SPECIAL OLYMPICS MAKE EVERYONE A WINNER — More than 80 athletes arrived to compete in the track and field events of the Special Olympics at Madera High School. One enthusiastic observer was Berenda Elementary School’s Principal Alvin Stansell, who had come to cheer on his “troops” “Let’s go Broncos!” he shouted to three of his students as they ran. Clapping and laughing as his team crossed the finish line, Stansell said the students were “really excited” about the event. The athletes joined in the Special Olympics oath, “Let me win,” they chorused, “but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
MARCH TO ALPHA KICKS OFF NEWEST SCHOOL OPENING — Trumpets blared, children squealed with delight, the antique fire engine stalled once or twice, and at about 9 a.m., the parade began. More than 600 James Madison Elementary School students along with their teachers and parents marched to a new campus, Alpha School, this morning about one mile away on Stadium Road. The star of the day was Principal Jack Netherton, who has been at Madison for 30 years. “I have no regrets in leaving Madison,” said Netherton, “because I have the best part of the school with me—the students, the staff, and the parents.”
FURMAN HIGH TO OPEN THURSDAY — Duane Furman High School will be opening its new campus Thursday, and Principal Phil Pendley hopes all interested community members will come by. The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. at the 1903 Modoc St. facility, located directly behind the Madera Unified School District building. The new building will enable Furman’s independent study teachers to teach all of their classes at one place, rather than dividing themselves across the four locations they have used in the past. The school will be open from noon until 8 p.m. for the public to visit.
MURDER-SUICIDE IN MADERA RANCHOS — Madera County Sheriff Glenn Seymour had to peer over a patrol car along with another officer as Special Weapons and Tactics Team members spent tense minutes inside a Madera Ranchos home following reports of gunfire inside the home Thursday afternoon. SWAT members discovered the bodies of Tommy Franklin Francisco, 31, of Madera, and Michael Joseph Galvan, 29, of Fresno. Galvan apparently shot and killed Francisco in a domestic dispute and then shot himself. Seymour said an investigation into the shootings is continuing...