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    Ex-Los Banos Mayor Tommy Jones booked into Merced jail

    Tommy Jones, a former Los Banos mayor charged with bribing public officials in his capacity as a member of the Los Banos school board has been arrested, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office confirmed. Records show Jones, 68, was booked at 10:35 a.m. into the Merced County Jail on suspicion ...


    Upcoming events in Los Banos

    A color run is planned 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 at Pacheco High School in front of Brett Lee gym, 200 Ward Road. It’s a 5K run or walk with dye stations and water stations. Sign up early for $25 (includes T-shirt and a dye pack); late registration is $30 with no shirt or pack. Additional packs...


    Dove season is upon Los Banos

    The busiest hunting day in central California arrived Thursday when thousands of hunters were expected to be on the prowl on the first day of dove season.


    UC Merced lauded as a bargain

    The Washington Monthly College Guide ranks UC Merced as No. 8 in its “Best Bang for the Buck: Western Colleges,” a list of colleges helping students from low-income families attain degrees at affordable prices.


    Giving the gift of life

    Central California Blood Center in Fresno was at Black Bear Diner in Los Banos on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, collecting blood from local donors. Each donor received numerous gift certificates as well as a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream and a pie from Black Bear Diner.


    Appreciating his customers

    Mike Boggs, right, with the Habitat For Humanity Re-Store in Los Banos, spent Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, serving hot dogs to customers like David Dieckmann as part of customer appreciation day at the business.


    Ex-Los Banos mayor is a wanted ‘fugitive,’ DA’s Office says

    Tommy Jones, 68, was charged Monday with two counts of bribery in connection with allegedly paying off another member of the Los Banos Unified School District board to secure a vote on a controversial expansion project.


    Bribery probe targets Los Banos school board member, Merced contractor

    Greg Opinski, a Merced Union High School District board member and owner of Greg Opinski construction, was arrested Monday on a warrant charging him with four counts of bribing public officials, authorities said. Opinski, 54, is accused of paying off at least one trustee with the Los Banos Unified...


    Fundraising launched to renovate student camp

    The Merced County Office of Education is holding a fundraiser Sept. 10 to help renovate facilities at its educational camp in the Sierra Nevada.


    Site plan for Los Banos Walmart ‘Academy’ approved

    The Los Banos Planning Commission Wednesday approved a site plan for a 3,000-square-foot training building for a Walmart training center.

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