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Proposed Dollar General topic of Columbia town hall meeting

Spectators wearing old-time suspenders, flannel shirts, vests, trousers and boots were sprinkled among members of the general public at Angelo’s Hall for a town hall meeting.

Flea infestation forces Angels Camp business to close

Market49 is located in the historic Mercantile building in Angels Camp. Market49 opened in November 2014. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 While venturing the windy road into Angels Camp from the south, it may be difficult not to acknowledge the countless vacant buildings haunted by “For Lease” signs glaring out from inside the windows.

Final 2015-16 budget approved

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a final budget Tuesday that’s considerably larger than the recommended budget adopted in June, despite some concerns about overcommitting in a slowly recovering economy.

Lucero trial: Opening statements heard, witnesses speak

Opening statements were heard Tuesday in Tuolumne County Superior Court in the case of a Twain Harte woman accused of killing well-known demolition derby driver and Sonora Police Department volunteer Rick Roberts in February 2014.

International student: Garcia, 17, preps for first American school day

Maria Caiceda Garcia, a foreign exchange student from Spain (left), will be staying with her host mom, Stacey Soares, in Soulsbyville as she attends Summerville High School for her senior year. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
A 13-hour plane ride, lost luggage and an unusable credit card aren’t the typical back-to-school hassles most Mother Lode teens face.  

Sonora athlete dies in accident

A record-setting athlete fresh from Sonora Union High School fell over a balcony, suffered a major head injury and died last week in San Luis Obispo, days before starting college. 

Eastside Blaze Keeps Tioga Pass Closed

A 3,700-acre fire burning above Highway 395 and Lee Vining east of Yosemite National Park has prompted authorities to close Highway 120 east of Tioga Pass through at least noon tomorrow.


Highway 108 reopens after crash/fire

Eastbound Highway 108 near Tulloch Dam Road reopened at about 8 p.m. Saturday after an accident and brush fire shut down the two lanes of the highway for four hours.


Calendar for Aug. 15, 2015

Roadwork for Aug. 15, 2015

Stabbing suspect fails to show for court hearing

A Sonora woman accused of stabbing her coworker in May failed to appear for a preliminary hearing Friday in Tuolumne County Superior Court.

Angels Camp blaze 60 percent contained

A smoky blaze that broke out Thursday afternoon and burned more than 100 acres in hills southwest of Angels Camp was estimated at 60 percent containment as of Friday evening, according to Cal Fire.

Plague found in dead animals, prompts campground closure

Several dead animals found in the Tuolumne Meadows Campground area were tested this week and found to be carrying plague, prompting Yosemite National Park officials to close the campground beginning Monday.

Mariposa County man recounts fighting off bear; says his dog tried to protect him

A man who was attacked by a bear on his porch early Thursday in Midpines, Mariposa County, was recovering Friday and recalled how his dog, Bengi, joined the fight to try and protect him.

Woman’s 1965 Beatles caper still nets attention

Kay Crow, 66, of Groveland, is preparing for a trip on the 50th anniversary of a stunt she pulled in 1965 to meet the Beatles. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 On Aug. 25, 1965, days after the Watts riots rocked the city of Los Angeles, four teenage girls living near Hollywood pulled off an elaborate stunt to meet the Beatles that’s still attracting attention 50 years later.

Doster to head up preschool program

Diane Doster is the new director/teacher of the Summerville Parent Nursery School in Tuolumne. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A popular preschool teacher ousted from her job five years ago will lead classes again next week, but the return may be short-lived as funding for her new position will be cut next year. 

Chamber looks to fill vacancies amid turmoil

As the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office investigates missing funds from the Yosemite Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce, a small group of concerned Groveland residents met Friday morning to talk about the organization’s future.

Water main break loses 90,000 gallons

Wren Zuccaro and her mother, B.Z. Smith, stand Friday near a fire hydrant on Shepherd Street in Sonora, one day after water flowed from a water main break toward Zurraco’s home. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The aging water main where a fire hydrant lateral broke Thursday and unleashed an estimated 90,000 gallons of water in one hour, flooding hillside yards, laundry rooms and an apartment broke twice before in the past 10 years, Tuolumne Utilities District officials said Friday.

Wildcat reunion: 1965 Sonora grads take trip down memory lane

Sandy Ruoff Fisher, of Sonora (above, at left), and Susie Bacigalupi Carrington, of Columbia, look over Sonora High School Wildcat newspapers from 1963 to 1965. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 When gas was 39 cents a gallon and a dollar could buy the most popular meal in town, Sonora High students would spend hours cruising South Washington Street with stereos cranking out rock’n’roll.

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