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In anticipation of the Union Democrat's conversion to a morning publication in the spring of 2015, Publisher Gary Piech is writing a series of articles describing the steps the Union Democrat is taking during the conversion process. We will publish these articles in print and here on our website as the process unfolds. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call us at 209-532-7151.

Eggerton named new CCWD chief

The Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors appointed a new general manager Wednesday despite protests from newly elected directors and members of the public.

Dave Eggerton, currently general manager of the El Dorado County Water Agency, starts his new CCWD post Dec. 1. His four-year contract has an initial annual salary of $159,500.


McLeod faces 15 years for molestation

A Sonora man faces 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday to several counts of child molestation. 

 Kenneth Richard McLeod, 40, was in custody Wednesday in Tuolumne County Jail on $500,000 bail awaiting formal sentencing in Tuolumne County Superior Court. 


Tuolumne County officials discuss water plan

Tuolumne County leaders and water managers came together at a water policy subcommittee meeting Wednesday to discuss strategies for bolstering the community’s water supply.

Much of the discussion focused on ways the county and its water districts could benefit from the state’s $7.5 billion water bond that was approved by voters Nov. 4. Some of the ideas included acquiring some of that money for forestry management, watershed restoration and small, off-stream storage projects.


Historic Hotel Jeffery burns

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Fire trucks surround the historic Hotel Jeffery in Coulterville Wednesday morning. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
The historic Hotel Jeffery in Coulterville was damaged by fire Wednesday morning. 

About 25 percent of the building was lost, according to Jim Middleton, chief of the Mariposa County Fire Department. 


Highway passes closed this morning

Caltrans has closed Ebbetts and Sonora passes on Highways 4 and 108 due to a snowstorm blowing through.


Area kids fitter than most in state

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Sonora Elementary School sixth-graders do push-ups during P.E. class. File photo / Union Democrat.
Mother Lode school fitness scores remained mostly above the state average last school year, with Tuolumne County’s scores significantly higher. 

The California Department of Education last week released its results for the statewide “Fitnessgram” testing program. The program tests kids in six categories: aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extension, upper-body strength and flexibility. 


Jail funding from state in limbo

Tuolumne County is waiting to see what will happen with $20 million in unused state grant money it’s hoping to acquire early next year for a long-proposed project to build a new county jail.

County Administrator Craig Pedro said the county received word in the past couple of weeks that Gov. Jerry Brown may have other plans for that money, which Tuolumne County needs to complete the funding for the $40 million jail.


Rainfall predicted in foothills

Foothill communities in the Central Sierra could get cooler temperatures and rain from a wet storm expected to move through the area tonight, while the highest elevations could get a dusting of snow.

The National Weather Service predicts a 60 percent chance of rainfall over Sonora and Angels Camp late today into early Thursday. Meteorologists expect the overnight storm will bring at least a half-inch of rain, plus between 3 to 6 inches of snow to elevations above 8,000 feet.


Lloyds released from jail

A husband and wife were released from jail Tuesday nearly three months after they received a one-year jail sentence on several charges of molesting a 14-year-old girl.

Lynn Leroy Lloyd and Elisa Marie Lloyd, both 34, were sentenced on Aug. 4 by Judge Donald Segerstrom. They were given 75 days credit for time served.


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