RIPON - The artistic crafting of fruits and vegetables into floral pieces was the focus of shoppers at Ripon's third Farmers' Market Thursday afternoon.
It was a stroll down Ripon's Main Street toward the city's third successful Farmers' Market Thursday afternoon that was actually relaxing and made me forget what time it was and that, hey, I had a couple of stories waiting to be written.
RIPON - A Lathrop 20-year-old man who allegedly acted as a getaway driver Wednesday night in a theft at a Ripon convenience store was tracked to his Lathrop home on Thursday and arrested by Ripon police officers.
Driving a police car at high speeds and putting it through precision maneuvers on a training course is awesome to watch – especially for a reporter sitting in the front seat of a chase car.
RIPON - Debra Handley of Ripon is going the extra mile for women she has never met in Third World countries supporting micro business operations that produce handmade products of jewelry, purses and handbags.
Wednesday was a typical day for Manteca Police.
It started out as a love story between sweethearts that transcended four major battles in World War II with the loss of hundreds of personal letters that were not delivered until war's end.
It was a golf cart challenge between some 15 to 20 residents of the Del Webb at Woodbridge community in the northeast section of Manteca Saturday morning – an event where laughing was more important than winning..
Gold Star Mothers and family members from throughout the Northern San Joaquin Valley gathered Saturday to honor their soldiers and sailors who sacrificed their lives for their country while feeling each others everlasting grief.
A Friday noon high speed chase from rural Manteca ended with a Manteca Police officer finding the '97 Ford Mustang abandoned behind an eatery in the 1400 block of West Yosemite Avenue where the driver had fled leaving a large amount of cash, drugs and a semi-automatic hand gun.
RIPON - Nearly 190 high school graduates were presented their diplomas Friday night in Ripon High's Stouffer football field with stands packed with families and friends.
RIPON - Julianna Avalos is an inspiration – Ripon Elementary School's choice for a graduation speaker Thursday night.
Scenes from Thursday's Colony Oak School's graduation ceremonies.
It was probably the best single learning experience of my life when a city editor in Southern California called over to me when I returned from a meeting saying I had 20 minutes to give him a 12-inch-long story on the city council meeting.
RIPON - A touch of Americana is part of the Ripon Farmers' Market this Thursday at 4 p.m. as the police and fire personnel challenge each other in a chili cook-off on Main Street with free samples for everyone.
It was a red carpet event Thursday night when San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel officially installed five board members to new terms on the Ripon Chamber of Commerce board during a dinner at the Spring Creek Country Club.
Ron Corbin was getting ready to bicycle from the Prayer Valley Church food distribution effort last week across from Library Park to his brother's home with bags of food on the handle bars.
An 81-year-old Manteca woman sustained fatal injuries in a 7 a.m. Wednesday crash while driving her 2007 Ford sedan at Louise Avenue and Jack Tone Road, according to a CHP report.
An alert citizen helped Ripon Police find an indecent exposure suspect within nine hours from the time the man allegedly exposed himself to two young girls under 18.
Six-year-old Emily Hum dropped by Manteca's Union Road fire station Wednesday to meet some special guys - firefighters and medics who saved her life.
The Ripon Police Department hosted the Advanced Junior Police Academy for two weeks from July 7-18 18 with 14 cadets under the direction of Officer Trevor McGinnis.
John Mangelos is being installed as the Ripon Chamber of Commerce president Thursday night for the second time.
Some 300 Police Explorers from throughout the state converged on Ripon High to test their proficiencies in day-to-day police tactics and procedures in the fourth year of the Central Valley Explorer Competition.
Ripon is exploring having two water systems - one for domestic use and the other for landscaping.
One Manteca grandmother remembered a newspaper story about pleas for money to get out of jail by "grandsons" that warned her of the fraud that was confronting her on the telephone.
Two days of police skills competitions face some 35 teams of teenage police explorers from throughout California and as far away as Honolulu on Friday and Saturday at Ripon High School for the Fourth Annual Central Valley Explorer Challenge.
A fire described as suspicious caused $150,000 in damages to a Manteca home at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night in the 200 block of El Capitan Avenue.
In less than 60 hours police solved what turned out to be the biggest vehicle theft ever in Manteca recovering three of five vehicles stolen and making two arrests.
It was fast police work from Saturday to Tuesday noon in finding those responsible for the theft and arson of high profile commercial vehicles valued at over $400,000 and parked next to a Manteca hotel in an daring caper in the dark of night.
Three stolen Tillamook Cheese microbuses valued at $300,000 were located in Copperopolis Monday night by a county-wide law enforcement team led by Manteca Police Department officers.