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Tina Botill

Tina is the Managing Editor at The Corcoran Journal. To contact her, please call the newspaper.

Friday, 19 October 2018 17:44

Corcoran High FFA

There are great things happening for the Corcoran High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. Just recently the local chapter was chosen by the Tulare County Historical Society to fully restore a Stationary Ensilage Chopper. Corcoran High’s Ag Welding students will fully restore the piece under advisor Dustin Newby.
The Tulare County Historical Society reached out to FFA classes in the area and offered them a chance in restoring the antique farming equipment which is housed at the International Agricenter. Corcoran FFA shop classes chose the piece of antique farming equipment and will restore it throughout the year. The Historical Society will provide the funding for the restoration project. The process began 

with students taking a field trip to Tulare prior to delivery of the equipment. Students are currently working on researching the history of the equipment and will compile a list of repairs to the Historical Society.
The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019 with the final stage of the project which is to present the fully restored piece to the Historical Society and have it placed on display at the International Agricenter.
Also representing the club well is Dawson Holt. Holt received a Gold Award for his SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) Project. Holt was one of only seven FFA students in the Region to receive a Gold Award.
Holt’s project consisted of him, working at Circle T Farms where he assisted in farming 450 acres of Pima Cotton. Holt worked every level of production from cotton production, pest mitigation, fertilizer, irrigation and plant regulation application. He has learned about tractor operation and implement operation, safety and equipment care. Dawson said over the course of the project he has gained so much new knowledge and understanding of the California, American and Global cotton industry. The cotton produced on his farm is ginned locally and the lint and seeds are sold for various uses within the consumer marketplace.
Holt has put in 1,575 hours over the two year project course and his gross earnings are $15,750. He has had to log into an online record book throughout the course of the project and keep accurate records. His project earned him a State FFA award which allowed his project to be eligible for a National Award. The Gold Award however, is one step below qualifying for Nationals. Only four students in California in all proficiencies go to Nationals as finalists. Holt’s Gold Award was given to him for the Fiber and Oil Production Proficiency for Cotton.
In other FFA news the Corcoran Cotton Contest will be held Saturday in the Technology Learning Center (TLC). The Corcoran FFA Cotton Judging team will be participating. According to the CATA Curricular Activities Code, “The Cotton contest seeks to effectively prepare the students for the expectation of the cotton industry. Workers seeking careers in cotton must not only develop a high degree of knowledge and skill, they must also develop the ability to solve difficult problems. The contest blends critical thinking, mathematical and plant biology knowledge and skills along with the ability to express oneself through oral communication.”
This year’s slate of FFA officers include President Oscar Miranda, Vice-President Jonah Hernandez, Sentinel Travis Daniel, Treasurer Lulu Ramirez, Reporter Rachel Berry, Secretary Brock Hansen, Historian Jizzell Nuñez.
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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:33

Trunk or Treat Oct. 27

Corcoran’s first Trunk or Treat event will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, with families invited to partake in the contests—and maybe even some free candy.
The creative contest challenges entries to decorate their truck beds or car trunks for the holiday. The top three Halloween themes will be presented awards. The evening will also include a costume contest, but beware, only properly attired costumes will be accepted. There will also be first through third place awards for the costumes.
The event will be held in front of the Corcoran Police Department headquarters at 1000 Chittenden Ave. Check-in will be held from 3-5 p.m., with the event taking place between 5-8 p.m. Only wrapped candy will be approved for distribution.
Both the Corcoran Police Department and the Kings County Fire Department are hosting the evening, along with the Corcoran Freewill Baptist Church, Corcoran Light House, Harvest Church, Church of Light and H&R Block.
Anyone interested in participating in the trunk or treat or the costume contest can contact Vicky Ruiz at 339-7081, Pastor Edgar at 381-4311, Officer Allred at 469-7102, Denis at 909-0828 or Pastor Mayhill at 393-6329.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:28

Rosemary Rodriguez

Funeral Arrangements were held under the direction of Bledsoe Family People’s Funeral Chapel for Rosemary Rodriguez, 41, who died Aug. 21 in Visalia.
Ms. Rodriguez was born in Hanford May 5, 1977 and was a 1995 graduate of Corcoran High School.
She is survived by her siblings Paul Rodriguez, Rebecca Shergill, Irene Rodriguez and Dolores Barrientos.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:24

Johnnie Keith

Johnnie Roberts Keith, was born in La Mesa, Texas, December 7, 1924. At the age of five she, along with her father Francis Marion Roberts, mother, Rena Wheeler Roberts and four older sisters, Willma (Billie), Jimmie, Jesse and Irene, landed in Corcoran, California, and lived on the Taylor Ranch near Angiola/Alpaugh area. Eventually, they moved into Corcoran where her father worked as the custodian for Corcoran High School and later on, her mother boarded teachers in their home.
Johnnie played the clarinet and the drums in the school band. A gifted musician, but with little formal training, as an adult became the church pianist at the Assemblies of God Church in Corcoran. She worked as a bookkeeper for the J.G. Boswell Company at the feedlot offices where she met Don Edward Keith. They married in 1947 and together they raised five children Edward Fulton, Chan Craig, Robert Kenworth, William Fred and Rena Dawne. They were married for 53 years until his death in 2000.
Johnnie was the consummate homemaker, excelling at creating a warm and secure environment for not only her family, but for the many house guests they welcomed over the years. Everyone that sat at her table went away full of homemade goodness and memories of her berry cobblers, coconut cream pies, biscuits and gravy, beans and cornbread and fried okra. Her love language was feeding people and she never flinched at a large gathering. She just opened another jar of home canned greens beans that she put up every year. In the summer, her kitchen became a production stage of pressure canners as she canned usually 50-100 quarts of green beans brought by the crate in the truck of her car from the coast.
Family roots and childhood friends were important to her as later in life she began to help plan school reunions along with her school chums and held in the home of Fred Salyer. She also held reunions at their Bass Lake cabin of childhood friends from her years of growing up in the church she attended. Johnnie’s love of fun and mischief would shine at these gatherings as she delighted in bringing laughter and sometimes healing to broken relationships left unattended for years.
She explored her family roots, making several trips back to the Fourche Valley in Arkansas from where her parents had come. In 1973, she and Don moved to Bakersfield following the business the oil shortage had created. First Assembly of God Church of Bakersfield became her church home until her death, at age 93, on September 11, 2018. Johnnie died in the peace, the trust, and the all sufficient merits of the Lord’s finished work on the cross of Calvary. His perfect life, atoning death and resurrection from the dead saved her and brought her joyfully to life everlasting.
She will be missed greatly by all her family and friends here on earth, but is now celebrating in heaven with multitudes of friends and family that have gone on before!
Memorial service was held at Bakersfield First Assembly of God Church, 4701 California Avenue, Bakersfield CA on October 1st at 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to Kern County Teen Challenge 301 E. Roberts Lane, Bakersfield CA 93308 or Hope for Honduras 1864 Vineyard Dr., Paradise CA 95969.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:22

Clara Garcia Gloria

Clara Garcia Gloria was born in Colorado City, Texas on August 28, 1928.  She died October 7, 2018 at the age of 90. 
Clara worked as a farm laborer for 80 years. 
Survivors include her children, Raymond, Sally, Esperanza, Pete, Santa, Rosie, Yolanda, Sylvia and Jesse; her sisters, Martha and Maria Elena; 23 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 35 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ramon, parents, Francisco Garcia and Rosa Cuevas Garcia, son, Joe Gloria and two great-great grandchildren.
Visitation was held Thursday October 18 at Bledsoe Family People’s Funeral Chapel from 3-6 p.m. Rosary followed at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 7 p.m.  Mass services were held (Friday) October 19 at 10 a.m.  Interment was to follow at Corcoran Cemetery District.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:21

Carmen De Anda De La Fuente

Carmen De Anda De La Fuente was born in Upland, California January 30, 1941.  She died October 12, 2018 in Hanford at the age of 77. 
Carmen worked for Corcoran Unified School District for 37 years. She was a hard worker and accepted any challenges.   Although she held various positions while employed for the school she enjoyed community contact most.  Carmen was a great cook and was always looking forward to cooking family meals on Sundays and was known for sharing her tamales at Christmas time.  She was a strong independent woman, always putting her family first.  After her retirement in 2007, Carmen enjoyed going to Tachi Palace and camping with her family.
Survivors include her children Yolanda and husband Danny Pacheco, Luis De La Fuente, Jr., Frank De La Fuente, Barbara and husband Tom Franco and Donna Chavez; her siblings, Leo De Anda, Stella Apodaca, Jimmy De Anda, Julia Collins, Alberta De Anda, Richard De Anda and Margarita Gomez; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Danny De La Fuente in 2016.
Memorial mass was held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  Following mass services, inurnment was held at Corcoran Cemetery.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Bledsoe Family People’s Funeral Chapel.
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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:19

David Burnias Barrera

Services were held for David Burnias Barrera, who was born in Hanford, California to Jesus Barrera and Anita Burnias Barrera on October 22, 1955.  Mr. Barrera, 62, died September 10, 2018. 
David worked as a service truck driver for 37 years. 
Survivors include his children, Christine Barrera Campos, Regina Barrera and Jennifer Barrera; his siblings, Rebecca Bernal, Abel Barrera and Eva Moz; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Following services, interment was at Corcoran District Cemetery.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:14

Gilbert Hernandez Garcia

There will be no services held for Gilbert Hernandez Garcia, who was born February 17, 1951 in Los Angeles and who died September 7, 2018 in Corcoran.  He was 67.
Gilbert moved to Corcoran with his parents, brothers and sisters. He graduated from Corcoran High School and worked in the agriculture industry. He enjoyed traveling. 
Mr. Garcia is survived by his wife of 20 years, Toni Hawkins; six sisters, Antonia Roman of Porterville, Stella Garcia of Goodyear, Arizona, Gloria Gutierrez of Chula Vista, and Mary Perez, Zenaida Garcia and Sara Torres, all of Corcoran; two brothers, Louis Garcia and John Garcia, both of Corcoran; and many nieces and nephews.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his son, Gilbert Garcia Jr., his parents, Lupe and Felipe, and his brother, Felipe (Packer) Garcia.
Gilbert will be buried at Corcoran District Cemetery.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:14

Barbara J. Flaherty

Barbara J. Flaherty was born June 17, 1934 in Woodlake, California.  She passed away September 28, 2018 in Visalia.
Barbara married Bruce Flaherty 63 years ago.  She belonged to the 50-50 Club for years.  Barbara was a wonderful wife to Bruce, a loving mother to Pat and his wife JoAnn, Jeff and his wife Monica and Kyle.  She was also a wonderful grandmother to Rusty and his wife Lindsay, Briana, Kevin, Brian and Brent and a loving great-grandmother to Jace and Rylee. 
Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association.  Celebration of life Services were held October 3 at Corcoran District Cemetery.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 17:12

Roger W. Shannon

Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Corcoran District Cemetery for Roger Wayne Shannon, who died October 5, 2018 in El Dorado Hills, Ca.
Shannon was born in Leechville, Arkansas and his family moved to the Corcoran area in the early 1930’s. “Wayne” as he liked to be called grew up in Corcoran, worked on farms in the area, and even married his high school sweetheart. They then moved to San Jose and finally to El Dorado Hills where he passed peacefully in his home.
He is survived by his wife Patsy; daughter, Susanna Tator; his sons, Roger Wayne Shannon Jr. and John Shannon. He also has three grandchildren and will be truly missed by all who knew him.
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