WESTON RANCH – On paper, the Lathrop Spartans weren't supposed to stand a chance when they took the field to face the Weston Ranch Cougars on Friday night.
It isn't uncommon for Parminder Singh to throw out a hello to a customer that saunters through the doors of his family's Discount Market.
Now that the Manteca Idol judges have decided to come up with weekly themes for the contestants, the true talent of those who remain in the competition is about to shine through.
Annie Banks is no stranger to the world of Manteca Idol. For the last several years, the crowd-pleasing young redhead has dazzled with everything from girlish good looks to a voice that can at times put you back in your seat and leave you blurry-eyed as you try and figure out whether this is really an elementary school student that's blowing you away. But the 12-year-old red-headed Banks – who has come a long ways ...
RIPON – It's been years since the complete overhaul of downtown Ripon first began thanks to a grant that city staffers secured to cover the total cost.
SOQUEL - Competition is what the Manteca Buffaloes were hoping for when they scheduled the Soquel Knights of the Central Coast Section for their season opener.
Pastor Mike Dillman, after the September 11 tragedy brought down the World Trade Center towers in New York City, had to do something to thank those who go out of their way to protect us.
The gauntlet has been thrown down. As if the weeks leading up to the first week of the Manteca Idol finals on Wednesday night weren't an indication that there is some serious talent in this field, all traces of dissent were eradicated by the time the last singer stepped off the stage at Chez Shari. They're good. They're really, really good. With a new format this year that will accommodate younger singers that will compete ...
TRACY – Just because you drive a car that gets great gas mileage doesn't mean you have to sacrifice things like style or space.
Brian Rodriguez knows firsthand how beneficial the Manteca Boys and Girls Club can be in the life of a youth just trying to stay on the right track.
Oudom Rattanachane knew he had something special when he purchased a Pizza Guys franchise within walking distance of Manteca High school.
On the surface it's just another community dinner hosted by a service club where people from all different social circles will show up for a good meal and a good time.
Thomas Staggs knows just about everything there is to know about the machines that make it possible to keep your carpets clean.
Paul Lamazer tried just about everything for a career prior to his current job. He sold cars. He managed bands. He owned his own landscaping company. But it wasn't until he became a staffer at the pro shop at the Manteca Park Golf Course that Lamazer – who has been a lover of the links ever since he was a young lad – knew he had found his calling. "I love the game – I ...
The field of finalists for Manteca Idol is now set in stone. Wednesday night the panel of judges threw in a surprise curve when they allotted another finalist space that will bring the total to 13 – meaning that four of the nine people competing in the night's Wild Card round would be given a chance to go up against the competition's best. Just like every year, the competition gets stiffer each and every week ...
LATHROP – It's like Linda Rose that she'd feel like she wasn't deserving of the honor of being the 2013 Lathrop Holiday Parade Grand Marshal.
The proof is in the pudding.
LATHROP – Phil Waterford wasn't having the best day.
Three. Two. One.
Myrna Javrie looked at the list.
LATHROP – It's like Redbox but for medical-grade pot.
Mark Boudelik was busy balancing multiple phone calls Tuesday afternoon.
Thomas Christopher Chase was in possession of some interesting things when Manteca Police officers stopped him Monday night on suspicion on breaking into cars in the parking lot of the In-Shape Sports Club on E. Yosemite Avenue.
LATHROP – Matthew Hernandez could be $2,000 richer.
LATHROP – It's been nearly two decades since Californians voted to approve the use of marijuana for medical use and the federal government still doesn't recognize the individual mandates passed by state voters.
Some people call it a tradition.
LATHROP – When the Lathrop City Council got together for their second meeting in November two weeks ago, they freed up their December schedule.
John Hernandez stood in the dining room of Mountain Mike's Pizza, asked for attention, and then offered his profound thanks.
"But we drove here from San Jose and Elk Grove," pleaded two of the teams that showed up the 26th annual Crossroads Grace "Turkey Bowl" Thursday morning.
Joanne Gross had an important job Wednesday night.