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Morse sentencing for animal cruelty set Monday

A 19-year-old Sonora man who pleaded guilty last month to killing a cat is set to be sentenced Monday in Tuolumne County Superior Court. 

Wildcat head coach talks title game

Sonora head football coach Bryan Craig is in his seventh year as head coach for the Wildcats. He has helped guide the Wildcats to the playoffs in five of those seven seasons, including back-to-back section title game appearances this year and in 2014. He has won consecutive Mother Lode League titles since entering the league two years ago. Craig spoke with Union Democrat sports editor Bill Rozak on a chilly Wednesday night during practice at Dunlavy Field

Former veteran affairs leader Law dies

Robert Law III was a commander for Smith-Bolter American Legion Post 58 based in Sonora. Courtesy photo.
 A former leader of two Mother Lode veteran service organizations died Monday at his home in Columbia.

TUD worker injured in catwalk fall

 A Tuolumne Utilities District employee was injured when a catwalk at TUD’s wastewater treatment plant in southwest Sonora broke and he fell 25 to 30 feet.

Marchers hope to raise awareness of climate change

A group of people who want to draw attention to fossil fuels and climate change are planning to march Sunday afternoon in Sonora, an effort that’s billed to be in concert with demonstrators in other towns and cities around the world.

Church backpack program benefits Tuolumne County homeless

Carolyn Woodall, deacon of the Red Church (left), and Mimi Kritzer, backpack program coordinator, demonsrate the contents of a backpack that would be given out by the church. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 People who are homeless in Sonora can go to St. James Episcopal Church during office hours and receive a backpack full of supplies. 

Angels Camp parade bigger than years past

Last year’s Angels Camp Christmas Parade (above) drew 25 participants. This year 40 are already signed up. File photo / Union Democrat.
 The aroma of 100 Douglas firs perfumed the streets of downtown Angels Camp and pine boughs sat centered among pillars that supported the overhangs for the businesses. 

Church Thanksgiving dinner a place for sharing

Bill Dunlavy Sr. helps prepare a Thanksgiving meal Thursday at Sonora United Methodist Church. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Follow the scent from the back of Sonora United Methodist Church, through the cathedral, down a flight of stairs.

Wildcats play for section title, aim for legacy

Sonora head football coach Bryan Craig addresses his team Wednesday after practice on a chilly night at Dunlavy Field. Bill Rozak / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 After practice on Wednesday night, Sonora High assistant football coach Rusty Price wanted his players to think about one thing — leaving a legacy.

Student aims to help homeless

Summerville High School senior Nathan Clark, 17, of Twain Harte, discusses his decision to focus on homelessness for his senior project. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A Summerville High School senior is hitting the streets with local advocates in an effort to make a difference in the lives of homeless people throughout Tuolumne County.

Calendar for Nov. 26, 2015

Man suspected of abusing elder mother arrested in Groveland

A Groveland man has been accused of pushing his mother to the ground, which resulted in a fractured wrist. 

Annual CHP toy drive to begin

The California Highway Patrol and Santa’s Express, a longtime Amador and Calaveras based nonprofit organization, are teaming up for the annual CHiPs for KIDS Toy Drive, according to a CHP news release.

Butte Fire homeowners may qualify for tax deferral

Homeowners who have experienced property damage from the Butte Fire may qualify for property tax deferral, according to the Calaveras County Assessor’s Office.

Rural counties get fewer Medicare options

Seniors living in Tuolumne County have fewer Medicare options than their counterparts living in urban areas. 

Editorial: Thanksgiving a good time to set aside differences

The three-­day feast between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621 warms our hearts as Americans and figures into the narrative we like to tell about ourselves. 

Thanks for giving snow!

Boarders and skiers head up chair lift 5 Wednesday at Dodge Ridge Winter Sports Area. Tracy Barbutes / For The Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders were standing in line for a chair lift Wednesday morning as Dodge Ridge opened for the season. When the lifts started taking people up the mountain, they let out loud cheers. On the way down the powdery slopes, the cheering got louder. At around 10:30 a.m., dark clouds moved in and more snow began falling and kept falling into the afternoon.

Thanksgiving revelers should eat, drink in moderation

 It’s far safer to eat too much turkey and stuffing today than to drink too much alcohol. 

Santa, parade coming to town

Tuolumne County Fire lieutenant Robert Anvar drives a Chinese Camp water tender in the 31st Annual Historic Downtown Sonora Christmas Parade. File photo / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Whatever you do the day after Thanksgiving — take a walk, spend time with family, shop, watch college football or clean up after all the turkey — there’s a local Mother Lode tradition to be aware of Friday afternoon.

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