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UC Merced heading to Division II

UC Merced will begin Division II competition after official acceptance last week by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). The university will begin NCAA Division II competition in the 2025-26 academic year and will be fully eligible for postseason in 2026-27. Nine of the Bobcats’ 12 intercollegiate varsity programs will compete…

Merced Mall to become ‘Marketplace’

The Merced Mall — one of the best shopping locations in the city for more than five decades — will become the “Marketplace at Merced,” according to Ethan Conrad Properties, the company that announced last week it had acquired the main section of the 27-acre retail center. The new Sacramento-based owner reportedly paid $22.5 million for the…

Arbor Gallery to present Meet The Artist: Hemme

The Arbor Gallery in downtown Merced is holding a “Meet & Greet the Artist” on Sunday, June 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., to give the community an op-portunity to meet standout local painter Tonia Hemme. During the event, Hemme will demonstrate her painting skills. Light refreshments will be available. “I have been passionate…