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Today's headlines (June 12, 2014)


Today's headlines June 11, 2014


Calaveras leaders weigh staff cuts

Calaveras County continues its “reduction mode” by proposing to cut funds and staff, all while expecting similar reductions next year.

That was the message from county staff Tuesday at the start of the Board of Supervisors week-long county budget hearings. By the beginning of next week, the board is expected to pass a 2014-15 spending plan. 


Farm flourishing

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Fred Grolle, of Sonora, walks through a corn field at the Sonora Wildcat Ranch on Tuesday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
The Sonora Union High School Board of Trustees visited the district’s Wildcat Ranch on Tuesday to see changes made to the property.

Trustees, school employees and members learned about the new plants, animals and buildings at the Tuolumne Road property.


TUD to allow lawn watering despite drought

The Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors will allow TUD customers to water their lawns this summer, while still requiring a minimum 25-percent reduction in water usage.

TUD General Manager Tom Scesa recommended the policy change at Tuesday’s board meeting because, he said, he is confident customers can still meet conservation needs by taking other steps to save water.

 


Weather may ease by weekend

Unseasonably hot temperatures broke Sonora records on Monday, but the Father’s Day forecast is expected to be about 10 degrees cooler.

A new high temperature record of 101 was set for June 9, according to The Union Democrat records. The previous record was 100, set in 1973. The Union Democrat has kept weather records since 1906.

 


Molester gets 12 years in prison

A Sonora man was sentenced last week, during a high drama hearing, to 12 years in state prison for molesting his 12-year-old foster son.

Supporters of convicted Teddy Ray Beach, 48, booed as he was ordered to place his hands behind his back at the Tuolumne County Courthouse, having his hands shackled by deputies.  

 


Today's headlines (June 10, 2014)


Monday is deadline for fair entries

The deadline is June 16 to submit exhibits into July’s Mother Lode Fair. 

Besides the popular animal entries, the fair also accepts food, art and other exhibits from adults and kids. Cash prizes are awarded in many different categories.

 


Walmart case goes to state’s high court

With courtroom arguments out of the way, the state’s highest court is now in the midst of a decision in an ongoing lawsuit over Walmart’s plans to add a grocery store in Sonora.

The California Supreme Court heard verbal arguments on May 28 in the case involving the retail giant, the city of Sonora and an opposition citizens group. With the hearing concluded, interested parties can expect a written decision before the end of the summer. 


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