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Students at Hunt Elementary School in Newman enjoyed a special lunch Thursday, when cafeteria staff served up a bounty of fresh produce that allowed students to enjoy fruits and vegetables which spanned the colors of the rainbow. The event introduces students to fresh, wholesome produce item…

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Orestimba High will celebrate its 2019 homecoming with a series of activities next week leading up to the Friday night football games against Waterford.

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Hunt School hosted the elementary spelling bee finals for the Newman-Crows Landing district last Thursday afternoon. Finalists concentrate as they spell a given word. The spelling bee was for students in grades 4/5. Four top finishers will advance to the county spelling bee finals. They incl…

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Gustine Rotarians are continuing their annual community service project of presenting local third-grade students with a dictionary of their own. Romero students excitedly checked out the dictionaries following the Rotary presentation.

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Congressman Jim Costa visited Gustine Monday to formally announce the city’s approval of grant funding for a new fire truck. Pictured, from left, are Fire Department Secretary/Treasurer Leroy Onstine, Merced County/Cal Fire Engineer Kevin Bowman, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Oliveira, Costa, Mayor Pat …

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50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, October 9, 1969

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The Newman Garden Club has selected the Gustine home of Craig and Cheryl Manlove as its Garden of the Month for October. The Manlove home is located at 169 Sycamore Ave. 

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Monday, Oct. 14: Italian pasta bake, steamed green beans, baby carrots, fresh pear, orange juice

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GUSTINE - Milt Medeiros, who has served as the Gustine police chief since November 2017, has been placed on administrative leave, City Manager Doug Dunford said Monday.

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GUSTINE - A Cal Fire captain who had been assigned to the Gustine station for the past three years was one of two people killed in a head-on accident Wednesday morning, Oct. 2, on Highway 140 near the Gustine Airport.

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Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of weekly feature stories on West Side residents who served in the Armed Forces. Newman resident Vernon Snodderly, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam who later served in the reserve and National Guard, is featured. The series will con…

The Orestimba High parking lot reconstruction neared a completion recently as asphalt crews applied the new surface. The parking lot is expected to be open for use on Friday, reported Matt Vargas, the school district’s director of maintenance and operations.

The West Side Players production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” opens Friday on the West Side Theatre stage. Cast members include Sam Davis and Cyndi Mall. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 4, 5, 11 and 12, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 6 and 13. Tickets are $20 for…

Newly-installed Newman 4-H Club officers recently participated in a leadership training day in Modesto. Officers participated in training for their specific position, as well as training in skill-building, recreation and parliamentary procedure. Two local 4-H members, Sophia Hayes (historian…

Monday, Oct. 7: Chicken burrito with tortilla, fresh orange, steamed corn, orange juice

Gustine played host to a Great Strides fund-raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Saturday morning. The event was organized by the family of Gustine teen Skyler Edwards, who was diagnosed with the disease as an infant. The family has been involved in Great Strides for a dozen years and h…

NEWMAN - A number of Orestimba High School students are getting a head start on their college studies via a new course offered on the local campus through UC Merced.

One of West Side Community Ambulance’s two units is being stationed in Newman during daytime hours to improve response times within the city.

Management of the community-based ambulance service which covers Gustine, Newman, Santa Nella and surrounding areas is back in local hands for the first time in more than five years.

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The Gustine Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday for the new location of Cornerstone Dance at 367 Fifth St. Chamber officials, local dignitaries, friends, family and students were on hand as owner Monica Barnes cut the traditional ribbon. 

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

Monday, Sept. 30: Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, diced peaches, milk and apple juice

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(Editor’s note: September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. This story shares the story of Michelle Taylor, an Orestimba High sophomore who took her life Sept. 3, 2018, and her family’s journey in the aftermath. The corresponding story details the protocols local schools have in pla…

NEWMAN - Enrollment in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District has fluctuated through the first few weeks of the new school year but stood at 3,208 at the start of this week.

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Mental health and more fully meeting the social-emotional needs of students is a growing focus in the Gustine and Newman-Crows Landing unified school districts, where growing teams of counselors and and other professionals tend to that aspect of student well-being.