MUSD DROPS LIFETIME BENEFITS POLICY — A controversial policy which grants lifetime health benefits to some retiring school board members was repealed by trustees Tuesday night. The board, however, did nothing to rescind benefits given to outgoing members Jerry Barden and Judy Carter. Barden and Carter were granted lifetime medical, dental, and vision benefits in November. Superintendent Tom Riley said the vote stirred up the public, and reaction has been negative. He, therefore, recommended the policy be repealed.
CITY MOVES TO ANNEX LAND — The City of Madera is going ahead with plans to annex 375 acres northwest of Madera despite the reservations of the Madera District Fairground representatives. The property value of the fairgrounds is high enough that a protest by the fair board could block the entire annexation. The West Cleveland-Sunset area annexation proposal was initiated by builder Dave Berry as he sought to incorporate nearly 40 acres in the West Cleveland-Granada Drive area. Development of the area could bring in an estimated 4,000 people.
SUBWAY SANDWICHES ROLLS INTO MADERA — Ron Conroy believes 15 years of managing Straw Hat Pizza will help him succeed in the sandwich business as owner of Subway Sandwiches and Salads. Conroy opened the popular sandwich franchise in the Country Club Shopping Center in November and hopes to open another in Madera this coming year. In May, with the sale of Straw Hat, Conroy cashed in his retirement and used the money to open Subway Sandwiches.
STATE VOWS FIGHT OVER ABORTION RULING — The state will ask an appeals court to overrule a San Francisco judge and allow enforcement of a state law requiring unmarried women under 18 to get approval from parents or a judge for an abortion, a state lawyer said today. The law was blocked by Superior Court Judge Morton Colvin. Supporters of the law harshly criticized the ruling and predicted that the law would be reinstated...