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Tears, cheers fill Civic Center as city manager says goodbye

There were tears, heartwarming speeches, and a genuine sentiment of goodwill during a ceremony at the Civic Center on Monday night to welcome Merced’s new City Manager Scott McBride and new Police Chief Steven Stanfield, as well as to bid farewell to the outgoing City Manager Stephanie Dietz. But it was saying goodbye to Dietz — the first…

County gears up for Planada talks

The Merced County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally accepted $20 million from the state to help residents of Planada recover losses from floods that damaged homes, schools and businesses in the town last January. “This is not Merced County’s money,” Board Chair Scott Silveira pointed out. “This is not any individual supervisor’s money.…