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GUSTINE - One school board race has materialized and another appears to be in the making as the deadline approaches for candidates to file to run for races on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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GUSTINE - The city will temporarily shelve the idea of adding a fifth tennis court in Schmidt Park and focus instead on bringing the four existing courts up to par.

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NEWMAN - A school year unlike any other in the history of the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District will open next Tuesday, Aug. 11, with teachers in the classroom but students learning remotely from home.

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Local case counts continue to spike

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Swim lessons are under way at the Gustine municipal pool. Above, Lacey Souza and daughter Olivia take part in a recent session. 

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CROWS LANDING - Jorge “Jay” Mejia, from the small town of Crows Landing, is a man with the passion and love for art along with the desire to give back to local area kids and adults.

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50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • July 30, 1970

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GUSTINE - The filing period for local elections on the November ballot is continuing, with races drawing various degrees of candidate interest.

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NEWMAN - Local races on the Nov. 3 ballot have drawn limited candidate interest to date in what has been a relatively quiet filing period.

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NEWMAN - Students in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District will be learning from home when a new school year begins Aug. 11, but their teachers will be returning to the classroom to conduct the virtual instruction.

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Local COVID cases increase

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The Newman Taco Bell opened for business Sunday. Patrons awaited their turn at the drive-through window in lines that at times stretched well into the adjacent parking lot of the West Side Marketplace Shopping Center.

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50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • July 23, 1970

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Gustine resident JhoneéFillmore is a mother of two and a professional organizer, graphic designer and event planner who owns Missplaced Organizing (www.thedavenportcompany.com/missplaced).

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A drawing was held Saturday, July 4,for a necklace donated by Patty Novoa of Newman to benefit The Grille. Novoa drew the winning ticket as Grille owner Erwin Ravago looked on. The popular Newman restaurant was damaged by fire in April. Proceeds from the drawing, which was won by Sharlyn Ruh…

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NEWMAN - Candidates began emerging last week as the filing period opened for Newman area city, school and special district seats on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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The rolling West Side foothills provided a striking contrast to the lush green carpeting the valley floor as a tractor driver worked through a field recently 

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The comet NEOWISE can be seen from the West Side in the night sky. The comet is most visible in the northwest sky 90 minutes to two hours after sunset, and is most clearly viewed from locations away from artificial light sources. Mattos Newspapers photographer Kyle Souza used an extended exp…

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High school sports will not begin until late December under new sports calendars rolled out Monday by the California Interscholastic Federation and Sac-Joaquin Section.

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NEWMAN - An innovative project being developed by the city will transform property just east of Newman into a conservation area which naturally filters and cleans storm drain flows while offering outdoor education and recreational opportunities.

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GUSTINE - Students in the Gustine Unified School District will be learning remotely rather than returning to the traditional classroom when a new school year opens in August.

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NEWMAN - The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District trimmed more than $3 million from its fiscal year 2020-21 budget, which the school board adopted in mid-June.

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Work on the new Taco Bell under construction in Newman is moving closer to completion. Crews were on the site last week continuing the frontage improvements at the new restaurant.

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NEWMAN - A downtown Newman shop which opened earlier this summer specializes in the repair of  iPhones, iPads, laptop computers, desktop computers and other devices.

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A hummingbird was silhouetted by the morning sun as it moved in to drink from a feeder.

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GUSTINE - A decision is expected this week on whether Gustine Unified School District will open the new school year with a hybrid model that blends limited in-person classroom instruction with online learning or goes entirely with distance learning.

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The Gustine municipal pool has been hosting structured exercise programs, including lap swims and adult water Zumba. Above, instructor Sheryl Loyd-Gomes leads a water Zumba session. 

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Newman and the Gustine community continued to climb in the past week.

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Crews from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. have been working on Inyo Avenue near Highway 33 in Newman. The project involves upgrading the natural gas distribution infrastructure serving properties between Highway 33 and M Street, according to a PG&E spokesman.

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NEWMAN - Tim Rempel, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Newman, recently published his first book entitled “Who is Jesus? Three Themes from John’s Gospel.”