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Manteca school board needs to ask Sam Fant to resign his office

Alexander Bronson says he wants to "address all issues of concern in education to parents, staff, and students." Apparently those concerns for the 21-year-old USC graduate don't include character, ethics, honesty, or following the rules.

September 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Who’s looking out for kids roaming Manteca’s streets?

If you met Hunter Davis, he'd strike you as a typical 11-year-old boy.

September 09, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Manteca: The go everywhere bathroom

Remember the good old days when the worst you had to worry about were dogs taking a dump on your lawn?

September 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Drive-thru dinner plus wine tasting

Don't cook dinner on Friday; Anderson's Mower & Bike will take care of you! They are holding a Texas Roadhouse drive-thru fundraiser dinner on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Spreckels Park BMX Track from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 and they are available at their store at 907 W. Yosemite Ave. in Manteca. For more go to

September 04, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Manteca’s thin blue line & our perceptions

Murder is not acceptable.

September 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

IRS wants to feast on ‘free lunch’ perk in Silicon Valley

Here's a question for Congressional Republicans: Why do I have to pay my federal income taxes and others don't to the tune of more than $400 billion a year?

September 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Real concern for youth & a smile: Joe was all that & more

Long before there was Joe Albertson, Winco Foods, Webvan, and high tech entrepreneurs gearing up to unleash a squadron of drones to deliver Ding Dongs and Red Bull to millennials too self-absorbed to go to the store there was Joe's Food Center.

September 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Go ahead & enjoy the latte will you can afford it

Can you afford to give up a latte a week?

September 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Jack Tone’s dream thrives along his road

Jack Tone Road is my favorite strip of pavement in San Joaquin County.

August 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A cautionary tale about signing on the dotted line

Steve Catalano wants to go home.

August 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Color the Skies hot air balloon festival weekend

Ripon is celebrating improvements to Ripon High Stadium with an all-weather track ribbon cutting tonight 7 p.m. There will be free cupcakes from the Cupcake Lady and Congressman Jeff Denham and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will be in attendance. For more information go to

August 28, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Why rats like dark tunnels such as the Twin Tunnels

The emperor has no clothes.

August 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Alice Schlote wrapped her arms around the towering Italian cypress in her front yard, pulling her body close to its brush.

August 27, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns

Making it hard to be homeless in Manteca

It's time to get serious about the homeless in Manteca.

August 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Poor kids can’t ‘buy American’ access while the wealthy can

Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed through Ellis Island when it opened on Jan. 1, 1892.

August 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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We’re paying the price for a free ride on net platforms

The Chicken Littles are squawking like mad demanding that foxes guard the hen house known as Facebook.

March 21, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

He had no issue with pain when he was the killer

Russell Bucklew walked out on Stephanie Ray on Valentine's Day 1996 to go live with his parents.

March 20, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Informational meeting March 21 on Grand Jury

The San Joaquin County Chapter of the California Grand Jurors' Association is conducting at informational meeting on Wednesday, March 21, in Manteca.

March 19, 2018 | | Local Columns

Textbook adoption costs $2.5M

Selecting the best books to teach the 23,860 students of the Manteca Unified School District isn't a snap decision nor is it inexpensive.

March 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

California Connections enrolling students

California Connections Academy @ Ripon is more than a tuition-free, virtual public school.

March 19, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

ONE JOB PER $20,000

Manteca through the investment of $7.5 million in connection with the proposed Great Wolf indoor waterpark resort will create 375 fulltime equivalent (FTE) jobs.

March 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Crow Holdings - a firm with 15 distribution center projects in Texas and two in Southern California - is getting in on the South County warehouse boom.

March 19, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Rain sets stage for stunning Mt. Diablo views

MT. DIABLO - It was only supposed to rain Saturday.

March 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Does Manteca really matter in overall scheme?

Now that the Manteca City Council and the top tier of city bureaucrats are gearing up to take a victory lap over the pending Great ...

March 18, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Why Great Wolf is better catch than Amazon

So what would you rather have in your community - an Amazon fulfillment center or a Great Wolf Resort?

March 17, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

About March 14 high school brunch boycott

With all due respect to the high school students involved and the Manteca Unified administrators that brokered the deal, an alternative activity for a 17-minute ...

March 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Libraries: The walking dead after 22 years?

Libraries are not repositories of books.

March 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

When bringing a gun to school meant you’d get a warning

Close to 20 years ago when the Manteca Unified School District board was debating whether to allow school resource officers on campus, trustee Evelyn Moore ...

March 14, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca anti- camping law: Is it on trial?

Norman J. Moore is not going away.

March 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Sacramento: Additional water storage has little public benefit

Ground zero for the war against man - and now fish - in California can be found east of Colusa in narrow Antelope Valley in the foothills ...

March 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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