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2009: A very good year for Manteca Idol

The writing on the wall started to shine through the minute that East Union High School and Community Choir Instructor Anne Talcott told her that she had been one of the best in the competition.

November 25, 2009 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


A random act of kindness at a fast food restaurant

While dining last week at a nearby fast-food restaurant, I couldn't help but notice a homeless man approaching the self-service fountain drink counter.

November 24, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


It was MPOA’s call to make on salary concessions

Manteca has 12 less police officers today than it did 40 days ago.

November 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Farmers keeping Manteca-Lathrop on cutting edge

There are a number of "city slickers" and tekkies who are convinced farmers are so 19th century when it comes to thinking and being stewards of the earth.

November 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Boys & Girls: A chance for kids to be a kid

Why am I digging into my pockets to donate to next week's Boys & Girls Club Telethon?

November 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


News 10 reporter a good sport during GECAC challenge

I had a chance to be the guy behind the news camera.

November 20, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Downtown vision not clear

A letter to the editor was posted in the Manteca Bulletin on Nov. 14 regarding the downtown area and whether there is a "clear vision" for its future.

November 20, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Health care: Be careful what you ask for as you might just get it

Back in the mid-1960s a government study determined the artificial sweetener known as cyclamates can cause cancer.

November 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time to reject all incumbents in Sacramento

California is in a world of hurt. We have overextended government to the point we can no longer afford it.

November 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course has paid way to greater degree than other city recreation pursuit

I am a firm believer that verifiable facts are the components to getting to the real bottom line of any situation. When rumors, innuendo, and spin are entered into the equation, the water becomes muddied and the true bottom line of anything being analyzed can be difficult to discover. Throw some politics into the mix and you can end up with a lot of confusion. Why some individuals prefer to muddy the water can be a mystery, and I'm sure their reasons are varied and many.

November 18, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Bicycling along the American River

SACRAMENTO - I had always wondered about the much ado made over group bicycling.

November 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


RNC’s insurance covers elective abortion for staff

The devil, they say, is in the details.

November 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bay Area exports their problems to San Joaquin Valley

Back in the days when Manteca Police referred to Pennebaker Apartments as the police substation due to multiple calls on a daily basis, it should have been clear what ails California is the fact the wealthiest counties in this state often dump their problems on the poorest.

November 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Economy’ blamed for thin turnout at luncheon faire

There was a good-sized crowd at the perennially popular 43rd annual Holiday Luncheon and Crafts Faire sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Group of St. Anthony's School over the weekend. But I've seen larger crowds. There were years when you had to fight the human traffic just to get to the booths bearing a plethora of truly unique creations.

November 09, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Per diem fight: Legislators don’t want perk reduced

How much money do you spend a day on housing and basics such as electricity and food on your workdays?

November 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Manteca: From belly dancers & Look magazine to a horse in bar

I became a Manteca resident 24 years ago this week.

February 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca comic on stage in Modesto

They call it the green room.

February 11, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Time to talk with people and not just talk at them

There are 23,000 students in Manteca Unified.

February 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s invisible homeless

She was a young lady, perhaps in her 20s.

February 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The ultimate one-stop business for Manteca

Bert Fuller was fuming.

February 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . .

Manteca, I love thee for . . .

February 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mayor’s levee idea has merit for Manteca

Manteca's future is much too important to leave in the hands of engineers and textbook planners.

February 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hudson gets past another Idol round

Maddy Hudson already earned her ticket to Hollywood.

February 06, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Two cents of advice pays huge dividend

Joanne Jamerson is a vibrant, engaging, caring, thoughtful, classy, and wise lady.

February 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Working toward the old Jason

I had reached the tipping point.

February 04, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


It doesn’t matter if it’s not soccer or baseball

It doesn't take a high-paid consultant to tell you where the next community park is going in Manteca so why bother with a park master plan?

February 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


EU GRAD’S KILLER

Do you want a killer on the streets?

February 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Refrigerator weather prelude to repertoire of spring’s colors

Early February in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.

February 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Government is killing fish to save them

Ready for the ultimate fish fry?

February 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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