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New Club Wants to Help Axe Rare Disease, Save Local Boy

OAKHURST — Yosemite Axe Throwing and the Hamilton family are hosting a fundraiser on Feb. 9 to help save the life of seven-year-old Kalel Hamilton. Kalel, who lives in Ahwahnee, suffers from a terminal muscle wasting disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His father Rick’s marathon-running efforts to help raise funding for Duchenne MD research was featured in a recent ...

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Minarets Girls’ Basketball Teams Fight On

Picture of Junior Makayla Lundgreen taking the ball down the court during the recent Orosi game.

By Benjiman McMillan and Haley Carlton, student journalists for Minarets Press O’NEALS — The Minarets High School girls’ JV and varsity basketball teams both had home games on Monday, Jan 27. They played the Parlier Panthers, which is the Mustang’s second game against them. Unfortunately, the first varsity game against them wasn’t so successful and they ended up losing 34-21. ...

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Minarets FFA Hosts 10th Annual Speaking Invitational

Picture of Minarets High School FFA Team

By Katelyn Hough, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — Minarets High School FFA held their 10th annual speaking invitational competition on Saturday, Jan. 25. At the invitational, Parliamentary Procedure teams, Creed Speaking competitors, and Impromptu Speaking competitors from all around California attended, ranging from Sierra to Nipomo High School. Three different competitions took place and awards were given to ...

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Actress Helps Local Students Prep for ‘Poetry Out Loud’

MARIPOSA — Mariposa County High students participating in the Mariposa County Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud (POL) program — a national poetry recitation contest — welcomed actress Lynn Herring Northrop (Lucy Coe of General Hospital) to their classroom last week. The experienced actress volunteered over seven hours of her time, coaching 21 students in performance, body language, emotional cadence and ...

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Citizens on Patrol Seeking New Volunteers

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a few good men — or women — to join its Citizens on Patrol (C.O.P.) team. C.O.P. is a community volunteer organization created and formed by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Trained and uniformed C.O.P. volunteers patrol neighborhoods in marked vehicles to help sworn deputies and assist in deterring ...

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‘Multiple Factors’ Key to Success in Rescue of Mariposa Man

MARIPOSA COUNTY — According to area law enforcement officials, “multiple positive factors” influenced the successful rescue of 74-year old John Van Dinther in Mariposa County on Jan. 25. On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Van Dinther was last seen on Bear Clover Road in the Jerseydale area of the county. Later that day, his children reported him missing shortly after 4 p.m., ...

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California Restaurant Month Spotlight: South Gate Brewing Co.

Madera County is home to waterfalls, giant trees and culinary royalty. In honor of California Restaurant Month, happening throughout January, SNO presents a special series spotlighting each participating restaurant. OAKHURST — South Gate Brewing Company has been filling up our community for the better part of the last decade. To say that their seasonally changing menu and handcrafted beer are ...

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Wheeler to Hold First 2020 Town Hall in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — District 5 Supervisor Tom Supervisor Wheeler will be holding his first Town Hall meeting of 2020 this week. The community meeting will start at 6 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30) at the Oakhurst Community Center. Wheeler, who has represented the mountain area on the board of supervisors for more than a decade, is expected to speak on topics that ...

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PG&E to Host Bass Lake Management Plan Meeting

BASS LAKE — PG&E will be hosting a stakeholder meeting today (Jan. 29) to review the Crane Valley/Bass Lake Shoreline & Surface Water Management Plan. The meeting, which will take place at the Bass Lake Ranger Station, is scheduled to run from 1-3 p.m. This meeting is the second of several planned community meetings that will culminate in a revised ...

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