ARTS COUNCIL READIES FOR ‘ART, ART ON THE RANGE’ — An evening of special arts events is planned by the Madera County Arts Council for Saturday, June 17, at the Daulton Ranch. “Art, Art on the Range” will be held, with a no-host social hour followed by a tri-tip dinner. During the night, the first public release of “Shepherd’s Home” will take place. The book is the second in the Madera County Pioneer Series, which was produced by Madera Unified students in cooperation with students in Hannibal, Mo. The book details the life of Henry Clay Daulton, one of Madera County’s founding fathers. An art exhibit of work by area painters will also take place along with Midwest music by Kenny Hall and the Long Haul String Band. The fourth annual MCAC benefit drawing will also be held with more than 40 prizes to be given away.
RILEY WITNESSES CHINESE STUDENT UPRISING — A recent trip to China embroiled Madera Unified School District Superintendent Tom Riley in history in the making as he bore witness to student demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. “It was a huge demonstration with 1,000 kids on bikes,” said Riley who made the visit as part of a Rotary International Convention in Seoul. “I have no idea what they were yelling; probably something concerning freedom,” he said. According to Riley, the student demonstration gained notoriety when American media were in Beijing to cover the story on Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit but began covering the story in Tiananmen Square. “Nothing about it was fearful,” Riley confessed. “I was real impressed with the way the police handled it, especially with no guns.” Riley was surprised at the number of Chinese students who spoke English.
MADERA ACCOUNTANT, VOLUNTEER JACK PORTER DIES — Jack W. Porter, 56, longtime Madera accountant and current president of the Madera Noon Rotary Club, died Friday, June 2, in a Madera hospital. A native of Selma, he spent his youth in Kingsburg where he graduated from Kingsburg High School in 1950. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Fresno State University. He was married to Eileen Fry in 1962, and in 1964, they started the Jack W. Porter Accountancy Corp. in Fresno. They moved to Madera in 1965 and opened their business on North D Street. Porter and his family were heavily involved in numerous local charities and community organizations. He was the current president of the Noon Rotary Club and is honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He has served as a president of the Madera Exchange Club and was district director of that organization. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Porter of Madera, a son, Jack Porter Jr. of Madera, and a brother, Robert Porter of Branson, Mo.
GARZA FOUND GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER — A Madera County jury took just two hours to agree on the fate of 20-year-old Johnny Edward Garza and ruled today that he abducted, raped, and murdered a young mother last summer. The former truck stop worker will not have the possibility of parole. Family members of the late Deanna Bertellotti, 23, weathered five days of testimony and clung to one another as the court clerk read the jury’s decision. Garza’s mother and father also braved the trial in Judge Edward Moffat’s court, standing just outside the courtroom throughout the week and a half ordeal. Deputy District Attorney Ernie LiCalsi said the death penalty was not sought for a number of reasons, including Garza’s age and lack of a history of violence...