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Grave conditions: Volunteers sought to adopt, fix plots

A gravesite is being restored at Odd Fellows Cemetery on West Lytton Street in Sonora. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A small Sonora fraternal club is seeking the community’s help to clean up one of Tuolumne County’s oldest cemeteries, which has fallen into disrepair due to repeated acts of vandalism and a lack of resources for ongoing maintenance.

The Sonora lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows will host a “clean-up day” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3 at the historic Odd Fellow Cemetery at 115 W. Lytton St. in downtown Sonora.

Summer recreation in Dodge’s future?

The U.S. Forest Service finalized new policy guidelines Tuesday that will allow ski areas operating on national forest land, such as Dodge Ridge Wintersports Area and Bear Valley Ski Resort, to offer recreational activities in the summer.

The changes will take effect this week immediately after they are published in the Federal Register, according to a Forest Service statement announcing the new directives.


Bret Harte students upset with school VP

An assistant principal who was the target of a recent protest staged by dozens of Bret Harte High School students is expected to return to school with everyone else after this week’s spring vacation.

No action has been taken against Assistant Principal Dalila Hernandez, whose administrative style spurred up to 100 students to protest on April 4. 

Today's headlines (April 16, 2014)

Here's what you can find in today's newspaper.


• Grave conditions: Volunteers sought to adopt, fix plots • Bret Harte students upset with school VP • Summer recreation in  Dodge’s future? • Angels Camp seeks greener pastures • Rim Fire: County wants Congress to investigate • Oh deer! Rare albino fawn roams Sonora • Tuolumne County plans drought update meetings • Copper SpringFest • How vigilante justice helped win the Old West 


• Calaveras baseball, softball sweep BH • Kiriluk shoots 3-under, leads Cats over Buffs • Zero squared: Redskin defender McIntosh helps preserve tie with Frogs • Mother Lode shooters compete at season’s 2nd meet • MLB, NBA, NHL coverage


• Wild Rose: New business offers haven for artists, art lovers • Home prices up in Lode: Tuolumne County average rises 30% • Chinese Camp students visit Yosemite, courtesy of Target • Land Transfers


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DA: Jealousy motive in killing

A Burson woman accused of killing her husband in October said she “shot him until the bullets ran out” before she went inside their house and smoked a cigarette, a detective testified Monday in Calaveras County Superior Court.

Charity Ford will stand trial for the murder of 52-year-old Randolph Ford, Calaveras County Superior Court Judge John Martin ruled at her Monday afternoon preliminary hearing. 

‘Coach’ bid farewell

Sonora Elementary School seventh-graders (from left) Taylor Anderson, 12, Kya Garma, 12, and Sonia Stevens, 13, make Coach Karen Sinclair laugh as they recall fun times. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A longtime Sonora Elementary School coach and educator is retiring at the end of the year, and her students presented a personalized retirement gift Monday. 

Karen Sinclair — known to students, alumni and staff as just “Coach” — is throwing in the towel after 31 years at the district.

June 3 hopefuls lay out positions

Incumbents and challengers for the 4th Congressional District and 8th State Senate District jumped into election season during a candidate night Monday at the Historic Opera Hall in Sonora.

Hosted by the Tuolumne County Farm Bureau, the forum included short introductions by candidates and some questions from attendees. Candidates vying for local spots in Tuolumne County government also participated.

Suspected credit card fraudster arrested

A man was arrested at Black Oak Casino on Friday after allegedly creating and using fraudulent credit cards.

Darren Lee Wagner, 48, of Fresno, was booked into Tuolumne County Jail on felony charges of burglary, theft, forgery of a bank card and drug possession, according to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office report.

Bocce ball courts planned for Murphys

Two bocce ball courts are the latest addition planned for the Murphys Community Park complex.

The plans were approved last week by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors. 

‘Bean kettle’ building leveled?

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Board of Supervisors Chambers, fourth floor, County Administration Center, 2 S. Green St., Sonora.


The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider on Tuesday a proposal to demolish a small portion of the Historic Big Oak Flat Gamble building known as the “miners’ bean kettle.”

The bean kettle building is a small, rundown structure connected to the west wall of the recognizable stone Wells Fargo building on Highway 120.

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