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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 brokerage of watermelons, pumpkins and melons on the West Coast.

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would you pay 8 cents a day to make Manteca better?

The Manteca City Council is about to go from being fiscally conservative to being fiscally responsible. There is a big difference

June 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going to pot is raising a stink in Colorado

Pot smells.

June 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Best stress-reliever on the planet

I grew up fishing.

June 09, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Kmart blues: Manteca voted with its feet

Who killed Kmart in Manteca?

June 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Keep Paris, I’ll take Bakersfield over Pittsburgh

Forget Paris - or Pittsburgh for the matter. I'd rather have Bakersfield.

June 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A modest plan to make Manteca a better place

Manteca's future is too important to be left to bean counters.

June 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Buying into $400B health care plan without funding it

If you signed a contract to buy an $89,000 Cadillac Escalade with no idea of how you were going to pay for it you'd be branded financially reckless not to mention stupid.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Car takes out power pole in rural Manteca accident

The driver of a car that crashed in rural South Manteca left a bouquet of red roses on the front seat of the vehicle where two air bags had deployed.

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Firefighters knock down Lathrop market blaze

Multiple calls from citizens late Sunday afternoon brought four engines from the Lathrop-Manteca and Manteca fire departments to the La Reina Supermarket due to fire and heavy smoke was coming from the rear of the building.

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop takes look at levee efforts for 200-year protection

Last year the City of Lathrop received the necessary "finding of adequate progress" that will allow them to continue to develop within the 200-year flood plain as long as they follow the plan that will lead to a massive levee overhaul to protect the city's new housing.

June 05, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


½ cent sales tax covers 30 of 108 police, fire positions

A half a cent is making it possible for Manteca to hire 15 police officers and 15 firefighters when the next fiscal year starts in 25 days.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca may make citizens’ water board permanent

Manteca municipal leaders have declared water conservation is here to stay even with the end of the most recent drought.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Shelley Berman, Harry Styles & who we are

"If the plural of radius is radii shouldn't the plural of stewardess be stewardi?"

September 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yard sales: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Yard sales are usually uneventful.

September 05, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Mantecans help hurricane victims

It was a great team effort by Manteca residents for those unfortunate Texans who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey.

September 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Gunfire after a football game?

The Ceres High School sophomore football team must have been terrified when shots started striking the windows of the school bus they were in as ...

September 01, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Tear down fire gutted buildings in downtown

It's time to take back downtown Manteca from slumlords.

August 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Twin Tunnels, Hurricane Harvey & eco opportunists

Within minutes after it became clear Hurricane Harvey was doing a number on Houston, the Chicken Littles took to social media, were granting interviews, and ...

August 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prime Now a throwback to the 1920s

Before the arrival in Manteca of the technology that experts proclaimed would change the world - telephone service invented by Alexander Graham Bell - there was just ...

August 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slipping on iced over snow and unanswered prayers

About the time it was 102 degrees in Manteca on Saturday I lost my footing on iced over snow and slid down a fairly steep ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soaring over Ripon on stage Saturday, Sunday

Those opting to venture to Ripon's Mistlin Sports Park this Saturday and Sunday at dawn to see hot air balloons take to the skies ...

August 28, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


EU High stages Back to School Wednesday

Raul Mora was wearing neon on Friday and for good reason.

August 28, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


L-M Fire adding nine firefighters

The Lathrop-Manteca Fire District will soon be adding nine firefighters to its ranks to staff a rescue unit that will help provide services to the ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

When Ray Gonzalez opened a gym in Lathrop to provide CrossFit training and power lifting to people in the South County, he knew he wanted ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


REDUCING SJ FLOODING

The San Joaquin River flowing between its confluence with the Stanislaus River south of Manteca to where the Old River channels splits off just beyond ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You may get your Big Mac patty one day from a petri dish

Marshall Dillion in Dodge City circa 2050 may have to deputize the townsfolk to deal with rowdy lab techs and ride with Chester to go ...

August 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon High: What’s in a name?

Much to my delight I woke up earlier this week and saw that a San Francisco-based social worker decided to take issue with Ripon High ...

August 25, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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