River fires blamed on arsonist

Several fires that scorched about 20 acres scenery along the Tuolumne River near the Mitchell Road bridge was started by an arsonist, said Ceres Fire Chief Kevin Wise. Chief Wise said that an arsonist started lighting fires on the northeast side of the Mitchell Bridge and continued into Legion Park. Units from Ceres, Hughson, Modesto,… Keep Reading

Dollar Tree won’t require shoppers to wear masks

Saving money? Sure. Lives? No so much. Dollar Tree, Inc., whose properties include Dollar Tree and Family Tree, has changed course on its face mask policy, by requesting that customers wear facial coverings to protect each other and store employees, but making it optional. The discount chain’s recent reversal to store policy was noticed by USA… Keep Reading

Turlock private schools hoping to reopen in person

Despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement last week that shut down any plans to reopen campuses in Stanislaus County, two private schools in Turlock are hoping they’ll be exempt from the edict when it’s time for students to return to class next month. Newsom on Friday forbade schools — both private and public — located in… Keep Reading

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California gas prices second highest in country

While a third of the country’s states saw gas prices decrease over the past weeks, California is one of only 10 that posted increases at the pump. Hawaii ($3.21) and California ($3.14) remain the most expensive markets in the country, according to AAA gasoline analysts. Washington ($2.79), Oregon ($2.66), Nevada ($2.64), Alaska ($2.52) and Arizona… Keep Reading

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The Most Unselfish Thing You Can Do Is Wear a Mask

My aunt was one of the thousands of Americans who’s body couldn’t fight COVID-19.  It all happened really fast, at first she just needed some breathing assistance with a BiPAP machine. Then before we realized it her health plummeted. My beloved cousins weren’t able to be there with their mother as she took her last… Keep Reading

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