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   Porterville Recorder (Newspaper) - January 24, 2007, Porterville, California                                FREE for the TAKING THE PORTE RVILLE 99TH YEAR-NO. 192 WEDNESDAY Win this big-screen TV. Find out how at www.recorderonline.com t��fcSEm 50 CENTS COMING Artists reception Porterville Art Association holds reception for local artist Pauline Hayes. inside news State of the Union President Bush defends Iraq war plan to Congress, nation. See PAGE 6A ins3.de sports WORTS MHS takes control of EYL Monache edges Porterville in battle for first in the EYL. See PAGE 1B today's obituaries Vivian lone Wiggs Daniel A. Trujillo Charles Hunting Gloria Alvarado Valencia Danilo Planta Milan Donald William Gorham Bernice "Doodles" Cale Ray L. Bessey Today's Death Notices Montel Paul Pierson weather DRAWING BY ANTHONY HERNANDEZ LANDMARK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY : Wood Burning: Discouraged. INSIDE FORECAST TUesday: High 61, Low 28. Wednesday: High 63, Low 35. Thursday: High 60, Low 38. tSee PAGE 5A BY  7A OPINION 4A GLOBE6A COMMUNITY 2A STOCKS        1D SPORTS1-3B COMICS & TV 8A. NATION.............. STATE 3A CUSSIFIEDS 6A OBITUARIES   5A VALLEY MP. 3A O THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER www.recorderonline.com TO SUBSCRIBE, CALL 784-5000 Citrus Crisis THE AFTERMATH Officials forecast damages surpassing $400 million countywide as relief efforts are organized K6     . RECORDER PHOTO BY JOHN TIPTON Sisters Heathy Ochoa, left, and Yuhaniz Ochoa were among the volunteers late Tuesday afternoon, collecting donations for families affected financially by the freeze. MORE ON THE FREEZE  WEB: See video footage and interviews with farmers during the freeze that is expected to cost the county more than $400 million.  INSIDE: The State of California surveys the damage. Early estimates show a loss of about $800 million.  YOUR STORIES: Share with us your stories on how the freeze affected your life. Send all e-mails to   Local fundraiser secures about $12,000 in relief funds By DAVID COURTLAND THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER Motorists were steadily driving through the Long's Drug Stores parking lot on Henderson Avenue on Tuesday to donate cash and checks for freeze relief. The drive-through was part of a regional campaign sponsored by KSEE 24-TV. Local partners included the Porterville Salvation Army and Porterville radio station KTIP. Liz Gonzalez of KSEE said the Porterville drive-through raised about $12,000 by 8 p.m. People gave food, cash or checks to volunteers in the parking lot from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Among large donors were Bank of the Sierra and the Porterville Breakfast Rotary Club, which gave $2,500 each, and the Porterville Chamber of Commerce, which donated $1,000. Setton Pistachio, which donated $1,000, also made room in its Terra Bella packing house to hire 25 people laid off because of the shortened citrus season. "We just thought it was important for us to come together and Please see RELIEF, PAGE 10A Despite grim outlook, growers push forward By AARON BURGIN THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER Jamie Wilson, a third-generation citrus grower in Exeter, said Tuesday he will look to the future for his citrus company - despite the grim present that confronts him. Most of the trees in his 3,800-acre empire escaped major damage from the week of sub-freezing temperatures that gripped the Valley from Jan. 12 to 18. This, he said, gives him hope for next year's crop. "There is still farming going on, even if there is not a crop," said Wilson, owner of Sequoia Orange Company. Please see GROWERS, PAGE 10A Pair arrested after brief chase By AARON BURGIN THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER A police pursuit began Tuesday morning with three different vehicle registrations and ended with two arrested suspects. Porterville Police Department officers arrested Stephen John Currey and Gabriel Olmos, both of Porterville, after the men kept driving when officers attempted to stop them about their vehicle's expired registration. "Our officer noticed that the front license plate and the back license plate didn't match," Sgt. Duanne GriffLn said! "When he tried to stop Please see CHASE, PAGE 9A  ^4   ! rt,v,.j',\ \ \ � *\ � It,'* RECORDER PHOTO BY JOHN TIPTON Gabriel Olomos, left, and Stephen Currey, right, are arrested Tuesday morning after Porterville police attempted to pull their vehicle over. The car, driven by Currey, had a stolen license plate and Currey was arrested on an outstanding drug warrant and driving under the influence. Mauney takes position at Freedom corporate Timing: Promotion effective in March. RECORDER STAFF REPORT Paul Mauney, publisher of The Porterville Recorder and Noticiero Semanal, was tapped Monday to fill a crucial role at Freedom Communications, Inc.'s corporate offices in Irvine. Mauney will serve as general manager of the company's Community Newspapers Division. The promotion is effective in March. In this newly formed role, Mauney will report to Presi-d e n t Jonathan Segal, who announced the appointment Tuesday. "This is Paul Mauney an outstanding opportunity," Mauney said. "I am honored to be joining the Community Newspaper Division team in this new role. I am also ex-Please see MAUNEY, PAGE 9A 20817262   

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