Twice-told Tales: School to close, school to open
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10 years ago — 2003

Trustees of the Tracy Unified School District are considering closing Clover Middle School to make way for the new Discovery Charter School.

Members of Tracy’s Filipino community are watching developments in the murder of movie star Nida Blanca. She was the wife of Tracy native Roger Strunk, aka Rod Lauren, who has been accused of the crime. Strunk was arrested at his Tracy home and remains in the U.S.

West High’s baseball team lost to Merced 7-1 in Stockton to be eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Steel beams from the World Trade Center in New York City visited Tracy atop two flatbed trucks. The beams are touring the country.

The Rev. Thomas Butler, pastor of the First United Methodist Church since 1992, is returning to his hometown of Sparks, Nev., to be Methodist pastor there.

25 years ago — 1988

Terres “Andy” Ronneberg and Florin Georgescu have been named co-valedictorians of Tracy High School’s Class of 1988. Ronneberg will attend Occidental College in Southern California, and Georgescu will attend University of California, Berkeley.

Southpaw Danny Auchard threw a two-hitter as the Tracy High baseball team defeated Turlock 8-0 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

Video cameras have been placed on Interstate 580 in the Altamont hills to record destinations of commuters traveling between Central Valley homes and Bay Area jobs.

Chief of Police Larry Kissell spoke at the annual Industrial Luncheon of the Tracy Chamber of Commerce.

Tracy High trustees have reaffirmed their decision to prohibit students from participating in extracurricular activities if they receive an F grade or their GPA falls below a C-average 2.0.

50 years ago — 1963

World War II veteran George Potter has been installed as commander of Tracy Post 1543, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Tracy High School Junior Senior Ball, held in the school cafeteria, had a Paris theme. Among the participants were Steve Sarras, Shirley Scott, Clare Baldocchi and David Gaul.

Howard McCuistion, a Tracy High history teacher who served in the Marine Corps during War II, was principal speaker at the annual Memorial Day program at Tracy Cemetery.

Byron Bassett of Tracy is graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point., N.Y., and is being sworn in as second lieutenant in the artillery of the U.S. Army.

Tracy High’s baseball team lost to Lincoln of Stockton 5-2 to lose its bid for the Valley Oak League baseball title.

75 years ago — 1938

A proposed recall of Henry Frerichs, a member of the board of the West Side Irrigation District, has been disqualified, because the county clerk found that three people who signed the recall petition weren’t residents of the district.

Members of the American Legion and Auxiliary are selling paper poppies to help finance service for hospitalized veterans of World War I.

Graduation plans for 89 seniors at Tracy High School have been completed. The ceremony will be held in the school auditorium.

Druggist Merton Bell has been elected president of the Tracy Rotary Club.

James H. Bell, Tracy’s Ford dealer, is selling a Ford V-8 club coupe at prices starting at $729.

100 years ago — 1913

W. Halliday Davis, the civil engineer who has completed a survey of farmland west of town, will meet soon with local proponents of irrigation.

F.H. Westlake, a pharmacist, has been elected first president of the newly formed Tracy Merchants Association. Dr. Joseph S. West is secretary.

The People’s Store in the Hotel Western building on Sixth Street is closing its doors and holding a final going-out-of-business sale. The store handles clothing and dry goods.

— Tracy Press archives

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