News & Notes

Skater Fleming coming to Turlock

Peggy Fleming, the Olympic figure skating champion and a breast cancer survivor, will be the keynote speaker at an Oct. 16 cancer awareness event planned by Emanuel Medical Center of Turlock. The public is invited to the free event at the new Emanuel Medical Plaza, 880 E. Tuolumne Road. An open house with hors d'oeuvres and tours of the medical plaza facilities will be from 5 to 7 p.m. A cancer survivor march and program featuring the Olympic champion is set for 7 p.m. Fleming became an international star with her gold medal performance at the 1968 Winter Games. She faced the biggest challenge of her life in 1998 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has shared her story of trial and triumph with millions of cancer patients. For additional information about the cancer awareness event, call 664-2434.

Education summit today in Ceres

State schools chief Jack O'Connell will attend a town hall education summit today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Central Valley High School, 4033 S. Central Ave. in Ceres. The summit, hosted by state Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, is called, "Future of Career Technical Education Programs in the Central Valley." O'Connell will speak about how students must have access to an education that meets world-class standards, whether or not they go to college after graduating from high school. A question-and- answer period will follow the discussion. For more information, go to http:// republican.sen.ca.gov/news/ 12/pressrelease4817.asp.

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50 YEARS AGO: In Merced County, Lloyd Rowe would step up from chief criminal investigator to undersheriff when John Latorraca, who served as undersheriff, would become sheriff. The county Board of Supervisors appointed Latorraca as the new sheriff when N.L. Cornell, who had held the position for more than 23 years, submitted his resignation because of failing health.

25 YEARS AGO: The Modesto planning department notified JC Penney Co. officials that they had to halt their Vintage Faire mall parking lot sale because it violated a city ordinance. Zoning inspector Sandy Price said the ordinance prohibited merchants who normally conduct business indoors from selling outdoors.

-- Karen Aiello