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Lights in Newman’s downtown plaza framed a rising full moon Friday evening. 

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One killed in Interstate 5 crash

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Work on Newman’s Taco Bell restaurant is continuing. Construction crews were working on the exterior over the weekend. Completion of the new restaurant, located in the West Side Marketplace Shopping Center, is anticipated by the end of February.

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50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, January 15, 1970

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Long-time TOSCA board member Paul Dompe recently stepped down after nearly 22 years of service to the local scholarship organization. Dompe was honored at a recent board meeting, where TOSCA President Nancy Caton presented an award of appreciation to the outgoing member.

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GUSTINE - The calendar reads January, but city officials are already looking ahead to July in their efforts to continue the century old Gustine tradition of celebrating Independence Day with a fireworks show.

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GUSTINE - Some of the remaining vestiges of Gustine High’s long-cherished “Redskin” nickname is about to go into history.

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The slope along Hills Ferry Road adjacent to the Merced River at the confluence of the San Joaquin River was recently reconstructed through a $1.1 million Merced County project. The work moved the river channel away from the roadway, which was in danger of washing out due to continuing erosi…

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Cast members from the upcoming Newman-Crows Landing Musical Theatre Department production of “The Wedding Singer” performed a number for the local school board Monday evening, Jan. 13. The show opens Feb. 7 at Yolo Middle School, with performances scheduled over the course of two weekends. C…

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NEWMAN - The drug testing procedure used by First Student, the firm which provides transportation services for the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District, was pointedly called into question Monday when company officials went before the school board to address a December incident in whi…

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NEWMAN - Dozens of English learners in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District recently earned re-designation as being English proficient.

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, January 8, 1970

Romero School in Santa Nella has a newly-formed PTA. Pictured, from left, are PTA officers Tee Nagai-Knox, secretary; Katy Graves, co-president; Anel Flores, co-president; Maria Alapizco, vice president; and Erika Martinez, treasurer. They are pictured with Romero Principal Niccholas Freitas.

Orestimba High School hosted a UC Merced Parent Empowerment Program this fall. The program provided parents a wealth of information about various college-related topics. A gathering to commemorate completion of the program brought the series of weekly sessions to a close. 

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Dense fog blanketed the West Side Tuesday morning. Above, motorists emerge from the curtain of gray while approaching a Highway 33 intersection in Newman.

GUSTINE - The coming year will be one of continued progress in Gustine as a number of projects, some of which have been on the books for years, come to fruition in calendar year 2020, City Manager Doug Dunford anticipates.

NEWMAN - The city will focus largely on nuts-and-bolts issues in 2020, including street improvements, moving forward with a long-planned water project, and a host of planning projects to lay the groundwork for the future.

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, January 1, 1970

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An attorney well known in local government circles is among candidates seeking to succeed incumbent Jim DeMartini as Stanislaus County’s District 5 supervisor.

Local attorney J. Wilmar Jensen recently received his Diamond Owl certificate, commemorating 75 years since his initiation into the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity while a student at the University of Chicago. Jensen works as an attorney in Modesto and Newman, and continues to farm walnuts and almonds.

Orestimba High School student Melony Garcia was honored before the school board recently for exemplifying the character traits of the “Choose Civility” initiative.

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NEWMAN - Corporal Ronil Singh was remembered Thursday evening by community members, representatives of surrounding law enforcement agencies and his fellow Newman Police Department officers, one year to the day after he was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

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The Gustine City Council recently presented a proclamation in memory of Adelyne DeGregori. The proclamation recognized DeGregori for her more than three decades of service as a City Hall employee and for her community contributions through the years. Mayor Pat Nagy presented the proclamation…

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, December 25, 1969

Santa’s busy December schedule did not stop him from visiting the Gustine library Saturday, where Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick led a Christmas-themed story time.

Romero School in Santa Nella hosted a breakfast with Santa Claus Saturday morning, Dec. 21. The event was the first held by the school’s new PTA.