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Turkey farm: Activists’ allegations are false

The Diestel Family Turkey Ranch operates farms in Jamestown and Sonora. File photo / Union Democrat.
 An animal-rights group has accused the national grocery chain Whole Foods Market of falsely advertising that its turkeys were from a free-range Tuolumne County farm, but the owners of the farm, Diestel Family Turkey Ranch, say the allegations are baseless.

Columbia man charged with murder in death of wife

The husband of a Columbia woman whose decomposed body was found in an isolated area not far from Columbia Airport was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in her death.

Retired teachers support Mother Lode school libraries

Jamestown School Superintendent Brenda Chapman (left) stands in the school’s library with Lenore Shively, president of the Mother Lode division of the California Retired Teachers Association. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Five years ago, Lenore Shively and members of the Mother Lode Division of the California Retired Teachers Association wanted to start a project for students in Tuolumne County, not just a select few, but every single one. 

Butte Fire victims accept help, rebuild easier

Ross Pebley, a victim of the Butte Fire, works Tuesday in the hardware department at Sender’s Market in Mountain Ranch. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Ross Pebley had it all.

He owned a house on 900 acres on Jesus Maria Road — along with his mother, brother and nephew, who each lived in separate houses on the land. Twenty head of cattle grazed the pastures.

Wildcats advance: Sonora rolls Sutter in first round

Sonora sophomore Riley Patterson smashes a kill Tuesday past the block attempt of Sutter’s Rebakkah McLaughlin in the first round of the CIF State Girls’ Volleyball Championships at Bud Castle Gym. Robert Winters / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Even the champs can have an off night. And the Sonora Wildcats most definitely did not play their best volleyball Tuesday night.

New Heart Rock: Remodel comes with name change, new thrift shop

Christian Heights Church business administrator Daryl Sarina (left) and Christian Heights pastor Craig Andrus, stand in the newly renovated Heart Rock Coffee Company in downtown Sonora. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Following a recent remodel, Sonora’s Heart Rock Cafe has changed its name to the Heart Rock Coffee Company and has opened up a thrift shop next door. 

PE tests show improvement for all but Mother Lode freshman

Fit for the Future instructor Paul McIlroy (right) watches as Curtis Creek seventh-graders do curl-ups. About 60 to 70 percent of seventh-grade students across the state and region are in a “healthy fitness zone.” File photo / Union Democrat.
 For the vast majority of Mother Lode students, physical health and fitness is improving based on recent state testing. 

Waistline, lifestyle indicators of stroke, heart disease risk

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S.


Holiday openings and closures

Sonora child to light state Capitol tree

Curtis Creek fourth-grader J.J. Paris, 9, adds his handprint last week to a Christmas card for Gov. Jerry Brown. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 A Sonora boy is going to have a special holiday experience this year. 

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