Atwater was colored red, white and blue Monday morning as people from all over the county marched downtown for the annual Fourth of July parade and others lined the streets to watch, all the while cheering, clapping and waving in their patriotic outfits.
A 23-year-old Atwater man is scheduled to be booked into jail after he is treated for his injuries suffered from a suspected DUI crash in Atwater on Wednesday night that left one person dead, police said.
A DUI and driver’s license checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in Atwater on Tuesday. According to an Atwater Police Department news release, the checkpoint will be conducted by the department’s traffic unit within city limits.
Atwater adopted a $43.9 million budget this week, which leaders are calling a sign of the city’s slow crawl out of the red. The City Council voted 3-1 on Monday to approve the budget, which has a $12.5 million general fund. Councilman Joe Rivero cast the dissenting vote and Councilman James Vineyard was absent.
Expansive absenteeism data was released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for the first time ever, tracking students who frequently miss class at nearly every public school in the U.S.
A plan to refinance a portion of Atwater’s debt didn’t get the support it would need this week, leaving some city leaders and employees unsure what happens next. City staff has for a few months pitched the plan, which would use a couple of fire stations, the community center and other city property as collateral to refinance a portion of the city’s $19 million debt owed to the pensions of retired city employees.