My turn: Communities eager to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After […]

Births — Dec. 4

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Brandon Malaura Eryn Brandon was born Nov. 18, 2011 to Caleb and Jennifer Brandon of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Grandparents are Bill and Glenda Johnson of Clovis, and Jim and Marsha Brandon of Clovis. Cliff Brandon is great-grandfather.

Anniversaries —

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White [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Pat and Wessie White of Clovis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Clovis. They were married Dec. 31, 1950, in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. Their children and spouses are Nancy and Tommy […]

Their view: PETA: Community should rethink petting zoo

Jennifer O’Connor of Norfolk, Va., who describes herself as a writer for Animals in Entertainment and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is concerned about the petting zoo planned for this weekend’s Peanut Festival in Portales. Here’s what she had to say in an e-mail:

It’s their job: Jennifer Johnson

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Portales Municipal Schools band director Jennifer Johnson plays along with Portales High School percussion students as they practice in the school band room. She said it’s exciting to see students from different backgrounds come together and make music.

Former Melrose chief cleared in traffic case

Freedom New Mexico Former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling was found not guilty Friday for a citation she received in March when she crashed her patrol unit. Dreiling was charged with improper turning after police said she cut across traffic to follow a motorist she had stopped. She was struck by a car when she […]

Melrose police chief dismissed

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The village of Melrose has dismissed Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling. City officials cited job performance as the reason. She said it’s retaliation because she refused to date Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle. “The Village Council was not pleased with her performance and, as a probationary employee, has released her from […]

11-21 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary School news There will be no school today, Thursday or Friday due to Thanksgiving. School will resume on Monday. • The Floyd Broncos football team reached the state semifinals before losing to Animas. • First home basketball game will be Nov. 30 against Clovis Christian. Jennifer Essary can be reached at 478-2846 […]

Guy volume useful tool

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A few years ago, lunch with a friend became a turning point. The person serving me and Jennifer was a tip-flirter. That’s somebody who’s really, really, unbelievably nice to customers in hopes for a tip, particularly when the opposite sex is involved. I knew this was a tip-flirter, but […]

Shopping not always enjoyable

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers I love to shop. However, I don’t enjoy shopping when back-to-school time rolls around. Mile-long school supply lists and a son who refuses to wear anything other than black does not equal a good time. This year, I chose to drag my children to the mall the weekend before school […]