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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.

Woman facing second-degree murder charge pleads not guilty

Brenda Barrera. Courtesy photo.
 A Sunnyvale woman accused of driving under the influence of a drug and killing a man in a two-vehicle crash in April pleaded not guilty last week in Tuolumne County Superior Court to charges including second-degree murder.       

Calaveras General Plan edits move ahead

Members of the Calaveras County Planning Commission were discussing edits to the introduction of the General Plan late Thursday morning in the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas when Tom Infusino, of the Calaveras Planning Coalition, approached the podium.

Religion: Outreach for July 31, 2015

Religion: Events for July 31, 2015


Sonora High class of ’65 reunion plans underway

Planning for the Sonora High School Class of 1965’s 50th reunion is in the works, and some classmates are being sought by organizers.

Vets' Corner: New ID cards for veterans approved

On July 7, Congress approved plans to offer new veteran ID cards to honorably discharged service members, in an effort to more easily prove their military service.

Howell named Salinas rodeo queen

Taylor Howell was named Miss California Rodeo Salinas earlier this month. Interface Visuals / Courtesy photo.
 Sonora native Taylor Howell will spend the next year traveling to rodeos and events in California in her new position as Miss California Rodeo Salinas.

Family legacy: Five generations worked at Columbia cafe

Five generations of Jeanne Herick Willhoite’s family has worked at Brown’s Coffee House and Sweets Saloon in Columbia. Representing three generations are (from left): Milena Brown, of Virginia Beach, Jeanne Willhoite, of Sonora, and Becky Crum, of Tuolumne. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Columbia State Historic Park has a special place in the hearts of Jeanne Herick Willhoite’s family.

Goals topic of Columbia board meet

The Columbia Union School District Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. today. 


Auto students to help at Sonora gas pump

Second-year Columbia College automotive student Gabe Orvis, 21, paints a sign for Monday’s service project. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Mother Lode drivers can expect a little something extra week at the gas pump. 

New details emerge in Sostock case

Lori Sostock. Courtesy photo.
 New details have surfaced in the case of a Sonora family doctor and her office manager accused of improperly prescribing controlled substances to their patients.

Stay cool at the pool

Boys (from left) Parker Moore, 8, of Sonora, Andrew Foster, 11, of Columbia, Bronson Obyen, 11, of Columbia, Matthew Foster, 13, of Columbia, Axel Olson-Holm, 12, of Columbia, and Caleb Ambler, 13, of Sonora, jump into the Columbia pool Thursday. Maggie Beck / Courtesy photo, Copyright 2015.
 Kids beat the heat at local pools, which will close soon as summer winds down and Tuolumne and Calaveras county schools resume in coming weeks.

Crews battle heat to contain Big Creek Fire

Firefighter Justin Melendez, of Cal Fire’s San Andreas Station, eases down a slope Thursday next to Sprague Road East during mop-up operations on day two of the Big Creek Fire east of Groveland. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Firefighters worked in temperatures 90 degrees and hotter Thursday to contain the smokey Big Creek Fire that broke out Wednesday east of Groveland, scorching more than 200 acres of forest and prompting voluntary evacuations in the Hells Hollow Road area.

Mono Way debris fire contained

A debris fire on Mono Way in Sonora has been contained. 

Four engines and a water tender from Cal Fire's Tuolumne-Calaveras unit responded to the blaze, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Nancy Longmore.

When asked about the fire’s size, she said “it was just a pile of debris.”

Big Creek Fire downsized to 204 acres

Guy McCarthy/Union Democrat, copyright 2015
Firefighters worked in temperatures 90 degrees and hotter today to contain the smokey Big Creek Fire that broke out Wednesday east of Groveland, scorching more than 200 acres of forest and prompting voluntary evacuations in the Hells Hollow Road area.

The burn area was estimated at 204 acres as of this afternoon, down from 265 acres mapped earlier today, and it was considered 5 percent contained, according to Cal Fire and the Forest Service.

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