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Volunteers Do It For Free

MADERA COUNTY – April 6 -12 is National Volunteer Week, and it’s hard to imagine a population with more people-power than the mountain area we live in. We have much to be grateful for, and yet, there’s still so much to be done.

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Candidates Debate For D.A. And Sheriff

OAKHURST – The candidates running for Madera County Sheriff and District Attorney will participate in a debate on Thursday, Apr. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Center. Each candidate will be allowed two minutes for opening remarks, then will respond to questions submitted by the public and by a group of reporters.

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Two Vehicle Crash Near Serpa Canyon

COAREGOLD – A couple on their way to a concert in Oakhurst this afternoon had their day abruptly interrupted when another car crashed into them near Serpa Canyon Road. Randal Emerzian and Cheri Jeane Long, both of Fresno, were northbound on Highway 41 just north of Coarsegold in a blue 2006 Hyundai, when a tan Saturn SL, driven by Mike ...

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Free Document Shredding Events

Eighth Annual Event Educates Businesses and Individuals Against Identity Theft and Fraud MADERA COUNTY – Central Valley Community Bank (CVCB) is pleased to announce the expansion of its free document shredding events to 18 locations throughout the San Joaquin Valley with the addition of Tulare County in 2014. In its eighth year, the CVCB Free Document Shredding campaign allows businesses ...

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Third Annual Drug Take Back Event

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff John Anderson has announced that the Madera County Sheriff’s Office will provide two drop off sites when the department hosts its third Take Back Drug event scheduled for April. Both drop-off locations will provide easy access and available parking to the public.

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Accused Child Molester Arraigned

MADERA – A man accused of child molestation was back in court on Friday to be arraigned on 21 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor. Ed Lyons, 85, of North Fork, was held to answer on 9 counts after a preliminary hearing on Mar. 14, but an amended complaint filed by the District Attorney’s office raised the number ...

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D.A. Speaks Out About Sign Vandalism

MADERA COUNTY – District Attorney Michael Keitz has issued a statement after learning about what he says is a series of acts of vandalism to his campaign signs in the mountain area. Keitz, who is running for re-election in the upcoming primary in June says several of his campaign signs, specifically in the Coarsegold area, have been defaced with swastikas.

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Alleged Squatter Arrested After House Fire

MADERA COUNTY – A wanted fugitive was captured this morning following a fire that broke out inside a repossessed residence in the Madera Ranchos, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. On Wednesday, Apr. 2, firefighters responded to a blaze reported at a home on Loren Way, between Cloverleaf Avenue and Berkshire Drive. Shortly after arriving on scene, crews called ...

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Cal Fire Begins Inspections Of Defensible Space

SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) in California. “Creating and maintaining Defensible Space is critical for the protection of homes,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director. “It has never been more critical to strengthen our fire prevention efforts in light of the elevated fire ...

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