Sally Macready Wallace

Sally Macready Wallace, age 92, passed away on Jan. 13, 2019 in Merced, Calif. She was the daughter of John A. and Nelliejay Macready. Sally married the love of her life, J. Thomas Wallace, in October of 1982, her favorite month of the year. They lived a life full of love and traveling to lecture on her father’s high-altitude experimental […]

Betty Georgene Baxter

On Dec. 20, 1948, Eugene and Helen Grace McGregor became the proud parents of a new daughter and named her Betty Georgene. Georgene, or as her friends called her, “George,” passed away on Feb. 8, 2019 at the age of 70. Georgene was an adventurous and creative lady. Early in her life she became very active in the cattle business, […]

Vynomma Jo Brown


Vynomma “Nommie” Jo (Godwin) Brown, 82, went to meet her maker on Jan. 21 at her home in Mariposa, after a three-year battle with cancer. Vynomma was born to Joseph Blackburn Godwin and Oleta Jewel Godwin on March 27, 1936 in Brownfield, TX. She graduated from Hemet, CA. in 1953. She married Carl L. Brown, who joined the Navy in […]

Officials hope to rebuild Indian Gulch bridge by 2024

Temporary crossing to be built

An important bridge located in Catheys Valley that has been unusable due to damage sustained during a massive storm on March 22 of last year will eventually be rebuilt. Due to the storm, the Indian Gulch Bridge over Bear Creek was completely destroyed. “It’s really important to the folks down there, not only to access their property and their livelihoods, […]

Recycling concerns discussed by board

Changes in China’s trade import policies have officials in the United States scrambling to figure out how to adjust. That stress has even reached Mariposa County. The changes have significantly disrupted recycling efforts by restricting foreign imports of recyclable materials and requiring reduced contamination levels in recycling streams. “There has been a great change in how the main buyer of […]

Teen dating violence issue addressed by supervisors

It’s a problem all across the nation, and if not addressed, it can turn into more serious issues in the future. Teen dating violence includes physical, verbal and emotional abuse, sexual assault, and harassment via texting, email or instant messaging. The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors proclaimed the Month of February 2019 as “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month” […]

Swiecki repeats as poetry champion

From left, Tyson Wellcome, Laura-Lynn LaNotte-Hays, Mackenzie Arnold, Hannah Swiecki, Daisy Wellcome and Laura Phillips are shown onstage during last week’s Poetry Out Loud contest. Swiecki placed first for the second straight year, while Arnold finished as runner-up. Tyson Wellcome and LaNotte-Hays were judges for the event, while Daisy Wellcome and Phillips organized the event. Not pictured was judge Angela […]

Coulterville Museum opens for 2019, schedule announced

The Northern Mariposa County History Center, located in the heart of Coulterville at the intersection of Highway 49 and 132, reopened to the public last week on Thursday, Feb. 7. On the heels of a successful gala reopening held on Feb. 2, the museum resumed its regular hours and is open every Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., […]

Courtroom ‘do’s and ‘dont’s’


Anita Starchman-BryantWhether you are fighting a traffic ticket, appearing in an eviction proceeding or suing your neighbor in small claims court, you should be aware of some basic courtroom “do’s and don’ts” before you show up at the courthouse. Do: Watch a similar type of proceeding Appearing in court can be a nerve-wracking experience for so many reasons. Knowing what […]

That humbling feeling within me


Greg LittleOnce in a while, life can be humbling. That was the case for me last week while at a conference in Sacramento. I was at the California News Publishers Association as part of a panel discussing wildfires in California. That was humbling enough because though we have been devastated by wildfires, the guy sitting next to me covered the […]