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Smartypants Art Studio Opens Doors To Discovery

A new art studio has opened up at 523 Main Street in downtown Merced for local residents of all ages. Smartypants Art Studio plans to bring the world of art to young children and their parents through a variety of programming and classes. At the helm of the new outlet for creative learning and experimentation is Dawn Bankson, who is…

MPD welcomes new officers, K9 ‘Stas’

Three new officers in the Merced Police Department, along with a new addition to the K9 unit, were sworn in by Chief Christopher Goodwin last Friday, July 5, at the Merced Civic Center. Officers Matthew Calicago, Justin James Saldivar, and Jennifer Shaw recited their oaths and became members of a department that is now considered…

Castle Air Museum adds a Navy fighter to its collection

A U.S. Navy attack jet has been added to the collection of military airplanes at Castle Air Museum in Atwater, making it the museum’s eighth Navy plane. Air Museum CEO Joe Pruzzo announced, “We have acquired a Desert Storm warrior which was in the Gulf War in 1991.  It’s a U.S. Navy A-7 Attack Jet which flew off the aircraft carrier U.S.S.…

Gay Pride supporters celebrate in Merced

For the first time since its inception, “Merced Pride” was held in the heart of downtown Merced with the support of the local LGBT community and their allies. Kicking off last Friday, July 5, the 3-day event brought together Mercedians from every walk of life to celebrate love of every type. The first day of event kicked off at the Merced…