The sound of a bagpiper playing "Amazing Grace" set a somber tone as members of law enforcement gathered to honor fallen officers at the 2013 Merced County Peace Officer Memorial ceremony. See the video below. Click here for a photo gallery.
This week, Off the 99 focuses on the Middlestate Independent Comedy Film Festival, which is taking place downtown this weekend. Comedian Adam Carolla, who is performing at the event, joins Off the 99 for an interview.
The restored Merced Theater will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Sunday with an open house and tours of the facility that's free to the public.
This week, Off the 99 addresses the issue of youth violence in the wake of a shooting that left three teenagers dead. A panel of local leaders joined in on the conversation, including District Attorney Larry Morse II, Chief Ruben Chavez of the Livingston Police Department and Tony Slaton, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Merced County.
This week, Off the 99 sits down with Jason Cross, the Merced Sun-Star's publisher and director of advertising, to talk about recent changes at the newspaper and the future of the industry.
The Merced Union High School District is considering restoring busing services to some of its students. Off the 99 is here to cover it.
This week, Off the 99 takes a look at the half-cent sales tax increase that passed with overwhelming support Tuesday in Atwater. Sun-Star City Editor Victor Patton also joins the crew to talk about a recent officer-involved shooting.
The Merco Cycling Classic is underway and Off the 99 is there to cover it. This week, hosts Mike North and Joshua Emerson Smith talk with racers and organizers near Lake McClure on Thursday.
Off the 99 is joined this week by Lt. Tom Trindad of the Merced Police Department, Merced Councilwoman Mary-Michal Rawlings and the Rev. Don Ramsey of St. Matthew Baptist Church to discuss a budding violence-prevention program in Merced known as CeaseFire.
This week, Off the 99 puts the spotlight on the real estate market in the Merced area and the state of the housing industry.