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Umpqua robbery: Juvenile to be tried as adult

The 16-year-old who turned himself in to the Tuolumne County Probation Department Monday will be tried as an adult in the Tuolumne County Superior Court on charges related to a bank robbery that occurred on July 21 at the Umpqua Bank in Twain Harte. 

Summerville FFA gets new digs

Summerville High School FFA students (from left) Brennan Darone, 14, Chris Goebell, 17, and Janelle Johnson, 17, set up a table in the schoolís new barn. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Summerville High School Future Farmers of America program kicked off the school year with the dedication of three new structures Wednesday, a reminder that the region is No. 1 in the state for membership of the student agriculture and leadership organization. 

Lucero testimony continues; says she does not know who pulled the trigger

After accusing a former boyfriend of firing the gun that killed well-known Sonora Police Department volunteer Rick Roberts in February 2014, murder suspect Cheryl Lucero Wednesday said she does not know who pulled the trigger.

Sierra Views: Monty Youngborg discovered rare footage of 1941 Sonora

Monty Youngborg, of Sonora, holds a film reel from 1941 that was donated to the Tuolumne County Historical Society in 1999. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Monty Youngborg reached into a cabinet in a research area behind the Tuolumne County Museum about three months ago and found an old motion picture film canister.

Medical marijuana dispensaries struggle with Calaveras zoning

When Tom Calmese decided to start his own medical marijuana collective two years ago, he put in a lot of research.

CSERC proposes truce in Blue Mountain Minerals quarry debate

A Twain Harte-based environmental organization that sued Tuolumne County in 2014 over expanding a 309-acre quarry near Columbia is proposing what it calls a “win-win” solution to avoid further legal action.

Adcox named to Mother Lode Fair board

George Segarini (left) and new Mother Lode Fair Board Director Brian Adcox attend a Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce awards dinner in 2011. File photo / Union Democrat.
 Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a Sonora bank manager to fill a vacant seat on the 29th District Agricultural Association, Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors

Football preview: Bears want MLL title back in Tuolumne

Summerville senior JT McCready runs during practice last week at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 In 2013, the Summerville Bears football program was planning for the future. 11 sophomores were brought up to play varsity, and all of them saw significant playing time. They won two games.

Study shows lice becoming genetically resistant to over-the-counter treatments

County Schools Nurse with the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office Joyce McMahon suggests parents should check their children for lice periodically. Thinkstock.
 School has started and with it brings a new season of coughs, germs and everyone’s favorite communicable bug: head lice. 

Dermatologist: Know ABCs of skin cancer

Dermatologist Scott Maury gives a presentation on skin cancer last week to members of Sonora Regional Medical Centerís free Oak Plus wellness program for adults older than 65. Lacey Peterson / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Dermatologist Scott Maury sees a new case of basal cell carcinoma every day and a new case of melanoma every two weeks. And that SPF in your makeup is worthless. 

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