Walraven, Sarah

Sarah Walraven Services: Have been held. Sarah I. Walraven, 67, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at her home. She was born on Jan. 14, 1938, in Fort Sumner, to Thomas Jefferson and Lorena Armentia Hurst Duncan. She was raised and attended school in Fort Sumner and graduated in 1956. She married Jack […]

Summer league prepares teams for next season

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Clovis High School sophomore Layne Strebeck drives to the basket during a summer league game against Logan on Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Logan on a last-second basket. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s a long time until November, but area high school basketball teams are starting to […]

Errors doom Wildcats in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Wildcats had a chance Saturday to rebound from a shaky start to the District 4-5A season. But they dropped the ball. Or overthrew it. Or bobbled it. Carlsbad completed a three-game sweep Saturday by beating Clovis 20-7. Carlsbad beat the error-prone Wildcats 16-6 and 11-7 wins Friday. “At this […]

Wildcats swept at Artesia after beating Levelland

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Clovis senior John Props pitched three innings and was credited with the victory in Clovis’ 6-4 win over Levelland Friday at Bell Park. This was Props’ first outing on the mound this season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Freedom Newspapers Pinch-hitter Devin Sweet delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth and the Clovis […]

Clovis names superintendent finalists

Clovis school officials on Tuesday named five finalists for their superintendent’s position. The finalists are: • David Briseno, principal at Clovis’ La Casita Elementary and federal programs director for the district; • Ladona Clayton, assistant superintendent for instruction of Clovis schools; • William Reents, superintendent of Tucumcari schools; • Rhonda Seidenwurm, deputy superintendent of instruction […]

Clovis stops Sandia in district tourney

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Clovis’ John Props scores two of his 15 points during Tuesday’s District 4-5A tournament game at Rock Staubus Gym. Sandia’s Drew Hawk reacts too late. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer With its big men out of the game and the season on the line, Clovis adjusted well enough to beat […]

Death of Cannon dependent remains mystery

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer For nearly three months she has quietly followed her daily routine, trying to maintain her composure and show the world everything is alright. But in the back of Lynda Crozier-Sweet’s mind, the haunting memory of her niece’s mysterious death in October lingers. Her niece, Kimberly Susan Novak, died Oct. […]

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 […]