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Tuolumne River bridge repairs delayed to 2016

Caltrans plans to begin work next fall on a $21 million project to replace the deck of James E. Roberts Memorial Bridge that crosses Don Pedro Reservoir near Moccasin on Highway 120.

Lucero gets 50 years to life in prison for Roberts murder

A Twain Harte woman convicted of killing Sonora Police Department volunteer Rick Roberts in February 2014 was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison Tuesday in Tuolumne County Superior Court.

Communication is key to protecting children from predators, danger

Robert Anzar, of Jamestown, pushes his daughter, Lyndsie Anzar, 4, on a swing Tuesday afternoon at Woods Creek Rotary Park in Sonora. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015. Robert Anzar, of Jamestown, pushes his daughter, Lyndsie Anzar, 4, on a swing Tuesday afternoon at Woods Creek Rotary Park in Sonora. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Child predators are everywhere, and they’re not just strangers, but friends, family and trusted people in positions of authority.

Calendar for Oct. 27, 2015

Child abduction attempted at festival

An attempted abduction of a child was reported Saturday afternoon at the Indigeny Reserve Fall Festival.

Showers to pass through mid-week

A slight change in the weather is on its way.

Flue fire contained in Soulsbyville

A flue fire was reported Monday afternoon on the 20000 block of Bonnie Court in Soulsbyville. 

Seniors set standard: TCAM record quick times at Pumpkin Mini Meet

Tuolumne County Aquatics Masters swimmers Verne Scott, 91, (above left) and Sarah Jane Clouse, 94, relax after their first race of the Pumpkin Mini Meet at Sonora Sport and Fitness Center. Courtesy photo.
 While most avoided the rain showers, 19 Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swam fast at their annual Pumpkin Mini Meet on Oct. 17 at Sonora Sport and Fitness. 

Vine to Wine: Apples have hard history

Late last month I attended the Sunset Magazine’s annual “Savor the Central Coast” wine and food event near Paso Robles. 

Festive faces: Recipe gives carving pumpkins a whole new (sweet) meaning

Playful pumpkin-shaped sandwich cookies are filled with chocolate frosting. Tribune Content Agency.
 While there’s no shortage of Halloween recipes floating around these days, in order to make the cut in my household, I aim for delicious first and cute second.

These pumpkin sandwich cookies hit all the delicious marks — they’re made with both real pumpkin and pumpkin spice, they’re perfectly soft, and they sandwich quite nicely with chocolate frosting. And could they be any cuter? Cutting out jack-o’-lantern faces makes these bake-sale-adorable, for sure. Here’s how you can make a batch for yourself.

March 2016 trial set for Big Creek Fire suspect

A March 9 trial date has been set for a woman accused of starting the Big Creek Fire near Groveland in July.

Head-on crash kills five, ignites fire

Burned ground can be seen at the scene of a crash where five people were fatally injured Saturday evening on Highway 120 just east of Smith Station Road, between Groveland and Yosemite National Park. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A head-on collision Saturday evening in Groveland killed five, injured two and ignited a small brush fire.

Student seeks inner beauty of peers

Sonora High School senior Courtney Schertz Friday stands next to a drop box she set up where students can nominate peers who demonstrate “inner beauty.” Sean Carson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Sonora High School senior Courtney Schertz, 17, is on the lookout for fellow students who represent the best of her community.

Inmates encourage students to make better choices

Baseline Conservation Camp inmate Christopher Turner speaks Monday to Sonora Elementary School sixth-graders about bullying and drug use during Red Ribbon Week. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 When inmate John Lopez spoke Monday to students at Sonora Elementary School, the experience was bittersweet. 

Morse, 19, pleads guilty to killing cat

Spencer Morse (left) walks Monday out of Tuolumne County Superior Court after pleading guilty to killing a cat in June. Tori Thomas / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A 19-year-old Sonora man accused of killing a cat in June pleaded guilty Monday in Tuolumne County Superior Court. 

Butte Fire complaint: Lawyers name third defendant

Attorneys who filed the first legal action on behalf of Butte Fire victims, alleging negligence by Pacific Gas and Electric and contractor Trees Inc. caused the devastating blaze, have filed an amended complaint naming a third defendant, ACRT Inc. of Lodi, and adding 72 new plaintiffs.

Fireman's Ball celebrates 155 years on Halloween

Craig Peterson, a retired Sonora fire captain and longtime volunteer (left), and Sonora Fire Chief Aimee New talk about the details of the upcoming 155th annual Sonora Fireman’s Ball. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The annual Fireman’s Ball in downtown Sonora is a long-running tradition that predates the creation of Yosemite National Park in 1890 and even the start of the Civil War in 1861.

New details in Saturday fiery Groveland crash

New details have been released on the fiery Groveland crash in which five people died and two suffered major injuries Saturday night. The wreck was reported at 6:30 p.m. on Highway 120 and Smith Station Road.

Marcos Lopez Martinez, 22, of Groveland, was driving a 2012 Nissan Maxima eastbound on Highway 120, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Nick Norton. An unidentified woman was driving a 2012 Mercedes westbound on Highway 120, Norton said.


Five killed in fiery Groveland crash

Five people died and two suffered major injuries after a fiery crash tonight in Groveland.

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