Two new members of Chowchilla City Council took their spots on Tuesday, but the council could not agree on who should serve as the city’s top official during the next two years. Waseem Ahmed, 45, and Mary “Trinket” Gaumnitz, 51, were the top two vote-getters on Election Day last month. They took their oaths of office from City Clerk Nanci Lima.
Planada’s annual Christmas party gathered about 200 families at Planada Elementary School. The event, led by the Planada Christmas Cherish Memories group and the California Highway Patrol, treated families to a morning of toys, photos with Santa and hot chocolate.
An Atwater police detective facing misdemeanor DUI and hit-and-run charges has been on paid administrative leave for more than a year, the Merced Sun-Star has learned, costing taxpayers in the cash-strapped city nearly $110,000 for the salary of an inactive employee.
At least four swastikas have been painted on Atwater streets over the past two weeks, leading some to believe it’s a response to the civil protests galvanized by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men killed by white police officers.
Chowchilla appointed an interim city administrator last week. Carolyn Lehr will take over from Police Chief Jay Varney, who was serving in the position but just won his bid for Madera County sheriff. The former city administrator, Mark Lewis, agreed to resign in September after being placed on leave for about a month.
A public display scrutinizing the use of antibiotics in Foster Farms chickens greeted hundreds of residents Friday, sending a powerful message about what advocates say is continued misuse of the drug by the giant poultry producer.
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.