For the sixth year in a row, Fresno Unified's Edison Computech Middle School won the regional competition of the National Science Bowl.
The team and coach will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., on April 25-29. The regional competition is sponsored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and was held Saturday at Fresno State.
Sixteen teams from nine schools competed in a "Jeopardy"-style quiz bowl set up in a double elimination tournament. Topics included earth and space science, energy, mathematics, life science and physical science.
St. Helen's School Team B from the Diocese of Fresno placed second, and Granite Ridge Team 1 from Clovis Unified placed third.
Family fight in central Fresno ends in gang member arrest
A fight between two cousins Monday morning in central Fresno ended with one man's arrest, Fresno police said.
Police received a call about a stabbing victim outside a home on the 2300 block of East Clay Avenue.
Upon arriving, officers found the victim had a cut on his throat just under his chin, but the injury was not life-threatening, police said.
The fight apparently started because the 26-year-old suspect, a Bulldog gang member who was upset about his girlfriend, caused a disturbance inside the home.
The suspect's mother said he was under the influence of some type of narcotic, police said.
The victim had stepped inside the home to try to intervene. As they walked outside, the suspect sliced the victim's throat with an unknown object, police said.
The suspect ran from the location but was arrested near the area. He was booked at the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Central Fresno fire injures 1 person
One person was treated for smoke inhalation after fire broke out Monday at a structure on the 1200 block of West Lansing Way in central Fresno.
The Fresno Fire Department was called to the scene at 6:48 p.m.
The cause of the fire and property loss were unknown Monday night.
Hope Lutheran Church gets $5,000
The Hope Lutheran Church's food pantry has received a grant recognizing the service it provides to the public.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation awarded $5,000 to the food pantry based on its effectiveness in addressing basic needs such as hunger and food insecurities of the local community.
The food pantry, which serves more than 200 families each week, will also participate in a two-to-one challenge grant program sponsored by the foundation.
For every dollar raised by Hope Lutheran Food Pantry from donors by March 31, the foundation will provide an additional 50 cents -- up to $5,000 -- in support of the organization's food ministry.
Sanger restores its city entry signs
The city of Sanger has renewed its welcome to families and businesses by restoring the iconic "Nation's Christmas Tree City" entry signs.
Crafted from Sequoia redwood, the colorful monuments have been restored thanks to a collaboration of the city with students from Sanger High School's art and construction classes.
The newly restored monument signs are being installed at the city's three main entry points: Jensen Avenue just east of Indianola, Academy Avenue at Church Avenue and Academy Avenue at Muscat Avenue. City staff also will relandscape the areas around the monuments.
Sanger City Manager Brian Haddix said that the City Council will honor the teachers and students who worked on the project at the regular City Council meeting on Thursday.