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County program honors unsung heroes for children

The Hands On Heroes program for Merced County looks to acknowledge those individuals or businesses in the community who go above and beyond supporting children in our county, in ways that embody this region’s so-called Children's Bill of Rights, adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2010. Merced’s document mandates that children have the…

Community leader, police standout Joe Cortez laid to rest

There was a heart-wrenching, somber and unavoidable realization in the air this week as the Honor Guard fired three volleys from their rifles, and the bugler played Taps. Joseph “Joe” Cortez — Army veteran, retired police commander, former City Council member, and Honor Guard volunteer — is no longer with us. Cortez passed away more than…

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