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Table grape industry continues record-breaking shipping season

California table grape growers shipped more than 27.7 million boxes into the worldwide marketplace from October 13 to November 30, the highest amount ever for the time period, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The previous seven-week shipment record during the same time period was set in 2013. Earlier this season,…

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…

Mercy Cheers Hospital Volunteers

Dozens of Mercy Medical Center Volunteers filled the large banquet room at the Merced Golf & Country Club last Friday for their annual appreciation luncheon. Everyone was honored for their service, including some standouts who went beyond expectations while helping visitors and patients navigate the hospital system in Merced. Volunteers…

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