25 years ago in the week of Feb. 25, 1988

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FLEA MARKET DECISION POSTPONED — Despite 2 1/2 hours of testimony from a standing-room-only crowd Monday, supervisors postponed a decision on a proposed flea market near Avenue 18 1/2 and Highway 99. Bruce Kennedy, a Madera attorney representing John and Yola Arslan, told the board his clients plan on paving the 20 acres to make room for a 1,000-space parking lot and room for 500 vendors in a farmers market atmosphere. Supervisors Jess Lopez and Rick Jensen said they needed more information on how the flea market would affect the roads and need for sheriff’s services.

POSTAGE RATES MAY JUMP AGAIN — Mailing a letter may soon cost 25 cents, 3 cents more than at present. The independent Postal Rate Commission today recommended the increase. The last increase in postage rates was Feb. 17, 1985, when first class stamps climbed to 22 cents. When the planned rate hikes take effect, the first class stamp will carry the letter “E” with the word “Domestic” to indicate that it can be used only within the United States.

JOHNSON TO SPEAK AT RESCUE MISSION — Dr. G.L. Johnson will be the guest speaker at the spring banquet of the Madera Rescue Mission Saturday. The 6 p.m. affair will be held at the Fourth Street Church of God. A $5 donation will be asked, and entertainment will be provided by the family of Dr. Sam Bruce, pastor of the Fourth Street Church of God. Johnson has been pastor for 20 years of the Peoples Church in Fresno. Hailing from Texas, he attended Southwestern Bible College and the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Fresno.

TACKLE BOX STORES TO GET GAS PUMPS — The Madera County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for Donald C. Abshire to install gas pumps at the Tackle Box and agreed to remove county road department suggestions for adding a turning lane. The department had asked Abshire to install a 130-foot left turn lane on Road 26, which would cost $75,000. Abshire tore into County Road Commissioner Bill King for his suggestion, saying it would be “nothing more than a suicide lane.” Commissioner Larry Pistoresi said, “I don’t see the need for a left turn lane.”

SUPERVISORS FAIL TO APPOINT SIERRA JUDGE — Candidates for a judicial appointment to the Sierra Justice Court alternated between shock and surprise at supervisors’ refusal Tuesday to name a new judge—a decision which will leave the county with only two judges in four courts. Tom Fletcher, Robert Schneider and Paul Avent are in the running for the appointment. The 3-2 decision, coupled with the pending resignation of Borden Justice Court Judge James Oakley means the county will cover justice courts with two local judges and assigned judges from the state judicial council...

 

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