BARKER MAY DROP OUT OF RACE — Local attorney John Barker, who is a candidate for judge of the Madera Judicial District, may drop out of the race if he accepts one of three county public defender contracts. Barker submitted the lowest bids for all three levels of the county’s public defender contract. If he is awarded a bid next week, he will have to choose between the contract and the race for judge. “If I take one of the contracts, I will throw all my support to Doug Nelson. He’s the best candidate,” Barker said. Including Barker, there are three candidates on the June 7 ballot.
ALVIN STANSELL MADE KING FOR A DAY — Alvin Stansell, principal of Berenda School was made “King for a Day,” as part of the festivities associated with the Day of the Administrator, which is part of the Salute to Education Week. Stansell, wearing a regal crown, was whisked down the school’s front walk, which was covered by a paper red carpet. Lisa Anderson and Kelly Graves escorted him. Chauffeur Vicky Dewitt was hired by the staff, parents, and students to take him out for pizza where he was showered with gifts, songs, and dances.
ROAD KILL CHILI COMES TO COOK OFF — Madera’s ninth Great American Chili Cook-off highlighted a booth manned by Fresnan Pat Beard, who claimed the meat from his chili came from dead animals scraped up off the highway. Beard said he didn’t know exactly what was in his concoction. “It was dark. We couldn’t tell exactly what it was. It had dark hair, though,” he said. Beard said his road kill recipes are good and have “an unusual blend of reptile and mammal.” Beard, who has featured his road kill chili for the past three years, said he had some trouble in trying to get people to taste it.
OLD TIMERS DAY PARADE IN JEOPARDY — The Madera Old Timer’s Day Parade, a fixture in Madera since 1931, may be in danger of not being held this year due to financial woes. Charles Doolin, chairman of the parade committee said the group needs approximately $1,000 to help finance insurance premiums, secretarial help, and mailings. In the past, the parade committee was assisted in financing by the Madera District Chamber of Commerce. “Because of the way finances are, they are trimming away a little of the fat, and we are some of the fat,” Doolin said. The parade and its related activities are held every September during the Madera District Fair...