In tribute: Radio announcer made fast friends

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer He was the voice of Wildcats, Bulldogs, Dillas and Gorillas, but Joe Frank Wheeler never hesitated to shout out Clovis as his hometown. The longtime sports announcer died Monday of a heart attack while setting up for a broadcast of the Amarillo Dillas baseball game against the Rio Grande […]

Celebrating life

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Pastor Bonita Knox says she is celebrating her mother, who died last month from breast cancer, and is celebrating the lives of others through her participation in Relay for Life. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When she speaks about her mother the picture is someone larger than life. Her […]

Local group planning protest rally

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis group is asking citizens to bring lunch and a voice, and they’ll provide the TEA. In following with the nationwide trend, a group that calls itself the Clovis Patriots is holding a noon forum Wednesday on Main Street. The portion of Main Street between Seventh and Eighth […]

What’s the opposite of being “full of ourselves?

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I was seated in an auditorium as the sounds of a soft and gentle voice blended with the beauty of a masterfully played guitar. The music was being sung and played by the same musician, John Michael Talbot. After the concert, I bought his latest album, his fiftieth. Like all […]

What’s the Opposite of Being “Full of Ourselves”?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I was seated in an auditorium as the sounds of a soft and gentle voice blended with the beauty of a masterfully played guitar. The music was being sung and played by the same musician, John Michael Talbot. After the concert, I bought his latest album, his fiftieth. Like all of […]

Proposal would give school board final say on policies

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Board of Education Secretary Mark Lansford wants students, staff members and parents to have a voice when it comes to school board policies. That’s why Lansford is proposing a policy that would allow the board of education to preside over an appeals process regarding the interpretation of board […]

Urban, “Voice of the Wildcats,” dies at 71

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CNJ file photo John Urban laughs as he tries on a Clovis Wildcats hat during a 2004 Kiwanis club meeting. Urban died Wednesday morning at 71. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The “Voice of the Wildcats” fell silent Wednesday. John Urban, the longtime public address announcer for Wildcat football games, died Wednesday at Plains […]

Residents voice opinions on proposed racino

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Clovis artist demonstrated natural talent

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Miss Orpha Appleman, a little, gray-haired lady with a shy voice, was one of Clovis’ most prolific, creative artist. She was originally from Butler County, Kan. Her father moved the present house (located at 922 Wallace) to Clovis when Clovis was first founded. We are indebted to the late Kathryn […]

Locals voice health care concerns

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Norma Rey Vazquez de Houdek does not advocate gun control. That is a political issue. She is concerned about the people issue. New Mexico ranks fourth in the nation for teen suicides, losing one person a day. “When we live in a state that is so diverse, […]