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Change at Merced College calls on longtime educator
to oversee the transition

By  Jonathan Whitaker
February 11, 2016

An expected leadership change at Merced College came a lot sooner than expected on Jan. 26 when the Board of Trustees voted to place President Ron Taylor on administrative leave.
It was no secret that Taylor had been looking for work as a leader of another community college, as reported late last year in the County Times, but in recent weeks, Taylor indicated he was planning to retire.    

‘Report On Schools’ to feature FFA standout

By  Jonathan Whitaker
February 11, 2016

The annual education report sponsored by the Merced County Office of Education, and led by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Gomes, is always a fascinating and important event for the community.    MORE>

When Did We Lose Our Right To Vote?

By  John Derby
Times Publisher
February 11, 2016

Is anyone else out there wondering when did we Californians lose our right to vote on who represents the two major parties in a national election.    MORE>

PHOTO GALLERY: Aftershock Rock Festival
The fourth annual Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK debuted a new venue in 2015, and shattered all previous attendance highs in the process. A sold-out crowd of 45,000 was in attendance for California’s biggest rock festival Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 at Gibson Ranch near Sacramento to experience the best hard rock, metal and alternative artists. The spectacular music lineup included Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, Eagles of Death Metal, Black Veil Brides, and more performing on four stages.

By Jonathan Whitaker

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