GRACE COMMUNITY CHURCH TO EXPAND — Intending to grow with Madera, Grace Community Church, 17755 Road 26, has a full summer of building planned. “There is too much going on to stand pat,” said Pastor Randy Brannon. “We anticipate rapid growth not only in the city but in the church as well.” The anticipated expansion includes an educational building with six classrooms and an activities room and the enlargement of the present auditorium. Lights for night activities and a lighted sign at the entrance will also be added. Brannon predicted the work would take the all-volunteer group four months to complete. Dario Boria is the chairman of the building committee and Greg Petrie is the design engineer.
GOVERNOR’S BUDGET COULD CLOSE FURMAN HIGH — The independent study program at Furman High School may be obliterated if Gov. George Deukmejian’s budget restrictions remain intact. The cuts would eliminate funds for about two-thirds of all ISP students, according to Furman Principal Phil Pendley. “More than 1,000 students will be affected,” Pendley said. “We’re bursting at the seams. If we lose this opportunity, it has severe consequences. Superintendent Tom Riley said Pendley and the 44-person Furman staff have been notified they may not be rehired next fall, and adult education may be trimmed accordingly. The governor’s budget proposes to cut funding for all students over 21, or those over 19 if they have not be continuously enrolled in school.
CARLES BECKETT ‘BEHIND THE HEADLINES’ — Carles Beckett, the 43-year-old principal of Dixieland School is the subject of this week’s “Behind the Headlines.” Beckett says that if he wasn’t in education, he would choose to do the play-by-play broadcast of the L.A. Dodgers. If he could change anything in his life, he would give his son Wesley complete healing for his body. If he won the lottery, Beckett would build a gym at Dixieland, give to the needy missionaries around the world, and build his wife, Georgia, a new, two-story home. Beckett says his friends don’t know he wears two pairs of socks, and that when he looks in the mirror he thinks, “Lord, just don’t let me go bald.” He says if he had the world’s attention, he would talk about the simple gospel message that Christ died for sins.
COSTA SAYS SF GRAPE BOYCOTT DAMAGED ECONOMY — San Francisco’s backing of the grape boycott has damaged California’s economy, according to a letter circulated in the State Assembly by Assemblyman Jim Costa. “Now we are at the point of boycotting cities and this kind of stuff.” He said. “Where does this lead us?” After the San Francisco Board of Supervisors backed the boycott, several city councils and boards of supervisors in the San Joaquin Valley joined in calling for a boycott of San Francisco. “California’s agricultural industry is of vital importance to all of us, whether one lives in a large urban area or a small rural area,” said Costa. “Everyone is dependent on agriculture for survival.” ...