Empty stocking: Wednesday, Dec. 8

CNJ staff Today’s Focus: Karen Household members: 7 Children: 6 Special circumstances: She is taking care of her sister’s children. Clothing needs: Boy’s pants sizes 7, 9-10, 8-9 and 3 T; girl’s pants sizes 4T and 12 months; boy’s shirts sizes 7, 9-10, 8-9 and 3 T; girls shirts sizes 4T and 12 months; boys […]

Empty stocking: Tuesday, Nov. 30

Today’s focus: Sonya Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “My boyfriend is on commission and last year we did not have much of a Christmas because of the weather not letting him work. We didn’t even make enough to pay bills.” Her holiday hopes: “I hope we could give our kids a Christmas this […]

Welcome to Texas, where Big Brother rules

Leonard Pitts Jr. It’s just the sort of thing you’d expect from Iran. A woman runs afoul of local religious authorities who are angered by her refusal to cover up. But it isn’t just her immodest style of dress that riles the ayatollahs. They have also heard rumors that she sells sex toys from her […]

Salvation Army in need of donations to meet goal

By Darrell Todd Maurina Unless the Salvation Army receives a large amount of donations this morning, the organization won’t make its fundraising goals. Things are better than they were two weeks ago, however, according to Capt. Hector Diaz of the Clovis unit. On Dec. 13, the kettle collection fund had received only $13,000 toward its […]

Merchants have gifts for little kids and big ‘kids’

By Jack King If you’re the parent, relative, or even a close friend of a preteen girl, among the most popular ways to say “Merry Christmas” this year is “Bratz.” The fashion-plate dolls were mentioned most often when Clovis merchants were asked Wednesday which are the hottest-selling toys this year. “Craft kits are also really […]

Salvation Army says collections down

By Darrell Todd Maurina Salvation Army Christmas kettle collections in Clovis are down from last year and haven’t yet reached the halfway mark toward the $30,000 goal, but Capt. Hector Diaz said he still hopes to catch up before the Dec. 24 deadline. “The kettle fund is used to try to buy food, and it […]

Welcome: The list of doomed toys

Clyde Davis Things we’d like to see for the holidays {Inspired by the list of unsafe toys}: ° Handsprings Elmo — This one doesn’t do the Hokey Pokey or Tickle Me. He does handsprings into the nearest waste basket. The ultra version even carries himself to the dumpster. ° Nerd Brats — Unlike fashion brats, […]