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Chloe DePledge Takes Top Honors In “Poetry Out Loud”

MADERA – Chloe DePledge, of Glacier High School, won First Place at the Poetry Out Loud finals in Madera, and now advances to the State Finals Competition in Sacramento. On Saturday, Feb. 10, Madera County Arts Council hosted the Madera County Finals Competition for Poetry Out Loud at Circle Gallery. Students from Madera High School, Madera South High School, Liberty ...

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How Dinner In February Honors Maggie McBride

OAKHURST — The nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) will gather next on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Taqueria Plazuelas to embrace Maggie McBride. The evening of food, fundraising and friendship begins at 6 p.m. Maggie McBride is a hard-working mother of three, married to firefighter Thomas McBride. In May of 2016, Maggie went in for a routine medical check-up and was diagnosed ...

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Avoid Burst Pipes When It’s Freezing Outside

MOUNTAIN AREA – With temperatures expected to continue below freezing for the next couple of nights, it’s still not too late to insulate exposed plumbing and execute other measures to keep the disaster of burst pipes at bay. Residents who have not already done so are reminded to take precautions such as wrapping exposed metal or plastic pipes that carry water, ...

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Tom Burdette Chosen North Fork Citizen Of The Year

NORTH FORK — The community of North Fork once again gathered at the Town Hall to choose one of their own for the honor of “Citizen of the Year.” Tom Burdette was voted most deserving from a list of 12 nominees – all of whom have made important contributions to the community over the past year. Tom was nominated by ...

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CHP Officer Kaci Lutz Heads Back Out On Patrol

OAKHURST — Many mountain area residents know CHP Officer Kaci Lutz from taking her classes at the Oakhurst Area CHP Office. Her Age Well, Drive Smart classes always filled up early, and teens got a good start behind the wheel at her Start Smart classes. In a few weeks, Officer Lutz will be passing the baton to a new Public ...

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Business And Schools: Madera County Compact Mixer

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Compact will hold its Third Annual Madera County Compact Mixer on Thursday Mar. 8 in the Madera County Superintendent of Schools Conference Center at 1105 South Madera Avenue from 5 – 7:30 p.m. This is an adult only event. The Madera County Compact is sponsored by the Madera County Superintendent of Schools Office. The ...

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Wandering The Madera Wine Trails Weekend

MADERA COUNTY — Wine and chocolate tasters enjoyed the 16th annual Madera Wine Trail’s Wine and Chocolate offerings last weekend, traveling to eight Madera County wineries over two spectacular days to enjoy local award-winning wines. Birdstone Winery, Fasi Estate Winery, Ficklin Winery, Idle Hour Winery, Papagni Wines, San Joaquin Wine Co., Toca Madera Winery, and Westbrook Wine Farm participated. Tasters ...

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Special Guest Arco Visits Wasuma Elementary School

AHWAHNEE — It’s a reasonable question. “Because Arco is so smart, can he speak human?” That’s what was on one student’s mind at Wasuma Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 10, when Madera County Sheriff Deputy Drew Kirchert and Sergeant Jim Bernardi brought their K-9, Arco, for a demonstration. Arco is a Belgian Malinois, born and raised for his first two years in France. ...

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Minarets Link Crew Supports Middle School Transition

O’NEALS — With the school year rushing by, eighth graders throughout the Central Valley are preparing for a daunting event: freshmen year. As a way to help and support the seventh and eighth graders at Spring Valley and North Fork Elementary Schools during their transition into high school, Minarets has implemented Link Crew as a part of the Leadership class ...

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Dream It, Be It: Soroptimist Instills Success For Girls

OAKHURST — It was a landmark day for local girls and women as Soroptimist International of The Sierras held their 3rd Annual ‘Dream It – Be It’ Career Conference on at the Oakhurst Community Center, with more than 60 registered from 8th to 12th grade for the free all day event. “The positive response to this year’s Dream It, Be ...

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