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Of cats, tough sweet girls, 13-year-old insight & uses of panic alarms

A demonstration of animal love and concern was paramount at the Simmons' home in Ripon when 9-year-old daughter Riley was able to come home from a Bay Area hospital over the holidays. The picture a family member snapped tells it all as the family cat snuggled up next to the young Ripon girl who had brain cancer surgery early in December.

January 01, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


You can’t save time so don’t let fear rule your life

"There's no time to kill between the cradle and the grave

December 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Service is the price they paid for the space they occupied

Service is the price you pay for the space you occupy.

December 30, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


The fiscal cliff & the unfairness of being Californian

Getting a bit antsy about the fiscal cliff?

December 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $500 flag pole permit & the fiscal cliff

Betsy Ross would be stunned.

December 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hey, dude, that’s one awesome hearing aid

Hollister - the store not the town - has to be one of the last places on earth that any sane 56-year-old would go.

December 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Etiquette training all part of the Almond Blossom queen court’s program

It was much to do about etiquette training and modesty when six Ripon girls signed their contracts to take part in the upcoming contest for the crown of Almond Blossom Queen.

December 28, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Let’s have Christmas every month in 2013

As I reflect over the past month, tons of feelings and emotions rush to mind! Many are heartwarming, some are sad, some made me smile, a lot of laughs, and some are exhausting to even think about again! Now that's a lot for one month! I want to focus on the way we feel when Christmas rolls around. As I check Facebook, I see endless posts letting the world know how much my "friends on Facebook" love their life, Christmas, baking, spending time with family, shopping, decorating, etc. I only wish we could be inspired every month like we ...

December 28, 2012 | By JANELL ZUIDERVAART Ripon Chamber of Commerce, President | Local Columns


Good old American regulations can save our wilderness from rogue marijuana farms

Where are the Greenpeace folks when you need them?

December 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Heaven has plenty of impish angels covered with spots

It was a simple question.

December 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Phil Waterford knows it’s a wonderful life

Manteca's lucky number is 55.

December 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BUBBLES OF HOPE

They were everywhere.

December 22, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


To reduce gun deaths take a ‘Q’ from the latest James Bond flick

Twenty six people - mostly kids - were shot to death at Sandy Hook School.

December 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Crime doesn’t pay unless you’re the government

Oakland has $316,000 that the city is not legally entitled to keep.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Turning an offer of oranges into two lemon pies

It was suppose to be a gift of oranges from a backyard tree in Ripon, but it ended up with a lemon pie.

December 20, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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What’s a little discomfort if you can help?

It was probably the strangest compliment I had ever given anyone.

July 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It wasn’t too long ago valley was a big lake

"The Great Central Valley of the state is under water - the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys - a region 250 to 300 miles long and an ...

July 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More Manteca teachers join ‘The $100,000 Salary Club’

You heard the mantra. The Manteca Educators Association (MEA) repeatedly hammered the public that they would strike if necessary in order to secure "a livable ...

July 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s Hat Mansion will be no more

I know that this isn't going to be a popular opinion, and I'm okay with that.

July 21, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Voters didn’t elect consultants to run Manteca

Here's a novel idea.

July 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to protect its $12M Moffat investment

Manteca has spent close to $12 million since 2004 cleaning up Moffat Boulevard as well as pumping new life into the corridor.

July 20, 2017 | | Local Columns


Cap-and-trade vote gives new life to California high speed rail

California high speed rail will not die.

July 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kill interchange at Raymus & 99; slap $5,000 job fee on new homes

The 10-year foot dragging over the major road fee component of the Public Facilities Implementation Fee (PFIP) is becoming a bit overwrought even for City ...

July 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tracy & Lathrop are cleaning Manteca’s clock

So why is Tracy, Stockton, Lathrop cleaning Manteca's clock when it comes to landing distribution jobs?

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rotarians serve 150 youth breakfast

One young lady – a teen attending be.tech academy – stood out at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club breakfast Thursday as some 150 children were being ...

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop welcome signs before council

In 2014, the "Welcome to Lathrop" sign on Lathrop Road was struck by a vehicle for the third time.

July 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


City manager contract is a bit less sweet

Manteca's next city manager - Tim Ogden - will make $800 less in his first year of employment than his predecessor Elena Reyes.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MPD makes 4 arrests in armed robberies

Four suspected armed robbers were arrested less than three hours apart for holding up the Express Food Mart at gunpoint in the 2100 block of ...

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


WHO’LL SINK CONTRACT?

Council members Gary Singh and Richard Silverman earlier this month believed the Manteca municipal staff did a solid job screening three competing proposals to take ...

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WILL FEES KILL RETAIL?

A major supermarket chain wants to build a store on the southwest corner of Main Street and Woodward Avenue in South Manteca

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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