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25 years ago in the week of March 17, 1989

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COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF MUSD IN MCFALL CASE — A Madera County Superior Court judge has ruled that Madera Unified School District officials acted within their rights when they removed Wallace McFall from his post as Eastin-Arcola School principal in 1986. McFall was sent back to the classroom, after 23 years as principal, in February 1986. His removal sparked protest from parents, teachers, and students. In 1986, Vickie Cisneros accused McFall of abuse in a dispute with her daughter over the use of the school office telephone. McFall said “the young lady threw a tantrum in the office.” The Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident and dismissed the charges. Witnesses supported McFall’s version. The decision to remove McFall came one year before his retirement.

GOLF COURSE WINS COUNCIL APPROVAL — Madera will have a municipal golf course. The Madera City Council voted unanimously Monday to proceed with the course. With the council’s approval to proceed with the course, despite some reservations over the risks being taken, work could begin within 90 days. “It does contain significant risk because we are pledging the general fund reserves to cover any shortfalls in operating costs or debt service,” said City Administrator Nick Pavlovich. Councilwoman Margaret Medellin said, “It’s time to move forward or get off the dime. How much longer are we going to study it?” Mayor Alan Brown said, “With the growth we are faced with, I think it (the course) will go.”

GALLEGOS, ZENGER HURL SHUTOUTS FOR MHS — Madera High rode the pitching of Audrey Gallegos and Mitzi Zenger to a pair of wins in the first day of the Clovis Easter Softball Tournament Saturday at Thomas Jefferson School Zenger hurled a one-hitter in Madera’s first game as the Coyotes blanked Roosevelt 7-0. Gallegos topped that effort with a perfect game as Madera beat Kingsburg 10-0 in a game called in the fifth inning because of the 10 run rule. Gallegos fanned three batters en route to her perfect outing against Kingsburg. Zenger fanned 11 batters in the win against Roosevelt and set down the first 14 batters she faced before allowing a two-out single in the fifth. The Coyotes are now 12-0 for the season.

DEPUTIES’ CIVIL SUITS STRUCK DOWN BY JUDGE — Civil suits filed by Madera County Sheriff’s deputies stemming from a 1986 strike have been struck down by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Coyle. “There is nothing left of the lawsuit. It is dead,” said Madera County Counsel Jeff Kuhn. The lawsuits were filed in the wake of the strike action taken in November 1986. On that date, deputies walked off the job, citing a long list of grievances. Former Sheriff Ovonual Berkley fired all 39 deputies who walked off the job. Deputies came back to work as provisional employees on Dec. 3, 1986. In May 1988, 35 of the 39 deputies’ terminations were suspended by newly elected Sheriff Glenn Seymour...


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