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John Boore, the YMCA & memories of healthy fun

Once upon a time, the YMCA was the No. 1 fitness club.

November 12, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Is there a Great Wolf knocking at Manteca’s door?

It definitely isn't your father's water park.

November 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In the long haul California will do OK economically

I was walking through the Kankakee Daily-Journal offices during a visit with friends in Illinois back in 1989.

November 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weatherford: Manteca’s real life Andy Griffith

Willie Weatherford is an "aw shucks" kind of guy.

November 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New wave of street terrorists in Manteca

It was moving at a pretty good clip.

November 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for trains, trains & more trains

Do you like waiting for trains to pass through Manteca?

November 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My goal: Joining Dale Johnson in 10-gallon club

Dale Johnson's license plate holder always amazed me.

November 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chaka definitely not a tailor-made man when it comes to clothing style

Do clothes make the man?

November 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca voting was a good grade & not a mandate

So what was the verdict on Tuesday as far as Manteca politics is concerned?

November 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perry left mark as guardian of taxpayer dollar

He's been demonized by some, vilified by a few, and marginalized by others.

November 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It can be brutal running & serving on local boards

No matter what you think of Carlon Perry, Willie Weatherford, Debby Moorhead, Ben Cantu and all of the other candidates for local offices in today's elections in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop you have got to admire them.

November 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two stores in Manteca: One holds secret of success

This is the story of two stores in Manteca. Maybe, I should say, the stories of two stores in Manteca because one is about how success is achieved, and the other is about how success slips away.

November 01, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Myths endure about farming in California

Californians are amazing.

November 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is whining turning United States into nation of losers?

Americans never used to whine.

October 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rough Union Road has smooth future

The driving experience in recent weeks along Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road has been almost akin to a lunar surface expedition.

October 30, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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The Little Red Hen & Tulloch Lake

Copperopolis residents are worried sick.

February 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, JROTC dinner Friday

The FESM Fish Dinner is Friday, Feb. 27, at the FESM Hall, 240 N. Main St., Manteca with takeout from 5 to 6 p.m. The doors for the sit-down dinner open at 6 with a dinner of lingcod fish, potatoes, bread, salad, and dessert served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. For tickets contact Frank at 209.595.3558.

February 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Questions to dog city leaders on

The Great Dog Park Debate is back.

February 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winner in the category of least gracious winner is . . .

The 87th annual Academy Awards shouldn't be confused with entertainment.

February 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s to the 301 Manteca residents who would of died

There will be 301 Manteca residents who will not die by the end of this year thanks to vaccines.

February 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Job market forces pay raises at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart workers are getting a pay raise.

February 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley Beat debuting today

"Welcome to the very first episode of the Central Valley Beat. I am Nina Frisby and…"

February 20, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


It’s Almond Blossom time! (plus more crab)

Almond Blossom Festival is here! Start your weekend right with some tasty breakfast. Ripon Grange #511 is holding its 53rd annual Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona Ave., Ripon. Tickets for adults are $7 when purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Please call Helen at 209.599.7110 for more information.

February 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Family City’s can-do attitude is for Bay Area housing needs

There is no affordable housing problem in Manteca.

February 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Born to be wild: Black & white high tops

White Converse All-Star high top basketball shoes.

February 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca & the coming water crisis

It was a beautiful day Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E wants you to pay for them to profit from chargers

PG&E wants the state to give them permission to take money from you so they can make even more money.

February 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City Council posed to jack up future rents

The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is likely to vote to increase future apartment rents, make it more difficult for young people entering the workforce to rent let alone buy a home in Manteca, and widen the housing gap between the haves and have nots.

February 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A wedding is a day; marriage is a lifetime

Love is in the air. Or, I should say, marriage is in the air. For the first time in my recent memory, people I know are tying the knot left and right.

February 14, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Love is in the air as is smell of crab

The Pregnancy Help Center's annual crab feed is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Manteca Senior Center. The evening will begin with wine and cheese tasting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and feature silent, live and dessert auctions. Dinner will begin at 6:30. The menu includes salad, pesto and marinara pasta, bread and of course, marinated crab. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.omgpregnant.org. For more information, please call 209.640.2171.

February 12, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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