Promoting or informing? Elections spotlight fine line

Sharna Johnson In November, Curry County officials continually played a video in the courthouse lobby that critics said promoted passage of a jail bond election. Late last month, someone hung a banner from the city-owned Hotel Clovis that read “SAVE ME VOTE YES,” urging voters approve an affordable housing ordinance. In both cases, government officials […]

‘Bong Hits’ ruling reminds us free speech is fleeting

By Freedom Newspapers In the case of Morse v. Frederick, the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, handed down Monday, the Supreme Court extended its proclivity to make a “drug war exception” to the Bill of Rights whenever possible. In the past, with its tolerant attitude to “no-knock” searches and searches on schools, the court has […]

June 3, 1975

City officials hung a banner across Main Street welcoming visitors to the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, which kicked off later in the week. … Local merchants asked residents to shop Clovis “for great values.” … Bob’s Mr. Shop at 502 Main was suggesting the “Zipper-Tie” as a Father’s Day gift. The neckties cost $5.50 each.

Flying tattered flag no sign of freedom

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were driving around Clovis last Saturday, checking out yard sales, when something caught my eye. I won’t say where … it could be a house, it could be a business … but I saw the flag of the United States of America, literally […]