News & Notes

A golden honor

The Stanislaus County Office of Education's Leadership Academy will be honored in the 28th annual Golden Bell Awards program of the California School Boards Association. Director of Prevention Programs Vicki Bauman oversees the leadership program, which encourages high school students to develop leadership skills and pursue careers in local businesses and public organizations. Participants meet monthly with representatives from business, health and human services, public safety, arts and media, justice, education and government. The awards recognize programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in San Diego on Dec. 1.


50 YEARS AGO: Two Merced sewer workers were pulled from a 21-inch sewer line where they had lain for 10½ hours. They were held by a gluey muck deposit halfway through a mile-long line. About 50 workers using trenching equipment and hand shovels were able to free Roy Knapp and Leroy White from the line, which kept them trapped 10 feet beneath the surface.

25 YEARS AGO: Emanuel Medical Center announced it would lay off 40 employees because the number of patients was declining. Executive Director John Trussler said 35 of the layoffs would be from the hospital's 295 nurses. Emanuel was the third Stanislaus County hospital to announce layoffs because of the recession.