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City trims Charter proposals for voters

Former Merced Mayor Bill Spriggs might smile, maybe chuckle a little, if he learns his name was brought up repeatedly at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Current leaders were pointing out that Spriggs — who only served one, 2-year term as mayor — would still be eligible for a second, four-year term if voters approve one of three City Charter…

Residents have new option for those big trash items

Merced’s new Bulky Item Drop-Off site will help residents throughout the year with some of their trash problems, but it will not replace the annual Spring Clean Up. The old couch, the grungy mattress, the broken fridge or old washer and dryer are perfect candidates for the site. The site also will take e-waste. “This isn’t for all household…

Violette Film Fest continues to grow

The Violette International Film Festival sponsored by Violette Films and the Merced Theatre Foundation, returns to Merced in November for its third year of presenting short films and documentaries from local and international filmmakers. The festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 & 10 at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main Street…

Premium cigar shop owner: Leave us out of crackdowns

As the Food and Drug Administration, state lawmakers and city leaders consider new rounds of regulations and outright bans on flavored tobacco and vaping products, the premium cigar industry is pushing back and expressing resentment. “We’re being attacked, if you look at it from my end, at a more local level,” says Mike Siegel, the…

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