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Winds of change coming June 5 in Congressional race

Voters in Manteca, Ripon, Escalon and Stanislaus County could shake the machine apparatus of both the Democrat and Republican parties to the core in 25 days.

May 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fresh air gives way to same old, same old at Lathrop city hall

When Joseph "Chaka" Santos raised his right hand, took the oath of office and sat behind the dais as the Mayor of Lathrop, he did so as anything but your run-of-the-mill politician.

May 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Occupy folks prove once again it’s all about them

Occupy Everything & Anything.

May 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Student loan rates aren’t what ails higher education

It's time that common sense guided higher education spending in California.

May 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bing was sweet on Manteca, John Steinbeck wasn’t

Bing Crosby liked Manteca.

May 07, 2012 | | Local Columns


You need lots of patience to catch the moon

I was one of those who got caught up in the perigee-moon hype.

May 06, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


End county’s role as dumping ground for SF Bay Area

Michael and Jeannie LaForge are not NIMBYs as in not in my backyard.

May 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Keep water tower, get rid of Mayor Weatherford

I thought the Manteca water tower belonged to the people of Manteca and not Mayor Willie Weatherford. It stood there for 50 years and now all of a sudden it is in the way.

May 06, 2012 | | Local Columns


Frank Guinta: The definition of a real man

The true measure of a man is not on how much wealth he amasses.

May 04, 2012 | | Local Columns


Political expediency could cost Manteca taxpayers $207,000

Scorched earth politics.

May 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pavao’s amazing run on ‘The Voice’ comes to an end

Lindsey Pavao's amazing run on NBC's "The Voice" came to a heartbreaking end Tuesday night.

May 02, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Transit station: prelude to rebirth coming down the tracks to downtown?

What came first: The transit station or the train?

May 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca’s very own still in hunt to be ‘The Voice’?

Lindsey Pavao came full circle Monday night.

May 01, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Of water towers, Manteca icons & gigantic flags

Evelyn Burton has a point.

May 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No one should fight cancer alone

My wife and I suspected some slight regression in our 7-month-old son's development.

April 30, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Local Columns


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Two men killed on rain-swept Moffat Blvd

Two Modesto men died from their injuries following a collision with a tow truck on Moffat Boulevard Saturday noon - the driver, 24, reportedly passed away ...

November 28, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California turning into Tower of Babel

Editor's note: Denis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Feb. 20, 2011.

November 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Colony Oak shows appreciation for military veterans

Betty Rhea Newman, 93, of Manteca was the one and only woman veteran from the U.S. Marine Corps from World War II who was ...

November 26, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop water use down nearly 30%

LATHROP – Residents in Lathrop used almost 30 percent less water in October of this year than they did in the same year in 2013, continuing ...

November 26, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


MUSD bids farewell to Romero, Fant

It's the end of an era on the Manteca Unified School District Board of Education.

November 26, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


AG HISTORY

Wheat - and not almonds, pumpkins or even grapes - is what attracted farmers to the Manteca region in a bid to make a living after the ...

November 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Auto class offered to Ripon’s students

Students from Ripon High are earning college units for taking an automotive class.

November 26, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Of those using skin tone for advancing bigoted agenda

Enough is enough. I am sick and tired of lies and the liars who tell them.

November 25, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Verbal pollution in form of cussing wears down the soul

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on July 3, 2012

November 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Donner Party would have tough time understanding our fears today

The Donner Party came to California 170 years ago.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miracle on Moffat Boulevard

Moffat Boulevard 20 years ago was what might politely be called a pigsty.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?

Politicians usually try to look like they're keeping their campaign promises, at least until they get sworn in. Only then do they start mumbling ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local Columns


About that ‘vile’ place we call Manteca

If you go to certain select websites that hammer away incessantly over hot topic issues such as the homeless in order to draw clicks for ...

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Masseuse charged with sexual assault against a woman

A Manteca woman in her mid-50s claimed she was sexually assaulted Friday evening at the Angels massage parlor in the 1100 block of East Yosemite ...

November 21, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Collection blitz yields 559 turkeys

The 375-year-old American tradition of sharing the bounty of the harvest is being kept alive in Manteca.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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