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Attendance facts

For a second year, many Stanislaus County schools are participating in the "Every Day Counts" campaign to focus attention on the importance of student attendance and to raise attendance rates.

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In Stanislaus County there are 5,288 teachers. Of those, 72 percent are female and 28 percent are male.

Task force to study VA clinic in valley

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, is having a task force create a proposal for an outpatient clinic and nursing home at French Camp to serve veterans in the Central Valley. The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to close the remaining facilities at the Livermore VA hospital campus and aims to move health services closer to veterans in the East Bay Area and the valley. VA officials are considering Stanislaus County's offer to donate 15 acres for the veterans health facilities near the public safety center at Service and Crows Landing roads.

Learn how to drive with parks and rec

The Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department is offering a driver education class. Course work may be completed anytime, day or night. Students may choose from an Internet or a home study course. A Department of Motor Vehicles-accepted certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. Class does not include behind the wheel driving. The registration fee is $75 for online study and $85 for home study. Register at the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department office, 1010 10th St., Suite 4400.

Mallard's case put off until February

The four family members who ran Mallard's restaurants in Modesto and Stockton are scheduled to be arraigned

Feb. 5 in San Joaquin County Superior Court on fraud and tax evasion charges. They were supposed to appear in court Friday but it was postponed. Richard Sang, his wife, Amber Lao, and his adult sons, Richie and Brookes Sang, face as many as three dozen charges in a complex case that came to light after the sudden closure of the restaurants.

Yesteryears

75 YEARS AGO: A.J. Sphon of Merced was offered $100,000 from national truck companies for his invention of a mechanical device to prevent truck and trailer accidents. Sphon's inventions were patented after many months of work on the devices. Sphon said he had not yet decided whether to accept the offer.

50 YEARS AGO: Central Sierra Bank was opening its Jamestown branch, providing the town with its first bank in 54 years. The Main Street branch, designed to resemble a bank of the 1870s, was the third branch for the young banking company.

-- Karen Aiello

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