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Date set in Fowler murder trial

A date has finally been set for the trial of a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his younger sister in Valley Springs in spring 2013. 

The boy is charged with second degree murder for allegedly stabbing his 8-year-old sister, Leila Fowler, to death when he was 12 in April 2013 at the family’s Rippon Road home. 

Area school administrators’ pay keeps growing

Pay for Tuolumne County’s top-level school administration grew by more than $80,000 this year to just under $1.3 million, nearly double Calaveras County.

Tuolumne County paid its superintendents $1,273,602 this year, while Calaveras County paid $669,655, an increase of only $2,000 from last year. Adding benefits, those numbers climb at least an additional $100,000 in Tuolumne County and $60,000 in Calaveras County.

Community Thanksgiving meals planned in Mother Lode

Courtney Divine, of Sonora, carries a tray of pies Tuesday at Christian Heights Church that will be served at a Thanksgiving dinner today. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Several community Thanksgiving dinners are planned this week throughout the Mother Lode. They include:

• Christian Heights Church and the Heart Rock Cafe will host the annual Thanksgiving With Friends, a free community dinner, at 5:30 p.m. today at the Heart Rock Cafe, 1 S. Washington St., Sonora. Christian Heights Church has sponsored the meal for the public since 2000. • Mother Lode Christian School in Tuolumne and Chapel in the Pines Church in Twain Harte will host a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall in Tuolumne. Home delivery is available in the Tuolumne area. For more information or to help with donations, call Kerry Semsen at 352-1537 or the school thrift store at 928-4337.

Man found dead near train tracks

Read more...A man was found dead Monday next to railroad tracks on Tuolumne Road below The Junction shopping center in East Sonora, according to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol had part of the road blocked and a crime scene taped off for several hours as they investigated the death.

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