Merced County Times Newspaper
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Custom classics grilled for just plain bad taste

Sometimes custom car builders, or even the auto factories, get it wrong in their designs, to my way of thinking. In perusing the latest street rod magazine issue the other day, I came upon coverage of a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria street machine. It's a pretty striking car with lots of innovation and craftsmanship — except for one glaring flaw.…

Old Innovation, New Beginnings

The local Model A car club known as the Gateway A’s recently hosted more than 250 Model A enthusiasts from all over California for a two-day event in the Merced area. Among their pit stops was a visit to UC Merced for a tour of the modern research campus. As seen in this photograph by Jim Cunningham of Le Grand, the club members didn’t have a…

Local CHP commander keeps focus on safe travel in region

Becky Hagen grew up in a law enforcement family. Her father was a California Highway Patrol officer and her mother was a Riverside County sheriff's deputy. So it's only natural Hagen, 41, would gravitate to a law enforcement career. Last January, Captain Hagen became the commander of the Merced Area Office of the CHP, the first female to attain…

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