Hundreds of people in need are expected to dine in shifts during a free meal on Thanksgiving Day, which organizers say also serves as a time for fellowship in Merced. The Merced County Rescue Mission will hold its annual Thanksgiving meal for the less fortunate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion Hall, 939 W. Main St. The diners will also get a chance to pick up some clothes from the mission’s closet after eating
A growing number of Mercedians will be among the more than 5.6 million Californians planning to travel 50 miles or more over the upcoming four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to a AAA prediction.
The Merced County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will get a second look at the county’s proposed groundwater ordinance, which includes some minor language changes and modifications based on community feedback.
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.
Stanislaus County supervisors voted Tuesday to tighten the rules for well permits, requiring farmers outside irrigation districts to show that new wells won’t have a detrimental effect on groundwater. Also, pumping data will be collected from private well owners, but officials promised to keep the data confidential.
Java boys have now joined Java Girls Espresso — shirtless java boys. The coffee shop with scantily clad workers dubbed “bikini baristas” in northwest Fresno now employs a couple of men. They, too, wear very little while making cappuccinos and white chocolate mochas.
The average cost of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 rose slightly to $49.41, according to the annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Modesto and Merced areas produce some of the items in great volume.