Bailiff enjoys slower life of high plains

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McDonald is a bailiff for the Ninth Judicial District. He has kept order in the court for five years.

Bio Name: Shawn McDonald Age: 37 Profession: Bailiff for Ninth Judicial District Hometown: Clovis Family: Son, Chase McDonald, 5; girlfriend, Eryn Davidson, 30. Shawn McDonald was born and raised in New Jersey. He left the fast pace of the city and journeyed to the high plains of Clovis just five years ago for family and […]

Senior happenings — Dec. 13

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exercise equip; 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. pinochle; 4:30 p.m. business meeting; 5:30 p.m. Christmas party Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 9 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft […]

Professional sees bright side of life

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Mary Gray is the executive secretary at the Eastern Plains Council of Government.

Mary Gray was raised in Tipton, Oklahoma. From the time she was five years old until she graduated, she lived in a children’s home with her three sisters. She didn’t have parents at a young age, but Gray never thought she was at a loss growing up. She said she had everything she needed and […]

Terry: Catalog season wife’s particular brand of bliss

Most people grit their teeth when the junk mail volume rises — not my wife. My companion is in heaven when the catalog count goes up prior to Christmas. On Thanksgiving week she topped out with a full dozen in one mail delivery alone. I think it’s safe to say the catalog census for that […]

Hartsfield: Time for new do

What does a girl do when she’s having a bad hair day? Normally, she just pulls it back in a ponytail until she can decide what to do with it. In my most recent experiences, I’ve either wrapped it in a scarf or have worn a big braid or two. But those simple hairdos and […]

Borden: Edible rubber stamping on upcoming show

Information on painting sewing machine and sergers, rubber-stamping cookies and using no bake polymer clay to make fall home décor items will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and at noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain) Clare Rowley will show how to use acrylic paint and a template […]

School menus — Dec. 6

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast- French toast. Lunch- Chicken nuggets, green beans, sliced tomato, chilled peaches, whole wheat roll. Tuesday: Breakfast- Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch- Soft taco and salsa, spanish rice, seasoned pinto beans, romaine lettuce and tomato, assorted fresh fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast- Breakfast burrito. Lunch- Hamburger on a bun, bake French fries, leafy […]

Senior calendar — Dec. 6

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exercise equip; 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 9 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft sale; 8:45 a.m. board […]

Dobson: We all need random acts of kindness

When did kindness go out of style? I think about this while nursing a bruised ankle. I had the unfortunate timing to be standing between some Christmas candy and a shopper in dire need of a sugar fix. She got the candy and I’ve got the indentation from her wagon to prove it. This time […]

People both problem, solution, says assistant director at BSU

Editor’s note: The following is one in a series in which we profile religious leaders in Roosevelt County. Jonathan Bull has been assistant director of the Baptist Student Union Christian Challenge at the Baptist Student Center in Portales since 2012. Bull is also a leader through The Porch in Portales. What are some hobbies and […]

Shelburne: Weather probably different down the road

Are you crazy? That was the reaction of our Amarillo kids as my wife and I loaded up to head home on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. “Do you not want these grandchildren you love so much to grow up with two sets of grandparents? Don’t drive home.” Normally, we can make that trip blindfolded. The […]

CCC graduate servant of animals, people

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Thron at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. She has worked as a Librarian for almost four years.

Jessica Thron was born at Cannon Air Force Base. Her father (whom is originally from Maine) retired from the military when Thron was 16 years old. Her mother is from Bovina, who home-schooled Thron and her sister. She gives credit to her mother for her teaching dedication and for being the reason she was successful […]

Terry: Missing a youngster to teach quail hunting

I almost went quail hunting on Thanksgiving day, but instead stuck around the house and helped tend to the big bird in the oven. It was a pretty regular thing when I was growing up to spend Thanksgiving morning on a quail hunt. The bird numbers dropped over the years from changing land use and […]

Borden: Learn to make cuff bracelets

Information on making cuff bracelets, the importance of eating breakfast, and working with edger punches will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Marisa Pawelko is a designer and crafter, and she will show us how to make some easy and […]

Hartsfield: Always new trends to try with new child

Third time’s a charm! That’s what I think of my current situation. It’s always exciting to become a new parent no matter how many kids you already have. Each time feels like a new experience and you’re just as anxious to meet your newborn as the times before. Even though I’ve had a lot of […]

School menus — Nov. 29

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast- Breakfast pizza. Lunch- Oriental Chicken, steamed rice, garden salad, mini carrots with ranch, assorted fresh fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast- Banana bread. Lunch- Sloppy Joe on a bun, tater tots, green peas, tomatoes with ranch dressing, chilled peaches. Wednesday: Breakfast- Quesadilla. Lunch- Bean and cheese burrito and salsa, Spanish rice, lettuce and tomato, […]

Senior calendar — Nov. 29

Baxter Curren Senior Center 908 Hickory, Clovis Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exercise equip; 10 a.m. jewelry pals; 1 p.m. pinochle; 5 p.m. social night Tuesday: 8 a.m. quilting; 1 p.m. pinochle; 6 p.m. musical Wednesday: 9 a.m. sew days; 1 p.m. crafts Thursday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Craft sale; 8 a.m. eggs, […]

Cantwell: Nico like an eagle among us

Eagles are referred to 33 times in the Bible. Historically, the eagle was the national bird of the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Romans and now Americans. The eagle is called the “king of birds,” the largest bird on this continent, weighing up to 31 pounds with a wingspan of 7 feet. It has one of […]

Clovis native wouldn’t be anywhere else

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Sparks has been an educator at Clovis Municipal schools for 22 years.

Kristi Sparks was born and raised in Clovis, and will always be a Clovis Wildcat at heart and a lover of the community. In high school, Sparks participated in the choir, pop choir, Honor Society and spirit club and was once voted most spirited. She enjoys serving others but admits to having a hard time […]

Terry: Much to be thankful for after hard times

I must be a slow learner, especially in matters of thankfulness. But God’s still working on teaching me all about it. Since last Thanksgiving, I’ve felt pretty sorry for myself and I’ve been broken more than a few times over that period. Things are a lot brighter now and I’ve actually got a lot for […]