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Everything from Art in the Park to Chocolate & Cherry festivals

The Manteca Junior Women's Club is staging Children's Art in the Park on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Library Park in downtown Manteca. There will be free arts and crafts. That is in addition to food vendors, art displays as well as demonstrations, entertainment and merchandise being available for sale. For more info click go to our online Community Calendar at

May 15, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

IRS gives away $13B in taxpayer dollars to crooks

If your company lost $13 billion in one year due to sloppy work you wouldn't expect them to hand out $2.8 million in bonuses plus grant big step pay raises for a job well done.

May 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

You’re so vain you probably think this selfie is about you

Warren Beatty has met his match - self-centered selfie snappers.

May 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Mom says she just tries to do her best

Mothers' Day at our house are most days of the year, when that special woman I married 54 years ago witnesses her efforts continuing to bloom after raising three boys and a girl – all leading successful lives in their vocations.

May 10, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

The fantasy of a $26 an hour minimum wage

Congresswoman Barbara Lee is advocating placing California's minimum wage at $26 an hour.

May 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Smartphones & carte blanche government fishing expeditions

I have an iPhone.

May 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fat Cat show tonight for Welcome Home Heroes

Run for Rina! The annual half-marathon run and 5K run/walk held in honor of the late Rina Brocchini and to raise community awareness and funding for the Ripon High Stadium Project, is scheduled for this Saturday, May 10, at 7 a.m. For more info go to or call Stephanie Hobbs at 209.599.6861.

May 08, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Consultant takes Manteca for a ride

What's in a name?

May 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Thank justice: City Council prayers get legal blessing

Somewhere approaching 500 times in the last 23 years Manteca City Council meetings have opened with a prayer.

May 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

High tech crackheads & the Seven Deadly Sins

Google the words "pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed" and "sloth."

May 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca’s new standard for road maintenance: South Main Street

Take a drive down South Main Street between Industrial Park Drive and the 120 Bypass.

May 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Yes, you can eat healthy in Manteca

Manteca, the Family City. I've called home since 2009 and wouldn't trade it for any other city in California. I love it even with the five McDonalds, three Taco Bells and abundance of taquerias, and I don't mind it, because I learned my lesson years ago.

May 03, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Shaking the hand that shook hands with a saint

The color photograph shows a younger Pope John Paul II and an equally younger Father Joseph Illo. The former associate pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Manteca and former pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in Modesto and now senior chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California was not yet an ordained priest at the time. He was a seminarian in Rome.

May 03, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Suing those that help support you

What are the negative environmental impacts of getting 35,000 commuters out of their cars and into transit buses?

May 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Enjoy that $35 PG&E credit — you paid for it

Sacramento Syndrome is spreading.

May 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Would you get a tattoo of the logo of your employer?

I have little stomach for buying clothing with a company's logo on it.

March 05, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Assuring future of downtown with sidewalk easement plan

So how can Manteca possibly hope for a vibrant downturn night scene to develop if by law - driven by court rulings - areas of sidewalks beyond ...

March 03, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Gary Singh, safer streets in Manteca & speed bumps

Manteca needs more police officers.

March 01, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The screaming woman on Powers Avenue


February 28, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Bad intel on our ongoing war on poverty

How bad is poverty today in California?

February 27, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

No, it’s not OK that your dog charges

I like dogs.

February 26, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon on parade during 56th festival

Thousands lined central Ripon streets on a blustery Saturday to enjoy the 56th annual Almond Blossom Festival parade.

February 26, 2018 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Manteca Police: No attempted abduction of elementary student

Manteca Police officers are no longer looking for an adult that reportedly grabbed a Golden West student Friday afternoon in a possible abduction after video ...

February 26, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Unpaid lunches drain $121K from general fund

The Manteca Unified general fund has taken a $121,000 hit from a federal mandate that requires school districts to allow students to charge lunches ...

February 26, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Deputies still assist ICE in high risk warrant cases

San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies continue to work with Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) but only when public safety is an issue.

February 26, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Texas Hold ‘Em Saturday benefits HOPE

A Texas Roadhouse dinner along with Texas Hold 'em and bunco on Saturday, March 4, will help raise funds for the HOPE Famnily Shelters.

February 26, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Think homeless shelter and most people have a vision of a barracks-style facility with an endless sea of beds, minimal furnishings, and an atmosphere that ...

February 26, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

City parks: Manteca just skating by?

It's safe to say Derrek Asher - and a lot of other Manteca residents - aren't too wild about the Family City when it comes ...

February 24, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca is weeks away from a deal that will make it the top tourist destination in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

February 24, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Should I call my car Betsy?

The 1924 Ford Model "T" has finally gotten revenge.

February 23, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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