Tom Bates is looking forward to joining the Merced County Board of Education. Bates ran unopposed for the Westside seat on the five-member board in the Nov. 4 general election. He will be seated Dec. 16 and will replace David March on the board.
A Le Grand man with a lengthy criminal history remained behind bars Monday, five days after evading capture and leading deputies on a short manhunt, according to the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
Central Valley counties joined a nationwide trend of growing personal income last year, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Merced, Stanislaus, Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties all registered increases in per capita income – the amount of income for every man, woman and child – between 2012 and 2013.