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Retired Summerville High teacher dies after 37 years of service

Read more... Longtime Summerville High School home economics teacher Marsha Husman died Saturday at her home in Sonora. She was 61. 

Laura Bush attends ceremony in Yosemite

Jerry Edelbrock, vice president of Yosemite Conservancy (left), Laura Bush, former First Lady and co-chair of National Park Service Centennial, and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher participate in the Tioga Road rededication ceremony. Al Golub, Yosemite Conservancy / Courtesy photo.
 Former First Lady Laura Bush, wife of 43rd president George W. Bush, attended a ceremony Tuesday in Yosemite National Park commemorating the 100th anniversary since the original dedication of Tioga Road.

Mother Lode schools used to low enrollment

Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 District officials say Mother Lode schools have adapted to lower enrollment as this year’s head-count began this week in Calaveras County.

Rim Fire remnants at root of Rosasco fire

Pine needles and other dead, woody fuels still smoldering from the 2013 Rim Fire are the apparent cause of a smokey, 3- to 4-acre fire first reported Tuesday west of Cherry Lake and north of Woods Ridge in the Groveland Ranger District, Forest Service officials said Wednesday.

Sierra Views: Darlene Mathews, animal rescuer

Darlene Mathews, 55, of Sonora, founded Friends of the Animal Community in 2001. The organization has re-homed 4,000 animals in that time. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A trip to Animal Control in 2001 to save a neighborhood stray turned into a 15-year mission for Darlene Mathews to save as many animals as she could.

Mother Lode Christian School gets $250K makeover

Volunteer foreman Stephen Johnson stands on a newly paved parking lot at Mother Lode Christian School. Sean Carson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 High schoolers in Tuolumne used to board a two-hour train bound for Sonora to attend class, until a school built in 1912 on Gardner Avenue saved them the trip.

Big Creek Fire burns 150 acres, prompts evacuations

A fire reported off Highway 120 east of Groveland grew to 150 acres as of 8 p.m. Wednesday and people were being evacuated in the Hells Hollow Road area. Suzanne Moore / Courtesy photo.
A fire reported off Highway 120 east of Groveland grew to 150 acres as of 8 p.m. Wednesday and people were being evacuated in the Hells Hollow Road area, Cal Fire and Forest Service representatives said.

UPDATE: Evacuations center to open for fire east of Groveland

A fire reported this afternoon off Highway 120 east of Groveland grew to 150 acres as of 8 p.m. and people were being evacuated in the Hells Hollow Road area, Cal Fire and Forest Service representatives said.

Person injured in Sonora fire

One person sustained burn injuries Wednesday evening in a fire that broke out near Peaceful Oak Road and Mono Way in Sonora, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.

Fire reported in Groveland area

A fire was reported this afternoon off Highway 120 east of Groveland and people were being evacuated in the Hells Hollow Road area, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.

The fire was reported shortly before 4:30 p.m., when ground crews, two tanker planes, one helicopter and a traffic control plane were dispatched, Lisa Williams of Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit said in a phone interview.

Fire trucks and other ground resources were using Sprague Road East off Highway 120 to access the fire, Williams said.

Williams said she was uncertain how many people were ordered to evacuate and it was unclear how many structures were threatened.

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‘National Night Out’ set for Tuesday

The Sonora Police Department on Tuesday will host the seventh annual National Night Out for Tuolumne County.

Youth football in training

Tuolumne Bears JV head coach Brett Warfield (top), gives his players a chalk-talk. Jr. Cat novice player Adam Curnow, 9 (below), does a footwork drill over a bag. Maggie Beck and Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
Tuolumne County youth football started this week and the players are being put through conditioning drills before they receive their pads. The Jr. Cats set up a special hydration station Tuesday so the kids could beat the heat while the Bears stopped frequently to hydrate.

Twain Harte Summer Arts and Wine Festival

Rick DeSambad, of Phoenix Lake, took his 1970 Camaro to the Twain Harte Summer Arts and Wine Festival. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The 38th annual Twain Harte Summer Arts and Wine Festival was held last weekend. The event featured craft and artist vendors, a variety of food, live entertainment and a custom hot rod car show. 

Experts say paint choice can influence who may – or may not – buy your house

 A fresh coat of paint can increase a home’s curb appeal when it’s for sale, but sellers should choose color carefully.

Groveland postmaster honored in nation’s capital

Groveland Postmaster Norma Powell, of Pine Mountain Lake, receives the 2015 Postmaster of the Year Award in Washington D.C. Powell (holding the award) is surrounded by past recipients. Courtesy photo.
 Norma Powell, longtime United States postmaster in Groveland, was honored by her peers earlier this month in Washington, D.C., as the recipient of the 2015 “Postmaster of the Year” award.

Valley Springs residents voice opposition to asphalt plant

As the roads climb further and further into Valley Springs, residential establishments become more and more frequent.

TUD board approves temporary treated water for Tamarron Mobile Estates

The Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors voted 4-0 Tuesday night to provide treated water for people who live in the 89-unit Tamarron Mobile Estates in Sonora for one year.

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