Merced County Times Newspaper
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Impactful Lives Cross Paths For A Reason

On the surface, Aletha June Schelby Nel and General Vang Pao came from completely different worlds. They never even met each other. But their lives — and the memory of their lives — have crossed paths more than once, and in a most optimistic way. At the most recent Merced City Council meeting, leaders voted unanimously to…

Removing Barriers & Changing Young Lives

For someone like Kelly Turner, a fulfilling life is being wide awake at 5:30 a.m. for the drive to Los Banos where a troubled young man is in need of a ride to court. It’s a 19-hour Saturday for a field trip to Folsom Prison where a group of teens experience a heartfelt and emotional intervention program and then a decompression dinner in…

Levey leaves legacy of strengthening county offices

Overwhelmed is not a word that appears to apply for someone like Barbara Levey. Levey has simultaneously led four major Merced County departments with a steady hand for the past eight years, and this came after 26 years as a key player in the Assessor’s Office. She’s enjoyed a stellar local government career for 34 years…

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