Online star from Merced County adds to celebrity constellation

The stars of social media have become a force in pop culture. But despite their millions of followers, there are still vast swaths of the population who have no idea who they are. Included in that new breed of stars is Los Banos‘ 19-year-old Bethany Mota, a YouTube star who just made it to the “Dancing With the Stars” finals.

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Atwater school board reviews student safety efforts

Atwater Elementary School District trustees spent much of their time at Tuesday’s board meeting reviewing efforts to keep students, staff and teachers safe. About a quarter of a million dollars is being spent to bolster safety at the district’s eight campuses.

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