MOGLIA CARRIES ON FAMILY TRADITION — Tradition, travel, and challenge have drawn Brett Moglia to the top spot in the Madera High School Coyote Band. He will guide the Coyote marching band under the leadership of the new band director, Pat Arvizu. Moglia, a 17-year-old senior, comes from a family steeped in band tradition. His father, Norman, has been the band director at Chowchilla’s Wilson Junior High School for 27 years. Brett’s mom, Pat, was a twirler and an instructor at United Spirit Association (USA) camps. Now it’s time for the tall, lanky drum major to step out front on his own. In recent statewide competition, Brett earned six first-place ribbons and a first-place medal.
RESCUE MISSION BREAKS GROUND AT NEW LOCATION — Madera Rescue Mission officials unveiled a new mission site during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning. The site is located at 334 S. Elm Street where building is expected to begin next week. The lot was donated by Dario Boria, who along with his wife Lorraine, serve on the mission board as directors. “There is always a need that cannot be filled by government,” Madera Mayor Robert Garibay reminded the group. “We will do everything possible to make sure this mission becomes a reality,” he said. The building will provide accommodations for 100 transients and mission employees.
COUNTY FOUND GUILTY OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT — Madera County has been found legally responsible for the sexual harassment of a property appraiser who was attacked during a fieldtrip and repeatedly badgered by a co-worker. The Fair Employment and Housing Commission found the female appraiser was sexually harassed by her male supervisor. He made verbal advances at her during their first field trip, and by their fourth trip, he made physical advances. She curled into a ball on the ground to protect herself. County Assessor Richard Gordon fired the man, but the County Civil Service Commission ordered him reinstated, saying he had sexually harassed her, but his behavior had not been “immoral” since he had not touched her private parts.
WITNESSES PAINT PICTURE OF TERROR — Witnesses fingered two men Monday as assailants who entered a Norwalk man’s South Fork motel room and carried him off to where he was allegedly stabbed to death and nearly decapitated. The description of events that preceded the grisly death of Herman Pablo Cube, 51, unfolded in the opening day of a preliminary hearing for four North Fork residents accused of kidnapping, robbing, and murdering the Southern California Edison engineer. Accused are Terry Coleman, Clifford Knight, David Knight, and Michael Tex...