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Health fair set Sept. 26

Mark Twain Medical Center will host its 17th annual fall health fair from 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 on the hospital campus in San Andreas.

New cardiologist at Sierra practice

Sonora Regional Medical Center announced that Dr. Atul Ramachandran, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist, has joined Sierra Cardiology. 

Man booked on drug charges

A man driving a pickup truck on Mono Way was pulled over early Tuesday morning in Sonora and eventually arrested on multiple drug and firearms violations. 

CHP to host teen driver safety class

CHP San Andreas will host a free Start Smart class from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas.  

Body of missing man found in Yosemite

A 39-year-old Burlingame man who planned a day hike to Upper Yosemite Fall on Aug. 11 was found dead Tuesday, park service staff and coroner’s personnel said Wednesday.

Bears try for second straight win

Summerville junior Devin Conklin (black top), jumps to pull down a pass at practice Tuesday Thorsted Field in Tuolumne. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 With the first game of the 2015 season in the books, the Summerville Bears got their first win and can start getting into their weekly routine.

Small changes in bedtime routine can make a big difference for some tots

ATCAA Head Start lead center teacher and supervisor Yanet Casillas sits with Alex Hernandez- Morales, 4, of Sonora, as he tries to fall asleep Wednesday afternoon. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A good night’s sleep is priceless and for families, a child’s sleep habits can affect not just the child but the whole household if slumber patterns are off or high maintenance. 

Weekender: Strawberry Music Festival moves to Tuolumne

After a two-year absence, prompted by the massive Rim Fire of 2013, the Strawberry Music Festival returns to Tuolumne County this Labor Day weekend. 

ACBA aiming to save Christmas

Kerry Keeney, administrative assistant with the Angels Camp Business Association (left) and Candy Myers, president of the association, hold a donation can that will be used to generate funds to save Christmastime festivities this November. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Last year’s annual Christmas festivities at Angels Camp were the biggest the community had ever staged.

Chamber appoints new board members

The Yosemite Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors.

Permit problems cancel Chief Fuller Day

Chief Fuller Day in Mi-Wuk Village was cancelled this year due to Caltrans changing its permit requirements for the event at the eleventh hour, according to organizers.

Lucero trial: Jury hears closing arguments

Rejected by her lover, Cheryl Lucero created a fantasy world that ended in her shooting him to death, Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg said during her closing argument Wednesday in Tuolumne County Superior Court.

Sierra Views: Robersons sell fixed up finds, helps orphans

Shirley and Gary Roberson, of Tuolumne, sell fixed up furniture to benefit orphans in Ecuador. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Retired couple Gary and Shirley Roberson have found a fulfilling and creative way to help children in need and pass their time — selling fixed up furniture to benefit orphans in Ecuador. 

Man fined for illegal water diversions

A man with rights to tap spring waters in the Tuolumne River watershed and the Stanislaus National Forest faces a $224,875 penalty for alleged illegal diversions of more than 21 acre-feet to sell to bottlers during the ongoing declared drought emergency, State Water Resources Control Board staff said Wednesday.

Calendar for Sept. 2, 2015

Roadwork for Sept. 2, 2015

Tech Notes: New printer offers more ink

Some things don’t warrant a full column, but are certainly worth mentioning.

Oak Valley to acquire Sonora’s Mother Lode Bank

Oak Valley Bancorp recently announced the signing of a $7.3 million agreement to acquire Mother Lode Bank, based in Sonora.

Soccer 'Cats shutout Bruins

Tyler Bergthold scored scored both Sonora goals Tuesday to lead the Wildcats over the Riverbank Bruins 2-0 at Dunlavy Field.

We have kickoff: Bears start slow vs. Modesto, but end fast

Summerville’s Liam Burke (left) battles for possession Tuesday in the second half at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne. Bill Rozak / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Summerville Bears Cinderella run of 2014, which ended with a Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship, is now officially a thing of the past. 

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