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Election Officials Issuing New Ballots to Some Raymond Area Voters

MADERA – The Madera County Elections Department is issuing new ballots to a limited number of mountain area voters this week. Original ballots were mailed out Monday and election officials noticed that a small number of voters living outside of the Raymond-Knowles Union School District received a ballot with Measures “P” and “Q.” “An inadvertent mistake occurred where some streets ...

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County Appoints Full-Time Health Officer

MADERA — The Madera County board of supervisors has appointed a full-time health officer, Dr. Simon Paul, who was hired last month and started his new position last Tuesday (Feb. 4). Dr. Paul, who speaks Spanish, has worked in the Central Valley area since 2003, most recently as Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director of the Community Regional Medical ...

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Arrest Made in 2019 Commercial Burglary Investigation

OAKHURST — An arrest has been made in a month’s-long commercial burglary investigation centering around the theft of a chainsaw last October from True Value Hardware. On October 9, 2019, a man was captured on surveillance video walking into Bryant’s True Value in Oakhurst during regular business hours and stealing a 36-inch Stihl chainsaw. The chainsaw was worth more than ...

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Oakhurst CHP Seeking Applicants for Senior Volunteer Program

OAKHURST — Looking for something interesting and meaningful to do in retirement? Are you 55 years or older, with no felony convictions and good moral character? If so, the California Highway Patrol Oakhurst Area office is currently accepting applications for its Senior Volunteer Program. Prior experience in law enforcement is not necessary. Once an application is accepted, candidates will undergo ...

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Why are Living Trusts called ‘Living Trusts’?

  Presented by Martha Patterson, Certified Elder Law Attorney California Certified Specialist: Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate At my recent Seminar one of the questions was “Why are Living Trusts called “Living Trusts”? The person who asked is very intelligent and it is a really good question especially since Living Trusts focus on planning for what happens to your estate ...

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Celebration of Life for James G. Zizzo

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James G. Zizzo died peacefully surrounded by his family on January 17, 2020. He is survived by his wife Linda Zizzo, his children Carol, David, Tom and Kenny Zizzo, and Sharon and Gary Clifford. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren and his constant canine companion, Precious. He is preceded in death by his first wife Barbara ...

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Celebration of Life for Manuel Herbert ‘Sugarpine’ Jefferson

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Manuel Herbert “Sugarpine” Jefferson died peacefully on January 28, 2020, at Fresno Community Regional Hospital. Manuel is survived by his brother Roger Lewis and sister-in-law Connie Lewis of North Fork; his nieces  Elouise-Lewis of North Fork, Yvette Mays of Danville, Tiffany Lewis of Danville, CA, great-nephew Preston Roger Orozco of Bend, OR, Nicollette Mays of Danville, CA, brother-in-law Edward Polkenhorn ...

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Celebration of Life for Stephen Charles Stein

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Stephen Charles Stein was born on October 29, 1938, and passed away on January 24, 2020. “Steve” was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Steve was born in National City, California, and graduated from Sweetwater High School. After high school he joined the California Division of Forestry (CDF) and spent the next 35 years with the agency, working in both ...

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Celebration of Life for Robert Dituri

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Robert Dituri was born April 1, 1935, in Fresno, to Joe and Jenny Dituri. He passed away on January 27, 2020, at the age of 83 at the V.A. hospital in Fresno. He is preceded in death by both parents, brother David, and stepson Tom. He grew up around Reedley and attended Great Western Grade School and Fowler High. He ...

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‘Fire Resilient Madera’ Progress Updated at Oakhurst Workshop

By Leonard Andrenacci OAKHURST — On Friday afternoon (Feb. 7) at workshop in Oakhurst, a progress report was issued on an ambitious project called “Fire Resilient Madera.” The statewide, $67-million “Fire Resilient” project covers 13 counties — from San Diego to Siskiyou — and involves multiple area agencies joining forces to combat future Wildland fires through a host of preventive ...

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