Taco Bell representatives are giving Children's Hospital Central California a $240,000 check today from sales of $1 icons.
Participating Taco Bell stores in Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto and San Luis Obispo sold icons to benefit the hospital. The total was raised in a four-week period from Aug. 1 to Sept. 4.
In seven years of the Taco Bell icon campaign, nearly $870,000 has been raised for the hospital. And since 2005, Children's has benefited from over $1.4 million donated by Taco Bell through icon campaigns, golf tournaments and through grants from the Taco Bell Foundation.
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Yosemite High takes top Mock Trial prize: After four days of Mock Trial, Yosemite High School emerged victorious, said Kristi Winter of the Madera County Office of Education.
In the 2011-12 Honorable Edward P. Moffat Madera County Mock Trial which was held on December 5, 7, 8, and 10, Yosemite High School took on Liberty, Madera, and Minarets High School.
In the Mock Trial, students acted as attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs, and clerks then attorneys from throughout the central valley judged the student's performances.
As the winner, Yosemite High School will represent Madera County at the state competition on March 23 to 25 in Sacramento, Winter said.
Porterville College adds to hall of fame: Nominations are being accepted for the Porterville College Hall of Fame, which recognizes former student-athletes and distinguished alumni who have contributed to the college.
The second annual hall of fame banquet is March 10 at 5:30 p.m. at River Island Country Club.
Find more information and nominating applications at portervillecollege.edu. Applications must be received by Jan. 16.
For more information, contact Carol Bodine, Porterville College Foundation secretary, at (559) 791-2319 or email@example.com.
Sheriff's office blood drive is under way: The Fresno County Sheriff's Holiday Heroes Blood Drive will begin today in Clovis, said sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice.
The drive will be held at the Sierra Vista Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Donors will receive a free T-shirt, special donor awards, treats and will be entered to win a Sierra Vista Mall Holiday package including a $100 gift card to the mall, four movie passes, dinner for four and a dozen cookies.
Donors may also donate at any of the three Central California Blood Centers at 4343 W. Herndon Ave., 3445 N. First Ave. and 1010 E. Perrin Ave.
Tulare Co. opens warming centers: People seeking relief from the cold can find some comfort at warming centers in Tulare County.
About 25 warming centers are open throughout the county. The hours and days of operation vary.
Information on the centers is available by calling 211 or at www.tularehhsa.org under Emergency Services.
The centers have sitting areas and restrooms. Some also have vending machines, reading materials and activities.
Missing Fresno teen featured on Comcast: Missing Fresno Teen Steven Humphrey will be featured on Comcast's Missing Kids On Demand through March 2012, said Comcast spokeswoman Melissa Vincelet.
Steven is an endangered runaway that went missing on Jan. 26, 2009. He is Caucasian, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is estimated to be around 5 feet one inch tall and 100 pounds.
Comcast digital cable customers and consumers can view video profiles of missing children on their television or online at www.xfinity.com/news/missingkids.
Tips can also be reported at www.missingkids.com.
11 arrested in Valley DUI crackdown: Eleven people were arrested Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a DUI Winter Crackdown in Fresno and Madera counties.
From 12:01 a.m. to midnight Friday, officers from 21 law enforcement agencies had special overnight patrols looking for intoxicated drivers, said Alfreda Sebasto, spokeswoman for the AVOID the 21 campaign.
DUI saturation patrols also were being placed in Fresno, Clovis and Selma by local agencies Saturday night, Sebasto said.
DUI arrest data collection will continue up to New Year's weekend and will end at midnight Jan. 1.
Walmart donates to local ministry: Walmart kicked off its "12 Days of Giving" campaign Monday with a $5,000 donation to a Fresno-area ministry.
As one of 25 organizations fighting hunger, Fresno's Breaking Free Revival Center was given the donation in support of its free groceries ministry. The organization provides free food on Tuesdays and Saturdays to anyone. Breaking Free Revival Center is one of three California-based organizations that were nominated on Facebook for the grants.
By Dec. 23, Walmart's campaign will have donated $1.5 million to organizations across the country. Each of the 12 days has a specific theme that connects to organizations and their area of focus. Today, Walmart's donation theme is Building a Brighter Future.
Fresno Police K9 Unit calendars on sale: The Fresno Police Department's K9 Unit has announced that the 2012 K9 Calendars are for sale, Fresno police Lt. Don Gross said.
Each calendar is $10 and can be found at Cedar Veterinary Hospital, 1602 N. Cedar Ave. and both the Fresno and Madera Elaine's Animal Inn.
For more information e-mail Sgt. Dooley and the K9 unit at policeK9@fresno.gov
Woodward Park post office open Sunday: Several post offices in California, including one in northeast Fresno, will be opened Sunday to make holiday sending easier, the United States Postal Service said.
The Woodward Park Post Office, 755 E. Nees Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The post office will offer free Priority Mail and Express Mail boxes.