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Food and Drink: Chill Cherry Pie

Cherries and chocolate make this ice cream pie a summer favorite. Tribune Content Agency.
 This cherry ice cream pie is a simple summertime sweet treat! If you use frozen cherries, the pie will have a fun purple hue.

Vine to Wine: Celebrate with historic, island wine Madiera

After the historic Iranian nuclear deal that happened earlier this month, it’s easy to imagine Secretary of State John Kerry was more than ready for a celebratory toast of some sort. Glasses of bubbles, American crafted bourbon, or perhaps even a micro brew could have been appreciated on that flight home from Austria, where the talks took place. But Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz had something else in mind, having made a stop in Portugal for a quick climate change meeting prior to participating in the nuclear signing. He happened to have been given a special bottle of Madeira by the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal as part of an honorary ceremony Moniz was involved in. But it came with instructions to only open it after a deal had been struck with Iran.

Man pleads guilty to sexually abusing minor; sentencing set

A Columbia man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor is set to appear in Tuolumne County Superior Court Aug. 17 for a sentencing hearing.

Money, pizza stolen from delivery driver

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the Saturday robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Sonora. 

State fishing license reforms go belly up

A Mother Lode lawmaker’s bill that’s intended to boost California’s sport-fishing industry appears be dead in the water this year, according to the legislation’s supporters.

Dillashaw keeps belt, drubs Barao

TJ Dillashaw speaks with commentator Joe Rogan in August after defeating Joe Soto in his first tile defense. Dillashaw again got interviewed by Rogan Saturday after knocking out Barao in the fourth round. File photo / Union Democrat.
 T.J. Dillashaw was expecting the much anticipated rematch with Renan Barao for his UFC bantamweight title to be a tough, five-round battle. But the fight didn’t leave the fourth round before Dillashaw ended Barao’s Saturday night, and hopes of leaving champion, via technical knockout in Chicago.

TUD staff wants to keep 30 percent water use reductions

Tuolumne Utilities District is coping with water revenue shortfalls and customers are likely looking at rate increases by early 2016, but TUD’s interim general manager still wants the district Board of Directors to keep customers on mandatory 30 percent water use reductions through September.

Apartment damaged in blaze; residents worried about missing dog

Linda Redwine, of Sonora, and her granddaughter and neighbor, Ashley Smith, 12, watch in despair Monday as Redwine’s Sonora home burns. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Linda Redwine stood helplessly Monday afternoon watching as firefighters battled a blaze inside her apartment in the 20000 block of Sunshine Hill Road and Jamestown Road in Sonora.

Violence and overcrowding grows in the county jail; a replacement remains at least four years away

Groups of inmates at Tuolumne County Jail are shuffled from one cage to another for exercise time, through a winding maze of narrow hallways and up two flights of stairs to the small yard on the rooftop of the old building at 175 Yaney Ave. in Sonora.

Residential fire reported at Sonora apartment

Firefighters battle a blaze Monday afternoon at an apartment complex off Jamestown Road in Sonora. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A fire was reported at about 1 p.m. today at an apartment on the 20000 block of Sunshine Hill Road and Jamestown Road in Sonora. 


Calendar for July 25, 2015

Quartet to sing Sunday at Red Church

Courtesy photo
 The barbershop quartet featured in Sierra Repertory Theatre’s production of The Music Man will perform two hymns at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the Red Church in downtown Sonora. The quartet will sing “Amazing Grace” and “God So Loved the World.” The quartet includes (from left) Derik Lawson, Isaac Bromby, William Weidner and Greg Hoyt. 

Bowling: Flanagan rolls 11 straight strikes for high scores

Kevin Flanagan, of the High Rollers league, started one of his three games on July 7 with a spare. He followed that with 11 straight strikes to finish with a 280, which was 78 pins over his average. He also rolled the highest of three 700 series with a 735.

Assorted anglers

John Hicks, of Sonora, fishes from his kayak with his dog, Katie. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Anglers tried their fishing luck from the shore and from the water Friday at Pinecrest Lake.

In the Garden: Be careful with water — save money and plants

If you have lived in California for any length of time, you know that wet years can alternate with dry years, and periods of sufficient rain and snowfall can be interspersed with several years of drought conditions.

Options abound when it comes to selecting deck

A redwood deck on a home in the Phoenix Lake area shows wear and tear after a few years because it was not built using pressure treated wood or sealed each year as is recommended by most contractors. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 When it comes to choosing a deck material, the big questions local residents need to ask are what is their budget and how much maintenance they are willing and able to do.

Dillashaw defends title tonight

Angels Camp native TJ Dillashaw decks ex-champion Renan Barao at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014, in Las Vegas. Dillashaw will defend his UFC bantamweight title tonight in a rematch with Barao in Chicago. File photo / Union Democrat.
 It’s been 14 months since T.J. Dillashaw put Renan Barao on his back and delivered multiple right hands to the defenseless champ.

New Summerville Elementary principal has longtime ties to school

Mitch Heldstab. File photo / Union Democrat.
 A child’s blue and gold jersey hangs above new principal Mitch Heldstab as he sits bent over his office computer at Summerville Elementary School. 

Plans for Murphys marijuana dispensary dropped

A “Stop the pot shop” sign in Murphys was put up by Bill McManus, local Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana coordinator. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 In early May, Stephen Chance, who owns a construction business, was on a quest to open a small business at the Taylor Plaza strip mall in Murphys.

Dollar General proposes Columbia store

Dollar General is looking at opening a location in a small Tuolumne County town known for preserving Gold Rush history — Columbia.

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