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Tina Botill

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:40

Patsy A. Shannon

Graveside services were held Saturday, November 3 at 12:00 p.m. at the Corcoran District Cemetery for Patsy A. Shannon (Crist), who died October 24, 2018 in El Dorado Hills, Ca.
Shannon was born in Richmond, Indiana and her family moved to the Corcoran area in 1947.  Pat grew up in Corcoran, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Wayne.  They then moved to San Jose and finally to El Dorado Hills. Following the death of Wayne on October 5, 2018, Patsy fell ill and passed peacefully in her home.
Patsy is survived by her daughter, Susanna Tator; her sons, Roger Wayne Shannon Jr. and his wife, Chandra, and John Shannon and his wife, Sherry.  She also has three grandchildren, Lon, Cierra, and Mikala. 
She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:39

Vinna Kathleen Baker

Services will be held at a later date for Vinna Kathleen Baker, 57, who died Oct. 29 at her home in Corcoran.
Vinna was born September 20, 1961 in Pierce County Washington. She worked for Corcoran Unified School District in the cafeteria for 7 years. 
Survivors include her husband, Nathan “Cooper” Baker; her parents, Clementine and David Russell; her children, Ryan, Joshua and Shea-la; siblings, Scott and Kelly; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements were made under the direction of the Bledsoe Family People’s Funeral Chapel.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:36

Tree dedicated to Mr. Zuniga

A tree stands tall in the quad at Corcoran High School in the memory of Anthony Zuniga thanks to the efforts of Assemblyman Rudy Salas. A tree dedication and planting ceremony was held Wednesday to honor the former Corcoran High Band Teacher, affectionately known as Mr. Z, who died Aug. 20 at the age of 82. Mr. Z’s family attended the ceremony as well as Corcoran Unified School District staff, board members, and students along with Assemblymember Rudy Salas.
Mr. Z taught Band and Music Appreciation, Life Decisions and Spanish I at Corcoran High School.  He also worked with the Migrant Education Program.  As band director Mr. Zuniga worked hard to build a program the school and district could be proud of. He managed that by working with band programs from elementary to Junior High and at the high school level. He eventually had a marching band which consisted of 100 members playing instruments. That number did not take into account the flag team. One of the highlights of the school year for the band was to attend the East West Shrine game in San Francisco. He retired from teaching after 25 years.
Mr. Z’s zest for life and music is unparalleled. He not only worked as the office manager for 20 years at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Corcoran he also led the choir. He was a so devoted to the church that he was very active in many church activities including fundraisers, putting trees up for the holidays, teaching religious education classes and he even assisted at the Alpaugh parish.
Prior to his death in Aug. Mr. Z was able to fulfill his final bucket list item of singing with the Fresno master Chorale for two years. Last year he went to Spain with the Chorale and he said being able to perform with them was a life dream which he was proud to have accomplished.
Anthony was so committed to music that CUSD’s Board of Trustees President Bobby Toney said of the recently planted tree, “The way Anthony was with music don’t be surprised if it makes music.”
As part of his efforts to honor Mr. Zuniga with the tree ceremony, Assemblyman Rudy Salas recognized Anthony by telling his story.
“Today we come together as a community to honor the memory of Anthony John Zuniga, a beloved Corcoran leader and educator,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “The positive impact that he had on the lives of so many students will continue to be heard in their music. In planting this tree in his memory, it is a testament to his commitment to Corcoran and its families, and serves as a reminder of his great passion for music and education that will live on for generations.”
Assemblyman Salas was also responsible for securing the tree from Tree Fresno, who donated the Keith Davey Chinese Pistache tree as part of a grant from PG&E.
“I want to thank Assemblyman Salas for honoring one of Corcoran’s finest and for keeping the Zuniga family in mind for this dedication,” said Kings County District 2 Supervisor Richard Valle.
Mr. Zuniga’s son, Kris addressed those who attended the ceremony.
“This means a lot to my mom and our family. Dad loved plants and he would sit out back underneath the tree so this is perfect,” he added.
Family was very important to Mr. Z. He cherished spending time with his grandchildren during the holiday season, putting the tree up and making sure each light outside was perfect. He also enjoyed his dog Holly, the many days sitting out under the tree in his yard. He loved planting his flowers every season. He especially loved to go over to his sister Mary’s house to have lunch with her. 
Anthony was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, mentor and friend. Above all He loved his God. He was very devoted during his lifetime to the church.  Anthony was funny, loving and kind. He was also a wonderful Godfather.  He took that job very seriously. Always making time for questions or uplifting.  We will all miss Anthony and remember what a great example he was and what a wonderful man he was. His accomplishments were out of this world. But mostly he will be remembered by family and friends for his love and kindness. 
Anthony is survived by his wife, JoAnn; son Mark and wife Claudia, son Kris and wife Kelly and son Kenan and Fiancé Louise; his siblings, Mary Moreno, Carmen Alberts and Gerald; 7 grandchildren Kaila, Kimberlee, Kristen, Kendra, Rian, Delaney and Greyson; five great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to Assemblyman Salas, also recognized for their part in the tree ceremony were CUSD Superintendent Rich Merlo, Lee Ayers of Tree Fresno, Dameane Douglas Office of Assemblyman Rudy Salas, Richard Valle Kings County District 2 Supervisor, Marty Raeber MOT Director for CUSD, Mark Burden CUSD Grounds Maintenance, Javier Cervantes  CHS Custodian, CHS ASB and advisor Kellen Ornellas, CHS band director Chad McCoy, CHS ROTC Color Guard and Lt. Col. Rudy Cardona, CHS Principal Antonia Stone, Rogelio Caudillo from the office of Senator Andy Vidak and Jake Mizner from the office of Congressman David Valadao.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:35

Murder suspect still unknown

Police are still on the hunt for a suspect in a Corcoran homicide that took place in April of 2016.
In a recent news release, the Corcoran Police Department noted officers were dispatched to a traffic collision at the intersection of Sherman and Chittenden avenues at about 8 p.m. on April 11, 2016. Officers located 39-year-old Gustavo Guadalupe Ortega with a single gunshot wound to the chest. The victim died at the scene.
Witnesses stated they observed the victim parked in the roadway arguing with another subject in a small dark colored vehicle. Witnesses also told police they heard a gunshot and observed the dark colored vehicle speed away.
The victim attempted to drive away but collided with an object in a front yard of a residence in the 1300 block of Chittenden Ave.
The Corcoran Police Department is asking anyone with information about this crime to call 992-5151. Anyone with information may remain anonymous by calling the confidential crime line at 992-3591. Information can also be provided through the Nixle alert.
The Central Valley Crime Stoppers has posted the information on their Facebook page. Send an anonymous top to Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP or If the tip leads to an arrest, the person providing it may qualify for up to $3,000. Only tips sent through the Crime Stoppers Anonymous system can qualify for reward money.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:31

After 44 years Jeanette Todd retires

The Corcoran Journal which celebrated the start of its 110th year in October will be going through a major transformation in the next couple of months.
The biggest change is that after 44 years at The Journal Jeanette Todd has retired. Todd has been an important part of The Journal for over four decades.

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 BAKERSFIELD, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) has proven once again that he is the candidate of choice for law enforcement and public safety after the California State Sheriffs’ Association announced their endorsement of Salas for re-election to the 32nd Assembly District. 
“The men and women who serve as sheriffs dedicate their lives to protecting and serving families in the Central Valley and throughout California,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I admire the work that they do to keep our communities safe and am honored to earn their support. I am proud of the accomplishments that we have been able to achieve by working together, including securing millions for public safety and community services in the Central Valley.”     
California State Sheriffs' Association (CSSA) is a nonprofit professional organization comprised of the 58 sheriffs along with thousands of law-abiding citizens throughout the state. The association was formed in 1894 for the purpose of giving California sheriffs a single effective voice. 
The sheriffs serve as upholders of our communities’ public safety needs. CSSA functions as a legislative watchdog for the county sheriff and sheriff's personnel as well as for citizens on professional and law enforcement issues.  
The California State Sheriffs’ Association’s endorsement of Assemblymember Salas is yet another in a broad coalition of top law enforcement groups and individuals that have chosen to support Salas as the clear champion for public safety in the Central Valley. 
Other law enforcement groups include California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), the California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP), the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), and the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA). 
Assemblymember Salas represents the 32nd Assembly District which is comprised of part of the city of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.

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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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