The city of Chowchilla put out a call this week to residents, asking for their input and ideas on what they would like to see in the next city administrator and police chief. Both positions are currently held by interim leaders.
A park in Chowchilla will be renamed later this month in honor of Ed Ray, the unassuming bus driver who made national news when he helped free 26 kidnapped students. The new sign at the park will be unveiled at a ceremony Feb. 26, which would have been Ray’s 94th birthday.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority held an informational meeting at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds last week, allowing hundreds of local citizens a chance to view alignment alternatives being studied for the project's environmental report.
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.
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.
Editor’s note: Chowchilla salutes the young people, leaders and advisers of the local 4-H clubs. 4-H grows confident, capable and caring kids with the life skills to thrive in today's world. 4-H develops leadership, community service and encourages kids to follow their dreams. 4-H community leaders and all those who volunteer their time to participate with projects lead by example. We salute your dedication and commitment to the goals and vision of the 4-H program. We also recognize the achievements and growth of out local 4-H members. As you read the following articles, you will definitely see the positive influence 4-H has on today’s youth.