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It started out as a project to replace a toilet

I now live in a two bedroom, no bathroom home - at least until Saturday.

January 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City succeeds in silencing at least one man’s input

McKinley Avenue will one day slash through people's property where they live.

January 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stamping out the Postal Service using political ball & chain

It's time to save the United States Postal Service.

January 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca residents could save a lot of green by using purple pipe water

Requiring the developers of the proposed 1,650-home Trails of Manteca project to use recycled wastewater to irrigate 75 acres of parkland is a good start but it doesn't go far enough.

January 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Respecting sacrifices made for you

There is no law governing what you can and cannot do to the American flag.

January 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Toilet plungers & health care

I needed a toilet plunger the other day, and life is never good when you need a toilet plunger. And the worse thing is, I did not have one.

January 22, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Be careful what you ask for in this cold season

Be careful what you ask for in this cold and flu season – you might get a surprise like I did recently after looking just about everywhere for the cough drops I have used for years – the tried and true small boxes of Vicks.

January 22, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Why are there less vehicle thefts in Ripon?

Modesto and Stockton are consistently among the Top 5 cities in the United States for vehicle theft.

January 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why not require thumbprints to purchase gas?

What kills more people in the United States: Guns or cars?

January 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing local services on altar of the almighty state workers

Shortly after arriving in Manteca in 1991 I was told by several people of how some Bay Area counties would "pay" welfare recipients to help them move to the Central Valley by providing everything from bus tickets to assistance with getting an apartment.

January 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting past Blue Monday

What a way to kick off the week: Blue Monday.

January 19, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


California Dream: From Gold Rush to state government going bust

Six days from now marks the 163rd anniversary of the most defining event in California history - the discovery of gold by James Marshall at Coloma.

January 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Wrapping dishes with clothing at the checkout

I should have said something, but I didn't.

January 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Short life spanned the Great Abyss

Between the day she was born and the day she died the world had changed.

January 16, 2011 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Taking Manteca’s bike path system to the next level

The Tidewater Bikeway rates as a true visionary move made by Manteca civic leaders in the 1990s.

January 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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The Little Red Hen & Tulloch Lake

Copperopolis residents are worried sick.

February 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, JROTC dinner Friday

The FESM Fish Dinner is Friday, Feb. 27, at the FESM Hall, 240 N. Main St., Manteca with takeout from 5 to 6 p.m. The doors for the sit-down dinner open at 6 with a dinner of lingcod fish, potatoes, bread, salad, and dessert served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. For tickets contact Frank at 209.595.3558.

February 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Questions to dog city leaders on

The Great Dog Park Debate is back.

February 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winner in the category of least gracious winner is . . .

The 87th annual Academy Awards shouldn't be confused with entertainment.

February 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s to the 301 Manteca residents who would of died

There will be 301 Manteca residents who will not die by the end of this year thanks to vaccines.

February 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Job market forces pay raises at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart workers are getting a pay raise.

February 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley Beat debuting today

"Welcome to the very first episode of the Central Valley Beat. I am Nina Frisby and…"

February 20, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


It’s Almond Blossom time! (plus more crab)

Almond Blossom Festival is here! Start your weekend right with some tasty breakfast. Ripon Grange #511 is holding its 53rd annual Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona Ave., Ripon. Tickets for adults are $7 when purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Please call Helen at 209.599.7110 for more information.

February 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Family City’s can-do attitude is for Bay Area housing needs

There is no affordable housing problem in Manteca.

February 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Born to be wild: Black & white high tops

White Converse All-Star high top basketball shoes.

February 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca & the coming water crisis

It was a beautiful day Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E wants you to pay for them to profit from chargers

PG&E wants the state to give them permission to take money from you so they can make even more money.

February 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City Council posed to jack up future rents

The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is likely to vote to increase future apartment rents, make it more difficult for young people entering the workforce to rent let alone buy a home in Manteca, and widen the housing gap between the haves and have nots.

February 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A wedding is a day; marriage is a lifetime

Love is in the air. Or, I should say, marriage is in the air. For the first time in my recent memory, people I know are tying the knot left and right.

February 14, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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


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