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From gas lines to $3 a gallon gas

Remember the fall of October 1973?

November 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Al Ftacek: Decorated WWII hero takes off on his last flying mission

On the World War II monument in Washington, D.C., is a photograph of Albert E. "Abe" Ftacek of Manteca. Beneath the title, "Activity During WWII," is an inscription that reads: "8th Air Force, 389th bomb group, 565th Bomb Squad, B-24 Radio Operator. Flew 33 bombing missions over Germany and France with the Lloyd L. Allen Crew and 2 with another crew. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal and European Theater of Operations Medal with four Combat Stars."

November 15, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Police chief isn’t suppose to be patron saint of homeless

Go ahead, slam Police Chief Nick Obligacion for his efforts to address the homeless/panhandling/public drug use issues in Manteca.

November 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Will ‘new’ fifth council member get a free pass?

Ready for another Manteca City Council election?

November 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

'Village' for schools often exclude the community

You've heard the line so much that it starts to sound like a cliche: It takes a village to raise a child.

November 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Your choice: Dance Saturday after ribs or oyster dinner

What's better than ribs? Ribs and dancing! The New Haven School Community Club annual Rib Dinner and Dance will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. No host cocktails start at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Served will be all-you-can-eat-ribs by Fagundes, bread, salad, potatoes and wine. For more info about tickets go to

November 13, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Does school brass fear Fant-led youth movement?

Did the Manteca Unified School District board meet behind closed doors in a bid to change the course of the Nov. 4 election?

November 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Criminal-fornia: What’s next? A voter approved ‘purge’ night?

Isn't it great to be a criminal these days in California?

November 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Whatever happened to a free education?

Read the fine print.

November 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Arresting ‘Godzilla’costly

It's one of those freak things that somebody ends up saying while heavily intoxicated and ends up getting printed simply because it was said.

November 08, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Wizard of Oz syndrome: We expect miracles

Barrack Obama is not the Wizard of Oz.

November 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Winds of discontent rock Manteca Unified schools

It pays not to campaign.

November 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Rummage sale, bunco, crab ciopinno feed set

Rummage for success! A rummage sale supporting special needs classroom activities at Manteca High School will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school parking lot at 450 E. Yosemite. What treasure will you score?

November 06, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

You can help prevent double murderer from walking free

You don't want your son or daughter to meet William Walter Nichols.

November 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Mr. Hannibal Lector goes to Washington

The scariest day of the year has finally arrived - Election Day.

November 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Decision on high schools’ field overhaul next month

The big decision about whether Manteca Unified will go ahead with all-weather tracks and a new Bermuda-hybrid style grass playing surface at each of its ...

January 22, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


He always said was just a farm boy from Kansas.

January 22, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Let there be light

Is downtown too dark when it comes to public parking lots after the sun goes down?

January 22, 2018 | | Local Columns

Gentlemen: We need more of them today

The world needs more gentlemen.

January 22, 2018 | | Local Columns

‘Two’ roads better than one for Raymus Parkway

It started out more than a decade ago as a four-lane expressway designed to move a high volume of cars around the ultimate southern edge ...

January 20, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Pacheco Pass may turn high speed rail into Jerry’s Folly

Twenty-seven miles east of Hollister in the heart of earthquake country is where California High Speed Rail could meet its Waterloo.

January 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

One man’s crumbs is another man’s lunch

The price we pay for living in California can be taxing - literally.

January 18, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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