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Merced’s World Champion Sandwich Maker Adds to Her Legend

Two-time World Sandwich champion Kelli Fairchild-Cochran has added to her culinary laurels. The Merced caterer finished fourth at "Final Table: Indy" this month, winning $2,000. The Indianapolis competition hosted by World Food Championships was filmed f...

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Comes to Merced

Merced County will activate mobile COVID-19 testing sites for those showing symptoms of the disease, according to a news release from the county's health department. Testing will be done in two locations eac...
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California Is a Wondrous Place. I’m Leaving.

To me, California has always been an amazing place with a wondrous geography far more diverse than the other two largest states. This helps explain why historically it has been such a beacon for so many Amer...
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Former Merced Healthcare CEO Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

A former Merced healthcare executive is headed to federal prison for five years for fraud. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neil handed Sandra Haar, 59, the prison sentence and ordered her to pay $6.1 million in restitution Monday in a Fresno courtroom. ...