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Guard your home during fire season

With forest fires raging all around us summer and fall, it's time for each Valley Homeowner to examine what they can do to make their home fire safe. This is not only true for folks living in Three Rivers, Springville, Camp Nelson and the foothill communities where the Pier Fire burned for weeks. Th

VISALIA TIMES-DELTA - 2017-09-22 13:00:07

Flu shots available for Mountain Area residents

With flu season upon us, flu shots are being offered at the following locations: 9 - 11 a.m., Oct. 10, at the Mountain Christian Center (40299 Highway 41, Oakhurst) 10 - 11 a.m., Oct. 20, at the North Fork Post Office Drive-thru clinic (33171 Road 222, North Fork) The cost is $5 per shot and is of

SIERRA STAR - 2017-09-21 16:18:00

'Saving the Past for the Future'

Hundreds of Mountain Area residents lined School Road and Crane Valley Road (426) Sept. 16, for the Heritage Day Parade, complete with siren-blaring fire engines, Smokey Bear, floats, Yosemite High Country, the Yosemite High marching band, vintage cars, and the Madera County Sheriff's Department off

SIERRA STAR - 2017-09-21 23:10:00

High-speed rail construction in Tulare County delayed; legal battle marches on

Construction on California's $64 billion high-speed rail line in Tulare County will be delayed a couple of weeks, officials said this week. The move will allow the agency to concentrate on construction at a Fresno County location, said Toni Tinoco, a spokesperson for the High Speed Rail authority. T

VISALIA TIMES-DELTA - 2017-09-22 00:47:08

Merced City School District Seeking Scientists and Engineers

Are you a local scientist or engineer? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and inspiring future generations? Then the Merced City School District would love to collaborate with you! As I've shared in past columns, our district is expanding our award-winning STEAM (science, technology, engineering,

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2017-09-23 09:04:00

Merced police say Thursday's chase did not start on college campus

Officers who were led on a high-speed chase through Merced Thursday originally attempted to stop the suspect vehicle in the area of M Street and Buena Vista Drive, not on the Merced College campus as previously reported by Merced police. The Merced Police Department issued a statement Friday afterno

LOS BAÑOS ENTERPRISE - 2017-09-22 23:50:00

Here's what Merced CHP K-9 Bruce found in a Mini Cooper on the freeway

A Merced County K-9 officer found 13 pounds of heroin and 9 pounds of cocaine being transported on Interstate 5, the California Highway Patrol reported on Friday. Officers stopped a Mini Cooper Countryman about 3:45 p.m. Thursday on I-5 south of Nees Avenue, CHP said. Officers called in the K-9, Br

MERCED SUN-STAR - 2017-09-22 23:31:00

Mercedes-Benz agreeing to replace seat heaters after lawsuit

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of a lawsuit settlement requiring Mercedes-Benz to replace seat heaters in up to 270,000 SUVs. Southern California-based Judge James Selna preliminarily approved the potentially $80 million settlement on Monday. The plaintiffs

BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN - 2017-09-22 21:09:25

Officer opens fire in Merced after reckless driver leads authorities on high-speed chase

An officer-involved shooting is under investigation after a Merced police officer fired his gun during a chase through town. On Thursday afternoon, Merced College Police tried stopping a reckless driver when the driver sped off down G Street. Police then continued to follow him to West Olive and M S

ABC30 FRESNO - 2017-09-22 12:41:57

Chase suspect captured in Beachwood area of Merced after officer-involved shooting

A Merced police officer opened fire at the driver of vehicle Thursday afternoon after a confrontation on campus that ultimately led officers on a high-speed chase through the city. The driver, later identified as John Barragan, 33, of Atwater, sped away from the officer around 1:28 p.m., according t

MODESTO BEE - 2017-09-21 21:06:00

Winton man threatens to 'kill the president,' asks to be shot outside city hall

A Winton man attempting to commit "suicide by cop" was subdued outside Atwater City Hall on Thursday, according to police. Atwater police were called about 2:39 p.m. from employees at Citibank in the 700 block of Bellevue Road, where a man began saying he wanted someone to shoot him and that he was

MODESTO BEE - 2017-09-22 00:08:00

North Fork Boosters to host fundraising Granite Gambler poker run

The North Fork Booster Club will host a motorcycle poker run, known as the Granite Gambler, on Sept. 30, to raise funds for a new gas range at the North Fork Town Hall. The day starts at the town hall (33060 Road 228) with a pancake breakfast served by the North Fork Lions Club, then follows an 80-p

SIERRA STAR - 2017-09-21 18:14:00

Former airman to plead guilty in child sex abuse case

DOVER, Del. (AP) A former Dover Air Force Base airman has agreed to plead guilty to charges involving the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage runaway. A federal judge has scheduled a change-of-plea hearing next week for 21-year-old Akeem Beazer of Pompano Beach, Florida. The entry of the scheduling or

NEW JERSEY HERALD - 2017-09-22 15:00:00

Menendez by the numbers: 7 key insights we learned from 3-hour testimony

NEWARK - It may be too early to tell the score in the ongoing federal corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, but as prosecutors and defense attorneys take turns questioning the agents who investigated allegations against him, the numbers are starting to add up. On the stand again Wednesday w

NJ.COM - 2017-09-21 15:40:14

Bicyclist suffers several broken bones in Middletown accident

Portions of North Street and Wickham Avenue were closed Thursday afternoon after a dump truck hit a bicyclist at the intersection. The accident happened just before 12:30 p.m., when the Mead Seal Coating dump truck struck a male on the bike, according to Lt. Jeffry Thoelen with the City of Middletow

TIMES HERALD-RECORD - 2017-09-21 17:39:34

Black Dirt farmer Minkus knows his onions

NEW HAMPTON - Rick Minkus stood at the edge of field P/2, watching his son at the wheel of the harvester as it moved steadily up and down the rows, filling one truck after the other with 10,000 pounds - give or take - of onions. Taking a deep breath of the onion-infused air that blankets the Black D

TIMES HERALD-RECORD - 2017-09-23 01:52:54

Tax breaks approved for Legoland owner

The Orange County Industrial Development Agency approved a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for Legoland parent Merlin Entertainments on Thursday. Under the agreement, Merlin will pay roughly $88 million over 20 years, or approximately $38 million less than if the company received no tax b

TIMES HERALD-RECORD - 2017-09-22 18:37:44

Cougar girls, Chiefs boys sweep tri-meet

HAMPTON -- The Kittatinny girls cross country team was able to score a sweep of Vernon and Hopatcong behind a first-place effort from Ali Schutte and a third-place finish from Emily Ward. The Cougars (3-1) scored a 24-31 victory over Vernon and took down Hopatcong by a count of 15-50 to improve to

NEW JERSEY HERALD - 2017-09-21 23:05:00

Barbara Bedell: Fall brings a season filled with events

With holidays already started and leaves just beginning to change color, we'll officially welcome Fall at 4:02 p.m. today. We'll see lots of weather changes before it ends on Dec. 21. The year went by too quickly. Soon temps will start to drop and the days will get shorter than the nights. And aroun

TIMES HERALD-RECORD - 2017-09-22 07:01:00

Man charged with 'strict liability' in woman's drug overdose death

WEST MILFORD - A Paterson man has been charged in the death of a West Milford woman who overdosed on drugs he sold her, authorities said Thursday. Cleveland D. Spencer, 26, is charged in the death of Maryann McKinnon, 33, who was found unconscious and unresponsive June 2 in her home on Freehold Cour

NJ.COM - 2017-09-22 12:36:29