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.


New art highlighted at Merced Multicultural Arts Center

Artists and guests rubbed elbows Thursday during the opening night of a show at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center. The show combines the semiannual “The Really Big Show,” which is made up of established Arbor Gallery artists from the region, with the work of up-and-coming talent. While giving artists a chance to display their work, the show also brings Merced’s relatively small arts community together to meet and share ideas.


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