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Over the past few weeks, I have had an opportunity to chat with several fellow veterans, service members, military family members, and Gold Star families. It is beyond the obvious in saying that the past few weeks have been extraordinarily difficult for those with a personal connection to ou…

Tom Rigney and Flambeau will be on stage at the Westside Theatre on Sept. 11.  Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 pm. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and be sure to phone in and get your tickets. The last two shows have sold out. General admission is $20 and reserved tick…

Born into privilege, silver spoon and political big shots as relatives Gavin Newsom was the anointed child of California. Those who thought him special saw him as a future president. But, like so many of those born into prestigious families Gavin actually believed, like the children of Trump…

Well, it’s been a few weeks since I stepped into the role of editor here at the West Side Index and the Gustine Standard and it’s probably high time that I tell you a little about myself.

2020 was a crazy year filled with uncertainty and worry for many, but one person who kept going was Gustine Unified Board Member Zachary Ramos. He helped our community by leading food box giveaways, supporting farmers, getting students access to free internet thanks to working with businesse…

A little more than a month ago I was sitting at my computer and typing what I though would be the last column of my newspaper career. Little did I know that my prayers would be answered, and our great West Side communities would not lose their newspapers – the two oldest businesses operating…

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal.  Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person.   Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy, and…

Publisher Susan Mattos asked me to give you an update on this year’s activities featured at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in place of the actual full-fledged fair. As the longest sitting Fair board member, I am happy to say that the board voted unanimous to hold events in July that you w…

This has not been a fun week for my family, with the announcement that publication of the West Side Index, Gustine Press-Standard and Tuesday Review will cease at the end of June. Well, longer than a week, actually, but this one in particular is very surreal. Even from 3,000 miles away.

The end of school celebrations continued this past weekend with a weekend visit from my mom and Mark..the first of hopefully many visits to our corner of western Tennessee. Thankfully my prayers to the heavens for nice weather were heard, and Mom got to experience the the more enjoyable days…

It was a special weekend celebrating Samuel and grandson Vincie finishing middle school, made even more special with a visit from newlyweds Sarah and Trent, and Grandpa Bill.

While everyone is busy arguing about the new CDC directive on mask policies and vaccinations or riffing on UFO’s, there have been some worryisome developments regarding privacy and government spying not being talked about as much as they probably should be.

Here in the South, the big news... at least on the streets... is the Colonial Pipeline shutdown and ransomware attack. A pipeline I might add, that delivers fuel to much of the South and East Coast.

California’s effort to try every hare-brained progressive idea under the sun continued with news of the imminent release of 63,000 individuals from California prisons under the guise of making them safer.