In a continuing effort to raise awareness of the importance of school attendance and to increase attendance rates, schools throughout Stanislaus County kicked off a second year of the "Every Day Counts" attendance campaign. After last year's campaign,
17 school districts in Stanislaus County reported improved attendance rates, with six of those attaining a half-percent increase or more.
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Education pays off in terms of a meaningful future and success in the work force:
Average yearly wages
High school dropout $25,039
High school graduate $31,539
College graduate $50,944
(Source: 2005 U.S. Census Bureau)
Teenager's death remains a mystery
Police and medical investigators still are searching for a cause of death for Julia Gonzalez almost three months after passers-by found the 16-year-old's body in Turlock's Pedretti Park.
Episcopal nominee talks to churches
The nominee to replace a breakaway bishop ousted by Episcopal leaders is meeting with San Joaquin Valley congregations ahead of an upcoming vote. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, head of the national church, has recommended Jerry A. Lamb to serve as the new bishop for the Diocese of San Joaquin. Wednesday, national church leaders removed Bishop John-David Schofield as head of the Fresno-based diocese, which seceded in December over the Episcopal Church's ordination of women and gays. Lamb met with church members in Fresno and Stockton. Members of the Diocese of San Joaquin are slated to meet at the end of the month to confirm Lamb.
75 YEARS AGO: Lester McBrayer, a senior at Turlock High School, was awarded fourth place in the flying division for model airplane entries in the first annual international contest held in Chicago. The young model airplane builder entered a Lockheed Vega plane and had been building model airplanes for seven years.
50 YEARS AGO: Arthur L. Shull, director of cafeterias and special services for Modesto City Schools, submitted his letter of resignation to the board of education. Shull came to Modesto in 1939 and was principal of Modesto High School for five years. He became director of cafeterias and special services in 1946.
25 YEARS AGO: The Merced City Council elected Carol Gabriault mayor. Gabriault would serve her second term as mayor. She ran a local appliance store with her husband and was named Woman of the Year in Merced earlier in the year.
-- Karen Aiello