A Merced filmmaker’s latest feature, which was shot entirely in Merced County, is set to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival early next month. Director Rodrigo Reyes, 32, filmed “Lupe Under the Sun” in orchards, streets and other locations in the county.
A van full of teenage boys crashed into a ditch on Mercey Springs Road in Los Banos late Friday after authorities say the driver tried to outrun police while driving under the influence of drugs. Two of the teenage boys play football for Pacheco High School and three are former football players, according to David Snapp, Pacheco High’s head football coach.
Merced City Fire brought on five new members for its crew on Friday, a move city leaders hope will alleviate some staffing issues. Thomas Beard, Jack Jones, Samuel Rametta, Paul Skifter and Aaron Vasquez were sworn in Friday at City Hall by Chief Shawn Henry, according to a news release.
One of the three young ladies vying for the area’s Dairy Princess tiara is a Merced high schooler, the California Milk Advisory Board announced Friday. Marion Carpenter, an El Capitan High School student, is competing against Alexia Nunes and Nicole Sanders, who are both from Turlock.
Merced kicks off its first ever movies in the park series on Friday. The free movies are open to anyone and the films a rated appropriate for all audiences, according to Mike Conway, who oversees the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
The Merced city attorney, who was fired this week after two months on the job, will get six months of severance, according to her contract. The city’s contract with Jennifer McGrath, who was hired in March, was terminated Monday by the Merced City Council, following a closed session discussion, City Manager Steve Carrigan confirmed to the Sun-Star.
An investigative journalist who grew up in Merced recently won a journalism award for her reports on secret, race-based mustard gas testing during World War II. Radio reporter Caitlin Dickerson, who is based in the nation’s capital, earned a 2015 George Foster Peabody Award in April.