Wildcats roll over El Paso-Austin in Artesia

CNJ Staff The Clovis boys basketball team got what they needed Thursday night as they blew out El Paso Austin 68-26 in the first round of the 2004 Artesia City of Champions Classic. The game was never close as Clovis (3-0) built a 17-4 lead after the first quarter. Seniors Tigg Bunton and Dominique Easterlin […]

Wildcats’ eyes on 5A prize

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Seniors Tigg Bunton, left, and Dominique Easterlin hope to make their presence known in the paint and bring a state basketball championship to Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Success breeds confidence and several Clovis Wildcats will take to the hardwood this boys basketball season teeming with memories of past […]

Sudden impact: Cats defense has posted back-to-back shutouts.

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Senior running back Phillip Williams draws a crowd wherever he goes. (Staff photo: Rick White) Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis junior linebacker Jonathan Sweet said the turning point on defense began a month ago in a loss to La Cueva, which seems odd since the top-ranked Bears put a 40-point hickey on the Wildcats. […]

No small feat

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Clovis senior Nick Welsh is tied for sixth on the team with 22 tackles and leads the team with five passes defended. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Straddling a bench in the Clovis locker room before practice, Nick Welsh grows increasingly agitated about questions directed at his size. Although he […]

How Sweet it is

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Clovis junior running back Tanner Fickling can’t corral a pass in front of defender Elliot Hita during practice Wednesday at the high school. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ sports editor He comes from a long line of Clovis Wildcats. His brother Kane was an all-state Wildcat linebacker in the mid-90s and […]

Clovis High graduates encouraged to find a purpose greater than themselves

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Clovis senior Justin Pinckney speaks to nearly 400 fellow graduating seniors about “The Game of Life” during Saturday’s Clovis High School commencement at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer As nearly 400 members of the Clovis High School Class of 2004 prepared to graduate Saturday morning, […]

Clovis High principal resigns

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School Principal Andy Sweet announced Friday he will step down at the school year’s end. Sweet will finish this school year as principal and return next school year to teach mathematics at the high school, said Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Jim McDaniel. Yucca Junior High Principal Jody […]

Billy the Kid — Outlaw’s authenticity no issue for museum

By Michelle Seeber, Freedom Newspapers Tourist destinations at Fort Sumner certain they have the correct body in the proper grave. Fort Sumner’s Lula Sweet is pretty adamant that Bill the Kid rests below the ground not far from where she works. Sweet, wife of Don Sweet and mother of Tim Sweet, all of whom own […]

Recent actions at schools appear dictatorial

By Tristan Carpenter, student As a proud ex-student of Clovis High School, I am outraged with my alma mater’s recent dictatorial administrative practices. Banning faculty from wearing blue jeans, censoring student publications, and punishing three students for exercising their First Amendment rights is indicative of a system that refuses to address the major problems facing […]

Three CHS students punished for protest

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Three Clovis High School students have received in-school suspension for passing out a flier at school protesting administrative censorship of their school newspaper. Purple Press editor Matthew Coker and two reporters said they were punished for violating school procedures in distributing the fliers on school property without prior administrative […]

Farwell resident turns 100 today

Reporter’s Notebook Mae Purselley will reach the century mark in age today. The resident of the Farwell Convalescent Center is a sweet lady who enjoys watching television and engaging in the occasional joke session, said Christine Garcia, a nurse at the center. “Once in a while she jokes around. Everybody just loves her. She’s a […]

Weddings 4/4 – Sweet

Sweet Keri Kristine Schneider of Whiteboro, Texas, and Kane Sweet of Lubbock were joined in marriage on Dec. 20, 2003, at the Woods Street Church of Christ in Sherman, Texas. Tracy Fleet officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Billy and Jimmie Schneider of Whitesboro. She is the granddaughter of Eric and Pat […]

Weddings 3/28 – Sweet

Sweet Keri Kristine Schneider of Whiteboro, Texas, and Kane Sweet of Lubbock were joined in marriage on Dec. 20, 2003, at the Woods Street Church of Christ in Sherman, Texas. Tracy Fleet officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Billy and Jimmie Schneider of Whitesboro. She is the granddaughter of Eric and Pat […]

Music formulates the mind

By Bonnie Brown: Guest Columnist Editors Note: This is the second in a series of columns celebrating Music in Our Schools Week. I love music because it lifts me up when I am down and gives me an attitude of praise, no matter where I am or what I am doing. Contemporary Gospels are my […]

Unwitting student: Popcorn tasted too sweet, kind of stale

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Audi Parrish was offered popcorn during her Monday lunch period, she didn’t like the taste. “I only had two pieces,” the Marshall Junior High student said. “I felt it was really, really sweet when I first put it in my mouth, not a bad sweet, but just sweet. Then it […]

Public Record 12/26

Compiled from court records from Dec. 18 through Dec. 22 Marriage Licenses Charles Christopher Martinez, 22, and Monique Marie Duffield, 37, both of Clovis. Paul Andrew Macias, 31, of Clovis, and Regina Renae Oden, 29, of Portales. William Charley Musick, 77, and Frances Lona Priebe, 77, both of Clovis. George Ruperto Gonzales, 57, and Ninfa […]

Memories of Thanksgiving

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for favorite Thanksgiving memories. Some responses: “Our most memorable Thanksgiving was three years ago, when three friends of mine and I volunteered at the Salvation Army to help feed the less fortunate from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. While we were there doing that, my […]

Parenting Anonymous helps solve problems

Special to the CNJ Parents Anonymous Inc, an organization dedicated to having parents help parents, is getting its start in the area. Dawn Pivonka, executive director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited and a certified trainer in Parents Anonymous, said the group offers parents a chance to freely share concerns, problems and possible solutions to parenting in […]