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County leaders vote to close two firehouses, combine others

The Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with the decision to eliminate two fire stations and consolidate other throughout Merced County at Tuesday’s board meeting. The controversial decision had been previously tabled, and was met with heavy criticism from the community. A change in staffing requirements from the state led to the surprising…

Police chief details effort to improve public safety

Steven Stanfield has a lot on his plate right now. The Merced Police Department's new chief, who started here Oct. 30, is addressing multiple critical issues each day, including motorists who flagrantly blow through red traffic signals, using an old police station that is simply too small, keeping officers here when pay or working conditions…

Wilson named Interim Fire Chief

Merced City Manager Scott McBride announced this week the appointment of Casey Wilson as the city’s Interim Fire Chief. Wilson will oversee administrative services for the Merced Fire Department during a transitional period while the city conducts a search for a new fire chief. “Interim Chief Wilson brings solid experience to this role,…

Thousands of ballots still being processed

The total estimated number of ballots to be processed from the March 5 Primary Election was 13,990, as of Wednesday morning, according to the Merced County Elections Department. More results were expected to drop Wednesday evening, but unfortunately that’s past the Times weekly press deadline. At a regular board meeting on Tuesday, Merced County…