The unexpected joys are sometimes the best at Christmas time as when I witnessed a unique sparkle that opened my eyes during a family dinner in San Diego – my niece expressing herself through her poetry.
Two Manteca men in their early 20s survived a flash fire in their 1996 Chevy Lumina Monday afternoon as it was parked in a rural dirt driveway on Peach Avenue west of Union Road shortly before 2 p.m.
Seven candidates for Miss Almond Blossom in the 52nd Annual Almond Blossom Festival will be officially presented to the Ripon community Thursday night at the Spring Creek Country Club.
An attempted kick-in-door burglary in the 800 block of Reynolds Avenue in Ripon shortly after noon Monday was thwarted because a 14-year-old teen was home on the last day of his Christmas vacation.
A "gold bar" the size of a small chocolate bar and supposedly valued at $14,000 took a trio of shoppers to the cleaners at a Manteca shopping center over the weekend.
A caller described as being aggressive by a 69-year-old senior citizen demanded the man's bank routing number or he might not receive his Social Security check this month.
It's a comedy act routine for the faithful at one Ripon barber shop.
It's official and the contracts are signed.
Mantecan Diane Wentworth is on The Wheel of Fortune Thursday night at 7 on Channel 10 as a contestant.
The AAO Appliance Outlet recently opened in an expansive showroom on Moffat Boulevard just north of Austin Road is a success story that originated in a one-car garage in Manteca some seven years ago.
Yuletide memories of years past include heart and soul reflections of family life under living room Christmas trees, church time together and the special gifts of long ago.
Ripon Police officers recovered more than 550 fraudulent credit cards and arrested three individuals at a truck stop where they were reportedly partially parked in a handicapped zone.
Mary Mueller brought her brother City Councilman Vince Hernandez and her fellow Tupperware dealers to the Marine Corps Recruiting Center on North Main Street this week with their own special "Toys for Tots."
Modesto Police and the California Highway Patrol officers chased a Manteca suspect northbound on Highway 99 through Ripon and into Manteca shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday after an alleged home invasion robbery.
Some 1,300 feet of hose line had to be laid to the nearest hydrant to reach a burning structure shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of Airport Way.
The DUI Every 15 Minutes program was all too real for parents and students alike at Ripon Christian High School.
Ripon Rotary Club's community service budget for the community has increased thousands of dollars after a Poker and Bingo tournament that was held Friday night in the Community Center.
There will be some 10,000 Easter eggs hidden throughout Ripon's Stouffer Park Saturday morning for an expected 300 children to find and put in their Easter baskets. They will be hidden in every section of the park from the large soccer fields and at the play structure near the baseball fields to the lower meadow and the gazebo areas along the Stanislaus River just north of Highway 99.
The annual planting at the CAPS' campus on North Austin Road at East Yosemite Avenue adds an element of unexpected "exercise" for the consumers at the learning facility designed as an extra level of educating the physically and learning disabled in the community.
Her fear of being judged by a room full of police officers at a San Diego County Mothers Against Drink Driving awards luncheon was short lived.
An alleged knife attack in a Manteca home left two men bloodied Wednesday afternoon with one going to jail charged for alleged assault with a deadly weapon, battery and making terrorist threats upon a 20-year-old man living in the residence.
Second Harvest Food Bank received a $50,000 check from Dot Foods of Modesto to cover the cost of more than 91,000 nutritious meals for struggling families in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties and nearby foothill communities.
Children and parents of the Lions & Lambs Preschool joined together for the school's first fun field day Monday on the turf of the Calvary Community Church on Lathrop Road.
An unscheduled emergency "lockdown" drill went perfectly early Monday afternoon at Joshua Cowell School, according to safety personnel and Principal Bonnie Bennett.
Six years ago Juvenal Lechuga was a Nile Garden School eighth grader struggling to overcome bone cancer.
It was a shocker Tuesday morning for seven graduating high school seniors who were giving speeches in what they thought was the final competition for the Central Valley of Association's one and only college scholarship award.
A new business committee aims to bring more events to downtown Ripon.
Patty Reece loves her orchids.
The Manteca Crossroads Street Faire is set for Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Through it all, she's still smiling.