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The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District is continuing the distribution of free meals for children ages 1-18 through June and July. In addition, free family food boxes are being distributed each Friday through June from 11 a.m. to noon at Von Renner and Hurd Barrington elementary sch…

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GUSTINE - Gustine High English teacher Cheri Rowton, one of the Gustine Unified School District’s longest-tenured educators, is stepping into retirement after 33 years in the classroom.

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Newman public works employee Thomas Krieger tended to tree-trimming duties recently in a local park. 

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A new sign is gracing the Gustine Police Department. Leroy Onstine, owner of Westside Welding and Radiator, fabricated the sign and recently put it into place with the assistance of city public works employee Jesus Alonso.

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50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • June 4, 1970

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GUSTINE -  A survey weighing voter sentiments toward a potential November bond measure yielded no clear conclusions, the Gustine Unified School District Board of Trustees was advised at a May 20 special meeting.

GUSTINE - The $1,000 donation of an anonymous benefactor who wanted to help those going through tough times during the coronavirus crisis will be used to start a grocery assistance program for Gustine residents who have suffered recent unemployment.

An HC-130J Combat King II aircraft from the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing banks after flying over Sutter Gould Medical Foundation in Patterson as Memorial Day salute to healthcare workers on the front line of the fight against COVID-19.

Vintage vehicles rolled through downtown Newman Friday evening as several members of the Westside Auto Club joined the informal Friday night cruise started by local resident Glennis Kidder. 

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • MAY 28, 1970

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A patriotic procession through downtown Gustine kicked off Memorial Day weekend Friday evening. The event, organized by Richard Martin, was not only a display of patriotism but a show of support for re-opening businesses. That process continued last week in Gustine and Newman, as Merced and …

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NEWMAN - Voters in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District, who rejected a school bond in March, may be asked again in November to approve a measure to fund facilities.

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While no formal programs were held over the weekend at local cemeteries, flags lined the downtown areas of Newman and Gustine Monday in commemoration of Memorial Day. A pedestrian was framed by flags while walking through downtown Newman Monday.

GUSTINE - School officials in Gustine plan to hold graduation vehicle processions next week in lieu of the traditional eighth-grade promotion ceremony and high school commencement.

Sidewalk improvements funded by Measure V - a half-cent transportation sales tax passed by Merced County voters in 2016 - are continuing in Gustine. Craig Christenson, owner of C.C. Concrete, worked recently on a Sixth Street sidewalk project.

Signs marking the entrance to the Creek Canyon subdivision in Newman were touched up recently by Newman public works employee Jaime Sotelo.

Our Lady of Miracles Catholic School staff members hosted a drive-by ice cream social for their students Monday evening in front of the Linden Avenue campus. Students also stopped for a selfie with Principal Chandra Brace, left, and Director Melissa Meneses before departing. Above, Kayla Esq…

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, May 21, 1970

Westside 4-H Club member Natalie Ventura won top honors in a recent Merced County 4-H photo contest. Her photo of her grandfather’s bison bull was named best in her division and best of show overall. 

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The Von Renner Head Start held a “drive-by” graduation celebration recently for students who will be moving on to other programs at the start of next school year. Staff members and the few remaining youngsters being served by the program (the children of essential workers) greeted their stud…

GUSTINE - Some local non-essential businesses are slowly beginning to open as the state moves through the progression of its four-stage plan for safely reopening.

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NEWMAN - City leaders last week reaffirmed their commitment to following the state’s stay-at-home mandate and plan for a phased reopening of non-essential businesses following state guidelines - although not without extensive discussion and mixed opinions.

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Work is continuing on construction of the new Taco Bell in Newman. Concrete crews were working on the site Saturday. The project developer said construction is nearing completion.

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GUSTINE - Residents and businesses behind on their city utility bills will at some point have to make good the amount in arrears, but won’t be hit with penalties or late fees for non-payment during the coronavirus crisis.

GUSTINE - As surrounding communities cancel festivals and fairs, leaders in Gustine are holding out hope that the community can still - in some form - continue its long-standing tradition of celebrating the Fourth of July.

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GUSTINE - Seven weeks after their senior year abruptly ended, members of the Gustine High Class of 2020 returned to campus for the first time last Wednesday to pick up their graduation caps and gowns.

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NEWMAN - A popular Newman restaurant heavily damaged by fire will rebuild and reopen, its owner pledged earlier this week.

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, May 7, 1970