RIPON - Preparing five-course meals for 25 family members on holidays is old hat for Tractor Supply Company manager Rob Christopher.
One way to slow down traffic – and to make neighborhood streets safer – is by designing developments with narrower streets, roundabouts, chicanes, bulb-outs, and non-intrusive fast growing trees that create a partial canopy over the pavement.
Julie Sweeney – a seven-year staff member in the finance department – is the 2008 City of Manteca Employee of the Year.
An old-fashioned barn party – complete with dinner, dancing to a live band and lively conversation – is taking place in the Fonseca barn.
RIPON – The longer days and the warming weather means that it's time to get outside and have some fun.
Three kids from the Give Every Child a Chance tutoring program went the extra mile for the recent bowlathon fund raiser bringing in $2,351 between them.
"If you remember me, you know that I live in San Ramon and each Wednesday, I would drive the opposite direction to pick up my mother's first cousin in the Hayward Hills to come along with me to your class in Manteca. Not one of us regretted the time it took just to get there. Rather, we thank you and, I for one, will remember you for many, many years and the excitement you gave to me about the Portuguese way. Obrigada, Mary."
Manteca has spent the last 10 years gaining a bigger chunk of San Joaquin County's overall population despite being the city with the oldest growth cap policy in place in the entire region.
It would have been all too easy for Kathy Aartman-Weed to give up.
LATHROP – By late spring or early summer, the Lathrop Police Services will be acquiring a new neighbor right next door on Seventh Street.
It was another spectacular weekend of youth recognition as Manteca Youth Focus conducted its 14th annual scholarship competitions. A celebration of leadership, volunteer service and talent – MYF was successful in its campaign to award educational scholarships to deserving young men and women of achievement.
Gail Brooks, a student in Manteca, will join a select group of students representing their schools, communities, and country as People to People student leaders. Brooks has been accepted into the People to People Leadership Summit in Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, Maryland, June 7 - 16. All students accepted into a People to People program must meet rigorous academic and leadership requirements. Brooks was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential.
Vanessa Marie Rangel, 12, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss California Pageant to be held July 30 - August 1, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara.
Bryson Cwik, Jessica Jones, Hali Pekron and Veronica Rogers, high school members of the Modesto Junior College Community Orchestra, were recently accepted into the California All State Honor Orchestra. These four students were selected out of several hundred high school applicants from around the state who auditioned by submitting a CD recording. They rehearsed and performed with the All State Honor Orchestra March 12-15 at the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Conference in Ontario.
LATHROP – Marlene Taylor was hard to ignore with her a la Christina Aguillera green wig and matching triple-tiered faux emerald necklaces standing out against her white peasant blouse.
Watering yards every other day during restricted hours and doing such things as employing quick-acting nozzles to wash cars won't cut it when it comes to Manteca residents conserving water.
One Manteca man experienced what could be described as a "220 electrical shock."
Woodward Reservoir - a popular recreation area 16 miles northeast of Manteca - could close this summer in a bid by the South San Joaquin Irrigation District to conserve water.
The first pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe who resigned as the spiritual head of St. Mary's Church in Stockton after he confessed to having fathered a child is yet to file papers that would relieve him of his priestly duties.
There are at least six challengers in the works for this Saturday's bowl-a-thon being staged to help struggling children succeed in school.
Manteca's highest profile home - the opulent 30,000-square-foot mansion built by grape broker Michael Hat - could become a high priced teardown.
Get ready for a 200-year flood.
Two parcels once set aside for elementary school sites may soon have the sound of nails being hammered to create 58 new homes.
LATHROP – It's simple logic.
The South San Joaquin Irrigation District is guaranteed water - providing it snows in the Sierra.
It was a day of double joy for Dr. George Veldstra, M.D.
The Manteca Transit Center at Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street in Manteca is the setting for the Roast of Jeff Tilton, a candidate for San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools in June's primary elections.
It's Winter Olympics time. And while the world's eyes may be focused on Sochi, Bob Steves and Tom Osborn's memories are flying back to the 1964 summer Tokyo Olympics.
Herman and Ann Howard have been married for 50 years. Ann professes to know the reason behind their marital success. In a word: surprise - especially those that are carefully planned and then presented with a generous mixture of thoughtfulness and love on Valentine's Day.
LOS BANOS (AP) - Farmers in California's drought-stricken Central Valley said the financial assistance President Barack Obama delivered on his visit Friday does not get to the heart of California's long-term water problems.