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Merced firefighters return home after wildfire nightmare

Nearly a month ago, Merced Fire Engineer Grant Parker and a few fellow firefighters were navigating a narrow mountain road in near pitch-black conditions, with fire flaring up at them from all sides. They got through that inferno unharmed with only some singed equipment, but Parker admits that 30-second experience was unsettling.…

Golden Valley set to celebrate inaugural Hall of Fame event

Golden Valley High School has turned 25 years old and this noteworthy anniversary is being marked here Feb. 8 with the first-ever Outstanding Alumni and Staff Hall of Fame Dinner. Kevin Swartwood, principal of the Childs Avenue campus, said many people are surprised the school has been around for a quarter century and are eagerly…

Merced High crowns king, queen at winter dance

For some Merced High School students, the old gym on campus was a winter wonderland last Friday night. A large number of special education students taking classes there through the Merced County Office of Education got a chance to attend a formal dance in their honor and enjoy all the activity that swirls around such an occasion. Candy…

Stop and appreciate those scrapper-bound cars

It's always fun to check out cars — muscle cars, classic cars, modern cars, flat cars. Flat cars? Yes, my enjoyment of all things automotive extends to flattened cars laying forlornly on a flatbed truck, on their way to a junkyard or scrapyard. I get a kick out of seeing cars and trucks even in a pretty much unrecognizable form.…

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