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November 29, 2014 by Elaine Higgins Bernard (Register to contact)

I regret to inform all of Elaine's classmates that she passed away this last March. We were married wonderful 54 years.

Her Husband
Ray Bernard

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Golden Valley basketball coach identified as alleged sexual harasser in school records  Merced Sun-Star

Golden Valley High's legendary varsity boys basketball coach allegedly sexually abused school teacher by slapping her buttocks during the Merced High ...

Merced high school district holds special meeting on sexual harassment claims  Merced Sun-Star

After a marathon closed session at a special meeting of the Merced Union High School District, the board announced plans to improve how the district handles ...

Merced High student diagnosed with tuberculosis. Up to 200 on campus to be tested  Merced Sun-Star

The first case of tuberculosis this year was recently reported at Merced High School, according to the Merced County Department of Public Health.

16-year-old Merced student killed in crash on Highway 99 in Sacramento  KFSN-TV

Those at a Merced high school are now grieving after a 16-year-old student was killed in a crash over the weekend.

Merced County students protest gun violence with walkout  Merced Sun-Star

Students demonstrating in Merced County on Wednesday said the state of gun control in the U.S. is “sad,” and called for Congress to pass new gun control laws ...

Here's who will be the next principal at Rivera Elementary in Merced  Merced Sun-Star

David Garza, who was the assistant principal at Rivera Middle School, will move over to the top spot for Rivera Elementary, the district announced in a Facebook ...

Merced High students being tested for tuberculosis  Los Banos Enterprise

It may take months to find out when, where and how a Merced High School student contracted tuberculosis. It also may take months to find out if any one of the ...

'Basketball has been my life.' Merced's Redwine makes his college choice.  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High senior Jeremy Redwine will continue playing college basketball at Penn State Beaver. Bears star signs national letter of intent.

Five “20 Under 40” Honorees Hail From UC Merced | Newsroom  UC Merced University News

Donna Birch Trahan, UC Merced. September 20, 2018. School of Natural Sciences Professor Anna Beaudin. Five of the Merced Sun-Star's 2018 “20 Under 40” ...

Tom Gene Martin passed away July 28, 2017  Sierra Star

Commander Tom Gene Martin, 61, passed away on July 18, 2017. He peacefully left us with his wife Amanda, sons Tommy Robert Martin and Morgan Staneart ...

Merced High teacher arrested, accused of having sex with student  Merced Sun-Star

A Merced High School science teacher was arrested last week after he allegedly was caught by a patrolling Merced County sheriff's deputy in a parked pickup ...

Week 0 High School Football Round Up: Monte Vista, Inderkum Open Season With Wins  CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The high school football season is underway and opening night in the central valley did not disappoint. DE LA SALLE 14, FOLSOM ...

Friday Night Football - Week 4 - Schedules, scores and highlights from around the Valley  KFSN-TV

Schedules, scores and highlights of High School Football around Fresno, Visalia, and the rest of the Central Valley.

Here are the young women who want the Miss Merced County crown  Merced Sun-Star

The Miss Merced County pageant is Jan. 27 at Golden Valley High School in Merced. Eleven young women will face off.

Me-N-Ed's Team of the Week - Merced High School Merced defeated Atwater in Santa Fe Bowl on Friday  KFSN-TV

Me-N-Ed's Team of the Week - Merced High School Merced defeated Atwater in Santa Fe Bowl on Friday.

Merced High teacher convicted of sex with a student. He will spend 1 year in jail  Merced Sun-Star

A 30-year-old Merced High School science teacher pleaded no contest this week to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female student. Blia Yang ...

17 inducted in Merced High's third Hall of Fame class  Merced Sun-Star

Don Bragonier, a member of Merced High's Class of 1962, told the story about going to a football game while he attended Cal Western in San Diego.

Merced High principal promoted, interim replacement named  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High School Principal John Olson has been promoted to a district position, marking the second shakeup of “Bear Country” leadership since the start of ...

Merced high schools get new principals  Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Union High School District named two principals this week, each a graduate of Atwater High School. The board of trustees, during a special meeting ...

Career-Minded Students Get a Helping Hand  UC Merced University News

Senior mechanical engineering major Kelvin Cheung from San Francisco got a head start on his career exploration during his first year at UC Merced. Science ...

Merced High School District manager’s degree questioned  Merced Sun-Star

A Merced Union High School District employee used what experts believe is a degree from a “diploma mill” to obtain a higher-paying job with the district, but ...

Make-A-Wish grants a Merced High student's wish to meet Weird Al Yankovic  KFSN-TV

In the North Valley the Make-A-Wish foundation makes one high school freshman's dream of meeting her favorite celebrity come true.

Emotional CCC championship for Merced High School swimmers  Modesto Bee

Josh Fluetsch called it the hardest swim meet of his life. Many of his Merced High School teammates felt the same, including seniors Kai Jones and Jande ...

Merced inducting inaugural Hall of Fame class  Merced Sun-Star

One of the first projects Paul Hogue took on after becoming the athletic director at Merced High School last year was putting together a sports Hall of Fame.

QSB's Portia Mira Wins GradSlam!, Advances to Finals | Newsroom  UC Merced University News

By Donna Birch Trahan. April 19, 2018. Pictured left to right: Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz, students Craig Ennis, Portia Mira. Dean Marjorie Zatz, graduate ...

Merced public pools open during summer  Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Parks and Recreation Department is offering separate swim times for general swimmers and adults through Aug. 14. It's “Free Swim Fridays” at ...

Merced Elite AAU basketball tryouts March 11  Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Elite AAU basketball program will host tryouts Saturday at the Merced High School gym.

Empty creepy clown threats make their way to Merced  Merced Sun-Star

Merced police investigated threats to Merced high schools made by fake creepy clown social media accounts, part of a larger national trend.

Ex-Merced County teacher sentenced to jail time for sex with student  Los Banos Enterprise

Former Dos Palos High School math teacher Craig Branstetter was sentenced last week to one year in jail and five years on probation for having a sexual ...

New El Capitan campus to send off first graduating class  Merced Sun-Star

The first class of El Capitan High School graduates in 50 years prepare to receive diplomas on Thursday.

Merced launched her into the tech industry. Now she’s returning home with a message for graduates.  Merced Sun-Star

Lesley Slaton Brown has worked in the tech industry for 20 years, working all around the world and earning a top leadership role at HP, Inc. This weekend, she's ...

Tommy Gene Martin  Mariposa Gazette

Commander Tom Gene Martin, 61, went to be with our Lord on July 18, 2017. He left with his wife Amanda, sons Tommy Robert Martin and Morgan Staneart by ...

Bret Harte High Establishes Athletic Hall Of Fame

Angels Camp, CA -- Ahead of preparing to let out for the summer, Bret Harte High officials are announcing fall plans to honor the school's first Athletic Hall.

Tornado warning in Merced County issued by National Weather Service in Hanford  Merced Sun-Star

The National Weather *Service* in Hanford issued a tornado warning in areas of Merced, Mariposa and Tuolumne County.

Johnson remembered as ‘community icon’ in Merced  Merced Sun-Star

A public servant and community icon in Merced, Ida Johnson, has recently passed away. Her piers and friends have described say she is a huge loss to the ...

Good Sports: Merced High School's Maddie Nickles

Merced High School junior Maddie Nickles is batting over .500 this season while serving as the Bears' number one pitcher, and she's also considered one of the ...

Merced teen's death 'going to affect everyone'  Merced Sun-Star

Brandon Villegas was a warm, funny young man and talented swimmer at Merced High School whose tragic death touches nearly every student on campus, ...

Merced County Superintendent Steven Gomes announces early retirement  Merced Sun-Star

Steven Gomes, superintendent of schools for the Merced County Office of Education, will retire at the end of the calendar year, leaving his post as the county's ...

Paralympian visits former elementary school in Merced  Merced Sun-Star

Paralympian Tye Dutcher visits his former elementary school to tell his story and encourage rising above obstacles.

Merced's Madilyn Nickles named Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year  Merced Sun-Star

Madilyn Nickles had no clue why two-time Olympian Jennie Finch showed up at Merced High School to watch her pitch Wednesday morning. The reason: Finch ...

Le Grand fires Alvarez as football coach, citing program decline.  Merced Sun-Star

Le Grand High has removed Raul Alvarez as the head football coach. The school has named assistant coach Aaron Martinez as the interim coach.

Meet the members of the Sun-Star’s inaugural 2017 ‘20 under 40’ class  Merced Sun-Star

The best and brightest emerging leaders are part of the Merced Sun-Stars inaugural '20 under 40' program class.

Golden Valley band director nears grand finale of 35-year career  Merced Sun-Star

Now that Greg Christiansen is retiring as band director at Golden Valley High School, he figures he will have more time to play his favorite instrument -- the ...

Manuel Anthony Fagundes  Nevada Appeal

Manuel Anthony Fagundes, 89, of Fallon, Nevada, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2018, with his family by his side. He was born on June 21, 1929, ...

Bribery probe targets Los Banos school board member, Merced contractor  Merced Sun-Star

Authorities on Monday arrested Greg Opinski, a prominent contractor and member of the Merced high school district school board, and issued a warrant for Los ...

Friday Night Football - Week 6  KFSN-TV

Schedules, scores and highlights of High School Football around the Valley.

Merced County honors law enforcement officers of the year  Merced Sun-Star

A dozen Merced County law enforcement officials were honored recently for their work keeping the public safe and were selected as the officers of the year by ...

Merced Speedway provides fair entertainment  Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Speedway will be in action on Wednesday during Merced County Fair.

Mayhem and tragedy mark Merced Sun-Star’s most read stories from 2016  Merced Sun-Star

Tragedy grabbed the most eyes in 2016 on the Merced Sun-Star's website, according to records, in a year that saw stabbings, car crashes and a toddler who ...

Alumnus Finds His Purpose in Education  UC Merced University News

Editor's note: The following story appeared in the spring issue of UC Merced Magazine. When Abraham Olivares moved to Merced at age 20, a career in ...

Casey Steed - candidate for District 2  Merced Sun-Star

Recommitting to making Merced County a safe place to have a family and open a business should be the focus of this election, according to a familiar challenger ...

Respite from heat available in Merced  Merced Sun-Star

A couple of pools and a library in Merced may be good places to beat the heat this summer as they offer programs for adults and children. The city of Merced ...

Merced-raised church leader to speak about unity at Black History program  Merced Sun-Star

Liberty Fellowship, an Atwater church, is getting ready to host its annual Black History Program, the only one of its kind in Merced County, according to ...

CSUN student from Merced killed by suspected drunk driver

Two communities are grieving after a suspected drunk driver killed a teenager from the North Valley. Desirae Crittenden, 19, was a Cal State Northridge student ...

Bert S. Crane Sr. remembered for heart of service  Merced Sun-Star

Patience, persistence and integrity. That was the life motto of Bert Stephen Crane, Sr. and the mantra he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Crane was ...

Merced Chamber honors Abbate, Pistoresi as man and woman of the year  Merced Sun-Star

Businessman Jim Abbate and Merced College educator Jonae Pistoresi have been honored by the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce as man and woman ...

Dos Palos High teacher, former coach arrested on suspicion of sex with girl  Los Banos Enterprise

A veteran Dos Palos High School teacher was arrested Thursday, accused of having a sexual “relationship” with a female student under the age of 18, the Police ...

Merced soldier who died during training was family’s ‘Superman’  Merced Sun-Star

Spc. Louis Moua, 26, enlisted in the military from California and listed Merced as his hometown on social media, a base spokeswoman said.

Merced backpack giveaway benefits hundreds of kids  KFSN-TV

Hundreds of children in the North Valley now have the school supplies they need thanks to one outstanding teenager.

Merced police arrest husband in stabbing death of Peterson School teacher  Merced Sun-Star

Merced police revealed Monday they've arrested 41-year-old Rudy Romero for allegedly killing his wife, 44-year-old elementary school teacher Diane Romero.

Gatorade® National Softball Player of the Year: Megan Faraimo  PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, June 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 33rd year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company today announced Megan ...

Merced restaurant owner, poker champ main attraction at Modesto synagogue's poker tournament  Merced Sun-Star

One more example of the valley's diversity: Congregation Beth Shalom is holding a poker tournament Saturday, the proceeds of which will benefit the ...

A boost for students 'so close' to UC, CSU  EdSource Today

Surprised by data showing that thousands of high school students are just one or two courses shy of meeting state university admissions requirements, the ...

Three New Officers Join Pleasanton Police Department

Pleasanton PD Welcomes Three New Officers - Pleasanton, CA - The three new officers will begin patrolling Pleasanton as solo officers once they complete an ...

Kevin Sumlin Arizona Staff Overview  247Sports

Arizona introduced Kevin Sumlin as its head football coach on January 18 and the hire was met with approval from Arizona fans and national media as well.

Deputy work runs in the family for Jeremy Gallagher  Merced Sun-Star

Today a unique trio will form. Jeremy Gallagher, 21, will be sworn in as a deputy for the Merced County Sheriff's Department. He's one of three generations of ...

Creepy clowns sightings or on social media keep schools, law enforcement busy  Fresno Bee

Law enforcement up and down the Central Valley, and from coast to coast, is dealing with a battalion of creepy clowns on social media (and sometimes in real ...

CNN Student News - February 20, 2015  CNN

February 20, 2015. Welcome to Friday's edition of CNN Student News! Today, our coverage begins with a report on an international meeting in the U.S. capital.

Selma High School fall water polo schedules  Hanford Sentinel

Entering its third year as a program, the Selma Bears girls water polo team is in position to make some noise in the upcoming 2014 season. With less than two.

Bears Tab Eager to Lead Cal Pitching Staff  Cal Athletics

BERKELEY, Calif. – California head baseball coach David Esquer has announced the appointment of Thomas Eager as the Bears' assistant coach on Monday.

CNN Student News - March 7, 2016  CNN

March 7, 2016. From Macedonia to North Korea, and from Ecuador to Brazil, we're going globetrotting to bring you some of the biggest stories making headlines ...

Justin Davis Joins USC’s Illustrious 2,000-Yard Club  FanSided

On Friday night against Utah, Justin Davis joined an illustrious list of USC football running backs who have rushed for 2000 career yards.

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