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By a split vote, Merced Union High School District trustees this week approved an $87.3 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Numbers may change, possibly upward, once the governor and state Legislature agree on state spending.
In approving a 2013-2014 budget that's likely to change in the next few weeks, Merced City School District Board of Education members are optimistic more funds are coming from the state.
Merced College is adopting a system that will make it easier for students to receive financial aid disbursements.
Scorching triple-digit temperatures are coming to Merced, and the city is opening its cooling center just in time to offer relief.
Martin Rose, program director for Merced County Rescue Mission, had been searching since February until almost five months later, he received the call he'd been waiting for.
Merced resident Marissa Chavez's cell phone was ringing nonstop Wednesday morning, as tears of joy flowed down her face. A barrage of text messages and social media alerts poured in about the two landmark Supreme Court decisions.
Merced County's proposed budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 will be presented at 1:30 p.m. today at the Board of Supervisors meeting. The budget of $462 million is up $30 million from last year's budget.
Julie-N-Friends will present an evening of Southern gospel music at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Christian Life Center, 650 E. Olive Ave. Admission is free; a love offering with a suggestion of $10 will be taken. For more information, call (559) 304-1102.
The Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 77th annual Installation Dinner on Friday at the Gateway Gardens in downtown Merced.
Two Livingston teenagers were arrested for carrying loaded guns into the Merced Mall's Food Court Friday morning, police reported.
Heavy traffic expected
More than 400 second- through fifth-grade students are bolstering their English-language skills through an English learner summer academy being run at Burbank and Sheehy elementary schools in Merced.
Stefon Gold is used to sharing the workload. Ripon head coach Chris Johnson certainly has an embarrassment of riches coming out of the backfield with 1,000-yard backs such as Gold, Rayshaun Vance (Golden Valley), Marcus Northcutt (Oakdale) and 2,000-yard back James Sams (Los Banos) at his disposal for the North in Friday's North/South Rotary All-Star Football Classic.
The region's first integrated water management plan has been released, and the collaborative effort provides a "big picture" perspective on water, officials said.
A woman accused of sending threatening text messages to herself and her boyfriend and lying to police about it was arrested this week. Atwater police detectives traced the threats to the woman's own prepaid cellphone.
The Merced Organizing Project, a nonprofit group, will provide the public an opportunity to meet candidates running for seats on the Merced City Council in November's election.
The issue of water safety for children is close to Flip Hassett's heart, because his 4-year-old granddaughter Jaylin Shepherd drowned in a hot tub during a family gathering in March.
Educational leaders and law enforcement officers Wednesday morning pondered the best ways to keep students and school personnel safe from gun-wielding intruders in a safety summit conducted by Sheriff Mark Pazin and the Merced County Office of Education.
The discovery of American Indian human remains unearthed on Monday will be turned over to an organization that ensures proper burial, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported Wednesday.
Members of the 2012-13 Merced County civil grand jury recommend changes to food inspections, concealed weapons permits and the emergency communication system.
Were closing in on the end of June but it seems a bit more like March out there, with cloudy skies and a chance of rain.
Of all the volunteers helping her out at Hinds Hospice in Merced, Judy Lambrix has a go-to volunteer in Stanley Hahn.
Keeping the customer happy is paramount in the business world.
Attendance at the 122nd Merced County Fair wasn't quite what it was a year ago, but the community still turned out in droves for the annual five-day event. The fair saw a 4 percent drop in attendance from 2012, with 68,601 people attending this year. That makes for a difference of 7,052 fairgoers, but Merced County Fair marketing manager Diane Conway said the bulk of the difference was in the free attendees.
More than a dozen landfill employees at risk of losing their jobs because of proposed layoffs are safe at least for now. The Merced County Association of Governments voted Thursday to adopt the 2013-14 operating budget of the county's two landfills without laying off any employees or selling extra equipment.
After six years in the minor leagues, Curtis Partch, the former Merced High and Merced College right-hander, was called up by the Cincinnati Reds on June 8 and made his big-league debut the next night in a nationally televised game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jessica Silva said it was the Indiana Tech sales pitch that won her over. Despite the fact the Buhach Colony basketball star was one of the most prolific high school shooters the area has seen in recent memory, Warriors head coach Jessie Biggs came talking about defense.
Daulton Jefferies grew up watching some of the great players who have come through the Buhach Colony baseball program.
Elena Castro, principal of Cruickshank Middle School, has been named the Merced City School District's new director of curriculum and categorical programs. Castro's appointment was ratified Tuesday night by the district board of education. She replaces Sandi Hamilton, who is retiring at the end of July.
The 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra was designed to be the ultimate race car, and with the 427-cubic-inch motor at 500-plus horsepower it is insane to drive.
The Merced Union High School District's budget for the fiscal year beginning next month is likely to be considerably better than the situation last year, trustees learned Wednesday night. Superintendent Scott Scambray said he was cautiously optimistic about the district's fiscal position.
The pews of a south Merced church were full Friday for a City Council candidates forum.
The Merced County Association of Governments announced it found someone to run the Continuum of Care program, but members of that group say the process was not transparent.
The Special Olympics torch is scheduled to make its way through Merced County today. Participants will gather in a parking lot at UC Merced starting at 6:30 a.m., and the run will begin at 7 a.m., according to Officer Jason Schoonhoven of the California Highway Patrol. Area law enforcement members will carry the torch.
Youth advocates have been a strong presence at the Merced City Council meetings and budget workshops the last several months with one message to elected officials "make youth a priority." They've asked council members to allocate 3 percent of general fund spending, or $976,597, to youth services.
The Merced City Council adopted the city's $191.9 million budget Monday a budget they said was balanced "on the back of employees." The budget passed with a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Noah Lor voting against it. He expressed opposition against a one-time expenditure of $70,000 for upcoming labor negotiations.
A person who was killed late last week in a Highway 99 crash near Atwater has been identified by the Merced County coroner's office as 17-year-old Edson Zavala.
Merced County sheriff's deputies arrested escaped inmate Juan Ruvalcaba Medina in the south Dos Palos area Monday evening, authorities reported Tuesday. After an extensive investigation, Medina was found hiding at a house in the area, according to deputy Delray Shelton.
The Merced post office has a new top official. Tony Renon, 51, took the postmaster oath of office Friday at the M Street location from Bobbi Riley, manager of post office operations.
A wildfire threatened about 30 homes in the McSwain area of Merced County on Friday afternoon but firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading from the vegetation to the structures.
More than 250 men and women received services Friday during Merced Homeless Connect.
Nonprofits, Merced County agencies, health care providers and others will bring services to Merced's homeless today. The third annual Merced Homeless Connect is "one-stop shopping" for homeless Mercedians, said Merced Rescue Mission Director of Marketing Phil Schmauss. It's planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Central Presbyterian Church, 1920 Canal St.
More than a half-million dollars is being spent this summer on large-scale maintenance projects at Merced, Atwater and Livingston high school campuses. The Merced Union High School District's deferred maintenance project list totals $536,690.
The Martin family had its flights and hotels just about set for their July trip to see Dos Palos High graduate Cody Martin, who started the season pitching for Double-A baseball's Mississippi Braves, an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.
A 64-year-old Madera woman was killed in a crash on Highway 99, south of Dry Creek, in Madera County about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Stories about the aircraft that flew regularly out of Castle Air Force Base, and the personnel who maintained them, will be at the forefront this weekend during a reunion at the former base.
Golden Valley's Sara Callister is the Sun-Star All-Area Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
School officials secured the land for Los Banos' next three schools during a special meeting last week.
The expected uptick in home construction this summer is a sign that the economy may be turning around in Los Banos. Community Development Director Paula Fitzgerald estimates 100 residential building permits may be issued in the next 12 months.
Store employee said they were threatened.
Merced High's Chelsea Evans and Madilyn Nickles, Co-MVPs for the Central California Conference, are this year's Sun-Star Softball Co-Players of the Year.
Trevor Chaney delivered four scoreless innings against Merced County, allowing his team to rally from a three-run deficit as Stanislaus County erupted for five runs in the seventh inning en route to a 7-4 win in the fourth annual Merced County vs. Stanislaus County All-Star Baseball Game at Merced College.
What started out as a novelty gift turned into a life-long love for Audon Montague. The Golden Valley senior said his father bought him a Snoopy driver when he was a kid. "I would just swing it all over the farm," Montague said. "It's how I first started to like golf.
Cesar Nava's freshman campaign was trying. Golden Valley's No. 1 singles player was forced to fight through injury for most of the season and it showed in his results.
You can do anything, be anybody, a television actress told Pacheco High School seniors during a rehearsal talk last week.
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As a new father, wanting to be a good one has been on my mind a lot.
A Hollister-based theater company has plans for a Broadway-like musical in Los Banos.
Merced Sun-Star staff