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Vine to Wine: Day set aside to celebrate Zinfandel

There is not a day that goes by that there is not some declared national honor being bestowed or marketed in some form. 

Food by Jude: Unusual sides complement the turkey

Have you got turkey on your mind? Most of us do this time of the year. 

Sonora polo falls to Ripon in D3 final

Sonora head coach Matt Personius talks with his team before the section championship match. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 ROSEVILLE—All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Sonora Wildcats boys’ water polo team, the end resulted in a loss in the final of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championships. The No. 6 Wildcats lost Saturday to the No. 1 Ripon Indians 15-3 at the City of Roseville Aquatics Complex. 

Jumpers dumped in home opener

Columbia’s Lewayne Grant drives to the hoop Saturday night at the Oak Pavilion. Robert Winters / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 With 11-seconds remaining in the game Saturday night, West Valley College called a timeout and Columbia head coach Rob Hoyt huddled together on the bench with his Claim Jumpers. Down 62-61, with one shot to win the game, Hoyt tried to draw up the perfect play to score that final basket to give Columbia the win.

Adventist church recognizes veterans

A group of children were singing choral tunes in harmony to commemorate those who served in the military in any capacity.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A Copperopolis man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

Police search for bank robbery suspect

Security camera footage shows the suspect in the Monday robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank in Sonora. Courtesy photo.
 Sonora police were searching Monday night for the suspect in an alleged robbery that occurred earlier that afternoon at the Wells Fargo Bank in Sonora.

Summerville High parents informed on shooter training

The Summerville Union High School District and law enforcement Monday explained to parents details of a new active shooter training given to teachers and students in the wake of a possible shooting plot discovered at the school in October. 

Authorities: Casino bomb threat a false alarm

A reported bomb threat Monday afternoon at Black Oak Casino Resort resulted in a full evacuation of the casino, but turned out to be a false alarm, said Deputy Robert Lyons of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

Event series sent back to drawing board

A request for the City of Sonora to fund a series of summer events at a cost of $425,000 over the next five years was sent back to the Sonora Chamber of Commerce Monday night.

Caltrans closes Sonora Pass for winter

Sonora Pass on Highway 108 is closed for the winter, Caltrans announced Monday morning, marking the earliest seasonal closure in nearly a decade.

Soccer Bears thrash Linden, win second straight section title

STOCKTON — About 150 strong showed up Saturday, most dressed in orange and black, for Summerville High School’s Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game against the Linden Lions.

Bomb threat forces evacuation of Black Oak Casino

A reported bomb threat at Black Oak Casino Resort Monday afternoon resulted in a full evacuation of the casino, but turned out to be a false alarm, said Deputy Robert Lyons of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.


“Apparently it was a false alarm, and everybody is clearing,” Lyons said Monday evening.

Man run over by SUV in driveway

A man was hit by a vehicle Thursday afternoon in a driveway on Oman Drive in Soulsbyville. 

Highway 49 closed for hours after cement truck overturns

Highway 49 was closed for four hours Thursday afternoon when a cement truck overturned and pinned the driver inside. 

Calendar for Nov. 14, 2015

In the Garden: State of monarch reflection of more

How does an insect that has never flown long distances decide to fly from Canada to Mexico? And how does it land on the same tree that was home to its great-great-grandparents? 

Experts give advice on winterizing your home, preparing for emergencies

James Winters, owner of Winters Cleaning Services on Tuolumne Road, demonstrates how to sweep a chimney. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 As temperatures drop below 40 degrees and rains pelt a bone-dry Mother Lode, are you and your home ready to weather the storm? 

Vaccines help prevent pneumonia

Mikael Häggström / Public domain
 There are two vaccines that help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia and health experts say adults with compromised immune systems and people over 65 should get both. 

Hearing on TUD rate increases slated for next week

Less than 1 percent of Tuolumne Utilities District customers have filed letters protesting the proposed increases to water and sewer rates, so far falling way short of the 50 percent plus one needed to stop the plan.

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