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City: property crime swell due to state

Property crimes are up in the Valley, fueled by the state policy on early releases of prisoners, but Ceres police want to get a better handle on common thieves.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

City antes up for economic development plan of action

City officials put their money where their mouth is on Monday by hiring a firm they believe will help them push toward the city's number one goal: Economic development.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Pilots brave winter storms in cloud seeding program

When winter storms force most small planes to land with iced-over wings, it's time for these pilots to take off and fly straight into the storm.

December 11, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | News

Mansion escrow to close

With the Clinton Whitmore Mansion coming into the city's possession on Friday, the Ceres City Council on Monday appropriated $480,000 for the historic mansion and grounds.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

CYB offers city help with Costa ballpark improvements

Ceres Youth Baseball wants to see new improvements to Costa Fields baseball park in Smyrna Park but the Ceres City Council batted around a host of issues associated with costs and liability.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News


• PAROLEE FOUND WITH GUNS, DRUGS, STOLEN ITEMS: CERES - A Ceres officer, acting on a hunch that a parolee was up to no good, decided to search the home of Charles Love, 29, of Ceres on Saturday and came away with an arrest.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Popular nativity trek on

Organizers of the popular annual "Journey to Bethlehem" event hope to get a break from the weather that partially rained out their outdoor venue during last week's opening.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Ceres Christmas Festival Saturday

The 25th annual Ceres Christmas Festival this Saturday will formally open the 51st season of Christmas Tree Lane as a Ceres tradition. The first Christmas Tree Lane opened December 1961 on Henry Avenue and Vaughn Street. Fifty-one years later it's still going strong.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Ceres house demand outstripping inventory

The lack of housing inventory, affordable interest rates and healthy demand continues to drive up prices of Ceres houses.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Police cracking down on drivers who text, hold cells

Ceres Police have teamed up with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the California Highway Patrol, and 36 other law enforcement agencies across the greater Sacramento region to eliminate motorists' hand-held cell phone use and texting. The effort is a special federally funded pilot program using the region to test tactics that may be employed nationally in the future.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News


• SUSPECTED DRUGGED DRIVER HITS HYDRANT: CERES - A 22-year-old Riverbank driver was arrested Monday morning after he struck a fire hydrant in the Walmart parking lot while under the influence of drugs.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Robbers pose as Craigslist car sellers

A Merced man who responded to a craigslist ad about a vehicle for sale ended up being robbed by two men in Ceres who posed as sellers.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

City in escrow for Whitmore mansion

With the historic Clinton Whitmore Mansion heading toward almost certain city ownership, the Ceres City Council met Monday and pondered its future uses as well as operations and maintenance.

November 27, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

Christmas Festival postponed on account of storm

An expected major Pacific weather storm has resulted in the postponement of the annual Ceres Christmas Festival which had been scheduled to take place this Saturday.

November 27, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

City gearing up for water increases

Ceres residents will get their chance in January to protest six years' worth of rate increases in their water bills designed to raise cash to cover improvements to an aging water system.

November 27, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | News

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Six CUSD administrators given contract increases

The Ceres School Board approved employment contracts for Denise Wickham, Debra Bukko, Jay Simmonds, Glenda Bacca, Amy Peterman and Linda Stubbs with a unanimous vote.

March 20, 2013 | Dale Butler | News

Dennis Barbour dies following coma

Dennis Barbour, who inherited the family run three-generation Barbour gas station business in Ceres and helped out at community functions at the drop of a ...

March 20, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

Chase ends in suicide

Last week's deadly police chase may end up being one of the oddest in the history of the Ceres Police Department.

March 13, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

Arena owner roping up block parcels to hogtie blight, crime

Shane Parson is on a mission: To clean up an historic block in downtown Ceres of its eyesores and troublemakers one parcel at a time ...

March 13, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

Cell phone grab leads to crash into parked car, fire

An inattentive driver reaching for a cell phone which fell onto the floorboard resulted in a Monday evening crash into a parked car which burst ...

March 07, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | News

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