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My name is Captain Scott Souza, United States Air Force (retired), born and raised in our small town of Manteca.

April 03, 2015 | By SCOTT SOUZA Manteca resident | Local Columns

It’s time to stop destructive turf warfare between the blues & the reds

Turf warfare waged by those sporting blue and red are tearing this country apart.

April 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Little water savings can add up to big water savings

If we continue to use water like there is no tomorrow there will be no tomorrow. It's as simple as that.

April 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It's easy to take a sports story, give it the Disney treatment and get an entire theater full of people clapping at the end.

April 01, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Manteca’s heart needs to be healthy

Nico Tejeda is worried about Manteca's long-term health.

April 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jim White walked into the theatre unannounced, starting a quiet corner conversation with Sierra High athletic director Anthony Chapman.

March 31, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns

The Manteca tax that make more homeless

The Inn by the Station is not the Rose Motel of yesteryear or even of five years ago.

March 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

He’s ‘Proud to be MUSD’

Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer and the Board of Education have been investing time and money in pushing the slogan, Proud to be MUSD, which is aimed at focusing on all things positive about the district - from students' accomplishments and teachers' innovative instructional approaches, to a slew of progressive-thinking educational programs such as the $30 million Going Digital and the vocational charter school that has shown phenomenal growth in the mere three years it has been open.

March 30, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Assassins: Why teens like game

I get it now.

March 28, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns

Three examples of why education today is effective

Need a custom clock made from aluminum as a wedding gift?

March 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Trustees squander $120,298

What can $298.50 buy for the classroom to support your child's education?

March 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Bob Piccinini: Strong work ethic built grocery empire

Once in a great while, someone crosses your path and leaves such an impression that enriches your view of life and makes you appreciate even more the values that should be held near and dear.

March 26, 2015 | | Local Columns


They have taken out the lawn in their back yard and replaced it with brick and sand as well as a water fountain that sits bone dry.

March 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Train crews harbor horror of taking a life on the rails

Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.

March 25, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Uncle Sam allows us to be ripped off $124B a year

It's tough to support one's self on $8,000 a year.

March 24, 2015 | 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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