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Sheriff requests funds for ‘MedCat’ armored vehicle

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An example of a Lenco “MedCat” armored vehicle. The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office wants to add one to their arsenal for $283,000. Lenco Armored Vehicles / Facebook, Courtesy photo.
 The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office could add a costly armored vehicle to its arsenal sometime in the next year.


Stinson: Citizens, law enforcement must work together

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Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson speaks at the National Night Out Tuesday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Nearly 60 people filled the Sonora Opera Hall Tuesday evening, where red, white and blue decorations adorned the facility and complimentary ice cream was served as part of the annual National Night Out campaign. 


Lake Don Pedro CSD targets leaks, wells

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Martin Bader (left) and Jason Coons, of Njirich & Sons of Sonora, work to repair a leaking Lake Don Pedro Community Service District line Tuesday on Las Moras Street in La Grange. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Contract workers have been busy in recent weeks repairing leaks and replacing leaking pipes in the La Grange area served by Lake Don Pedro Community Services District.

Mobile pizza oven keeps work all in the family

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Old Skool Pie co-owner Steve Curto (left) works with Todd Birkestrand, of Soulsbyville (center), and Jonny Curto, of Twain Harte, at the Columbia Farmers Market. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Who would have ever thought to make a mobile pizza oven?


‘Chip cards’ designed to fight fraud

Credit and debit cards will soon make the switch to have micro-chips on the front designed to reduce fraud.


Tech Notes: Windows upgrade offered for free

So, by now many who have Windows 7 or — especially — Windows 8 have been presented the option to upgrade, for free, to the new Windows 10 operating system. 


Rapid runners

Clancy McConnell removes his registration information after crossing the finish line. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat.
 2012 Sonora High graduate Clancy McConnell won the 4th annual Glenn Bass Run Saturday at Columbia College’s Carkeet Park. McConnell finished the 5K course in 17:25:30. Christine Dibble was the fastest female, finishing in 22:26:30.


Dillashaw eyeing his next opponent

UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is only two-weeks removed from his successful title defense over Renan Barao, and he’s already looking for his next fight. 


Andy’s Home Center demolition ahead

Demolition will begin later this month at the former Andy’s Home Center in Sonora to make way for Sonora Regional Medical Center’s new $20 million cancer center and outpatient pavilion. 


Stuff the Bus

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Nancy Bailey, a certified nurse assistant (left), and her mother, Virginia Bailey, an after school program assistant leader, both of Sonora, separate donated school supplies. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat 2015.
 The ninth annual Stuff the Bus event was held Saturday at Walmart in Sonora. The program to designed improve school readiness for economically disadvantaged youth in Tuolumne County. The event gathered school supply donations from interested shoppers. The supplies will, in turn, be distributed to those in need throughout the county. 


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