Sami Guedoir knows all about the benefits of cultural outreach. As the chairman of the advisory board for the non-profit Tunisian Community Center, Guedoir – who has owned Century Furniture on the corner of Yosemite and Main Streets – has seen first-hand what can happen when the perceived differences between two communities erode away. And he's taken a little bit of Manteca with him back to his Tunisian hometown of Mahares for that very reason. ...
]RIPON – Experience helped the Ripon High girls soccer team keep its non-league record flawless against an opponent coach Jose Bobadilla says is the best his Indians have played thus far.
RIPON – City leaders in Ripon are hoping that they'll be able to agree on a package that will allow them to meet their necessary budget goals without having to eliminate any more positions.
Frank Aquila didn't quite know what to do when he had heard that Manteca High graduate and United States Marine Charles Palmer was killed in Iraq.
RIPON – Finding something suitable to do this weekend won't be difficult. For the 47th time, the City of Ripon is pulling together to celebrate the blooming of the tree nut that at one time served as the lifeblood of the community and is permanently engrained in the fabric that makes Ripon unique. But it's much more than just a festival where you can buy farm fresh almonds and other nuts and hand-made arts and ...
CARMICHAEL - Duplicating a dramatic finish for victory isn't as easy as it's made out to be.
RIPON – Camila Sweaney grew up watching the Ripon Almond Blossom Queen hopefuls go through the motions of the traditional pageant, and always knew that she wanted to participate.
RIPON – Mary Bell knew that the crown that topped her head Thursday night wasn't going to be there for very much longer.
RIPON – Getting everything ready for the Almond Blossom Carnival that's expected to draw thousands over the three days it runs isn't easy.
Phil Waterford knew that he had found something special when he gave away a shiny red Mustang last month to a man from Stockton.
RIPON – Merlin Mohler takes his work out at his family's ranch on the east side of Ripon seriously.
RIPON – Educators can now breathe somewhat of a sigh of relief now that the California budget impasse appears to be over.
RIPON – Stephanie Hobbs is hoping that the community will literally run for the chance to have a state-of-the-art athletic facility.
The doors to La Belle Nails and Spa had been open for less than a year before their quickly growing customer base voted them the Best in Manteca for their services.
RIPON – Before school started last fall, Ripon Police officers had their hands full chasing gang-members and graffiti artists all over town.
Hunter Leonard knew that his tie was straight.
LATHROP – Chase Hayes summed up his excitement in a single motion.
LATHROP – The City of Lathrop isn't necessarily swimming in a pool full of money.
Alvin Vang's black gown was heavier than most.
Tuesday afternoon was bittersweet for Britney Szeto.
If Emmanuel Torres ended up on the street tomorrow, he wouldn't fare so well. For starters, the 15-year-old vice president of the Manteca Boys and Girls Club's Keystone Club - a leadership academy for teenagers -- struggled with piecing together a makeshift shelter that only needed tape and staples to finish. Even with a handful of helpers, Torres couldn't manage get the thick cardboard walls to stick to the wooden frame that had shielded him ...
By JASON CAMPBELL
Manuel Cardenas didn't think that he was ever going to graduate high school.
LATHROP – And I wondered why people don't trust the government.
LATHROP - It's been a few years since the City of Lathrop financed its way into an additional allotment from the South San Joaquin Irrigation District's surface water treatment plant.
It takes work to apply for college scholarships.
Efren Juarez had a good thing going with his business that hosted poster tournaments for non-profit organizations.
LATHROP – Bicycle safety is no laughing matter.
By JASON CAMPBELL
LATHROP – Steven Gascon doesn't mind the fact that the City of Lathrop shelled out $4,000 to rent the space in the Target parking lot for a weekend carnival.