UNITED WAY SEEKS HELP — Sheldon Mensch, volunteer executive secretary for the United Way says the organization has been losing funding because of a lack of participation. The United Way has given out $300,000 in the past five or six years. The Rev. Gus Severin said the organization has obtained a federal grant, which could be used to finance an existing shelter program, although it cannot be used to establish one. Supervisors have come under fire recently for refusing to open the National Guard armory to the homeless on chilly nights. They cited the potential liability and costs of the program.
BOARD TO CONSIDER FULL TIME STATUS — A move to appoint members of the board of supervisors to five committees bogged down when two of them expressed reservations. Supervisors Rick Jensen and Harry Baker balked at being assigned to more committees, citing the demands on their time. Supervisor Jesse Lopez pointed out that serving on the board is more than the part time job it is considered to be. “Many people could not afford to sit here because of the pay ($19,000),” he said. “The board should look into making the five positions full time, which would probably mean higher salaries.”
MADERAN HELD ON KIDNAP CHARGE — A 38 year-old Madera man was arrested for kidnapping Saturday after he allegedly dragged a female acquaintance from her home and though nearby streets and alleys. The suspect reportedly had the victim in a headlock and was pulling her through an alley when police arrived. Police say the two had dated at one time. Police say the man continued to strike her as he took her through the neighborhood. He is being held on $7,000 bail for kidnapping.
MAYOR GETS IN LINE FOR ORCHESTRA — Madera Mayor Robert Garibay was among the first to buy a ticket for the upcoming Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra concert at St. Joachim Catholic Church Tuesday. Garibay purchased his ticket from Ceci Massetti, chairwoman of the Soroptimist International of Madera symphony committee. Tickets are $3.50 for adults and $1 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the Plaza Flower Shop or Bank of America...