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GUSTINE - Contract negotiations for 2019-20 between the Gustine Unified School District and its teachers took a contentious turn before the school board last week.

GUSTINE - The Gustine Unified School District is once again sponsoring a free summer meals program, offering breakfast and lunch weekdays into early August.

A Monday morning accident on Highway 33 at Inyo in Newman sent a loaded tomato truck careening into the Yancey Lumber barn but resulted in only minor injury, authorities reported. Newman Police Lt. Brett Short told Mattos Newspapers that the 11 a.m. accident involved an eastbound Ford F350 t…

Mattos Newspapers has welcomed Alex Banks as a new writer and photographer to the staff of the West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard.

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NEWMAN - The after-school program at Orestimba High School will be discontinued next year, Superintendent Randy Fillpot announced at the June 3 school board meeting.

CROWS LANDING - A community pool which has stood empty for the past decade could once again become a centerpiece of summertime recreation on the West Side, if grant funding materializes through the state.

GUSTINE - Five single-family homes planned for North Avenue lots should have undergone architectural review when underlying zoning on the properties was established in 2016, city officials acknowledged last week.

NEWMAN - A wealth of information geared toward senior citizens will be served up Friday, June 14 in Newman.....along with a free lunch, prizes, entertainment and more.

NEWMAN - A one-year, 2019-20 contract with Newman-Crows Landing teachers was narrowly approved by the school board at its May meeting.

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The Gustine FFA chapter held its 81st annual awards banquet on Tuesday, May 21, at the Al Goman Community Center. This event recognizes FFA members for various achievements throughout the school year. A number of scholarships were also presented during the evening.

NEWMAN - Work is proceeding on a new city well, which along with a million-gallon storage tank is expected to leave the municipal water system well-prepared to handle not only current demand but future needs.

GUSTINE - City Council members recently signaled a willingness to consider the largest of three rate increase scenarios under consideration in order to fund repairs to Gustine’s aging water and sewer infrastructure.

NEWMAN - School board members last week took a closer look at alternatives for placing a bond measure before Newman-Crows Landing Unified School Board members - perhaps as early as the March 2020 presidential primary.

GUSTINE - Nearby residents are protesting a builder’s plans to construct five single-family homes on North Avenue lots, contending the houses planned represent a sharp deviation from the semi-custom homes initially promised.

Fellow officers and co-workers of fallen Newman Police Department Corporal Ronil Singh gathered last week in Washington, D.C., with thousands of officers from around the nation to pay tribute to the men and women of law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2018.

NEWMAN - The Orestimba Scholarship Community Association, better known as TOSCA, presented three grants at its annual awards program last Wednesday which will further the education of students at three Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District elementary school sites.

NEWMAN - Downtown Newman will be a gathering spot on Friday evenings through June - and perhaps beyond - as a new farmer’s market is launched in the community.

GUSTINE - Organizers of Gustine’s Fourth of July fireworks show are hoping the addition of mobile food vendors in the GHS stadium that evening helps boost attendance.

NEWMAN - Two advisory bodies, including the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, are being disbanded as local leaders streamline the framework of commissions and committees which work beneath the City Council in the hierarchy of local government.