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Ripon school officials should encourage, not discourage student scholarships

Some school officials at Colony Oak Elementary School in Ripon are reportedly unhappy with the fact that scholarships were awarded to some of its eighth graders by a representative of Central Catholic High School in Modesto.

June 14, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


I’m one lucky guy to be able to wear glasses

I had a habit of running into things growing up.

June 14, 2012 | | Local Columns


Sunshine & California: Life doesn’t get much better than that

"Isn't this why we live in California?" - Teen Grant Bryson commenting on the 90-degree temperatures and sunshine

June 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to take the joy out of ‘girl watching’? Then judge a pageant

I have never been a fan of beauty pageants.

June 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DUDES change the world one bird house at a time

RIPON - Two young boys – one 13 and the other 14 – definitely won't be bored during their summer vacations.

June 11, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


A way Manteca can hire seven more police officers

Four shootings, seven wounded - two seriously - in six days.

June 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


News flash! Everyone can’t be special

My son sent me a commencement speech that was recently given at a high school in Pennsylvania. It was a rather lengthy speech, but if it had to be summed up in a few words, these would be them: None of us are special. While that may fly in the face of all the self-help gurus we have here in the Golden State, it is true. We are part of the world – it is not part of us.

June 11, 2012 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


There’s no happy ending to this story

Just the concept of Alzheimer's and dementia is something that elicits negative feelings. Nobody wants to think about what it would be like to forget who you are or the life that you lived – the very identity that you work so hard to craft during your years on this planet.

June 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California’s 13th largest city’s luck is about to run out

Luck is running out for Stockton.

June 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pension version of Proposition 13 could be on its way

The party, as they say, is over.

June 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just think how bad it would be without Prop. 13

Ah, the good old days before Proposition 13.

June 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to stop the spread of ‘crack’? Then legalize it

Legalize "crack".

June 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bigger impact on environment? Lowe’s or high speed rail?

Lowe's spent close to $400,000 and two years on environmental studies to gain approval to build a 140,000-square-foot store on the northeast corner of the 120 Bypass and Airport Way in Manteca.

June 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $290,000 annual public educator pension

How do you get a $290,000 a year pension?

June 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taking a stand for religious liberty

Last Thursday evening, I found myself at Los Angeles' Academy of Motion Picture and Arts on Wilshire Boulevard. There, a battle-front of cameras fired volley after volley at the prestigious actors and actresses about to enter the premiere screening of their soon-to-be famous movie. I had already seen the epic historical drama at a publicity preview in Modesto. But this would be different. Seated among benefactors, nuns and missionaries, priests and a few bishops, I took in, tearfully and with tremendous gratitude, the story once again. The film: "For Greater Glory". The topic: the Mexican Catholic resistance, first peaceful, then ...

June 02, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


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Dry levee decision

A proposed alignment for the controversial dry levee in southwest Manteca that is a critical element to meet the state mandate to provide 200-year flood ...

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOMEGROWN CITY MANAGER

Manteca City Manager Elena Reyes recalls her first day in the City Council chambers.

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Police arrest 2 for mail theft

Ripon Police - with information provided by two alert residents - arrested two women on suspicion of stealing mail.

August 15, 2016 | | Local Columns


Ripon High grad is now the top Indian

Keith Rangel has experienced his fair share of back-to-school first days at Ripon High.

August 15, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Boys & Girls Club reopens for school year

The Boys & Girls Club of Manteca-Lathrop opens today for the new school year after a week of annual clubhouse maintenance.

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The downtown Manteca traffic & parking myth

There is a wrong-headed "absolute" that's driving the downtown Manteca debate.

August 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley may go to hell but air will be clean

Pundits can't figure out why moderate Democrats in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire aren't jumping for joy at the chance to ...

August 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High’s best future is Moffat Blvd

Manteca High was built in 1920.

August 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The compelling case for vibrant arts in schools & in Manteca

Singing -or more precisely music - isn't one of my strong suits. I don't sing in the shower as I don't want to ...

August 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trump’s trash talking

When is it going to end?

August 08, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


ROOTS IN RIPON

So in last week's article I commented on my utter disdain for Hillary Clinton for any number of reasons which are too numerous to ...

August 08, 2016 | CHUCK ROOTS | Local Columns


Ben Cantu & Manteca’s three-peat

Manteca - that once billed itself as "The Crossroads of California" in the 1980s before adopting the moniker "The Family City" - is at a crossroads.

August 08, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doctors Hospital Auxiliary awards $20K in scholarships

The Doctors Hospital Auxiliary has again distributed more than $20,000 in college scholarships to area students who are at least beginning their third year ...

August 08, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop lands Kraft Heinz

It was a huge blow for the city when Lathrop's 51-year-old glass manufacturing facility was shuttered for good in 2013.

August 08, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


LOSING PRIVILEGES

A small but growing number of Manteca residents are singing the blues because their efforts not to pay more green by continually placing garbage in ...

August 08, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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