Deadline is today to register to vote
Today is the last day to register to vote in the Feb. 5 presidential primary election. Forms are available throughout Stanislaus County, including at city halls, post offices, fire stations, libraries and county buildings. Stanislaus County residents also can obtain registration forms at the election office at 1021 I St., Modesto. To vote, you must be a U.S. citizen and a California resident, and be at least 18 years old on Feb. 5. Voters cannot be in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony. Absentee ballots must be requested by Jan. 29. By law, absentee ballots cannot be requested over the phone because a signature is required. A registered voter who would like to obtain an absentee ballot must send a written request containing his or her name, address, the address to which the ballot should be mailed and the voter's signature.
In a continuing effort to raise the awareness of the importance of school attendance and increase attendance rates, schools throughout Stanislaus County kicked off a second year of
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the "Every Day Counts" attendance campaign. After last year's campaign, 17 school districts in Stanislaus County reported improved attendance rates overall, with six of those attaining a half-percent increase or more.
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Nearly 22 million school days are lost each year because of the common cold. Hand washing can help reduce the spread of germs.
MID reduces time to pay power bills
Starting Feb. 1, electricity customers of the Modesto Irrigation District will have 20 days to pay their bills, down from 27. The district board approved the change last month. It will allow the MID to send reminders about past-due bills sooner, customer service manager Jack Krieg said in a news release. "The earlier MID starts communicating, the easier it will be for these customers to stay current on their accounts," he said. People who make automatic payments from their bank accounts should make sure the payments are made within the new time frame.
25 YEARS AGO: Cartographer- artist Shirley Elke was presented the Modesto Chamber of Commerce's Distinguished Service Award. Elke, co-owner of Compass Maps & Lithography with her husband, Richard, became the second person to receive the chamber's highest award for exceptional service.
-- Karen Aiello