What were once chores are now fond memories

By Judy Brandon It is nearly time for school to be out. As this academic year ends, I look back over the school years of our children’s lives. I get a little nostalgic this time of year because our children are far beyond school age. Being a room mother, attending parent-teacher conference appointments, sponsoring field […]

Reporter’s Notebook — Mother

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for story’s about mothers. Steve Deleon of Clovis wrote: “Growing up with my father in the Air Force, my mother always kept the household going even though we had to move just about every three years. “I have a sister and it was especially hard on us as […]

Tattoos no, abortions OK for teens?

By Ned Cantwell Time to follow up on a few topics previously addressed, and for your humble correspondent to eat a slice of humble pie, although, trust me, he will not stuff himself. How shallow was I to poke fun at our state Legislature for turning its attention to naming an Official State Butterfly, a […]

Bovina coach has high hopes for state

By Dave Wagner BOVINA — Boys track coach Tony Epps thinks Bovina sophomore Edgar Ortiz has a chance to do something pretty special in this weekend’s Texas Class 1A state 3,200 at the University of Texas in Austin. Actually, just getting to this point is quite a feat — only eight 1A runners from around […]

Pitcher delivers art

By Eric Butler Brian Cronk is a former minor league baseball player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. But he’s also an artist — and we’re not talking about the walks he’s drawn on the diamond. Blank sheets of paper in Cronk’s hands often turn into sketches. Most are composites of already existing characters, but with […]

Foam roofing provides durability

By Jack King The closed-cell urethane foam two Clovis roofing contractors are offering makes a lighter weight, better insulating, roofing material than traditional substances and is more convenient to apply, both for the contractor and the customer, they said recently. Trace Bailey, of T.S. Bailey Enterprises, said he has been in the business of spraying […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Alerts

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the national terror alert, which was recently lowered from orange (a high risk of terrorist attack) to yellow (a significant risk). Some responses: “I believe the national terror alert is that warm blanket trying to avert lawsuits caused by terrorism. I do believe it is useless. It […]

Q&A with Bill Ellis

Bill Ellis is retiring as owner of the Friona Star and the Bovina Blade. In 2001, he was named Man of the Year by the Friona Chamber of Commerce, as well as being elected to the Panhandle Press Association’s Hall of Fame. Q: How long have you been active in the field of journalism? A: […]

Girl’s spirit just a ghost story?

By Clyde Davis To be absolutely honest, I cannot remember whether my hand was squeezed before or after I woke up with a mild case of heartburn. The answer to that question is key to understanding what happened, and I can’t remember. If my hand was squeezed the first time I was in that drifting […]

Corbin, Ollie

Ollie Fay (Flinn) Corbin Services:Have been held. Mrs. Ollie Fay (Flinn) Corbin, 72, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at the Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell. She was born June 9, 1930, in Clovis, to Arilla and John W. Flinn Jr. Corbin lived in Clovis, Causey, Truth or Consequences and Albuquerque plus Morton and Dimmitt, Texas. […]

Reid hits 64 to win Clovis Triangular

By Dave Wagner Travis Reid had to hit challenging shots on the first and last holes. In between, the Clovis High sophomore was as perfect as the weather. Reid shot a 7-under-par 64 Thursday to lead Clovis High’s boys to the team championship in a triangular tournament at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. The Wildcats posted […]

Lady Cats win at Hobbs

CNJ Staff HOBBS — Help came in a big way Tuesday night for the Clovis High girls track team. Buoyed by the addition of several junior high runners, the Lady Wildcats won 11 of 19 events and rolled to victory with 174 points in the eight-school Hobbs Qualifier track meet. The host Lady Eagles were […]

Reid tastes victory

By Dave Wagner Travis Reid and the Clovis High boys golf team were close enough to Class 5A individual and team state championships last year that they could taste it. The Wildcats had a five-stroke lead after the first day of state competition at Tanoan Golf Course in Albuquerque, but faded on the final 18 […]

Prep roundup

CNJ Staff ODESSA, Texas — Led by sophomore standout Jessica Withrow, the Muleshoe High School girls track team accomplished something this weekend which may have been a first at the school — win a regional team track championship. Withrow qualified in three individual events and anchored the Lady Mules’ 1,600-meter relay team to victory in […]

Vaughan helps improve Wolverines

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — Buddy Vaughan’s backyard is certainly not a cornfield in Iowa. But thanks to his frustrations and adaptations six years ago, it’s become a field of dreams for Texico High School baseball. In the late 1990s, Vaughan was a Little League coach in Clovis. The problem wasn’t his players, but instead […]

Golden years saw Clovis population double

Don McAlavy A decade that has been called Clovis’ “Golden Era” saw the population double in a 10-year period, and has not been matched since. The decade got off to a slow start with the early 1920s financial recession and Congress enacting prohibition in 1919, which didn’t look good to a lot of people. Even […]