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Skydiver Falls to His Death at Madera Pomegranate Festival

MADERA - A sixty-five year old Madera man fell to his death Saturday afternoon in a horrible skydiving accident in front of thousands of spectators at the Madera Pomegranate Festival. According to witnesses at the scene, the victim was David Gilbert, the owner of the Madera Parachute Center.

He was jumping with his daughter, Sarah Gilbert, a member of the Bulldog Blitz, which has been featured during this Fresno State Football season at Bulldog Stadium. No other jumpers were injured during today's demonstration. However neither the Madera Police Department nor the Madera County Coroners Officer has confirmed the victim's identity as of the posting of this story. Mr. Gilbert was identified as the victim by the Madera County Coroner early Monday morning.

Nite Lite is BACK: Halloween Alternative at Madera Fair Grounds

MADERA - Nite Lite is back!  A safe and fun alternative to walking the streets “Trick or Treating”! Fifteen churches in the Madera Ministerial Association, four agencies in Madera and the Madera Police Department have partnered in conjunction with the  “Love Madera” to bring Nite Lite back to the Madera Fairgrounds.

The evening is not organized to celebrate Halloween, but rather to give the community a safe and inexpensive alternative to typical Halloween activities, as well as to celebrate the many blessings that the season of Harvest brings to our community.

Bill Coate Honored as Grand Marshall of Madera South Homecoming

MADERA - Local historian and newspaper columnist Bill Coate was honored by Madera South High School Friday when he was selected to be Grand Marshall of the 2015 Homecoming parade. Coate drove through the streets of Madera towards Madera South High School in a convertible Mustang from Silva Ford with his grandson and daughter Friday afternoon. Then later that night in the middle of Lee DaSilva Field at Memorial Stadium, flipped the coin with the officials to start the football game.

After leaving his native state of Florida, Bill Coate enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1959. While he was stationed at Mather Air Force Base near Sacramento, he met and married Mary Ann Judge. They have been married for 54 years. Bill and Mary have two children, Debbie and John. They have five grandchildren, Jordan Scott, Sara Coate, William Coate, Emily Coate, and Kristine Kemmer. They also have two great grandchildren, Milo and Grace.



- The Madera Unified School District has made the determination that all of Friday's outdoor activities have been cancelled including the football games for Madera High School and Madera South High School. "All outdoor activities including both football games, have now been cancelled for tonight. Deteriorating Air Quality is the reason. Phone messages will go out to parents", according to MUSD Superintendent Ed Gonzales.

MUSD's annual third grade field trip to the Madera District Fair was also cancelled because of the air, but the Madera Fair will open it's gates this evening at 5pm. Today is American Hero's Day where all active duty military and current police, fire and medical responders will receive free admission.

Scott Sample Announces Retirement from Madera District Fair

MADERA – After nearly 20 years as the Madera District Fair’s chief executive officer (CEO), Scott Sample has announced he will be retiring in April of this year. As CEO, Sample has managed the complete operation of the fairgrounds, including its annual four-day fair, 200-plus events each year, a very successful flea market, a race track and a lease agreement for the 27-acre shopping center located on the fairgrounds property.

The shopping center lease agreement is perhaps the most notable accomplishment of Sample’s 20-year leadership role at the Madera District Fair. It was an extremely complex project that took over six years to finalize and remains to be the only partnership of its kind between a state fairgrounds and the private sector.

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