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New Community Service Officer Joins Madera Sheriff’s Office

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office will soon be welcoming a new Community Service Officer (CSO) to the team. Kayla Serrato, 30, will step into her new assignment on Dec. 1, joining CSO Joann Evans who came on board in February 2002 and serves mainly Eastern Madera County. Serrato was born and raised in Merced, Calif., and is ...

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DUI Arrest After Woman Hits Flagpole Then Flees

NORTH FORK – A woman was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after she crashed into the flagpole in front of the North Fork Post Office, then crashed again while trying to leave the scene. Just after 4 p.m. this afternoon, a witness in the Pizza Factory says a woman later identified by CHP as Christa Cortez, 62, ...

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CHP Is Out In Force This Weekend

CALIFORNIA — While most folks are enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, most of the officers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be out on the roadways, helping to ensure that everyone returns home safely from their travels. Millions of Californians will be on the road this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and while this time of year is ...

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Forget The Turkey, Save Yourself!

ANYTOWN, USA – This is the time of year we gather in America to express our gratitude and bond over turkey and football. Glossy magazines decorate the aisles of overflowing supermarkets, resplendent with cornucopia, while malls stock up on stocking stuffers as Black Friday looms and the season of consumption begins. The juggernaut is on us. All we really want ...

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Annual Scout Christmas Tree Sale At North Fork Library

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Scout Fund’s annual Christmas Tree Sale will begin on Saturday, Dec. 3. Fresh, locally grown red fir (silver tip) in a variety of sizes through at least 14 ft. will be available. Tree sales will begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3, and continue daily until sold out. The Christmas tree lot, located behind ...

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Madera Superior Court Returns To Bass Lake Full-Time

MADERA COUNTY – The return of full-time status at the Bass Lake Courthouse will be a welcome convenience to residents of Eastern Madera County. Effective Jan. 30, 2017, the Madera Superior Court, Bass Lake Division, will return to full-time status, holding court Monday through Thursday. according to District Attorney David Linn. Jury trials will once again be scheduled and heard ...

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Crash Blocks Highway 41 On South End Of Deadwood

COARSEGOLD — A two-vehicle collision brought traffic on Highway 41 to a standstill for a short time this afternoon when two pickups collided near Road 425C. At about 1 p.m. a Coarsegold woman was southbound in a 2005 Chevy pickup at a stated speed of 45 mph approaching Road 425C. A teen driver, also from Coarsegold, in a 2014 Toyota ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Crime Log Through Nov. 20

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016: Coarsegold arrest on firearms charges Om Monday, Nov. 14, at 12:03 a.m., a deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of Road 415 and Road 416 for a vehicle that was driving to the ...

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Tax Preparedness: Avoid a Refund Delay By Planning Ahead

WASHINGTON – As tax filing season approaches, there are steps you can take now to ensure smooth processing of your 2016 tax return and avoid a delay in getting your tax refund next year. The IRS reminds taxpayers to be sure they have all the documents they need, such as W-2s and 1099s, before filing a tax return. You may ...

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YUSD Conducts Search For New Superintendent

OAKHURST —  With the recent move of former Yosemite Unified School District (YUSD) Superintendent James Sargent to a position with the Madera County Office of Education, the search is on to fill the vacancy. Dave Long & Associates (DLA), a consulting firm specializing in assisting California school districts in hiring superintendents, has been retained by YUSD, District officials announced this ...

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