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Rotary speech contest draws six contestants

Malika Shoker was named the first place winner and Jhaala Curry as second-place finisher in the Ceres Rotary Club's annual student speech contest.

February 07, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


Mesiti off to prison for life

Mark Edward Mesiti will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the 2006 death of his 14-year-old daughter Alycia Mesiti, and a lengthy ...

February 02, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


City seeks grant to improve pedestrian safety on Fifth Street

An effort has been underway since March 2017 to get the city of Ceres to improve the pedestrian safety of Ceres High School students on ...

January 31, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


City seeking firefighting grant

The Ceres Fire Department is joining the Modesto Fire Department and the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District in applying for a Regional Assistance to Firefighters Grant ...

January 31, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


Becki Nicholes honored with 'Citizen of the Year' award

Becki Barton Nicholes' many years of community service earned the honor of being named "Citizen of the Year" at Friday's 49th Annual Community Service ...

January 31, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


Nicholson pleads not guilty to killing mom

Matthew Douglas Nicholson, the Ceres man who was arrested and charged with shooting his mother in the head during a Jan. 11 domestic argument at ...

January 31, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


Community mourns loss of Ceres fireman’s daughter

Kenley Montes, the young Turlock daughter of a Ceres firefighter who inspired her peers and the community at large by her determination to live a ...

January 31, 2018 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Citizens bring up aesthetic issues

Members of the public brought up matters relating to Ceres' aesthetic appearance at the Monday, Jan. 22 City Council meeting.

January 31, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


Ceres man reaches 25,000th mile in walking for health

A heart attack in 2012 prompted Robert Walker of Ceres to take his health seriously. The death of his beloved wife Pauline eight months later ...

January 31, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


Ceres Police seeking new officers through recruiting, new classification

Citing a regional shortage of police officers, the city Council last week approved a new classification of police officer recruit as it embarks on paying ...

January 31, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


City Centennial plans firming up

The 100th anniversary of the founding of Ceres as a city government is nearing with the biggest celebrations coming up next month and in March.

January 24, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


Council open to adult use cannabis dispensaries

With monies now rolling in from medicinal marijuana dispensaries into city coffers, a majority of the City Council appeared poised on Monday to begin allowing ...

January 24, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


Mesiti seeks new trial

Martin Baker, the attorney who was defending Ceres homicide defendant Mark Edward Mesiti until November, found himself on the witness stand Thursday and Friday during ...

January 24, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


City cuts ribbon to new downtown

A completed Fourth Street makeover was celebrated with a Monday afternoon ribbon cutting beneath one of two new "CERES" entryway features attended by city, Chamber ...

January 24, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Local


Las Vegas shooting survivors run to remember

For several years Turlock resident Christie Marriott and Ceres resident Mary Sylvester have enjoyed the physical benefits of running, but over the last year they ...

January 24, 2018 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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