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GCSD drought: State aid is sought

 SPECIAL MEETING: Groveland Community Services District Board of Directors, today, 1 p.m., District Office, 18966 Ferretti Road.


The Groveland Community Services District board was scheduled to hold a special meeting today to declare a drought-related “state of emergency.” 

To continue providing water to 3,300 Groveland residents, GCSD needs nearly $1.7 million for a project that must be completed in November. District General Manager Jon Sterling said the declaration is intended to reaffirm the current emergency situation. 

Prison inmates’ religious freedoms not confined

Inmates Daniel Alcortea (left) and Michael Coe cleanse themselves with sage smoke before entering sacred grounds at Sierra Conservation Center. Abby Divine / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
When a person goes to prison, they lose many rights — but not the right to practice their religion.

That’s abundantly clear at Sierra Conservation Center northwest of Jamestown — easily the most religiously diverse place between Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.

Will S’ville stadium be ready?

Summerville High School is facing a very tight timeline on getting its $3.9 million football stadium project complete in time for the football season, including homecoming. 

To finish it in time will hinge in large part on state approval of the redesigned concrete bleachers, and also on a tight bidding and construction schedule.

Sonora El. arsonist gets six years

The teenager who pleaded guilty to starting the November Sonora Elementary School fire was sentenced this week to six years in prison, to be served in a juvenile facility.

Judge Donald Segerstrom on Monday ordered Shahaun Lemont Davis to a juvenile facility with the midterm sentence of six years, for arson and an enhancement for causing over $1 million dollars in damage.


Mono Way fire controlled

Smoke billows from a grassfire burned along Highway 108 near the Mono Way exit Wednesday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
A Wednesday grass and oak woodland fire along Highway 108, just west of Mono Way, burned 11 acres and sent chills up the spines of many fire-leery Sonorans.

The fire — which sent a mushroom cloud of smoke skyward about 1:45 p.m. — was fully contained by 8 p.m., according to Cal Fire Capt. Barry Rudolph. 

Suspected kidnapper arrested in Angels Camp

A Washington man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly kidnapping two children, running through traffic and scuffling with Angels Camp Police officers.

Solomon Fleming, 24, of Tacoma, was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, mayhem, resisting a peace officer, battery on a peace officer with serious injury and child endangerment, according to the Angels Camp Police report.

Highway 108 fire update

A grass and oak woodland fire along Highway 108 just west of Mono Way has burned 11 acres and the forward rate of spread was stopped about 6 p.m. according to Cal Fire Captain Barry Rudolph.

Highway 108 fire update

A grass and oak woodland fire along Highway 108 just west of Mono Way has burned 11 acres and the forward rate of spread was stopped about 6 p.m. according to Cal Fire Captain Barry Rudolph.

Sonora weighs bond timeline

The Sonora Union High School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday delayed approving the initial environmental review of the district’s upcoming bond projects because of issues with its timeline. 

Several parents and community members spoke at the meeting with their own timeline concern — missing this fall’s football season.


Fire claims home in Columbia

Three people safely escaped an overnight fire that destroyed a Columbia home.

The fire was reported about 12:18 a.m. today on the 11100 block of Green Street, across from Columbia State Historic Park.

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