A funeral, and the depth of family love

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Columnist I went to a funeral yesterday for the wife of a fine friend. She was a dear friend, too, of course. Her family and my family had been friends, her father and my father close colleagues since before I was born. I am richly blessed to have been one of […]

Local area fireworks shows planned

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CNJ file photo The annual Smoke on the Water fireworks show will begin at dusk Friday at Greene Acres Park. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Husband and wife team Jay and Debbie Scott of Oklahoma have shot off the traditional Independence Day fireworks for Clovis the past eight years, but they say it is […]

The week Lefty Frizzell came to Clovis

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist I was up in Cartersville, Ga., recently, eating with my wife and some of our relatives at an old restaurant in historic section of that town. We were the only ones in that cafe eating. As we started eating I heard the song, “Always Late (With Your Kisses)” and that […]

Now that’s mudslinging

Glenda Price John and his wife Martha had a unique relationship. This is an understatement. Mostly what they had was a war of long duration interrupted now and then by skirmishes that came close to truce talks. They lived about 20 miles from town, the last five miles a dirt road. Most days one or […]

May 9, 2008 Religion Digest

Church plans celebrations for Greens The First Church of God in Christ will honor Bishop W. Charles Green Sr. and his wife Ange this weekend for 51 years of service. The Rev. J. L’Keith Jones, pastor of Metropolitan Church of God in Christ in Albuquerque, will be the featured speaker at a 7 p.m. service […]

Novak found not guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Airman Basic Edward Novak, left, shakes hands with defense attorney Maj. Shawn Vandenberg after Novak was found not guilty Friday of premeditated murder. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — After 3 1/2 years of suspicion, investigation, allegations and military court proceedings surrounding the 2004 death […]

Wildcats go to 23-0

Jaden Isler scored 26 points and Jaye Crockett added 24 as Clovis beat Carlsbad 84-52 in a boys basketball game Tuesday in Carlsbad. Bryce Hill added 19 points as the Wildcats (23-0) improved to 2-0 in District 4-5A play. The Clovis girls beat Carlsbad 77-47. Look for more coverage later on the VarsityNow section of […]

They began as best friends

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” • Frank Dalton’s reply: “I met my wife Lois at A&M Farm and Ranch, where she worked in the clothing department and also ran the cash register. “I had just moved back to Clovis from Houston and frequented A&M for supplies […]

‘I was the best around’

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” • Raymond Atchley’s reply: “I unknowingly had seen Esther on the peripheral of my life since 1977 for sure and maybe earlier. “Her family and my ex-wife’s family had been fairly close and she also worked at Clovis Memorial Hospital with […]

Comedian picks on both sides

Columnist Argus Hamilton is poking fun at the Clintons and Mike Huckabee today. To access the column, click on “More features” below or follow the link: Argus Hamilton • • • With Valentine’s Day on Thursday, editors have been asking readers, “How did you meet your spouse?” Bob Baker’s reply: “I met my wife in 1960 […]

Feb. 10, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: 100 Classic Golf Tips, edited by Christopher Obetz, was given by Kaye Hardwick in memory of Marge Westfall. Drawn from more than 50 years’ worth of contributions from the world’s greatest pros, each of these 100 essential hints is matched with classic drawings and time-honored […]

Jurors view interrogation video

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In video and audio interrogations played during Thursday’s session of the court-martial of Edward Novak II, jurors heard the Cannon airman say he repressed memories of the night his wife died, but couldn’t imagine any circumstance in which he’d harm her. In the first […]

Airman’s reaction analyzed

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The view from the witness stand in the Cannon courtroom where Airman Basic Edward Novak is standing trial. Photography is not allowed in the courtroom while court is in session. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter […]

Defense trying to discredit case against airman

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Defense attorneys for Airman Basic Edward Novak II began working Friday to undermine the integrity of an Air Force investigation. The defense highlighted what they thought were weaknesses in the case during the cross-examination of two prosecution witnesses during the second day of testimony […]

Family seeking closure at Novak trial

By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico For Kimberly Novak’s parents, who will travel to New Mexico from their home in Arkansas for the murder trial of her husband, the investigation into their daughter’s death has been a long, slow, excruciating process. Edward Novak II was charged in March 2006 with the Oct. 28, 2004, slaying […]

Macho men aren’t afraid of purses

By Helena Rodriguez: Freelance columnist Recently, I spotted a masculine-looking hombre at the store wearing a nice pair of ostrich-skin boots, a bulky belt buckle and a cowboy hat. To complement his outfit, he was carrying a pink purse. “Now, that’s a real man!” I thought to myself. This hombre, of course, was holding the […]

One stuffed solution

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson James Laljer covered his 1974 Ford LTD with stuffed animals so his wife could find it in parking lots. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Everywhere he goes, people gawk and take pictures of his car. But James “Woodstock” Laljer didn’t cover his 1974 Ford LTD with stuffed animals to […]

Veteran profiles

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bill Marks joined the Air Force in 1952 when he was 19 years old. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He said joining the military was a way for him to travel. Originally from Minnesota, March was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and has lived in […]

Beating suspect turns himself over to police

CNJ Staff A Clovis man accused of beating his wife with a metal rod turned himself in to police Monday, according to police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Romeo Sierra, 60, is being held on a $10,000 bond, according to Curry County Adult Detention Center officials. Sierra is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false […]

Cops and Courts: Police report man accused of beating wife with rod

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man accused of beating his wife with a metal rod and a telephone is being sought, according to Clovis police. Romeo Sierra, 60, is wanted on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and battery on a household member, Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney said. […]