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’Skins play at Amador for 2nd place in MLL

Senior linebacker Wade McCann doesn’t dream about scoring the winning touchdown in the section title game. He doesn’t dream about making a hit that causes all in attendance to say, “OOOOHHHH!” His dream play is much more simple.

Soccer Bears outlast Bruins in 1st round

Summerville’s Braden Anderson (17) wrestles the ball away from Riverbank’s Adrian Benitez (10) Thursday night in Tuolumne in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championships. Jake Noonan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 For Summerville Bears head soccer coach Dave Reel, round one of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championships felt like Déjà vu. He stood on the Bears sideline Thursday night after his team had battled Riverbank for 100-minutes and was tied 2-2. 

Sonora SIR branch enters 30th year

The Sonora Sons in Retirement this month will recognize its 29th anniversary since the club was founded.

Volunteers recognized for community contributions

Holding their Volunteers of the Year awards from the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging Thursday are (from left) Alex and Isobel Wylie, of Groveland, Virginia Reed, of Sonora, and Gene Smith, of Sonora. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Admired, appreciated and respected. 

Those were the words used to describe a group of senior citizens honored for their dedication to volunteering at the Senior Volunteer of the Year event Thursday in Sonora. 

Snow forecast at higher elevations

A change in the weather is on the horizon, and a new storm system will bring much-needed rain to the Mother Lode by Monday, according to the National Weather Service. 

Land transfer unites political foes

A proposed land transfer that would benefit the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians has forged an unlikely alliance between Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Roseville, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California.

Jamestown school to ‘trauma’ train its teachers

Traditionally, kids who are disruptive in class get a few warnings and then get sent to the office. However, those children might be going through traumatic life experiences outside of school that are causing the behavior. 

FBI report: Violent crime up in region

Tuolumne County experienced a big increase in violent crime in 2014 over the previous year, according to the most recent FBI report.

Calaveras tourism trending up

The Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee is a popular tourist attraction. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Something surprising has happened with Calaveras County’s No. 1 industry — tourism — since the Butte Fire swept through the heart of the county in September.

Calendar for Nov. 5, 2015

Annual expo will promote senior safety

The second annual Calaveras Fit and Safe Senior Expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas. 

Missing Angels Camp teen back with family

An Angels Camp teenager who was missing for eight days has been found safe. 

Three injured in Highway 4 wreck

A three-car pileup injured three people Tuesday afternoon after traffic was stopped on Highway 4 near Stallion Way due to a vehicle collision. 

Volley Cats earn top seed in D-4

For the third consecutive year, the Sonora Wildcats girls’ volleyball team earned the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships.

Sonora rips Livingston in 1st round

Sonora’s Seth Farwell applies defensive pressure Wednesday during the Wildcats’ dominant 19-6 win over the Livingsotn Wolves at Sonora Sports and Fitness Center. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championships could not have started any better for the Sonora Wildcats boys’ water polo team. The ’Cats easily beat the Livingston Wolves 19-6 Wednesday afternoon at Sonora Sport and Fitness Center. The win sets up a much anticipated rematch with Benicia.

Memorial blood drive planned

The annual Jordan Reyes Drive for Life blood drive will be held Nov. 24 at three different locations in Tuolumne County. 

E. coli: Infection common in American households, so wash your hands

E. coli infections have been in the news lately, both at a large chain restaurant out of state and at an apple ranch in El Dorado County.

Day of the Dead returns to land of the skulls Saturday

Iliana Abarca, of the Ballet Folklorico Raices Mexicanas, gets ready to perform for spectators at Murphys Community Park during last year’s Day of the Dead celebration. File Photo / Union Democrat.
 The Day of the Dead will be celebrated this weekend in Calaveras — which translates to “land of the skulls” in Spanish.

Former supervisor suggests cutting taxes to help with dead tree clean up

Many yards in the Leisure Pines subdivision near Twain Harte are littered with piles of fallen trees, killed by a widespread bark beetle infestation. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Slashing property taxes for homeowners with large numbers of dead trees is one option to help address the worst epidemic of tree mortality in recent memory, according to a former county supervisor.

Accidents reported after recent storm; drivers urged to slow down when it rains, snows

Motorists on Mono Way drive during a rainstorm Monday. Slower speeds are urged in inclement weather. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Rain. Snow. Accidents.

That formula proved true once again in the Mother Lode earlier this week when five accidents were reported in Tuolumne County and four in Calaveras County, the California Highway Patrol stated. 

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