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Today's headlines (Feb. 3)

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


• Well owners threatened by drought, too. • County pot law meeting Tuesday • Angels, Murphys weighing drought • Summerville, Mountain Oaks move on to state Academic Decathlon competition 


• Sonora sinks Oakdale, wins 56-47 • Calaveras hoopsters take first place in MLL • Columbia falls to COS in CVC play • Orient Express Run: Running for a cause


• Lode gets poor grades on smoking report card • Flu in full swing • Mother worried that daughter is smartphone "addict" •GriefShare support seminars offer several venues in foothills

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Murphys restaurant makes television debut

Jami Saul owns Hillbillies Restaurant in Murphys. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Jami Saul, owner of Hillbillies Restaurant in Murphys, has aired her dirty laundry — and she’s pleased with the results.

Hillbillies is featured in the latest episode of “Restaurant: Impossible” on the Food Network. The episode, hosted by chef Robert Irvine, premiered Wednesday night and is expected to air again Sunday evening. 

Health report card released

Sonora Regional Medical Center released its 2013 Tuolumne County Community Health Assessment on Thursday afternoon, examining a range of community social and medical issues. 

Among the report’s key findings:

• The suicide rate was nearly twice the state average — 18 per 100,000 people versus 10 per 100,000 statewide, based on a 2011 count.

• Child abuse or neglect was more common in the county than the state as a whole — 17.2 cases per 1,000 people versus 9 per 1,000 statewide.

County: Drought an emergency

PUBLIC MEETING:  Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m.  Tuesday, 2 S. Green St., Sonora

Tuolumne County leaders are preparing to declare a drought-related “state of emergency,” formally acknowledging a scary water situation barely aided by this week’s storms.

County staffers earlier this week prepared the draft declaration for the Board of Supervisors to consider at its upcoming Tuesday meeting.


Calaveras hires temp public works director

Calaveras County supervisors have appointed an Arnold man to serve as the county’s interim public works director.

Michael H. Miller previously served as interim public works director from 2007 to 2009.

Scam targets county coffers

Law enforcement officials are investigating an interstate check-cashing scam that uses Tuolumne County as part of the scheme.

The office of the Tuolumne County Clerk and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office both received numerous calls this week from people who had been targeted. 

Tuolumne ramps up water saving

Tuolumne Utilities District plans to ease customers into mandatory water conservation, as Wednesday marked the first full day restrictions were in effect.

The restrictions were enacted Tuesday night by the district’s board of directors. The intent is to halve water use districtwide. 

Logging truck accident

The California Highway Patrol this afternoon responded to an auto collision involving a logging truck near Chinese Camp, CHP said.
The accident involved a gray Totoya pickup truck and a logging truck at Sims Road and Highway 120.
It was reported at 3:24 p.m.
No other information was available this afternoon.

Murphys restaurant makes TV debut

The “Restaurant: Impossible” episode featuring Hillbillies Restaurant in Murphys will premiere tonight on The Food Network. 

The episode, hosted by chef Robert Irvine, was filmed in November at the restaurant, at 55 Highway 4.

Today's headlines (Jan. 29. 2014)

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


• Drought forces strict conservation • Jahn is new SRMC chief • Low lakes reveal ruins • Calaveras planning director named • Low lakes reveal ruins: Former boomtowns and mines once flooded by dams • Tensions ran high at Eagle-Shawmut • Rain may spur Rim Fire slides • From the Past: Chinatown fires raged, foul play suspected • Francis to speak at society meeting • 


• Jokers Wild bowler Isam rolls 804 series • Gouveia’s 19 points lead Skins over Bears • Alone on top: Frogs win 1st-place clash vs. Argo • Sonora falls to rival in final VOL dual • Sonora hoopsters fall to East Union in VOL contest • 


• Movin’ in, movin’ up: New, expanding businesses filling up Junction storefronts • Jobless numbers drop in December: Mother Lode’s unemployment rate down 0.2% • Land Transfers

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