25 years ago in the week of March 18, 1988

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MADERA AIRPORT RUNWAY TO GET FACELIFT — The asphalt runway, which has served Madera Municipal Airport since its creation during World War II, will receive a major improvement through a $549,000 grant recently allocated by the Federal Aviation Administration. A two-inch coat of asphalt for the 675,000 square foot runway and its taxiways will be financed by the grant, which officials have sought for three years. According to Jim Swalley, airport supervisor, the runway has had no improvements since its institution in the 1940s. Swalley said the pavement is wearing and cracks are extending. Small rocks have become loose and are picked up and damaging propellers.

BUSNAPPERS SORRY DOZEN YEARS LATER — Two brothers who were convicted of kidnapping 26 Chowchilla children and their school bus driver in a get-rich-quick scheme to collect $5 million in ransom say they’re sorry for their crime and should be freed. According to an interview published in Sunday’s San Francisco Examiner, they believe they were young and naïve and deserve freedom. “We were naïve, immature, and stupid,” said James Schoenfeld. He was convicted along with his brother, Richard and friend Fred Woods for the kidnapping, which took place in Chowchilla.

CATTLE DRIVE OPENS ANNUAL STAMPEDE — Chowchilla’s 31st annual Western Stampede opened with its annual cattle drive down Robertson Boulevard Wednesday. The drive, which has been the trademark of the annual extravaganza, had been threatened by insurance requirements. Some last minute work, however, put it into the history books for one more year. The Century Calcutta got underway this morning and will continue with the Century Team Roping to follow the day’s conclusion.

PLEASANT NEWS FROM MADISON TOPS MUSD MEETING — Kay Donner, the lead reviewer of an inspection of Madison School told the board Tuesday night that “Everyone is happy at Madison School.” Superintendent Tom Riley added Madison School’s self-study was “the finest one I’ve ever seen.” Madison School students and staff are preparing to move to the newly constructed Alpha School. Madison School Principal Jack Netherton told trustees of his plans to parade his students from the Madison campus to Alpha School with a marching band and a police escort on April 11...

 

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