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College’s Manzanita renovations set to start

 The central Manzanita building at Columbia College will be mostly out of commission as it undergoes $9 million in renovations next semester. 

The project is the latest expenditure from Measure E — a $326 million bond measure passed in 2004 for Yosemite Community College District. 


Experts: Still time to get flu shot

This year’s flu season is making national headlines, and local health officials are reminding residents there’s still time to get vaccinated before the typical seasonal spike arrives.

Influenza season peaks in January and February, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health offices generally hold clinics and push for flu shots in September and October so people can receive them to build up immunity for the season’s peak. 

Long list of new road rules for 2014

The new year will bring a host of new traffic and vehicle laws to California motorists.

The laws, signed throughout the year by Gov. Jerry Brown, address subjects ranging from bicycle safety buffers to veteran’s license plates.


In today's Union Democrat (Dec. 27)

• Long list of new road rules for 2014

• Lucky Lottery Winner: $8 million Super Lotto Plus ticket sold at Treats in San Andreas

• Experts: Still time to get flu shot

• College's Manzanita renovations set to start

• Volunteen founder Rhodes hits the road

• Rim Fire environmental costs: $800 million 

Winning lottery ticket sold in San Andreas

Someone who bought Wednesday night’s winning SuperLotto Plus ticket in San Andreas is $8 million richer.

The winning ticket was purchased at Treats General Store at 197 E. Saint Charles St. It matched all six winning numbers, 26, 33, 40, 8, 23 and the Mega number, 14.

The ticket holder, who has not yet claimed the prize, has 180 days from the draw date to claim the jackpot. The cash value is $4.4 million. 

Treats General Store is also a big winner, receiving $40,000 for selling that jackpot winning ticket.

Columbia Park looking for docents

Columbia State Historic Park is seeking volunteers to train as park docents to teach history to visitors, among other things. 

The park is accepting applications now through Jan. 15. 

Tuolumne Apartments: Major facelift in store

A major overhaul of a low-income apartment complex in the township of Tuolumne will move forward.

Michaels Development Company this month was approved for a $3.3 million loan from a state low-income housing program to renovate the Tuolumne Apartments, Tuolumne County Community Resources Director Bev Shane said.

TH-area burns to prevent wildfires

Pile burning conducted Friday around Twain Harte Lake was part of an ongoing project to clean up a potential fire hazard in the area.

The Twain Harte Lake Association in 2008 determined that decades of neglect had turned 34 acres just below the lake into a potential disaster waiting to happen. 

Don Bilotti retires from Stage 3

Don Bilotti, Stage 3 Theatre’s artistic director for over a decade, is retiring and Sonora actor and director Van Gordon will step in to fill his shoes. 

Bilotti has worked with the Sonora theater for more than 12 years as well as director and actor in numerous plays. His retirement is effective at the end of the year. 

Calaveras DA Yook to seek reelection

Despite winning last year’s election, Calaveras County District Attorney Barbara Yook will again be running in next year’s election.

Yook, 47, was appointed as DA by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors in September 2010 following the death of longtime DA Jeff Tuttle. She was appointed as the county’s top prosecutor until the next regularly scheduled election, which was in June 2012.

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