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Mountain businesses begin packing

Way out Highway 108 beyond Donnells Vista, Clark Fork Road and Brightman Flat Campground, Dardanelle Resort and Kennedy Meadows Pack Station are already closed for winter.

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News Notes for Oct. 15, 2015

Shooting suspect makes court appearance

A Sonora man accused of attempting to kill another man during an alleged brawl earlier this month appeared in Tuolumne County Superior Court Wednesday for an arraignment hearing, but did not enter a plea.

Hurst launches new exhibit, ‘The French Connection’

Leslie Hurst’s painting of bright poppies below the Luberon in southern France is included in the new “French Connection” exhibit. Courtesy photo.
 Jamestown artist Leslie Hurst spent the month of May painting in France. Her new exhibit, “The French Connection,” showcases her experience in 26 paintings — from the cafe scenes of Paris to the lavender and wildflowers of the French countryside. 

Water polo: Veteran ’Cats top upstart ’Frogs

Sonora’s Robert Van Noord takes aim Wednesday night while playing against Bret Harte in Angels Camp. Amber Pappé / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 All too often, experience trumps determination. Such was the case Wednesday night in Angels Camp when the Sonora boys’ and girls’ water polo teams defeated Bret Harte and its upstart program. 

Care with caramel: Study finds juice fuels Listeria on caramel apples

Experts say caramel apples should either be eaten immediately or stored in the refrigerator. Thinkstock.
 Caramel apples are a Halloween favorite, but a recent study urges caution when storing them. 

Officials present vision for possible National Disaster Resilience Competition funds

Seth Magden, of GCR Inc., moderates a discussion about the National Disaster Resilience Competition application at a meeting held Wednesday night in Sonora. Alex MacLean / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 More than $100 million in federal funding for projects that would benefit Tuolumne County is at stake when the state of California submits an application later this month in the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

Vital Stats for Oct. 15, 2015

Career fair first senior project of the year

Summerville High School senior Trent Simonson stands Tuesday in the middle of a four-hour career fair he organized for his senior project. Sean Carson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A Summerville High School senior wants his peers to get the jump on life after graduation, and he’s wasting no time getting started. 

Vandals target Bret Harte homecoming decorations

Vandals struck the Bret Harte Union High School campus early Tuesday morning, tearing down decorations for Friday’s homecoming celebration. 

Peer counseling program proposed at Summerville

For the first time since four students were arrested in connection with a plan to shoot students and teachers, the Summerville Union High School Board of Trustees met.

Water agencies prepare for El Niño; potential compared to storms of 1997-98

A rock wall is bolstered along rushing water off South Fork Road after the New Year’s Day Flood of 1997. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Tuolumne Utilities District staff are walking ditches, checking flumes, mapping trees, and trying to identify other weaknesses in their water and sewer systems that could fail if a monster El Niño delivers punishing storms this winter.

Educators provide TLC to expelled kids

Tuolumne Learning Center staff and teachers include (from left) school psychologist Jason Sevier, licensed marriage and family therapist Bill Silva, high school teacher Steve Roos, middle school teacher Ladd Brunner, principal Aimee Campiotti, and independent study teacher Diana Mayben. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Near the end of the school day Wednesday, students at the Tuolumne Learning Center played guitars, talked among themselves and asked polite and curious questions to a class visitor. Laptop computers were closed on their desks and books were neatly put away as the students waited for their rides home. 

Calendar for Oct. 14, 2015

Transient man arrested on suspicion of assault

A 48-year-old transient man was taken into custody Saturday after he allegedly attacked another transient in Sonora.

Sonora volleyball sweeps Amador

The Sonora Wildcats continued its Mother Lode League dominance Monday evening at Bud Castle Gym, defeating Amador 25-15, 25-8, 15-12. 

’Frogs beat ’Skins in 5

Calaveras Redskin Pookei Deckman (3) tips the ball while Bret Harte’s Elise Sanzeri goes for the block Tuesday night in Angels Camp. Amber Pappé / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Bret Harte Bullfrogs beat the Calaveras Redskins in five sets Tuesday Night in Angels Camp. 

The Redskins took the first set 25-19 and the fourth set 25-11, but Bret Harte won the second set 26-24, the third set 25-16 and the fifth and deciding set 15-7. 

The two teams are now tied for second place in the MLL at 5-2.

Jamestown Hair Co.: Stylists celebrate anniversary, plan to cut ties

Stylists Holli Walser (left) and Jeannine Daniel stand in front of Jamestown Hair Co., which celebrated its 10th anniversary on Oct. 6. The pair plan to close the shop and move to Grants Pass, Oregon. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Jamestown Hair Co. celebrated a decade in business Saturday, a bittersweet occasion as its owners make plans to close up shop and start fresh in Oregon. 

Vintage pistol donated

Photo by Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Steve Kane, manager of the Sportsman (left), demonstrates how a Smith & Wesson model 1 second issue would have been loaded and operated to Bill Anning, treasurer for the Tuolumne County Historical Society.

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