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Steve’s Pet Shop Celebrates Five Fun Years

OAKHURST — It’s hard to believe that Steve’s Tropical Fish & Pet Supply is celebrating five years in business this weekend, but it’s true. Steve and Kristin Bateman have managed to successfully grow a small mom and pop business, while growing their family at the same time. At this stage, the future is bright. “It certainly has gotten easier now that the ...

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Sheriff Warns Of Newest Phone Scam

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney is warning residents of the latest scam designed to gather personal information from unsuspecting citizens. Over the past few weeks, residents in Fresno, Tulare, Sanger, and Madera Counties have been receiving phone calls from a person claiming to be with the Madera County Department of Social Services (DSS). The phone number appearing on their ...

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Lizz Wiles’ Minarets Sports Report

Written by Lizz Wiles — O’NEALS — At the first home game of the season, Minarets JV and Varsity Baseball played against Lindsay on Tuesday, Mar. 15. The Varsity Mustangs won with a score of seven to one in favor. “It was an all around good game with great defensive plays, great pitching from Aaron Hall, tons of strikeouts, and ...

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One-Way Traffic Control On SR-41

COUNTY — The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in cooperation with Teichert Construction will commence one-way traffic control on State Route 41 in Madera County, as part of the ongoing passing lanes installation project near the 22 Mile House. The following one-way traffic control will be in effect starting next week, weather permitting, Caltrans reports. Beginning Sunday, Apr. 3 at 9 ...

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Minarets Digital Publishing Is Write On

Written by Rachel Hooker — O’NEALS — Digital Publishing/Creative Writing at Minarets High School is a good class that is a great beginning way to be published if you ever want to be a writer. Digital publishing provides young writers with a forum to share their work. We do creative stories, school-related articles, and children’s books. Already this year, several ...

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Innovative Environment For University-Level Work

Written by Evana Holevas — O’NEALS — Minarets High School provides both an innovative and friendly environment. From the affable students and teachers to the students’ freedom to research and share, Minarets truly is a special place. Unlike most schools, social media and phone use are encouraged at Minarets. Students are taught to utilize these important outlets to promote their ...

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Minarets High School: Student-Tested, Student-Recommended

Written by Rachel Hooker — O’NEALS — I am a senior at Minarets High School, and have enjoyed my time at Minarets. During each year of high school I’ve learned that I can be brave, and have grown as a person and a learner. When I first came to Minarets, I was expecting it to be just a normal high school: heavy ...

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Kindness In The Curriculum At Minarets

Written by Dalilah Ybarra — O’NEALS — A small public high school located within downtown O’Neals is most likely the friendliest campus in the Central Valley. Minarets is filled with joyous students, not to mention kind and caring teachers. Questions or concerns that students may possibly have about assignments are always met with helpful answers. Students aren’t ever afraid when it comes ...

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It’s Show Band Time

Written by Nicholas Hunt O’NEALS — What is Show Band, and why is it not in other schools? The Minarets Show Band is a new program developed as a CTE (Career Technical Education) oriented course, designed for top performers from all music classes offered at Minarets. That includes Guitar 1, Guitar 2/Recording, Rock Music Performance, Singer-Songwriter, Concert Band, Chorus, and Percussion. Show Band ...

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Downtown North Fork Welcomes “A Bit Of Everything”

Written by Lluvia Moreno — NORTH FORK — There has been a lot of buzz around town about the Grand Opening of several businesses on Friday, Apr. 1, including A Bit of Everything, owned by North Fork resident Christina DeGracia. A Bit of Everything offers just what the name suggests, from items such as camping gear and sporting goods, to ...

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