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The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors recently awarded a contract for replacement of the Crows Landing Road bridge over the San Joaquin River, clearing the way for preliminary work to begin this fall and construction in earnest to start next spring.

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NEWMAN - Local election counts were updated by the Stanislaus County elections department last Friday, as the processing of ballots continued but was largely completed.

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Construction of five homes on North Avenue in Gustine is continuing. Earlier this week, a Rocha Backhoe crew filled a utility trench crossing North Avenue.

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50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • NOVEMBER 19, 1970

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A dog which had been missing since January from its Merced home was reunited with its human family recently after being picked up by Gustine Police Department’s community services officer Vicki Staten. The Maldonado family had micro-chipped “Rocky,” enabling Staten to find the dog’s owner an…

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Fall colors are painting West Side trees with bright seasonal hues. Golden leaves in trees at T and Fresno streets in Newman provided a scenic autumn setting as pedestrians strolled past Monday afternoon.

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NEWMAN - A temporary grading policy for middle school and high school students, approved by the Newman-Crows Landing school board at its Nov. 9 meeting over the objections of numerous teachers, offers a safety net to students who fall behind because they do not turn in assignments.

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GUSTINE - City officials are moving forward with plans to relocate Gustine’s corporation yard, clearing the way for construction of a long-planned roundabout to replace the 90-degree turn of Highway 33/140 in front of Richard’s Market.

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50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • NOVEMBER 12, 1970

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Broccoli harvest is under way on the West Side. Harvest crews worked their way through a field West of Newman Monday morning.

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NEWMAN - As local schools welcome students back to the classroom to resume in-person instruction after a pandemic-induced hiatus of more than seven months, the focal point for custodial crews is one of constantly sanitizing facilities.

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GUSTINE - One of two Gustine Unified School District Board of Trustee races on the Nov. 3 ballot appears to have been decided while the second remained close as the tally of votes continued earlier this week.

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NEWMAN - A $26 million Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District bond measure was garnering enough voter support for passage as county election officials continued counting ballots from the Nov. 3 election.

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NEWMAN - The city will move forward applying for grant funds to build a municipal swimming pool - with the caveat that money awarded could be declined in the event that the school district is successful in building a pool or maintenance expenses are deemed prohibitive.

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50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • NOVEMBER 5, 1970

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Newman public works crews are preparing for the upcoming holidays. Kamal Singh was stringing lights in the downtown street trees Monday.

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NEWMAN - The West Side Community Healthcare District is moving forward with plans to acquire a former real estate office in Newman to use as a base of operations for West Side Community Ambulance.

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NEWMAN - When the coronavirus pandemic shut down his court reporter agency almost overnight earlier this year, Newman resident Jason Buktenica parlayed his passion for food - authentic Italian dishes, in particular - into his new livelihood.

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NEWMAN - All Things Cheetah will be a new boutique shop arriving here in Newman for patrons who want to update their style and have something unique in their closet while also being trendy with the latest fashion pieces.

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NEWMAN - The city will move forward applying for grant funds to build a municipal swimming pool - with the caveat that money awarded could be declined in the event that the school district is successful in building a pool or maintenance expenses are deemed prohibitive.

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NEWMAN - City Hall is prepared to pass along $100,000 or more in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to local small businesses hard-hit by the ongoing pandemic.

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(Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of stories paying tribute to West Side residents who served in the armed forces. Gustine resident Anthony “Tony” Santos, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea, is featured.)

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(Editor’s note: The following is part of a series of weekly feature stories on local veterans - and on those serving today - leading up to Veterans Day. Featured is Newman resident Matt Webster, who has served in the U.S. Army Reserves since 2004.)

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A recycling/e-waste disposal event was held Saturday morning in Gustine. 

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50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • October 29, 1970

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GUSTINE - The city of Gustine is arranging to acquire property currently owned by Merced County - including the police station which was believed to already be in the city’s name.

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Solar arrays are going up at multiple Gustine locations as part of a comprehensive energy project. Crews last week were installing the structures in the parking lot for the Schmidt Park ball fields. Structures will also be going up at Henry Miller Park, near City Hall and at the city’s corpo…

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NEWMAN - Campuses in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District earned high marks on annual inspections designed to ensure that all students attend safe, well-maintained campuses.

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PATTERSON - A proposal to built a water storage reservoir in the hills west of Patterson moved forward last Wednesday morning when the Del Puerto Water District Board of Directors certified a final Environmental Impact Report on the controversial project.