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Three young residents of the Meredith Manor apartment complex in Gustine helped sound the alarm and alert occupants when a fire broke out in one of the apartment buildings Sunday afternoon, June 14. Naomi Bair, Ava Ruiz and Anissia Ochoa Rosas (from left) were playing outside when they notic…


Mosquito abatement districts which serve the western reaches of Stanislaus and Merced counties are gearing up their annual detection and eradication campaign against the insects.

A vegetation fire in the 4000 block of Highway 33 burned an acre or more of heavy brush along the Garzas Creek south of Gustine and destroyed a tank house and detached garage/shed Tuesday afternoon, June 9, officials reported.  Firefighters were able to prevent damage to a nearby trailer and…

The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District is continuing the distribution of free meals for children ages 1-18 through June and July. In addition, free family food boxes are being distributed each Friday through June from 11 a.m. to noon at Von Renner and Hurd Barrington elementary sch…

Public works crews in Newman last week made repairs to a fire hydrant on Fresno Street. 

Flames destroyed a pickup truck last Thursday afternoon on West Stuhr Road at Interstate 5. The fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. No injuries were reported. 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Newman has increased to 11 as of Tuesday afternoon, an increase of three over a week earlier, while Gustine saw a new case reported Tuesday to bring its total to eight, up one from a week earlier.

Firefighters extinguished a big rig fire Monday evening on Interstate 5 north of Cottonwood Road. The blaze destroyed a truck and trailer and sparked a small vegetation fire but no injuries were reported, according to fire personnel. The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. 


GUSTINE - A 25-year-old San Jose man was killed Wednesday afternoon, April 22 in a two-vehicle accident at the south edge of Gustine, the California Highway Patrol reported.


The overall number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Stanislaus and Merced counties continued to climb last week, while locally Newman and Gustine each had recorded an additional case.

Grocery store employees continue to work day and night not only to catch up with increased demand for food and essentials during the COVID-19 crisis, but to increase the frequency of cleaning to minimize the spread of the virus. Many shoppers have asked what they can do to stay safe and mini…

Authorities said the driver of a vehicle involved in a rollover accident last Wednesday afternoon, March 18, on Highway 33 near Bambaur Road suffered only minor injuries. The California Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred when the driver, Manuel Lopes, 60, of Gustine, made an …


A single-vehicle accident last Wednesday morning, March 11, at Hunt Road near Sullivan at the south edge of Gustine left the demolished car leaning against a utility pole. The driver escaped injury, according to CHP officers at the scene.

The spreading COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed life on the West Side with stunning swiftness in recent days, as a handful of cancellations and closures quickly cascaded into a torrent.


GUSTINE - Two accidents occurred last week at the intersection of Highway 33 and Sullivan Road at the south edge of Gustine, police reported.


A 6-year-old boy was flown to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera with complaint of pain following a two-vehicle accident Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Sullivan and Whitworth roads, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP said the child was one of three passengers in a 2013 Ford Explore…


A single-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon, Feb. 20, on Fig Lane near Ruth Avenue left the car overturned but the driver escaped injury, according to officials. Police said the driver veered when he looked down at his phone, struck a wooden guard rail and continued southbound until the veh…

Investigators process the scene of a fatal two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Hills Ferry Road between East Stuhr and River roads. The California Highway Patrol reported that an 80-year-old Newman woman was killed in the accident. The name of the deceased was not available prior to pu…

A man convicted of conspiring with others in an effort to help Paulo Virgen Mendoza flee California to Mexico after he allegedly killed Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh during a Dec. 26, 2018 traffic stop has been sentenced to 21 months in prison.

NEWMAN - The city’s proposal to annex 121 acres of property north of the existing city limits along the west side of Highway 33 will be decided by an election of registered voters residing within that area.

One killed in Interstate 5 crash

NEWMAN - The drug testing procedure used by First Student, the firm which provides transportation services for the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District, was pointedly called into question Monday when company officials went before the school board to address a December incident in whi…

NEWMAN - Corporal Ronil Singh was remembered Thursday evening by community members, representatives of surrounding law enforcement agencies and his fellow Newman Police Department officers, one year to the day after he was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

NEWMAN - A candlelight vigil for fallen Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh will be held Thursday evening, Dec. 26, on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Local children’s author Judy Quinn was featured Saturday morning at a book-signing hosted by the Gustine Museum. Quinn was signing copies of her latest (and fourth) book, “The Little Frog Who Walked.” Quinn, left, is pictured with Jan Codorniz, who illustrated the book.

NEWMAN - Initial proceeds from a $35 million bond measure going before Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District voters in March would pay off existing debt and fund construction of a competition pool at Orestimba, under a proposed priority list presented by Superintendent Randy Fillpot.

The Gustine City Council recently honored former Police Chief Milt Medeiros on his retirement after a 43-year law enforcement career - including the past two years as the chief of the local department. From left are council member Craig Turner, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Oliveira, Mayor Pat Nagy, Med…

Five new homes are taking shape along North Avenue in Gustine. Crews recently poured foundations at the project site. The homes are being developed by SCM Homes.

GUSTINE - Questions surrounding eligibility for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities following student suspension were a focal point of discussion at the Nov. 13 meeting of the Gustine school board.

NEWMAN - The district which conducts mosquito control operations on the western side of Stanislaus County will be taking a new approach in Newman next spring in light of the discovery of invasive mosquitoes in the community.

GUSTINE - A Gustine man was arrested Friday, Nov. 15, in connection with two arson incidents at a home in the 200 block of Via Borrelli, police reported.