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Ramirez was transport- ed to Community Re- gional Medical Centers with moderate injuries.
“Mandi was a beauti- ful person,” wrote Terry Candanoza on the Sanger Herald Facebook page. “She was loving, kind, generous, beautiful in- side and out and my daughters best friend. I am in disbelief and my heart broken. You will be missed Mandi. Love you sweetheart.”
Smith was well known within the Sanger community. She also worked as a judicial as- sistant for the Fresno County Court system for the past 12 years.
This was not the first time however that the Smith family suffered a tragedy due to a fiery car crash.
It was back on July 4, 1996 that Amanda’s
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daughter in law (Vonda) and 2 grandchildren (Alec and Kyrstan) into their family.
Brandt spent much of his career working on his family farm in jobs such as packing- house manager, produce sales, field representa- tive, general manager and owner. He has also served on the Board and as Chairman for the following three agricul-
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ing the 1995-96 season. Melissa and four oth- ers were killed instantly when the car they were riding struck a tele- phone pole. Back in 2016, Amanda shared a photo of her late cousin on the anniversary of the ac- cident with the caption; “In loving memory, 20
years an angel.” Friends and family
showed an outpouring of support for Amanda on the Herald’s Face- book page, many still in shock and disbelief that the vibrant woman with the bright smile is gone.
“A sweet, beautiful soul,” said friend Clara Leyba. “My prayers to you and all your family. May God give you peace and comfort to you all.”
The condition of the two other drivers in- volved in the accident is not known at this time. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash.
president and has been on the board since 1985.
In addition, Brandt served as an Immanuel Schools Board member for 14 years and has spent more than 15 years as a board member or chair for the Palm Village Re- tirement Community.
In addition to Brandt, the chamber will honor Darleen Toews as Citi- zen of the Year and nine other individual or business award win- ners. This year's outdoor event at The Wakehouse is sold out.
Among Mid Valley Times cities in the county through April 13 (Fresno County's new dashboard surveillance is providing precise updates for regions rather than cities), the Sanger region continued with the most total overall positive cases with 6,102 (4,500 in the city proper) and 63 deaths according to the FCDPH website. Through the April 13 update, Reedley (including immediate surrounding rural areas) still was showing 4,454 cases (3,500 in the city proper) and 68 deaths; Parlier was listed at 2,970 (2,500 in city) cases with 37 deaths and Orange Cove had 1,500 (2,820 regional) cases and 13
deaths. Del Rey was at 307 cases (900 in region) while Fowler had 1,256 cases (1,000 in the city) and 20 deaths through April 13. The region that includes Squaw Valley, Dunlap and Miramonte had 316 total cases on the new data surveillance website through April 13. The county announced that it will not list recoveries at this time to reallocate staff for new cases.
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Melissa Smith, Amanda Smith's cousin, is pictured in the 1996 Sanger High School yearbook. Melissa died in July 1996 in a fiery crash on a rural Selma road.
cousin, Melissa Smith, who was just 17-years- old at the time was killed in a fiery car crash on a rural Selma road.
According to Sanger Herald archives, Me- lissa played on the var- sity volleyball team for Sanger High School dur-
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In Tulare County, there were 49,300 total confirmed cases (271 active, down 61 for the week) of COVID-19 with 823 deaths and 17 hospitalized as of Tuesday, April 13. Breakdowns by cities/regions through April 13 show 4,214 cases (24 in the past three weeks) in Dinuba, 1,474 in Orosi, 749 in Cutler, 268 in Traver, 60 in the rural area south of Reedley and 22 in the rural area southeast of Orange Cove.
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As of the most recent update on Tuesday, April 13, there had been 100,230 confirmed cases (2.4 percent positive rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) out of 1,125,790 tests in Fresno County, with 1,633 deaths and 102 hospitalizations.
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vaccine after a rare blood-clotting disorder was discovered in six women around the na- tion.
Fresno County also announced on April 13 that two people had test- ed positive for a South African variant of the virus. In addition, one other person recent- lytested positive for the strain of the virus known as the Brazilian variant.
But there also was good vaccine news in the past week. Fresno County announced on April 8 that eligibility would be expanded to
persons 16 years and older for the Pfizer vaccine and 18-and older for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots starting on April 9.
This week, Adventist Health announced that beginning on Thurs- day, April 15, anyone 16 years or older is now eligible to receive the vaccine. Interested per- sons can schedule vac- cines at the following Adventist Health loca- tions in the region:
• Adventist Health Medical Office-Dinuba, 1451 E. El Monte Way (559) 591-3342
• Adventist Health Medical Office-Lem- oore, 810 E. D St. (559)
• Adventist Health
Medical Office-Orange Cove, 1455 Park Blvd. (559) 626-0882
• Adventist Health Medical Office-Orosi, 41696 Road 128 (559) 528-6966
• Adventist Health Medical Office-Parlier, 155 S. Newmark Ave. (559) 646-1200
• Adventist Health Medical Office-Reedley, 811 E. 11th St. (559) 391- 3120
• Adventist Health Medical Office-Reed- ley, 372 W. Cypress Ave. (559) 391-3110
• Adventist Health Medical Office-Reed- ley, 1150 E. Washington (559) 391-3105
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A total of 48,206 people (97.8 percent) in Tulare County were listed as recovered as of April 13.
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