Looking back, 2018 was a pretty momentous year in Reedley. We’ve only given you a sampling of some of the events that happened with photos we’ve published this week.

There was a little controversy and friction. The city’s agreement in April to open the Faith House emergency shelter – carried by nearly $600,000 in state funding — rubbed many residents in the neighboring southwest Reedley housing development the wrong way. There even was brief talk of recalling Reedley City Council member Ray Soleno, who represents the district. Not only did a recall effort fizzle out, Soleno ended up being elected to another four-year term as District 4 member in November.

That same month, the shelter took in its first family for temporary emergency housing. The residence is up and running after a November grand opening, months after fixes to the property were made.

There were sad losses with the deaths of Paul Mitchell in January and Pam Melville in June. Both were longtime pillars in the community and left an indelible stamp on Reedley; Mitchell in education with his teaching and coaching and Melville in business and civic involvement with her ownership of David’s and service on the city’s Parks and Recreation department (now Community Services).

There were comings and goings. Sandra Caldwell, who had a successful seven-year tenure as Reedley College president, accepted a position as executive director for the Wyoming Community College Commission . Donna Berry, vice president of administrative services, has stepped in as interim president and is a candidate for the permanent job. There’s also a new face representing the college’s district on the State Center Community College District board of trustees, as Magdalena Gomez from Selma won the November election over incumbent Ron Nishinaka from Reedley. We salute Nishinaka for his many years of service and hope he remains active in community happenings and planning.

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