For a period of time, the depletion of the economy has taken a toll on many areas of America's cities, including Fresno. However, from unemployment rates to poverty, it is clear Fresno's economy is beginning to grow. The end of a presidential and local city council term has come to an end and new leader's are taking office. Winner of the Fresno mayoral election, Lee Brand, takes the podium with a wave of intensity that will surely begin a motivation for change in a poverty stricken city. A group of feather staff members traveled to Fresno City Hall to interview newly elected Mayor Lee Brand. Brand requested an interview with the staff and agreed to meet with Feather journalists, a photojournalist and a Feather videographer, Jan. 24.
For another chapel gathering on Tuesday morning, Fresno Christian welcomes an incredible 92 year old Navy veteran with a story like none other. Before a national holiday, Veterans Day, students and faculty share in the hearing of personal stories from one of the veterans that fought in World War II, Jonas Hofer. As one of the first veterans to go on one of the first Central Valley Honor Flight in October of 2013, he shares a Christian testimony that is powerful.
For the weekend of Aug. 26-28, people of Fresno had the opportunity to be “Greek for the weekend” with the annual Greek Fest that took place at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. This event marks a celebration of cultures with ethnic foods, dancing and performances. By the end of the night there was no doubt that any visitor would leave without saying the Greek term “Opa!”. A full weekend of cultural dishes, live music, family entertainment, cooking demonstrations and tours through the church drew large crowds for this daily get together. This family friendly event continues to stir up excitement and attendees each year. Marking its 56th year, this fest brought in around 25,000 visitors.
Chief Operating Officer of Peoples Church, Brad Liebe, leads in prayer for the upcoming school year. New students and faculty join in annual meeting Beginning on the first day of school a sense of new beginnings buzzed among students and teachers. Old and new faces entered the front doors of the People's [...]
The cameras stop rolling, media teams file away, awaiting reporters pack up, moving on to the next story. The bright lights are off and behind the scenes, mayoral candidate, H. Spees, portrays a spiritual, communal advocator as well as a family man. In any type of political race, whether it be mayoral or presidential, candidates carry a hopeful philosophy upon their shoulders for their campaign. The race becomes “survival of the fittest” as candidates battle for voters and attention. Candidate H. Spees instead seeks to paradigm his hopeful term to bring the best within his community. While Fresno situates as two communities, those wealthy and those living in poor communities, Spees hopes to bridge this gap between the two to bring together a stronger community. By bringing the two together, every neighborhood will become connected rather than separated by money standards.
Leather boots, cowboy hats and world renown professional bull riders round up for the yearly Clovis Rodeo that will take place April 21-24. Coming up is a weekend full of famous country artists, PBR (Professional Bull Riding), jackpot roping and tasty food dishes. Celebrating its 102nd year of the Rodeo, many attend looking forward to this long standing tradition. Over the course of four days, the clovis rodeo grounds will be full of returners and new guests looking to seek a delicious pulled pork sandwich and sit in on an entertaining PBR competition. This year’s rodeo is welcoming two out of the top 10 professional bull riders. A traveling PBR Pro division will tour to the grounds where No. 5 ranked Shane Proctor and No. 9 Mike Lee will compete. Alongside them will be eleven other riders in the world top fifty category.
Before the sun rises, dedicated Kids Day volunteers claim their traffic intersections to catch the early morning risers, hoping to sell as many newspapers as possible, March 8. Across the valley, volunteers gather to sell the annual edition of Kids Day paper together with hands full of triple shot espressos and fresh made donuts. As the time passes and more cars fill the road, excited students, as well as organizations across the country, smile at the first sight of a car. This year marks the 29th annual Kids Day celebrated in the Valley. The funds raised by Kids Day has been extremely beneficial to patients at Valley Children's. With every Kids Day, more and more revenue is brought in each year. While the price for a newspaper on Kids Day is just one dollar, many donors have been very gracious and have exceeded the minimum price.
The alarm rings, signaling its time to wake up, but just let a few more minutes of sleep. Abruptly waking up, the clock reads 7:10 am, its late! Quickly putting on clothes and heading towards the kitchen. Not enough time to cook eggs and make lunch. Grab textbooks and keys, running out the door. Have your mornings ever looked like this? Staying up the night before with piles of homework can lead us to be too tired to wake up the next morning. This leads a domino effect, while staying up and finishing homework it causes students to sleep in and throw off their normal schedule for getting ready in the morning. Sleeping in late with not enough time to eat a well rounded breakfast leads to lack of attention in classes and energy throughout the day.
Every Friday and Saturday, authentic food trucks from all over Fresno come to Gazebo Gardens to share tasty dishes and drinks with the people of Fresno. Each weekend different trucks with a variety of foods are lined up in the gardens under the twinkly lights. Gazebo Gardens hosts a food truck showcase and starts from 5 p.m. and goes to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night. Different trucks arrive each weekend providing an assortment of food. To add the charm of the night, bands come together and perform genres of smooth jazz or R&B.
Family friendly movie, incorporates real life scenarios. McFarland High cross country team bought to the silver screen In McFarland, a small town in California's Central Valley, a group of cross country runners are brought together under the coaching of newcomer Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner). Based on a 1987 true story, McFarland [...]