New Hope Church hosted the Summer Rock event Saturday at Southside Park that provided free food, games, and other activities for neighborhood kids as part of its outreach effort to combat the influence of gangs. The event also included prizes as well as Payless Shoe gift cards.
The Manteca Unified Student Trust announced its 2009 scholarship winners on Friday. The recipients were recent graduates from the district's secondary sites – Manteca High, East Union, Sierra, Weston Ranch and Lindbergh schools. Students were required to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and contributed at least 100 hours of community service within the past four years.
On Thursday Charleen Carroll, the sister of Brock Elliott, stood just feet away from where her brother's name was etched into a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall – Panel 20E, Line 114 – and read a letter that he wrote to her father just before his death.
"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic . . . and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office that I am about to enter, so help me God."
A Saturday night DUI check point in Ripon was unusually busy for officers according to Police Sgt. Steve Meece – mostly with drivers with suspended licenses or others who were driving without a license in their possession.