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Mother Lode housing market growing stronger

The local housing market is showing signs of stability and recovery.


Second-quarter home sales data was released last week by the Association of Realtors in both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.


Bank robbed in Twain Harte

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bank robbery reported this morning in Twain Harte.

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Calendar for July 21, 2015

Food by Jude: Barbecued food one of summerís treats

Some things we do are automatic. In the summer, it’s barbecuing.

Animal abuse trial resumes in August

The court case of a man accused of killing a cat in a Sonora apartment complex on June 15, originally scheduled for July 21, has been rescheduled and will resume at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 18 with a preliminary exam.

Mountain Misery camp: Wildcats get better vs. Central, Calaveras

Sonora junior linebacker Bradley Canepa (left) fends off a block from Ripon Christian. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 MODESTO — Seven months ago, the Sonora Wildcats walked off the Lincoln High School football field heartbroken after being defeated by the Central Catholic Raiders 42-35 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship game. The Raiders went on to win their third consecutive CIF State title. 

CCWD board to discuss water rights

As California endures another year of its ongoing drought, the Calaveras County Water District on Wednesday is scheduled to discuss water rights.

City needs county to help pay for Greenley-Mono intersection

The City of Sonora will ask Tuolumne County to pay for two-thirds of a proposed $3 million project to improve the intersection at Greenley Road and Mono Way. File photo / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
The City of Sonora will ask the county to pay for two-thirds of a proposed $3 million project to improve the intersection at Greenley Road and Mono Way.

Lake Don Pedro CSD Board hires rate consultant

A photo from June 17 shows parched hillsides below the spillway at Lake McClure, one of the emptiest reservoirs in the state. As of Monday, McClure was holding 112,340 acre-feet, according to the state Department of Water Resources. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 About 3,200 people who get their water from Lake Don Pedro Community Services District may be paying more for it in the future.

City Council approves garbage rate hike

Sonora residents will pay slightly more for trash collection through Waste Management starting in September.

Chance of showers predicted in Lode

As former Hurricane Dolores churns north through California, washing out desert roads and breaking rainfall records in San Diego and Los Angeles, the National Weather Service has predicted a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Mother Lode.

Two pedestrians hit by car

Two people were injured Thursday when they were hit by a car while crossing Mono Way in Sonora the Sonora Police Department reported.

Angels Camp man arrested on firearm charge

An Angels Camp man was arrested about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday after admitting he walked out of his home with a 12-gauge shotgun and fired a single round into the air.


A report from Angels Camp Police Department said Bret Smith, 48, was booked into Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of willfully discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, which could result in injury or death to a person. 

Tuolumne museum programs to feature ice cream, high country

Photos taken by Thomas Atkins (below right) that will be shown at the Tuolumne City Museum on Aug. 1 include El Capitan in Yosemite . Courtesy photo / Thomas Atkins
 The Tuolumne City Museum will host a handful of events in the coming weeks.

Ice cream social

A free ice cream social will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today in the courtyard at the museum. The social will include free ice cream with a variety of toppings including homemade raspberry sauce, chocolate, caramel, nuts, sprinkles and whipped cream. Homemade cookies, lemonade and water also will be served.



Independence Hall rummage sale ahead

Carolyn Janzen, of Arnold, prepped for last yearís Independence Hall Rummage Sale. The sale again will feature rooms full of menís, womenís and childrenís clothing along with thousands of other items. File photo / Union Democrat, copyright 2015
 The 36th annual Independence Hall Community Center rummage sale and flea market will have everything for sale but the kitchen sink.


Thousands of items will be for sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2. at the hall, 1445 Blagen Road in Arnold/White Pines. A book sale will begin at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 1.


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