192015Jan

Hundreds march to celebrate MLK’s Legacy

Hundreds of people gathered in Merced to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the national day set aside to observe the birthday of the civil rights trailblazer. Junior high bands played, marchers chanted and small groups gathered to watch along the road where people walked to carry on the message of peace…

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152015Jan

LCAP plans reflect local goals for Merced education

It’s name may be somewhat unwieldy, but a Local Control Accountability Plan gives local residents a chance to weigh in on how their schools are governed, Tammie Calzadillas believes. Calzadillas is assistant superintendent for educational services of the Merced Union High School District, and has had a pivotal role in how the state-mandated LCAP process…

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102015Jan

Road improvement plans for Planada and Franklin-Beachwood areas move forward

Two community projects that would enhance roads and create safe routes for pedestrians in the Planada and Franklin-Beachwood areas are moving forward after the Merced County Board of Supervisors approved final plans. With the recent adoption of the respective improvement plans, the projects will now be eligible to compete for state and federal transportation grants…

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302014Dec

South Merced excited about new digs for youths

There was standing room only Tuesday in the McNamara Park Youth Center as scores of people gathered to celebrate the reopening of the newly refurbished building in south Merced. Elected officials, nonprofit leaders and members of the community came for their first chance to lay eyes on the freshly painted and carpeted center inside the…

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162014Dec

Merced County health ranking ticks up

Californians seem to be improving their overall health – placing No. 17 out of 50 states, four spots better than last year, in the latest America’s Health Rankings report by the United Health Foundation. The healthiest state is Hawaii, the report said. Mississippi ranked 50th, becoming the unhealthiest state this year. In county rankings, Merced…

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162014Dec

Dan Walters Opinion: Brown’s big LCFF plan gets 3rd rap

It’s not exactly three strikes and you’re out, but neither is the third time a charm for Gov. Jerry Brown’s landmark overhaul of public school finance and governance. A third major research organization has examined how Brown’s “Local Control Funding Formula” is being implemented and found it wanting. LCFF, adopted in 2013, eliminated many specific…

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112014Dec

Youth Council fills remaining vacancies

After an extensive application and interviewing process, the sitting members of the Merced City Youth Council has selected their newest members. All seats on the council are now filled, it was announced last Friday night at council’s 6 p.m. meeting inside of the Merced Civic Center. The council members can now take steps forward and…

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