Youngsters honor troops with humor

Gary Mitchell Although they made their public debut Saturday, the members of the Clovis Patriotic Kids’ Choir say a kazoo-playing career is not likely in their future. The six-member song-and-dance troupe opened the “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration” festivities with kazoo number with “Sir Duffy” Moon of KSMX Radio. “They pretty much handed […]

Residents welcome home troops

Janet Bresenham Even the weather cooperated Saturday afternoon, joining the warmth of the homecoming welcome from residents of Clovis and Portales for military troops from Cannon Air Force Base and other branches of the armed services. The day’s celebration began with a military parade along Main Street, with about 1,000 men and women from Cannon […]

Celebration welcomes home troops

Darrell Todd Maurina Ken Huey has vivid memories of the public reaction he received while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam era. “My wife, then my girlfriend, was a student at (the University of New Mexico) and I remember picking her up in my flight suit,” Huey said. “I was booed, hissed, and […]

Citites plan party for troops

Portales and Clovis residents are throwing a party for their military neighbors from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Greene Acres Park in Clovis. The event is dubbed, “Salute to Our Troops: A Homecoming Celebration,” and will feature welcome speeches by both city’s mayors, an F-16 flyover, live music, games and entertainment. Residents from both […]

Former pastor reports on his retirement

Gary Mitchell BRENHAM, Texas — A former Elida and Ranchvale pastor recently called the Clovis News Journal to report on his retirement status since leaving the Clovis-Portales area. The Rev. Lester Vinson was pastor of Elida Baptist Church for 2 1/2 years, interim pastor of Iglesia Bautista Bethel in Portales for 15 months and at […]

Microplex status attracts new businesses

Gary Mitchell With the coming of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby and Chili’s restaurant to the area, a new era of growth seems to be permeating the business community, local officials say. One of the factors that has apparently influenced chain retailers and other businesses to locate in the region is the recent designation of the Clovis-Portales […]

Businesses accused of underage tobacco sales

Darrell Todd Maurina Salespeople in eight local businesses — four in Clovis, three in Portales, and one in Elida — face misdemeanor charges and up to a $1,000 fine for selling tobacco last week to a 17-year-old minor working as part of a tobacco sting operation. The businesses face additional administrative penalties from the state […]

Obituaries June 15

Toynette Stockard, 87 Toynette Stockard, 87, died Friday, June 13, 2003, at her daughter’s home in Dallas. Services will be announced by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales. Services are Pending. Leon Doolittle, 71 Mr. Leon Doolittle, 71, of Texico, a meat cutter, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born […]

Cities prepare to salute returning troops

Gary Mitchell One of the best reasons to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base might be typified by what’s taking place June 21 in Clovis, Air Force officials say. “Our airmen feel very honored to live in this part of the country in America — that the local communities would want to throw a […]

Clovis rodeo goes on despite rain

By Eric Butler CLOVIS — A cowboy’s work still has to go on even when it rains. Naturally then, the rodeo does also. The first full night of the 33rd annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo went off on Thursday evening at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena — even if it wasn’t all as planned. […]