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Student threats at Soulsbyville Elementary under review

Death threats made by a young student at Soulsbyville Elementary School were reported to law enforcement Thursday.

Wet winter more likely; significant rains could cause problems in burn areas

Cal National Guard firefighters from A Company 1-160 Infrantry, Team One, work Sept. 25 in the Butte Fire burn near Michel Road and Old Gulch Road. A strong El Niño bringing significant rains could wreak havoc in recent burn areas. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The increasing likelihood of a wet winter for the Mother Lode, the Central Sierra Nevada and Northern California is potentially good news for most Mother Lode residents, farmers, ranchers, foresters, land custodians and water managers.

More school counselors needed

There is a shortage of counseling and broader wellness support for the students of Tuolumne County, according to Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Margie Bulkin. 

Sonora High student receives death threat

While a thwarted mass shooting at Summerville High School has the community on edge this week, the latest in a string of death threats against a Sonora High School student was turned into police Tuesday. 

TUD makes case for rate increase

A photo from July 2015 shows reeds and other vegetation crowding an edge of Phoenix Reservoir, a key water storage facility for Tuolumne Utilities District. A proposed TUD rate increase would help pay for a project to expand storage capacity at the reservoir by 300 acre-feet. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Some of Tuolumne Utilities District’s water pipelines are 80 years old, its water tanks serving Columbia and Sonora are falling apart, and the total backlog of needed projects has reached an estimated $70 million.

Wrong address on Calaveras County tax bills

When Marilynn Meyer, a Copperopolis resident, retrieved her mail Wednesday, she saw that her annual tax bill had come in.

‘Never, until now’; Bears think they can beat ’Cats

Summerville tight end Cole Brewster evades a block attempt form a teammate at Tuesday’s practice at Thorsted Field. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 There is only one play that senior quarterback Travis Rodgers wants to call tonight against the Sonora Wildcats. 

Wildcats want to make it 6 straight victories

Sonora cornerback Johnny Tahara makes a leaping interception Thursday during practice at Dunlavy Field. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Sonora Wildcats may be on a five-game win streak, but when they don’t do their homework, they have to pay the price.

Tuolumne County’s oldest residents inducted into Centenarian Society

People inducted Wednesday into Tuolumne County’s Centenarian Society included Betty Joy, of Sonora (center), friends Gary Walter and Shirley Combs, both of Columbia, attended the ceremony with her. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Tuolumne County centenarians and those nearing 100 years old were honored Wednesday at a lunch at the Tuolumne County Senior Center. 

Zombies to walk Sonora streets Saturday

Devin Cody, of San Andreas tries, to get people to join him in walking in Courthouse Square during last year’s Walking Dead Sonora. File photo / Union Democrat.
 The dead will rise again this Saturday for the fifth annual Walking Dead Sonora, Zombie Walk and Food Drive.

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