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25 years ago in the week of Jan. 28, 1988

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SORDI WINS MID-CAL TITLE — Madera’s Robbie Sordi dominated his competition to claim the 101-pound title at the Mid Cal Wrestling tournament Saturday at Gilroy High School. Sordi pinned four of his five opponents, including his foe in the championship match. Sordi pinned Bernard Arcinas of St. Francis in just 2:42 in the championship match. In his opening match, Sordi pinned James Carter of Bella Vista at the 5:25 mark and then followed with a 6-0 decision against Ken Workman of Sante Fe in the second round bout. After pinning Edwin Bermudez from Silver Creek, Sordi pinned Ray Dommert of Gilroy.

RANCHOS TRIO SAYS YEAR-ROUND PLAN NOT FAVORED BY ALL — Three Madera Ranchos women say they and other Webster parents feel “ramrodded” by Webster school principal Gary Duke regarding year-round school. The three are Pat Heisdorf, Betty Finley, and Carol Rose. “We were fed doubletalk and rhetoric. It is our feeling from the beginning that what Dr. Duke wants, he gets,” Finley said. “We’ve had many parents tell us, ‘Why even try to fight it?’” The parents said they will continue to fight against year-round school. “We are down but are not out,” Finley said.

RENTERS CLAIM APARTMENT SCAM — Police are investigating a couple who formerly managed an apartment complex on Cleveland Avenue and pocketed more than $2,000 from prospective renters. Helen and Keith Clipper reportedly charged several clients $40 to $100 for credit checks and rent deposits during October and November of 1987 and then left town. The complex is managed by Professional Apartment Managers, Inc., which employed the couple and is now filing charges against them. The company has repaid the money, according to Police Chief Gordon Skeels.

NO SMOKING POLICY GOES UP IN SMOKE — A proposed denial of smoking privileges for renters of the Frank A. Bergon Senior Center had two Madera city councilmen fuming this week and led to a unanimous decision to allow leasees to light up on a trial basis. The action allows the smoking ban to be enforced by the seniors but gives other groups the option. Councilmen Ralph Larsen and Patrick O’Rourke raised the issue. Both acknowledge they are smokers. Councilman Alan Brown expressed concern for the damage that could result from allowing cigarette smoking...


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