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March 4, 2018

On this date ...

1983: A Taiban youth with a gift for playing the fiddle was donating his talents to help kick off the 1983 KENW television fundraising festival with a live on-air performance.

Lance Dial, 16, who had first picked up a fiddle two years earlier, was considered a child prodigy on the instrument. The Melrose High School freshman had already played at Gilly’s in Houston and Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, and was under the tutelage of three-time Arizona state fiddling champion Russell Burris.

Besides playing for the KENW festival, Dial was also scheduled to appear at the upcoming Floyd Lion’s Club Country Jamboree.

Clayton Elliott of Clovis was going to accompany Dial on the guitar.

1978: Clovis car dealer J.C. Smith was photographed by the Clovis News-Journal as he turned over the keys to six new “police special sedans” to Detective Lance Somers of the Clovis Police Department.

The six cars were purchased by the police department for $5,500 apiece. All six were equipped with 360-cubic-inch V-8 engines, and three were destined for the department’s “home storage” project, which allowed a patrolman to keep the same car 24 hours a day.

Smith had been the contract auto supplier for the Clovis Police Department for the past three years.

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