What were once chores are now fond memories

By Judy Brandon It is nearly time for school to be out. As this academic year ends, I look back over the school years of our children’s lives. I get a little nostalgic this time of year because our children are far beyond school age. Being a room mother, attending parent-teacher conference appointments, sponsoring field […]

Amos on Mother’s Day

Editor’s Note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. the mother s day gift who would ever think finding a gift for your mother would be such hard work boss question mark here you forget she s a female says bertie woeworm in passing […]

Oasis State Park the site of a summer of activity

By Mike Linn If you’re a hopeless romantic who likes to gaze at the stars, or a rugged outdoors type with an infatuation for snakes, there may be some fun in the future for you. Oasis State Park officials have a full slate of outdoor and wildlife programs scheduled this summer. “It’s educational as well […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Memories

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for childhood memories. Here are some responses: “As a young boy I loved horses. The only books […]

Girl’s spirit just a ghost story?

By Clyde Davis To be absolutely honest, I cannot remember whether my hand was squeezed before or after I woke up with a mild case of heartburn. The answer to that question is key to understanding what happened, and I can’t remember. If my hand was squeezed the first time I was in that drifting […]

At the end, Jesus becomes significant

By Judy Brandon Several years ago, author Gary Thomas wrote an account in “Christianity Today” that touched the hearts of many readers. He wrote of an account in George Bush’s term as vice president when the then-Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev died. Bush was sent to Brezhnev’s state funeral in Moscow to represent the United States. […]

Answering the call to prayer

By Gary Mitchell The blowing of the shofar, or ram’s horn, called a solemn assembly to pray and praise the Lord Thursday as part of the local observance of the 2003 National Day of Prayer. “We stand in honor of our risen Lord Jesus Christ,” said Mike Teague, organizer of the Clovis prayer event held […]

Parenting Anonymous helps solve problems

Special to the CNJ Parents Anonymous Inc, an organization dedicated to having parents help parents, is getting its start in the area. Dawn Pivonka, executive director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited and a certified trainer in Parents Anonymous, said the group offers parents a chance to freely share concerns, problems and possible solutions to parenting in […]

Pastor pens novel

By Gary Mitchell When Mike Eberhardt decides to fulfill a dream, just give him a little space and about a month. That’s what it took for him to complete his first novel, “Westward Bound,” which was published in February by PublishAmerica, an online publisher based in Baltimore. “It was sort of a dream I had […]

Kids show concern over war

With the war dominating the thoughts of Americans, many find themselves glued to the television and scouring the newspapers, seeking news about events in Iraq. In these reports, adults speak openly about the war. But what do kids think? Members of Joe Strickland’s fourth-grade class at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy gave their opinion on several […]

Different Tastes

Tracy Simmons The aroma of the dinner roast floats through the air, enticing Patricia Dobson into the kitchen. Her husband, Lou Donofrio, a former gourmet chef, serves himself a slice of the tender meat while Dobson glides past him and reaches for the tofu. She said she’s a vegetarian because simply does not like the […]

Breaking boundaries

Tracy Simmons A gun rests on his hip, a radio is clipped to his shirt, a golden badge shines from his chest and a camera hangs on his shoulder. This has been his uniform for nearly 25 years. Lt. Robert Morgan, 50, is more than a police officer with the Clovis Police Department, he’s a […]

Garden show returning

Gary Mitchell Touted as one of the city’s most economically enhanced weekends, this year’s Home and Garden Show in Clovis should provide a good financial jolt for local and out-of-state businesses, show co-chair Jim Sitterly said. “The residual effects of this show are phenomenal,” said Sitterly, who planned the show for March 29-30. “It’s great […]

School To Pay Damages

Robert Nowell LONDON (RNS) A Roman Catholic convent grammar school in Northern Ireland has paid $10,000 damages in an out-of-court settlement to a former pupil who was expelled from the school and prevented from taking her exams when she was seven months pregnant.