LATHROP - Some of Lathrop's biggest stories of 2008 will not be going away just because the old year becomes history and a new year dawns.
It's a Christmas party with all the trimmings: a free sit-down hot meal on decorated tables complete with handmade centerpieces, live entertainment, and gifts for everyone.
LATHROP - The reception honoring Lathrop-Manteca Fire District division chief Chester Smith was in recognition of his nearly 30 years of service, according to the advance announcement.
LATHROP - TCN Properties has six months to complete the improvements of the portion of Golden Valley Parkway between Towne Centre Drive and Brookhurst at Mossdale Landing.
Lathrop is a city that loves a party. The social gathering kind, not the political-faction type.
This will be a New Year like no other for the Dhaliwal family of Lathrop.
Mary Jo Malone of Ripon has a project every year: quilting baby blankets and knitting matching baby caps.
LATHROP - Even with the looming possibility that the new Lathrop High School could be closed to stave off anticipated school budget deficits next fiscval year, city officials are proceeding with plans to install additional traffic-safety measures at Dos Reis Road, the temporary entrance to the 50-acre campus, and Manthey Road intersection.
The Christmas giving tree at Precision Automotive at Moffat Boulevard and at Chubby's restaurant on North Main Street still have some bulb ornaments left for generous donors to adopt.
LATHROP - Chevron, the fourth largest non-government energy company in the world, plans to build a "secondary" office in Lathrop with construction costs estimated at between $6 million and $8 million.
Alicia Mejorado doesn't like seafood.
LATHROP - Lathrop's Acting City Manager Cary Keaten was appointed Interim City Manager during a special City Council meeting Tuesday night.
When times are tough, like they are right now with the economy in a condition worse than a beggar's tattered clothes, all you hear are gloom-and-doom stories about businesses in financial ruin, families losing their homes to foreclosures and people losing their jobs.
LATHROP - Four months since the start of Matt Browne's wrongful-termination hearing, and 10 months after he was fired without due process by former City Manager Yvonne Quiring, Lathrop's former chief building official may finally get an answer as early as January if he gets his old job back.
LATHROP - Is the Lathrop City Council ready to appoint or hire a new city manager?
The handmade rustic sign reads: "Grandpa's Flower Patch. Only God can make a flower. Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matt 6:29."
Manteca farmer Manuel Medeiros is like the Energizer bunny. He just keeps going and going.
Great Valley Academy is still on a roll four years after it opened in Manteca.
There are four seasons of the year – winter, spring, summer and fall.
If you have time to spare today and you enjoy getting your hands dirty, you are welcome to stop by anytime at the community garden in progress at Sequoia Elementary School.
Manteca Unified Board of Trustees vice president Evelyn Moore filed her candidate's papers Monday at the San Joaquin County Registrar's Office in Stockton.
Here's yet another sign of the times. The demise of family-owned dairy farm operations. In many cases, the dairy farm has been handed down from one generation to the next.
There is a good reason these days why California has happy cows, as touted in the Milk Advisory Board-backed television advertising. It's the same reason that could put a happy smile on the faces of dairy farmers in the Golden State.
If you wait for your dad's shoes, you'll wait all your life.
The day started at 5 a.m. for the Curnejo family. Jaime and wife Velma, and their older children, were up before the break of dawn – winter, spring, summer and fall. No fail. They had nearly 200 cows to milk in the barn.
These are busy days at the FESM Hall in Manteca.
Thirty young Japanese students are looking for host families this summer. They will be arriving on July 26 and will be in Manteca until Aug 26. During that time, the students who are between the ages of 13 and 17, will be attending classes to be held at St. Mary of the Virgin Anglican Church at the corner of Cottage and Louise avenues in Manteca.
When Caroline Finn came to the top of the hill at the Grapevine nearly 30 years ago and beheld the great valley below, she knew there was no going back.
She lives practically next to a "drug house" in a Manteca neighborhood that many of the property owners know about it.
Mary Buchanan is not a certificated Manteca Unified teacher librarian. But she is working hard to convince district officials "to consider returning the teacher librarian positions to each of the high schools." Those positions were among the victims of the budget cuts that were made during the Great Recession.