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Big Things Coming For 125th Birthday Of Merced County Fair
• Pre-fair party set for Feb. 19
• Surprises include arrival of top country music band

By  Jonathan Whitaker
February 4, 2016

They're celebrating the 125th birthday of the Merced County Fair this year with some exciting new highlights for the "five best days of summer," and overall improvements to the fairgrounds.
"It's a really big deal for us," said Teresa Burrola, the fair CEO, "and we're going to have a party to kick things off."
The pre-fair party, so to speak, is set for Feb. 19 — that's a Friday evening date night — inside Yosemite Hall, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.    
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Company showing some high-tech bravado at Castle

By  Jonathan Whitaker
February 4, 2016

An incredibly futuristic vision of the way people will travel in driverless, solar-powered cars and elevated mass transit pods is playing out in facilities at the Castle Aviation and Commerce Center — but it’s not a Google project, as you might be thinking.
Bravo Motor Company’s mission is to provide autonomous, electrical vehicles to ride sharing services, such as Uber; create solar-generated, urban charging stations everywhere; and a move toward a public transportation system between major cities that’s elevated, cost-effective, sustainable, and makes the High Speed Rail look like an old, clunky, mechanism of the past.     
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YARTS enjoys boom in ridership

By  Dan Fournier
February 4, 2016

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System or YARTS experienced a 37 percent increase in ridership for the Highway 140 route this past December, compared to the same period in 2014.     MORE>

Homeless Count gets upclose, personal in Merced

By  John Miller
February 4, 2016

Merced officials, residents, business owners, and the city’s homeless all took part and interacted in the most recent Merced County 2016 Homeless Count.    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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