper will recruit a different local resident to share his or her life’s experiences through the pages of a daily diary. Muleshoe mayor and restaurant owner Victor Leal is our first volunteer. His diary will appear […]

Family provides stories

By Clyde Davis Editor’s note: Clyde Davis won a first-place award on June 21 for his story, “Pluggy the Mule Hero,” from Panhandle Professional Writers. This is the way it happened — the story behind the story. I had never thought of myself as a children’s story writer, but the way in which we perceive […]