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

Candidates must file by noon next Thursday

The already announced list of five possible candidates taking out nomination papers last week indicating their candidacy for the Newman City Council remained static during the week.

Two posts are to be filled at the April 14 municipal election.

Taking out papers last week from City Clerk Mrs. Margaret Lafler were: Incumbent Mrs. Paula C. Davis, Clovis Brant, George McNeil, Phillip Perea and Doug Stephens. 

Air pollution from dump burning major problem facing Newman 

Stanislaus County’s decision to implement air pollution regulations has prompted several cities to express interest in discussing jointly various problems directly related to air population.

A meeting of interested cities has been slated under the direction of Supervisor James Franzen for next Tuesday night, at 7:30 p.m., in the supervisors’ chamber in Modesto.

The Newman City Council will be represented at the session by Mrs. Paula Davis and Cliff German. They were named to attend as representatives on Tuesday night by Mayor Hurd Barrington during the regular session of the City Council. 

School District budget cuts teachers, service  

A 67-page preliminary budget that was two months in preparation will cut $171,369 from expenditures over last year. This trustees of the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified School District found on Monday night when Superintendent John Duncan presented the budget figures for study in the coming weeks after going over the entire document with trustees. 

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The Gustine Standard, February 12, 1970

De-unification donations near $4,000 mark

With more than $3,000 in four bank accounts as of last Friday, the Citizens for De-unification group in Gustine has contacted the San Francisco law firm consulted earlier and expects a contract to arrive from them this week.  Clarence Gomes, one of the de-unification leaders, said he hopes the fund will reach $4,000 by tomorrow. The law firm, Long and Levit, had indicated it would require a $2,500 retainer to represent the local group. A major donation to the reunification fund was made last week by the Gustine Chamber of Commerce, which contributed $500 to the treasury. 

Borden to close cheese plant here

Borden Inc., disclosed today that it will close its Gustine plant as part of its previously announced program to redeploy its assets in the United States and Canada to improve its return on employed capital. The Gustine plant is one of the five milk and ice cream plants in Northern California that will be closed under this program.  The Gustine cottage cheese and yogurt plant, along with modern packaging facilities, was recently part of a million dollar improvement program of Borden. The plant here employs about 75 persons. 

Pacific Telephone Co. to spend $106,000 in Gustine exchange

L.E Clover, Pacific Telephone Manager for Gustine, today said the company expects to spend an estimated $106,000 on construction project in the Gustine exchange during 1970. Clover said the projects are designed to help the company keep pace with the growing demand for communications services in the community. Included in the 1970 projects, Clover said, will be work leading to the elimination in 1971 of 10-cent toll charges on calls between Crows Landing and Patterson.

Also planned for 1970, the manager added, is an estimated $70,000 project to expand the company’s radio microwave facility located just outside Gustine.