Saturday, 01 November 2014




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Around The Valley



Covered California Launches Renewal For More Than 1.1 Million Enrollees and Open-Enrollment Period

SACRAMENTO - Covered California announced it has begun the renewal process for 1.12 million individuals who enrolled in plans in the exchange last year and unveiled substantial new improvements to  [ ... ]

Scammers Using Elders to Prey on Elders

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SCAM ALERT -  A typical elder scam involves a scammer who informs the elder that they won a sweepstakes or lottery. All they have to do to claim their prize is to pay certain fees or taxes. They  [ ... ]

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Dogs Take On Wyoming Saturday at Home - Salute to Services & Football Family Food Drive

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FRESNO  - Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter will be welcoming back three of the best pass catchers in school history at Saturday's game against Wyoming when Davante Adams, Bear Pascoe and Step [ ... ]

A Split Weekend Ahead for the Bulldog Cross Country

FRESNO. - The Fresno State men's and women's cross country teams compete at separate invitationals for the first time this season on Saturday. One group of `Dog harriers look forward to their most imp [ ... ]

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Real Honky Tonking Music in Chowchilla Thursday

CHOWCHILLA  – Great old time Honky Tonk country music will get your feet a tappin’ this Thursday, August 7 as the Chowchilla Music in the Park Summer Concert Series welcomes the Danny Millsap [ ... ]

Kick off Shark Week with a Slumber Party Like No Other: Six Flag's Discovery Kingdom Sharks in the Dark

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VALLEJO - Does the thought of sleeping under water while sharks circle around you sound like your kind of adventure? How about resting your head against a shark aquarium and then waking up to a lar [ ... ]

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Opinion / Editorial

Does MUSD Trustee Lynn Cogdill Live in Madera?

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EDITORIAL - Where does Madera Unified Trustee Lynn Cogdill really live? He and his wife own houses in both Madera and Bakersfield. His wife hasn't lived here in Madera for years and when Mr. Cogdill h [ ... ]

MUSD Trustee Attacks Big Valley News Over Felon Story

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EDITORIAL - I was made aware of a rather nasty post made about me and this publication by Mr. Lynn Cogdill today. In fact I learned today that Mr. Cogdill got up in front of the Madera Unified School  [ ... ]

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Big Valley News & Photo
Father Exposes 5 Year-old to High Levels of Methamphetamine Twice: DA Offers 90 Days Print E-mail
News - Local
Written by Jack W Porter, Jr.   
Friday, 31 October 2014 14:13
MADERA - In his yellow and white striped jail uniform, Wesley Irvine Potter (34) of Madera stood in front of Madera County Superior Court Judge Joseph Soldani Friday morning and learned he would be spending more time in the Madera County Department of Corrections. The step-father of a Madera kindergartener awaits his trial for two felony counts of child endangerment (PC 273a) and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence, his second in four years.

Potter, who is being held in the administrative segregation unit of the jail for his own protection from other inmates, was arrested on Saturday, September 6th for assaulting his girlfriend at their apartment at the 3300 block of Howard Road.  According to the Madera Police Department the assault was recorded on video surveillance from the storage facility where their apartment is located. BVN will not released the name of the girlfriend because of the nature of the domestic violence charges of which she is a victim.

School Board Censures Trustee Cogdill For Threats Made to Superintendent Print E-mail
News - Local
Written by News Room   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:12

- The Madera Unified School Board announced its intent to censure Trustee Lynn Cogdill Tuesday night for unprofessional behavior, cussing out Superintendent Edward Gonzales and threatening to fire him if Cogdill is re-elected.

While Cogdill stated he, as one board member, did not have the power to fire Gonzales, Cogdill did not deny the language he used saying that, everyone cusses and I thought Superintendent Gonzales had a thicker skin.
Suspect Arrested for Series of Robberies Print E-mail
News - Local
Written by News Room   
Monday, 27 October 2014 07:12

MADERA - Last Wednesday officers from the Madera Police Department were dispatched to the Mobile Gas Station on North Gateway Drive and Cleveland Avenue regarding a report of a robbery.  The store clerk was sitting behind the register when an unknown suspect entered the store approached the counter and brandished what appeared to the clerk to be a firearm concealed underneath his jacket. 

The suspect demanded money from the register.  The clerk did not get up from his seat and directed the suspect to go ahead and take the money from the register.   At that time another customer entered the store and began shopping behind the suspect. The female customer was unaware of the robbery in progress.   At that point, the suspect who was startled by the unexpected customer abandoned the attempted robbery and fled the area southbound to an unknown location. 

Dogs Take On Wyoming Saturday at Home - Salute to Services & Football Family Food Drive Print E-mail
News - Sports
Written by News Room   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:17

FRESNO  - Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter will be welcoming back three of the best pass catchers in school history at Saturday's game against Wyoming when Davante Adams, Bear Pascoe and Stephone Paige will serve as the honorary captains for the Bulldogs.

Since DeRuyter's hiring prior to the 2012 season, he has made an effort to reconnect with alumni and he introduced the honorary captain program as a way to welcome back the former Bulldogs who built the program.

Students Bring Marijuana Brownies to Local Middle School Print E-mail
News - Local
Written by News Room   
Friday, 24 October 2014 09:27

FRESNO - Southeast patrol officers from the Fresno Police Department were dispatched to Sequoia Middle School Thursday morning regarding a juvenile in the office that was in possession of marijuana-laced brownies. The dispatch message also indicated the juvenile sold brownies to another student the previous day and that student got sick.

Upon arrival at the school, officers contacted the 12 year old student in the office with school administrators. Also in the office was a clear Tupperware container which contained (5) marijuana brownies individually wrapped in plastic. According to the juvenile suspect, he took the marijuana brownies from his refrigerator at home yesterday.


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Mr. Felton "Bob" Barber (83)

Mr. Felton "Bob" Barber (83) passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at the age of 83. Bob was born to Rosie and Henry Barber on September 5, 1931 in Helena, Arkansas, and a resident of Madera for th [ ... ]

Kerry Marcus Sweazy Jr (43)

Kerry Marcus Sweazy Jr (43), of Fresno, passed away on Monday,October 6, 2014, surrounded by family, following a sudden illness that he would not recover from. Born in Torrance CA, Kerry and his fa [ ... ]







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