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Modesto City Hall trims its lobby hours

Modesto will shave two hours off the time it keeps its lobby open in City Hall for residents to pay their bills. Beginning Aug. 1, the lobby will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hours had been 7:30 a.m. to

5:30 p.m. About 7,000 people used the lobby in April, but a city review showed that fewer than 10 percent came to the lobby before 8:30 a.m. or after

4:30 p.m. "This is not about savings, this is about efficiency," said Jo Ann Bertolotti, customer services supervisor. The move likely

will save the city what it spends on overtime for employees who work in the lobby at 1010 10th St. Payments also can be made online at www.modestogov. com or by calling 577-5395.

Two more chances to catch MoBand

It's true, if you weren't at MoBand's July 10 performance, you missed hearing singer Carol Channing do her thing for her adopted hometown. But you still have two more chances to catch MoBand. Today at 8 p.m., you'll hear rock hits from the 1950s and '60s. The last performance, July 24, features season favorites.

La Grange raid leads to 7,000 pot plants

Drug enforcement agents destroyed 7,000 marijuana plants Wednesday in several gardens near Highway 132 and Lake Road in La Grange, authorities reported. The plants ranged from a few inches to 11 feet tall and were worth more than $15 million, according to a news release. No one was found at the gardens, and no arrests were made. Agents assigned to the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency participated in the raids, which began about

4 a.m. They were assisted by the Stanislaus County sheriff's Air Support Unit. The raids were part of the state Department of Justice's Campaign Against Marijuana Planting.

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: Mildred Madsen was serving as acting postmaster in Delhi until a permanent appointment could be made. Madsen was filling in after the retirement of Mary Buswell, who had been with the Postal Service for 30 years.

25 YEARS AGO: Construction was under way on a $3 million, 2,400-seat auditorium at Calvary Temple Assembly of God church in Modesto. An estimated 1,500 church members and friends pledged about $2 million to pay for the 50,000-square-foot project.

-- Karen Aiello

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