Vet Day closures affect mail, library
With Veterans Day falling on Sunday, most government agencies will close Monday for the holiday. The Postal Service will not deliver mail Monday. Many schools are closed; Modesto Junior College, Delta College and the University of the Pacific will be open. The Stanislaus County Library will be closed Monday. San Joaquin County libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday. Merced and Calaveras county libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday.
Former opponents support Farrace
Modesto City Council candidate Robert Farrace has the backing of two of his defeated opponents for his Dec. 11 runoff against Dave Lopez. Community activist Robert Stanford and electrician Brent Maynor on Thursday announced their intent to support Farrace for the race's second round. Lopez, a five-time candidate, won the most votes Tuesday with 39 percent of the count. Stanford and Maynor together pulled in about 27 percent of votes.
2 spelling champs to represent county
An eighth-grader from Modesto and one from Turlock were named champions at the Junior High Spelling Championship on Wednesday by spelling such words as "baccalaureate," "mendacious" and "egalitarian." Sneha Modi from Prescott Senior Elementary School and Steven Kha from Turlock Junior High were the top spellers in the event sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and The Bee. They will represent the county at the state competition in San Rafael on May 10. William Shewfelt, also from Prescott, took third place and will serve as an alternate. Forty-five students from 24 schools competed in the spelling bee.
Committee backs surveillance system
Modesto's Citizens Redevelopment Advisory Commission this week endorsed a Police Department proposal to buy 10 surveillance cameras for downtown. The commission makes recommendations to the City Council on how to spend Modesto Redevelopment Agency funds. The surveillance system will cost about $388,000.
75 YEARS AGO: Hundreds of people crowded the courthouse park to hear The News-Herald furnish returns on the general election. It was the biggest election party held here, all agreed. A broadcast of returns by a public address system started in the afternoon and continued until all contests and issues appeared settled.
25 YEARS AGO: Leo Camarillo, a former Oakdale resident who lived in Lockeford, won the all-around cowboy championship for the fourth time. Camarillo won more than $4,500 in calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping at the Grand National Championships at the Cow Palace. -- Karen Aiello