My turn: Fortunate to have friends

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My epic St. Patty’s Day weekend didn’t look like the movies “Project X” or “The Hangover” but it was fun. I think that was based on the company I keep. Since I’ve only been living in the area for about three months, I guess you can consider most of my friends new but I already […]

Anniversary —

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Butler Charles and Verna Butler of Clovis will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary with family and friends. The couple was married on March 2, 1956, in Phoenix. They have two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is a retired air force airman and printer at Hollands. She is retired from school food service.

Anniversaries — Feb. 5

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Allen D.H. and Gwen Allen of Grady will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Grady Allen Hall in Grady. The celebration will be hosted by friends and family. The couple was married Feb. 8, 1942, in Littlefield, Texas. They have one child. D.H. is a […]

Family, friends remember Elida teen killed in crash

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Christina Calloway An Elida teenager killed in a crash Friday is remembered as a beautiful and bubbly girl with a big heart. Britt’ny Mowell, 17, died at a Lubbock hospital from injuries suffered in a single vehicle rollover crash outside Elida. “She loved everybody, everyone became her friend,” said Mowell’s sister, Mollie Crow. “She was […]

Birthdays — Dec. 4

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Bowen Grace Helen Bowen of Clovis will celebrate her 100th birthday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Senior Citizen Resident Center, 2210 Mabry Dr in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by her family. This will be a come and go celebration, no gifts please. Grace was born Dec. 8, 1911, […]

My turn: Reasons to give thanks aplenty

By Wendel Sloan: FNM columnist I usually find the inspirational sayings and dewy-eyed images in friends’ Facebook postings somewhat schmaltzy. However, a recent photo of the emaciated arm of an African child being grasped by an American aid worker with the caption, “You are living her dream life,” did sink in. Like most, I often […]

Portales couple take skydiving adventure for 50th anniversary

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Alisa Boswell Family and friends of Portales residents Alan and Patricia “Pat” Dodd gasped when the couple showed their skydiving video last month during the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration. Two months earlier, Alan, 71, and Pat, 69, did a tandem skydive in McKinney, Texas, in celebration of their golden anniversary. The couple, married Oct. […]

Anniversaries — Oct. 30

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Fulgham Benny and Wilma Fulgham of Clovis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 5 at Central Baptist Church. The celebration will be hosted by Jerry Fulgham of Clovis, Larry and Vicki Fulgham of Stigler, Okla., and special friends. The couple was married Nov. 4, 1951, at Central Baptist Church in Clovis. They have […]

Working holiday

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By Sharna Johnson Working on Labor Day is no big deal compared to other holidays, according to Eastern New Mexico University junior Adriana Soto. It was a little different when she worked July 4, was rushing to leave work, left her friends waiting and almost missed the fireworks. “That affected me,” the 21-year-old said with […]

My turn: Never question misery

Some Facebook friends frequently post such reassurances as, “God is good all the time;” “God works in mysterious ways;” “He has a reason for everything;” “It is not for us to question, only to trust him.” • Mean Irene’s recent visit to the East Coast was a wrist-slap compared to other acts of God’s goodness. […]

How young is too young for Facebook?

Daniel Vasquez August Of the 20 million Facebook users under the age of 18 who have actively used the site in the past year, 7.5 million were younger than 13, according to Consumer Reports’ latest State of the Net survey. Meaning, they’re so young that they violate even Facebook’s terms of service, which requires that […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity moms and Michaels say ‘The family that crafts together, stays together’

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Carolyn Robertson Crafty mama Holly Robinson Peete gathered a few of her friends — including actress Ali Landry — together this week to help launch Michaels Family Craft Night in Los Angeles. Though her gig as co-host of The Talk and her work with the HollyRod Foundation keep her busy, Holly always makes time for […]

Graduations —

Hill Sandra Hill of Clovis graduated from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. Nearly 3,000 alumni and friends of Graceland gathered in Lamoni to celebrate the school’s 114th Commencement Convocation.

Military mama: Children are a matter of perspective

There is a hierarchy when it comes to children. Mine are adorable, brilliant and naughty on occasion. My friends’ kids are cute, smart and have their moments. Strangers’ children are loud, unruly and often need to learn manners. It’s all a matter of perspective. Though environment also weighs heavily on just how much cute a […]

My turn: Simple mousse popular with children

Argen Duncan Sweet, creamy … and low-calorie. One of my friends has a great recipe for mousse. She often makes it with the help of visiting children, since the recipe is simple, doesn’t involve hot equipment and contains no eggs and therefore no worries about salmonella when kids want to lick the bowl. She says […]

My turn: Search on for running mate

Recently, I spent several days camping with friends in south Texas’ Davey Crockett National Forest. I expected a Thoreau- or Darwin-like experience — perhaps inspiring me to write Whitman-ish poetry about gentile breezes brushing dancing sunlight on the peek-a-boo canopy of nature’s humid canvas. Maybe a missing link would waddle by — requiring new holy […]

Hello, we’re awesome: Kids who feel good about themselves make parents feel the same way

Paula Sirois My 8-year-old daughter and her friends started a band called Hello, We’re Awesome. I helped her design some fliers for their first performance, complete with star borders and stage names: Milk Chocolate, Mandarin Oranges, Laughing Twizzle and Tropical Starburst. Granted, they haven’t decided on the type of music they’ll play or if any […]

Dating sites let friends help friends

I was having a nice chat with a ranch woman in New Mexico. We wound up discussing children. Then the subject of sons came up. We noted the special relationship between mothers and sons. Cheri, the ranch woman, said that her son had been a dutiful cowboy ranch kid but had other plans for the […]

Birthdays — June 12

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McClure Evelyn McClure of Clovis will celebrate her 80th birthday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 18, 2011, at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., Clovis. [image #2, align= left, size= medium] The celebration will be hosted by her children, Gale Ball and Robin Kirk, Hal McClure and Michelle Blake. She was born […]

Dirty Laundry: Teaching your child to spot friends among ‘frenemies’

It was hard to hear Cameron’s quiet voice in the hotel conference room filled with young girls. She had raised her hand to ask a question to Annie Fox, who was giving a presentation about “Real Friends and the Other Kind.” “What about a friend who acts like a friend half the time, and the […]