|NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT - New playground equipment is being installed at Smyrna Park this week. On Monday, Galindo Martinez, an employee of Playgrounds Plus of Hollister, took advantage of clear skies to make progress on the huge assembly job. The foreman on the project said the Smyrna Park equipment should be ready for use at the end of next week. The city is systematically installing the equipment with new products manufactured by Miracle at eight city parks. The old equipment did not meet modern-day safety standards nor the handicapped accessible requirements. It was replaced by local Rotary clubs and will be shipped to poorer neighborhoods in Mexico. (Courier photo by Jeff Benziger)|
Crackdown on gangs continues
A multi-agency police crackdown on local gang members continued last week with over 80 arrests made.
CUSD asks Capitol for school funds
Ceres Unified School District officials are keeping their fingers crossed that the state will come up with all the money needed to finish five new elementary schools being built in Ceres.
Man badly injured in bizarre lot crash
A Ceres man was seriously injured Tuesday evening, Jan. 25 when he lost control of his pickup and it rolled numerous times in the Richland Shopping Center parking lot. The victim, who was not seatbelted and believed to be intoxicated, was ejected.
The buzz is out: not enough bees to go around
There may be less bees to pollinate the almond blossoms this spring.
DeMartini invites council to work jointly on issues
Newly installed county Supervisor Jim DeMartini visited the Ceres City Council last week to introduce himself and invite the body to work with him on issues affecting constituents.
Persephone charter member Woodworth dies
Susan Nisson Woodworth not only was a charter member of Ceres' Persephone Guild but she also named the club back in the 1930s. Death claimed the active 96-year-old Mrs. Woodworth on Monday, Jan. 24 at Memorial Medical Center.
Dorothy M. Blaker
A funeral was held Friday afternoon at Allen Mortuary in Turlock for Dorothy Marie Leonhardt Blaker, 89, of Turlock. She died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005 at Emanuel Medical Center.
Perle K. Brown
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Valley Christian Center in Ceres for Perle K. Brown, 90, of Ceres. He died of natural causes on Monday, Jan. 31, 2005 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
Lewis R. Bundy
A funeral was held Friday afternoon at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel for Lewis Ray Bundy, 82, of Hughson. He died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005 at Memorial Medical Center.
A Mass will be held at 9 a.m. today (Wednesday) at St. Jude's Catholic Church in Ceres for Sofia Ceja, 96, of Modesto. She died of natural causes on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005 at Doctors Medical Center.
Joseph E. Cunha
The rosary and a Mass were held Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ripon for Joseph E. Cunha, 90, of Escalon. He died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
Maria N. Dinis
A Mass was held Friday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Maria dos Neves Pedro Dinis, 87, of Hilmar. She died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
Shirley J. Harris
Allen Mortuary was in charge of private services for Shirley June Harris, 82, of Oakdale. She died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005 at her daughter's home in Ceres.
A memorial service was held Saturday afternoon at Lakewood Funeral Home for JoAnn Kidd, 55, of Ceres. She died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
Eugene J. McCarthy
The rosary and Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hughson for Eugene Joseph McCarthy, 83, of Hughson. He died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock.
Gerald E. McKinley
A memorial service was held Tuesday morning at Allen Mortuary for Gerald Edmond McKinley, 71, of Turlock. He died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005 at Brandel Manor convalescent hospital.
Evelyn E. Millward
A graveside service was held Monday at Lakewood Memorial Park for Evelyn E. Willner Millward, 73, of Ceres. She died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005 at her home.
Floyd B. Willemstyn
A graveside service with military honors was held Tuesday afternoon at Ceres Memorial Park for Floyd B. Willemstyn, 82, of Ceres. He died of natural causes on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 at Emanuel Medical Center.
A Mass was held Friday morning at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Hughson for Daniel Zavala, 52, of Hughson. He died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005 at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock.
CHS wrestlers suffer first loss in league
Coaches Steve Vieira and Josh Leslie, and members of the Ceres High wrestling team gathered beside the visitor's bleachers in the Downey High School gymnasium on Wednesday night. The brief meeting took place after the Bulldogs suffered their first loss in league.
Grad Havers having a blast at MJC
The Game's, "How We Do," featuring 50 Cent, is blaring inside the Modesto Junior College gymnasium.
Dawgs place 13th at Pitman tourney
Jake Keidel missed the first five weeks of the season with an ankle injury. On Saturday, the sophomore helped lead the Ceres High wrestling team to a 13th-place finish in a field of 19 at the G.W. Wingo Memorial Tournament at Turlock's Pitman High School.
Bulldogs drop homecoming game
Matt Schwark and the Ceres High varsity boys basketball team lost 64-56 to Downey Friday night in Ceres.
Arnold, Mazza lead Ceres past Downey
Jennifer Arnold does most of her damage from the outside during games. The Ceres High junior guard put on a show against Downey Thursday night in Ceres.