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Wreaths Across America Senior Legacy Project

O’NEALS – Holidays roll around again and for many the season doesn’t bring up cheerful feelings about sleigh bells and glistening snow. Instead, we can be reminded of family and friends serving in the military who are far away. We may remember those who won’t come home at all, for the worst possible reason. Here’s one possible way to bridge ...

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Minarets Youth Football Championship Tonight

O’NEALS – Don’t miss tonight’s exciting football action as the Minarets Youth Football Team takes on Caruthers at 7:30 p.m. in the Central Valley Youth Football League Championship game. The Minarets Youth Football seniors are undefeated on the season, and tonight they will be defending their perfect record in a bid to win the championship.

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McDonald's Recalls Hello Kitty Whistles For Choking Hazard

OAKHURST – McDonald’s Corporation of Oakbrook, Ill. has announced the recall of about 2.3 million whistles that were given away recently as part of a plastic Hello Kitty toy was distributed nationwide in Happy Meals. Two children are reported to have coughed out pieces of the whistle they sucked into their mouths. Calls to McDonald’s headquarters confirmed the toys were ...

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Free Lunch For Veterans On Tuesday At Pizza Factories

CALIFORNIA – Pizza Factories are doing something awesome as they recognize Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11 by offering veterans lunch on the house. The company says it’s their way of giving back and recognizing the military on that special day. The offer is either a free lunch special or free lunch buffet at participating Pizza Factories, a 110-store chain ...

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Artist Terry Reed Sculpted His Own Legacy

OAKHURST – He was an artist whose work has been called miraculous. Terry Reed was also a father, husband, brother, friend and veteran. Much sadness and perhaps some sense of closure accompanied the announcement this week that the beloved local man reported missing more than a year ago was recently found deceased. Family says the body of Oakhurst resident and ...

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Reptile Ron Visits Branches Books

OAKHURST – Kids and parents were tipping the scales at Branches Books and Gifts this week, and we aren’t talking about weight, here. Bookstore owner Anne Driscoll invited the aptly named educator and entertainer Reptile Ron to visit the shop, and when you get Reptile Ron, you get snakes. You also get spiders and bugs. The event marks the second ...

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Chukchansi Casino To Remain Closed

FRESNO – District Court Judge Lawrence O’Neill has handed down his ruling, and the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino will remain closed until the factions battling for control can decide how to move forward. After all parties appeared in court this morning in Fresno for any final arguments on the reams of motions filed in the past few weeks, the ...

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Senior Legacy Is Horse Therapy

O’NEALS – Scores of high school students around the foothills are currently working on their senior projects, known at Minarets as a Senior Legacy Experience (SLE). For their SLE, students on the verge of graduation are tasked to work in an area of personal or professional interest to “develop an educational experience that will impact their campus or community,” according ...

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Chukchansi Factions Meet To Negotiate

COARSEGOLD – All parties in the leadership dispute for control of the Picayune Tribe of Chukchansi Indians will be back in U.S. District Court tomorrow in Fresno. Two weeks ago, Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill ordered the factions to sit down for a mandatory mediation conference to try and iron out their differences and find a way to move forward. The ...

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Oakhurst Pet Shop Has It All

OAKHURST – Animal lovers are a distinctive breed, and with pet ownership in the United States having more than tripled since the 1970s, the most recent estimates suggest that about 164 million households in the U.S. currently have pets. If you’re live in one of those households in the foothill area, you’ll be happy to know that the Bateman family ...

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