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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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Temporary McKinley Ave. closure needed for new building

A 622,000 square-foot warehouse is going in along Louise Avenue.

June 19, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


SIX FIGURE DEPARTING CHECK

Elena Reyes walked away from her 38-week stint as city manager - including 19 weeks she was paid for not working - with at least an additional ...

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sweet summer sweat: Embrace the heat instead of fighting it

Back in August of 1965 when the mercury in Lincoln flirted with 120 degrees after several back-to-back 115 degree days I was complaining to my ...

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To this day I wonder how he slept at night

In 1982 after the boy came along, I had to find a job. College was done for the time being and I ended up working ...

June 19, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Single payer pill: It requires only one to overdose

No one has ever mistaken the California Legislature for the Hoover Institute think tank at Stanford University.

June 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


114 degrees? Time to buy an ice ax

The high is supposed to hit 114 degrees in the coming few days.

June 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I knew I had seen her before – only it wasn’t same person

A few weeks ago, I again went out with Mike Kelly to take a look at how the Manteca Police are handling the homeless situation ...

June 16, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca needs to abandon Garfield section for MHS safety

The Manteca City Council has taken steps to improve the security of the Manteca Library.

June 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Learning less about world with access to World Wide Web

A teen boy. A matronly lady. A graying guy perhaps in his 50s with a man bun. Two women in their early 30s. One guy ...

June 14, 2017 | | Local Columns


Manteca’s goal: Avoid Kmart closing from lapsing into cancerous blight

Kmart's future may seem dicey but not as much as the building the retailer will leave behind when it closes its Manteca store sometime ...

June 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Unified recognized retiring staff

Mona Ogden is one of 10 Ripon Unified School District retirees.

June 12, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Daily attractions part of SJ Fair admission

Chef Ray Duey is a world-renowned culinary artist.

June 12, 2017 | Vicky Norman-Eddy | Local Columns


Entries sought for parade marking July 4th

A parade, aerial fireworks, and a pancake breakfast are the community events planned to celebrate July Fourth this year in Manteca.

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DESIGN SLASHES COSTS

There are 12 student restrooms at Sequoia School.

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Quintessential family man & Pumpkin King George Perry Sr. dies at age 99

George Perry Sr. was more than just the man who planted the seeds nearly a half century ago for what would blossom into the largest ...

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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