Marco Martinez couldn't have looked happier as he climbed into his seat at Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford Mercury Friday morning with his new Hot Wheels set in his hand.
It's looked a lot like Christmas in Mike Morowit's Miner Mart liquors since November.
Chuck Crutchfield knows that the current state of the economy is hamstringing families, and that the arrival of the Christmas season is only putting additional strain on cash-strapped parents.
Phil Waterford wants to make sure that the less fortunate have something to smile about for Christmas.
LATHROP – Omar Ornelas is now the youngest person to ever sit on the Lathrop City Council.
LATHROP - The Lathrop-Manteca Firefighters Association is doing their part to make sure that families in need of assistance still get the chance to sit down and break bread on Christmas Day.
It might have taken the Sierra Timberwolves a little time to make sure everything was firing on all cylinders Saturday night in their non-league contest against the Beyer.
Despite holding an 8-point lead heading into the fourth quarter the Ripon Indians simply couldn't hold off a late charge by the Bret Harte Bullfrogs in the championship round of the 2010 Ripon Winter Classic.
Harry Mok wants to alert kids to how much of an impact recycling can actually make.
RIPON - It didn't even matter Friday night that Ripon Christian head coach Ron Vander Molen still hasn't decided what his regular lineup will be.
Hoping to catch the true embodiment of the holiday spirit in person?
LATHROP – Not every child filling out a Christmas list this year is asking for the latest electronics and the most popular toys.
For more than a decade he has kept his trademark beard nice and tidy and kept the belly laughs coming for all the good girls and boys in Manteca.
Christmas is going to come early for one Manteca woman lucky enough to land on one of the most popular game shows of all time.
LATHROP - Kimberli Thompson knows how important Girl Scout cookies are to the organization.
When is a personal Facebook page no longer personal?
There's nothing small about the proposed Lathrop Gateway Business Park.
Every move that Brad Peters makes is thought out.
That meme with the tough-faced toddler holding up his fist to signal an accomplishment?
If it all goes according to plan the City of Lathrop might have just made its last $1.2 million debt service payment for a series of bonds taken out to participate in the South County Water Supply Project.
When the City of Lathrop sends representatives to Washington, D.C., as part of an annual lobbying trip they hope to bring back more than dirty clothes in a suitcase.
Devonte Jenkins has one semester left before he's done at Modesto Junior College and headed off to Southern California to fulfill his lifelong dream of attending film school.
It's really a simple equation when you boil it all down.
Forget the fancy charts and the complicated graphs - the message was simple.
Lathrop used 17 percent less water in 2014.
Martha Landon used to dread pulling her GMC Yukon XL up to the gas pump.
The wave of Americans with Disability Act lawsuits that plagued Manteca and Ripon businesses over the course of the last year could be stalled if a bill introduced by State Senator Cathleen Galgiani takes effect.
Tina Murphy can't wait until her lease is over.
MODESTO – It's hard to mess up a hamburger.
Frank Saldana knows what it's like to be out on the street.