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Ribbon-cutting set for MJC's track

Resurfacing work at Modesto Junior College's track is nearly complete, and officials are inviting the community out to take the first ceremonial lap. The track, which has been closed since June, will reopen Monday. A ribbon-cutting and "inaugural lap" is set from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the track, Tully Road and Coldwell Avenue. The track was supposed to open earlier, but the contractor, Atlas Track & Tennis, has offered to perform additional work adding more layers to the track that will help it obtain an International Amateur Athletic Federation certification. The resurfacing of the MJC track was funded by $307,000 in one-time scheduled maintenance money from the state.

Accident crushes Ceres man to death

A 51-year-old Ceres man died Thursday morning when he became pinned between his truck and tomato trailer at a truck yard on 10th Street in Modesto. Page B-2

Library audiobooks available over Net

You can check out books without stepping into the library. The Stanislaus County Library now has eAudiobooks available online. NetLibrary's eAudiobooks are checked out for 21 days and there are never any late fees. The license simply expires after 21 days. The eAudiobooks also can be saved to some portable media devices. Windows Media Player 9 or above is required and a high-speed Internet connection is preferred. More information is available at www.stanislauslibrary.org.

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50 YEARS AGO: Thousands of youngsters converged on Castle Air Force Base as the gates opened in celebration of National Kids Day. One of the most gleeful of all the children was Klytia Nelson, 10, of Los Banos as her entry of "Winged Oasis" won the top prize in the name-the-plane contest for the new KC-135 jet refueling tanker at the base. Klytia's winning entry would be stenciled onto the jet tanker.

25 YEARS AGO: Mayor Jack Parker of Hughson said after an executive session of the Hughson City Council that with the exception of one employee, the city of Hughson employees would receive no pay raises for the 1982-1983 fiscal year. Employees had received 5 percent raises each of the prior two years, but the city could not afford another. The office of city clerk was the exception because that position had been left out of the negotiations the prior years and would receive a 10 percent raise for 1982-83. -- Karen Aiello