Monday morning briefing: Soup, tax help and the Lone Ranger

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Souper Bowl The Salvation Army’s annual Souper Bowl fundraiser is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday at the organization’s building in Clovis, 317 E. Second St. $5 gets you a choice of home cooked green chili stew, minestrone, posole or potato soup and… you […]

Salvation Army surpasses goal

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Kevin Wilson It’s often a bad year for a family when it applies to the Salvation Army for help during the Christmas season. But a greater number of people got helped during the season due to a higher-than-expected donation haul for the charity’s Empty Stocking Fund. As of Friday, the Salvation Army had received $10,113.92 […]

Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty Stocking Fund effort is slightly lower than its performance from the same time last year. Maj. Rachel Gallop of the Salvation Army said as of 5 p.m. Friday $2,300 had been collected, mostly from kettle donations in front of area […]

Reader-submitted content: Salvation Army offers opportunity to give back to community

David Heflin During the Holiday Season, we encounter dozens of symbols that stir sentiments in our hearts: a Christmas tree, lights on the houses, Santa taking pictures with kids, a Nativity scene and so many more. Many symbols of the holiday season also communicate an opportunity to give back to those that are less fortunate […]

Clovis soldier’s recovery progressing

Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members are […]

Salvation Army hoping to spread word

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Benna Sayyed Times have been tough for the people Clovis’ Salvation Army helps. They’ve also been tough for the organization itself. Commanding Officer Jim Gallup said business has been slow the past couple of months at the thrift shop at 301 E. Second St. He said the opening of numerous thrift shops in Clovis, the […]

Births —

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Woods DeAngelo Clark Woods was born Aug. 4, 2011, at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood to Bernie and Stephanie Woods Fort Hood, Texas. He weighed 10 pounds. He has one brother, Dominic, 3, and two sisters, Shaquira, 15, and Liyah, 7. Grandparents are Michael and Lilly Chrisman of San Antonio, Ed […]

Salvation Army accepting donations for hurricane victims

The Salvation Army is accepting only monetary donations to assist victims of Hurricane Irene, according to a press release from the agency. Donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, according to the release. A $10 donation can also be made by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 using a mobile phone.

Injured Clovis soldier recovering

Freedom New Mexico The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan on July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith […]

Military digest: Board: Military retirement overly generous

By Tom Philpott Gen. Martin Dempsey, Army chief of staff, seemed to splash figurative cold water on ideas surfacing at the Pentagon and elsewhere to cut future retirement obligations and other personnel costs, deeply and soon. Testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee to become the next chairman of the Joint […]

Honors —

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Elliott Spc. Candace Elliott, daughter of Robert and Julie Elliott Clovis, graduated from Army Basic Combat Training in Fort Jackson, S.C. July 19. She was assigned to CO A, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment. She will be attending AIT at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cassie Smith, second from right, sister-in-law of Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr., takes part in a prayer vigil Wednesday for Smith at Central Baptist Church. Smith was critically injured July 15 while serving in Afghanistan. Nearly 60 attended the vigil. Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith […]

Clovis soldier wounded in Afghanistan

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Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith Jr. had only been in Afghanistan about a month when his unit came under attack Friday, and he was critically wounded. Less than a week and several surgeries later, the 1999 Clovis High School graduate remains in critical condition at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in […]

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Army Ranger

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DoD: Spc. David M. Sharp President Barack Obama places the Medal of Honor around the neck of Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry July 12 during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama awarded the country’s highest military honor […]

Colorado airman receives Purple Heart

By Angie Jackson: Colorado Springs Gazette As Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Badger and his team walked the streets of southern Afghanistan in search of improvised bombs last October, one went off just feet from him. His first instinct was to ignore his concussion and let adrenaline take over to make sure the rest of […]

Take pride in being an Air Commando

By Tech. Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs Three amazing men, U.S. Army Green Berets, recently died in an Afghanistan improvised explosive device blast. One I didn’t know, one I knew in passing, and one was someone I playfully called a cross between Eddie Munster and the guy from Twilight (because of his bright […]

Death doesn’t take memories away

As a young child during World War II, I vividly remember the pain and sacrifice of a war. My grandmother lived by the highway and the railroad tracks. Granny and I spent many hours waving to troop trains and army caravans. “They are giving their lives for us,” Granny would say through misty eyes. “Some […]

Military digest —

Elliott Candace Elliott, daughter of Robert and Julie Elliott, arrived at Fort Jackson, S.C. on May 9, to begin the first phase of her nine weeks of Army Basic Combat Training. She will graduate in July.

Residents remember their mothers

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Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Don Reid wrote to his mother as a 19-year-old Army recruit in Vietnam. Reid wrote 170 letters to his mother Dorothy Reid in a year’s time while he served in Vietnam. That means he wrote home at least three times a week. A few months before his mother died in May […]

AAFES leadership visits Cannon

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry D. Helm, senior enlisted leader to the commanding general, Army and Air Force Exchange Services speaks to the members of Airman Leadership School class 11-E on April 26 about improvements planned for AAFES institutions at Cannon. By 27th SOW Public Affairs The senior enlisted […]