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Articles from the November 1, 2023 edition


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  • Obituary: Delman Shirley

    Updated Nov 3, 2023

    A Memorial service will be held for Delman Shirley, 86, of Clovis at Central Baptist Church on Monday, November 6, 2023 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Dan Pearce officiating. Mark Robertson, Lane Clark, Dave Clark, Bobby Benson, Taylor and Clark McClain, Chance Shirley, Todd Estes and John Beard will serve as honorary pall bearers. Delman Shirley passed away peacefully on October 31, 2023 surrounded by family. Delman was born on October 11, 1937 in Anson, TX to the home of Holbert and...

  • Clovis band wins another title

    the Staff of The News|Updated Nov 3, 2023

    They are the champions ... again. Clovis High School's marching band, for the 11th consecutive year, won New Mexico's unofficial state championship Saturday at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta in Albuquerque. The Wildcats captured the outstanding musical achievement, outstanding visual effect and highest general effect awards, sweeping the honors among 19 bands. "Not only did they win the awards, but more importantly they performed so well," band Director Bill Allred said. "They...

  • Obituary: Bonnie Lou Cook

    Updated Nov 3, 2023

    Bonnie Lou Cook, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Graveside service will be held on Monday, November 6, 2023, 1:00 PM at Melrose Cemetery, E Center Avenue, Melrose, NM with Pastor Michael Harmon officiating. Bonnie was born on May 6, 1937, to Claude Smith and Louella Blankenship in Ada, Oklahoma. She was a member of 16th and Pile Church of Christ. Bonnie was a very vivacious person. She enjoyed making people laugh and was very entertaining. It's difficult to...

  • Walmart plans partial reopening Saturday

    Updated Nov 2, 2023

    Clovis' Walmart will reopen its "grocery-side" at 6 a.m. Saturday, company spokesman Joe Pennington confirmed. Pennington said he had no information about when the rest of the store might open. He said the bakery and deli sections will not be available until later. Clovis' largest retailer closed Sept. 3 after a fire officials said caused $42 million in damage. A transient who entered the store after hours through the area grocery carts are stored has been charged with arson and is awaiting extradition from Lubbock where he...

  • Area prep volleyball results

    Updated Nov 1, 2023

    Saturday District 6-2A Texico 3, Pecos 0 Pecos 9 9 11 Texico 25 25 25 Texico individual statistics Kills – Adalyn Autrey 9, Kinzee Crow 8. Digs – Desiree Holman 7, Aspyn Furrow 5, Sonia Ortiz 5, Ella Collins 4, Crow 4. Aces – Holman 6, Collins 4, Ortiz 4, Autrey 3, Crow 2, Abby Haakma 2. Assists – Collins 28. Records – Pecos 5-13 (1-3), Texico 16-4 (4-0). Grady JV tournament Pool play: Clovis Christian lost to Grady JV 25-17, lost to Logan JV 25-20, def. Fort Sumner JV 26-24. Semifinals Grady JV 2, Clovis Christian 1 Clovis...

  • Balloon Fiesta attracts record crowds

    Albuquerque Journal, Syndicated content|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    ALBUQUERQUE -- Picturesque weather and an annular solar eclipse helped the 51st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta reach new heights. The nine-day event attracted a record-setting 968,516 guests from across the world. "Whether it was a Wednesday or a Sunday — all the different days — we had huge crowds just about every day," said Sam Parks, the executive director of the Balloon Fiesta. "It was just one of those great events where the weather cooperated. ... And it just seemed like everyone wanted to come out and be a p...

  • Pages past, Nov. 1: 'Spiked' candy taints Halloween

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    On this date … 1930: A.B. Castle had sold Red's Café in Portales to J.A. Harleson, who was moving to town from El Centro, Calif. Harleson planned to “manage the café practically in the same manner that was used by Mr. Castle,” the Portales Valley News reported. 1936: A Clovis man died trying to save a child who had fallen into a tank of water at the Santa Fe Railway yards. Lavelle Brown, 7, was saved, but Rito Mendez, 45, slipped in and drowned. The sloped tank, where water se...

  • Commentary: Tech-TCU: Misery loves company

    Jon Mark Beilue, Sports columnist|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    There was a time – that being most of the spring and summer – when this Thursday Night Special between Texas Tech and TCU looked like it might carry some serious weight. It was a game that likely would have serious implications at the top of the Big 12 standings. The national finalist with a 12-2 record of a year ago against a team that won the Texas Bowl and finished 8-5. Then something wild happened. The season started. In an early game on the first Saturday of the season, T...

  • Opinion: More likely to jump Trump's ship

    Elwood Watson, Syndicated content|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Well, well, well … look at what’s transpired in Trump World over the past few days. Two of Donald Trump’s most ardent defenders have decided to switch teams and testify against the former president. Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro have agreed to take last-minute plea deals, turn state’s evidence, and testify against their former boss. Chesebro has agreed to testify in future cases if called to do so. What a difference a few days before an upcoming trial can seem to make. A...

  • Faith: Integrity matters in this life and the next

    Curtis Shelburne, Religion columnist|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    I wish I knew more about the scene. The Gospel of Luke, Chapter 12, begins with Jesus teaching a crowd, a very large crowd. He teaches like no one else, warning them about hypocritical religious teachers, assuring them that God loves his children completely and knows them down to the very hairs on their heads. When will the Holy Spirit of God ever leave them? Never! Was it right in the middle of these amazing words that a shriveled little man in the crowd spoke up?...

  • Faith: We have choice to be part of love in world

    Patti Dobson, Religion columnist|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Sometimes the weight of the world is overwhelming. We see so many ugly things going on around us, whether on television, print, social media or just the messy things people say or do. The good in the world is often drowned out by the noise of bad behavior. It can be soul-crushing, especially as we try to continue on our path while dodging the arrows slung our way. When I find myself in that space, I always think of my dad. He had a no-nonsense way of being in the world. When...

  • ENMU women take fifth in Texas Tech rodeo

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    LUBBOCK – Eastern New Mexico University senior Shacie Marr earned her fifth consecutive trip to the short-round and led everybody in women’s competition with 115 points in a rodeo hosted from Thursday through Saturday by Texas Tech. ENMU’s women finished fifth as a team, the Greyhounds’ third top-5 team finish of the fall. Marr, from Tularosa, placed fifth in barrel racing, posting a time of 17.59 seconds in the first round and 17.60 seconds in the short round to earn sixth place in the event with 30 points. Her other 8...

  • Big second period boosts Steers

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    STINNETT, Texas – Farwell erupted for four touchdowns in the second quarter and the Steers went on to blank West Texas 56-0 on Friday night in a District 1-2A Division I game. Junior Jonathan Armstrong and senior Corey Stancell each threw for two scores for Farwell (7-2, 3-1 district), which opened a 34-0 halftime advantage. Senior Jackson Wilbourn and junior Ryder McElroy each caught at TD pass from both Armstrong and Stancell. In addition, Stancell had a pair of scoring runs and a pick-6 while Armstrong added, while A...

  • Hounds to take on Buffs in home finale

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    While the Eastern New Mexico University football team isn’t looking at a postseason berth this year, the Greyhounds still have things to play for in the final two weeks. ENMU closes the season with a pair of rivalry games, including Saturday’s noon home finale against West Texas A&M at Greyhound Stadium. And, with wins over the Buffaloes and at Western New Mexico on Nov. 11, the Hounds (4-5, 1-5 LSC) could post their first winning season since 2019. “We’ve got a lot to play for,” ENMU coach Kelley Lee said Monday. “We can h...

  • Military rodeo returning to Clovis

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    For the first time since 2000, the Professional Armed Forces World Championship Rodeo will be held in Clovis. Close to 300 competitors are expected to participate in the rodeo at the Curry County Events Center from Thursday through Saturday. Events Center General Manager K.C. Messick said he is excited about this rodeo making its way back to the place it all started. “The organization was founded in 2000 and they did the very first PAFRA rodeo here and then they left,” Messick said. “They went to Texas, Oklahoma, even ended u...

  • Cats travel to Hobbs in Class 6A playoffs

    Dave Wagner, The Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    After a pulsating late win over Los Lunas on Friday night at Leon Williams Stadium gave Clovis High's football team the District 5-6A championship, the Wildcats found out on Sunday that they'll face a most familiar foe in Friday's opening round of the 12-team Class 6A playoffs. Drawing the No. 9 seed in the brackets, the Cats (5-5) visit eighth-seeded Hobbs (5-5) in a 7 p.m. start. The winner of that one gets a date next weekend against top-seeded Rio Rancho Cleveland (7-3)....

  • Lady Cats seeded 12th in 5A soccer

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Clovis High girls soccer team slipped into the Class 5A state tournament as the No. 12 seed,, and the Lady Wildcats are slated for a 5 p.m. first-round match on Friday at fifth-seeded Santa Fe High. Clovis (13-5-1) is in the tournament for the third consecutive season. The Lady Cats lost at Volcano Vista 4-1 in 2021, while last year they were edged by La Cueva 1-0 at Leon Williams Stadium. The Lady Demons (17-2-1) captured the Class 5A District 5 title. They’ve won five in a row since a 3-2, dou...

  • Opinion: Dangerous level of hate in country

    Michael Reagan, Syndicated content|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    “The more we learn about the 2020 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes. America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE president in the oval office.” How could Republicans in the House struggle for three weeks and then unanimously elect a man who said this kind of irresponsible stuff to be their new speaker? How could the hapless House Republicans – Oh, wait a minute. My mistake. There’s a typo in that first sentence. It should be “the 2016 election,” not the 2020 el...

  • Opinion: Public schools need to ban cell-phone use

    Bloomberg News, Syndicated content|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Ask any parent about the time their kids spend on mobile devices, and you’ll likely hear the same refrain: It’s too much. Excessive use of smartphones and social media is linked to rising rates of teenage depression and self-harm, while also damaging students’ academic performance and exacerbating achievement gaps. At this point, the question isn’t whether phones should be banned from classrooms, but why more schools haven’t done so already. Evidence about the negative effects of mobile devices on learning is overwhelm...

  • Ribbon cutting for P.G. Scrubs

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    The Clovis store that specializes in selling medical scrubs and accessories celebrated its one-year anniversary recently. P.G. Scrubs in the Hilltop Shopping Plaza celebrated the anniversary with the help of the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors....

  • Something Different Grill opens Cannon location

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Something Different Grill and Cannon Air Force Base officials held a ribbon cutting Monday for the SDG Cannon location, the company’s eighth. “We’re just trying to take care of people on the base,” management staff member Matthew Dayte said. In addition to the new Cannon location, Something Different Grill has two locations in Clovis, one in Portales as well as Muleshoe, Levelland and two Lubbock locations....

  • Hamilton Auto Group named 'Retail Rockstar'

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Hamilton Auto Group has been named the most recent “Retail Rockstar” by the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce. According to a news release from the chamber, the company will be feted with a presentation at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Hamilton Ford, 2400 Mabry Drive. “We will be honoring them for their extraordinary service in our retail community. Let’s get together to celebrate this great local and second generational car dealership that has been serving our community for over 28 years,” the news release states. Hamilton...

  • New Dollar Tree coming to Clovis

    the Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    The construction happening at Seventh Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is that of a new Dollar Tree store for Clovis. City officials at the Clovis Building Safety office, which handles permitting and licensing, confirmed the construction. Dollar Tree is headquartered in Chesapeake, Va....

  • Let the countdown begin

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Well, it’s officially baby month, and the countdown is on. I feel like I’ve been saying that for a while, but now that I’m at 37 weeks, it’s starting to feel real. What’s even crazier to think about is I’m not sure if I’ll have another one of these pregnancy journey columns to write … if my baby girl decides to come early or a little late, I guess we’ll see. Nesting has been a successful process thus far. Everything is pretty much ready. Her room is complete, her bassinet is set up, our hospital bags are packed, and the car s...

  • Q&A: RGH chief gives update on hospital's status

    Landry Sena, The Staff of The News|Updated Oct 31, 2023

    Editor's note: This is one in a continuing series of interviews with local officials. Kaye Green is the chief executive officer for Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Q: Please update us on the financial status of the hospital? Is it getting any better? A: Yes, RGH's financial position has significantly improved thanks to all staff and departments working collaboratively to reduce costs along with downsizing the workforce to more closely align with our current demand and...

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