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Swim stars

Tuolumne County Aquatics swimmer Peyton Frediani, 13, sets a fast pace in her first stroke of her 200 individual medley July 24 at the Oakdale Invitational. Courtesy photo.
 Over 250 youth swimmers, including Tuolumne County Aquatics, competed July 24 at the Oakdale Invitational. Swimmers from the host city, Davis, Lodi, Turlock and Ellis from Tracy raced in the 25-yard course at Oakdale High School’s pool.

In the Garden: Saving water in the garden saves money, too

Plants, animals and human beings need water to survive. 

Ripe for the picking: Wild or homegrown, with a little care, blackberries can be rewarding

Blackberries turn a deep purple or black when ripe and ready to eat. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 For centuries, people have found joy and nourishment from picking wild blackberries, and local bushes are ripe for the picking right now.

Sheriff’s Office: Gas siphoning common in summertime

Gas siphoning is common during the summer months, and this year is no exception, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Alleged Brown Act violations, intersection project on Sonora City Council agenda

The City of Sonora wants to add two lanes to the northern section of Greenley Road at Mono Way as a way to improve traffic flow at the intersection. File photo / Union Democrat.
 A letter that could be approved by the Sonora City Council at Monday’s meeting promises to uphold the state law governing public meetings, without admitting to any alleged violations.

Columbia school board readies for new year

The new Columbia Union School District Superintendent laid out a plan to transition into the role and got to know his new employers at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees Friday morning. 

Jamestown Mine on Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors agenda

Tuolumne County is taking measures to sell the 429-acre Jamestown Mine property, near Harvard Mine Road. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Tuolumne County is looking to pave the way for a potential sale of the former Jamestown Mine property.

Woman arrested on suspicion of causing Big Creek Fire

Lisa Ann Vilmur. Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office / Courtesy photo.
 An “escaped debris fire” sparked the Big Creek Fire that raged out of control and threatened 25 homes earlier this week east of Groveland, and a woman who works in the area has been charged with a felony for allegedly recklessly causing the blaze, Cal Fire officials said Friday.

Elijah Mainville a "WWE Superstar"

Elijah Mainville, 8, of Soulsbyville, will appear on World Wresting Entertainment’s “Monday Night Raw,” a professional wresting program that airs 5 p.m. weekly on the USA network. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A Soulsbyville boy in a five-year fight with cancer will soon start a fourth round of chemotherapy, but Monday he’ll become a professional wrestler. 

Vehicle overturned in Sonora

A vehicle overturned in a crash this evening in the area of Highway 108 and Sanguinetti Road in Sonora, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported at 7:23 p.m. Friday with a sedan on its roof in the road.

Bystanders reportedly helped someone out of the overturned vehicle, according to the Highway Patrol. A CHP dispatcher in Merced confirmed the vehicle accident. Information about possible injuries was not immediately available.

Woman arrested in connection to Big Creek Fire

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office / Courtesy photo.
A woman who works at a gas station in the Groveland area has been charged with a felony for a debris fire that allegedly sparked the Big Creek Fire, Cal Fire officials said Friday.

Lisa Ann Vilmur, 43, was arrested by Cal Fire at 5:59 p.m. Thursday at her place of employment on Highway 120 west of Groveland, according to Tuolumne County Jail booking records.

Suspects identified in Twain Harte bank robbery

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office / Courtesy photo.
 New information regarding suspects in a bank robbery that occurred July 21 at the Umpqua Bank in Twain Harte has surfaced. 

Mother Lode "mystery booms" explained?

A photo provided by Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada shows an explosion from detonating obsolete or excess munitions. Glen White, a science instructor at Columbia College, believes the explosions could be the source of so-called “mystery booms” sometimes heard by residents throughout the Mother Lode region. Courtesy photo.
Glen White, a science instructor at Columbia College, published a report online in September 2014 explaining the mysterious loud noises were likely coming from a U.S. Army ammunition storage depot more than 100 miles away in western Nevada.

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Big-rig tips over, spills load of asphalt

A big-rig truck tipped over on Highway 108 Thursday morning, spilling its load and closing one lane of the highway for about an hour.

Good times roll

Cal Porter, 9, of Kerman (left), takes bowling tips from his mother, Anna. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Bowlers hit the lanes Thursday evening at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne to beat the scorching heat that lasted throughout the day.

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