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Today's headlines (May 19, 2014)


Calaveras confirms pertussis cases

Calaveras County Public Health officials Thursday said two cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in the county.

The illness, also known as pertussis, was found in two school-aged children. The department did not reveal their names, ages or if they indeed attended school.


TUD: Water saving working

What’s the state of water conservation in Tuolumne County during the current drought crisis?

According to Tuolumne Utilities District, the county’s largest water purveyor, monthly usage has been on a gradual decline since mandatory water-use restrictions were approved by the agency’s board on Jan. 28.


Drought won’t prevent pools from opening

Numerous public pools will remain open this summer in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties despite tight water restrictions for much of the area.

In Tuolumne County, community pools in Tuolumne and at Sonora High and Columbia Elementary schools will open for public use on June 13, according to the county recreation department. 


Jubilee jump start

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The Bret Harte High School band played in the Kiddie Parade Thursday morning as they marched down Main Street in Angels Camp. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Frogtown was hopping Thursday as the four-day Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee kicked off with carnival rides, corn dogs and, of course, frog jumping.

Fair festivities started with a parade through downtown Angels Camp and will culminate Sunday with the International Frog Jump Finals.


Today's headlines (May 16, 2014)


School district strapped but still gives raises

Calaveras Unified School District — the biggest district in Calaveras County — will give all of its teachers, and likely its other employees, pay raises despite a rocky two-year budget outlook.

The district in March and again on Tuesday had to declare that its reserve account may dip below the state requirement of 3 percent of spending in the 2015-2016 school year.


Sierra Views: Frank Smart — Veteran with a cause

Even after he left Vietnam, Frank Smart had to continue writing about the experiences of people who fought there. 

The Sonora resident and Vietnam veteran has been writing about the times of combat soldiers and war veterans since he was in foxholes from 1968 to 1969.

 


Authorities ID missing swimmer; search wanes

The identity of an Air Force serviceman who drowned Sunday at Pinecrest has been identified.

Jessica Clark, chief of media relations at Travis Air Force Base, identified the victim as Airman 1st Class Ronnie James Hayden, 27, of Kentucky. Hayden was stationed at Travis.


Foster father convicted of molesting boy in his care

A Sonora foster parent was convicted after a six-day Tuolumne County Superior Court trial this week of molesting his foster child.

Teddy Ray Beach, 48, was free to return home on electronic monitoring after a jury declared him guilty on one count of felony molestation Monday. After reviewing the case and Beach, the Tuolumne County Probation Department will make a report and recommendation for prison time at his sentencing hearing on June 6. 


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