Our people: Coming full circle

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Melrose schools superintendent Jamie Widner comes from a family of 11 children. Melrose native Jamie Widner has been in education as a teacher and administrator for 26 years, all in New Mexico. Coming from a family of 11 children, all who graduated from Melrose High School, he is family-oriented. Widner […]

Melrose Schools principal promoted to superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melrose Schools have promoted high school Principal Jamie Widner to replace retiring Superintendent Ron Windom. Widner said Windom submitted his formal retirement at the January meeting of the school board. On Feb. 21, the board held a special meeting to hire him as the next superintendent. “The board asked […]

10-4 Weddings

Widner/Tatum Lauren Widner of Las Cruces and Tyler Tatum of Las Cruces were joined in marriage June 12, 2009, at The Rose Garden in Clovis. The Rev. Danny Sanders performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jamie and Robin Widner of Melrose. She is the granddaughter of Carl and Jackie Roberts […]

Sept. 28, 2008 Birthdays

Widner Audrey Widner of Waco, Texas, and formerly of Melrose, will celebrate her 90th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 4, 2008, at the New Road Church of Christ fellowship room in Waco. She was born Oct. 5, 1918. The celebration will be hosted by Monty Edwards of Augusta, W. Va., Harvey and […]

Mesilla Valley blanks Elida behind lefty

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOS LUNAS — Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. He inserted a reliever, Caleb Widner, in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team a chance to chip away at the […]

Vandalism has Melrose considering curfew

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleVandals struck several targets in Melrose on July 18. A Melrose Police Department truck was one of the vehicles vandalized. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose is considering imposing a juvenile curfew in response to an overnight vandalism spree that targeted the vehicle of the town’s high school principal and […]

Farmer, Reva

Reva Farmer Services:Have been held. Mrs. Reva G. Farmer, 92, of Bovina, died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Prairie Acres Nursing Home in Friona. She was born on July 8, 1913, in Hedley, Texas, to W.F. and Martha Youngblood. She married Earl G. Farmer on June 19, 1933, in Fort Smith, Ark. They moved to […]

Erroneous Melrose graduation rate overturned by state

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Melrose science teacher Alan Daugherty, right, helps Melrose freshman Toni Burdine with her studies Tuesday during biology class at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor An error that led to Melrose High School not meeting adequate yearly progress was overturned recently after state officials corrected the school’s graduation […]

Lay, Curtis

Curtis Lay Services: Have been held. Curtis Lay, 88, of Melrose died Monday, March 8, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 21, 1915, in Berlin, Okla., to Dave and Violet Laxton Lay. He married Ora Blackburn on Dec. 4, 1936, in Berlin. He moved to Melrose in 1949 […]

Widner, Debs

Debs Eugene Widner, 91, of Melrose died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 6, 1912, near Olustee, Okla., to Earl and Ethyl Widner. At six months of age he moved with his parents to a homestead in the Deep Lake community northwest of Melrose. He […]