Military duties can take personal toll

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sgt. 1st Class Terry Stevens said keeping his emotions in check is the hardest part of acting as a liaison for local families of soldiers who die in the service. As a casualty assistance officer for the New Mexico Army National Guard unit in Clovis, Stevens has been assisting the [...]

Church group protests N.M. funeral

Staff and Wire reports RIO RANCHO — Members of a Kansas fundamentalist group that contends the deaths of U.S. soldiers are God’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality showed up at an Army soldier’s funeral. Flags around the state were flown at half-staff Thursday as family and friends honored Spc. Alexander Jordan, 31, who died [...]

Clovis funeral protest fails to materialize

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Solemnly they stood, forming a tableau that stretched from a corner in Clovis, to Melrose, to Fort Sumner. “We are here to support the family of the fallen soldier,” said Byron Cross, near a Clovis church entrance, his motorcycle behind him. A legion of supporters — most of whom [...]

Church protesters should be ignored by community

Editorial Hate disguised as righteousness is nothing but the seeds of evil. Evil like this should be understood and ignored. On Monday in Clovis, we will have the chance to do so. An evil group will profanely display itself at the funeral of an Army soldier who died during wartime. Members of Westboro Baptist Church [...]

Clovis resident killed in Iraq

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. approached running and military service in much the same manner — with an unbending work ethic and dedication to his friends and teammates. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, died Friday from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident while serving in Habbaniyah, Iraq, a news release [...]