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Sophia Lomeli is new Miss Atwater for 2023

Sophia Lomeli, a student at Atwater High School, was crowned Miss Atwater 2023 on Saturday, Sept. 9. “I’m very honored, and I’m excited for what the future holds,” Lomeli said. “I’m looking forward to meeting with our K-12 schools, and getting to communicate with them, and to meeting the whole community.” The Miss Atwater…

Mosquito wave follows flooding

If it feels like the mosquitoes have been particularly brutal this year, it isn’t just in your imagination. Unusually high levels of rain, and the resulting flooding, created the ideal breeding ground for multiple types of mosquitoes in Merced County, and increased numbers mean increased bites. “It’s not dependent on class, if…

Rep. Duarte’s Town Hall draws crowd

The Atwater Memorial Building was standing room only for U.S. Representative John Duarte’s Town Hall meeting Tuesday evening. Workers' overalls and thousand dollar suits sat side by side for the community gathering, which was Duarte’s first in Atwater. Supporters and critics alike gathered to address the 13th District congressman…

Young Merced students return to school in style 

Students at Luther Burbank Elementary received the celebrity treatment as they began the 2023-24 school year on Wednesday morning. Students walked a red carpet that faculty prepared as they said farewell to summer, with parents waving them on. Luther Burbank is one of 20 schools in the Merced City School District that resumed classes this week.…