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Experts say vaccines are too important to skip

Most kindergarten and seventh-grade students must meet vaccination guidelines before entering school next month. A new law will nullify personal-belief exemptions beginning July 1, 2016. Thinkstock photo
 Most Mother Lode Schools will begin on or after Aug. 19, and for kindergartners and seventh-graders, that means being up to date with immunizations. 


State law also requires that each child’s family provide, within 90 days of entry into first grade, proof the child has received a health checkup within the past 18 months. 


Business turns green waste into organic garden soil

Read more...  Tuolumne County has a new green-waste compost facility — Green Works, LLC opened for business Friday near Standard.


Green Works is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week on Eagle Ridge Road, off Tuolumne Road, across from PG&E. 


Vital Stats for July 22, 2015

Columbia College course to focus on water industry jobs

In the midst of a four-year drought, Columbia College will offer a new course aimed at bringing a younger generation into the Mother Lode water industry.

Tuolumne County couple sentenced for elder abuse

A Tuolumne County couple who pleaded guilty to elder abuse will serve prison time for stealing money from the mother of one of the people convicted, according to the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office.

The champ is here

Photo by Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Sonora resident Anthony Howard defeated Jose Navarro Saturday night in Merced to become the Hoplite Fight Production Flyweight Champion. Howard, 19, won in a split decision after three, three-minute rounds. 

Calendar for July 22, 2015

Court date set for doctor facing med charges

A Sonora family doctor and her office manager are scheduled to appear in Tuolumne County Superior Court Aug. 10 on charges including transporting narcotics or controlled substances.

Angels Council OKs fees for Greenhorn upkeep

Two years ago, the theater at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp was full of passionate and concerned residents whenever City Council talked about the Landscaping and Lighting District.

Not this year.

Historic Bromley carriage stone gets new home

The Bromley stone will be displayed at Yosemite Title Company until it can be placed permanently. File photo / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A rare relic from Sonora’s horse-and-buggy days will soon be on display for public view.

Twain Harte bank robbed

Jennifer Dillon, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office evidence technician, puts a bundle of money dropped by the suspects into an evidence bag Tuesday. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Two men described by law enforcement as being in their late teens or early 20s jumped over a counter at the Umpqua Bank in Twain Harte Tuesday morning, tackled a teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Tracking software a valuable resource for business owners

The concept of “Customer Relationship Management,” commonly referred to as CRM software, has been around for decades, but it is becoming a valuable resource for almost every conceivable type of business. 


Generally, businesses are seeing the value of optimizing sales by noting customers’ needs and significant details. The information stored is useful for targeting sales for maximizing profits. The more relevant information that is stored, the better a business can track when a customers’ purchasing behavior changes.  


Mother Lode housing market growing stronger

The local housing market is showing signs of stability and recovery.


Second-quarter home sales data was released last week by the Association of Realtors in both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.


Bank robbed in Twain Harte

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bank robbery reported this morning in Twain Harte.

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Calendar for July 21, 2015

Food by Jude: Barbecued food one of summer’s treats

Some things we do are automatic. In the summer, it’s barbecuing.

Animal abuse trial resumes in August

The court case of a man accused of killing a cat in a Sonora apartment complex on June 15, originally scheduled for July 21, has been rescheduled and will resume at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 with a preliminary exam.

Mountain Misery camp: Wildcats get better vs. Central, Calaveras

Sonora junior linebacker Bradley Canepa (left) fends off a block from Ripon Christian. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 MODESTO — Seven months ago, the Sonora Wildcats walked off the Lincoln High School football field heartbroken after being defeated by the Central Catholic Raiders 42-35 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship game. The Raiders went on to win their third consecutive CIF State title. 

CCWD board to discuss water rights

As California endures another year of its ongoing drought, the Calaveras County Water District on Wednesday is scheduled to discuss water rights.

City needs county to help pay for Greenley-Mono intersection

The City of Sonora will ask Tuolumne County to pay for two-thirds of a proposed $3 million project to improve the intersection at Greenley Road and Mono Way. File photo / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
The City of Sonora will ask the county to pay for two-thirds of a proposed $3 million project to improve the intersection at Greenley Road and Mono Way.

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