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Modesto police chief scrambles to replace officers who leave


STOCKTON - Modesto Chief of Police Galen Carroll has a big job the next several months: Get his department back to full officer staffing after many of his people have left for Bay Area policing jobs.

"It's frustrating. It's an expensive training ground, not what you want to do as a police department," Carroll said about training so many officers who end up leaving.

The chief said officers leave for cities like Sunnyvale and Hayward because they can make $40,000 more in salary and benefits.

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November unemployment rates up slightly in area counties

November unemployment rates up slightly in area counties

Unemployment ticked up slightly in November in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.  Both counties reported a 10.7 percent unemployment rate, up from revised October rates of 9.9 for San Joaquin and 10.0 for Stanislaus County.

The counties’ rates remain higher than the state’s overall 7.2 percent rate and significantly higher than the national average of 5.8 percent... Read More

YES KIDS to Present Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”

YES KIDS to Present Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”

YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) KIDS and KIDETTES will present “DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND” in the Downey High School Auditorium on the following dates:

·         Friday, January 23, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.

·         Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m.

·         Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 3:00 p.m.

Tickets are $8 & $12 and can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com or by calling YES Company at 238-6850.

Sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. is an adaptation of the classic Disney film. Join Alice as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Brunswick Stew and a Giveaway

Brunswick Stew and a Giveaway

Never heard of Brunswick Stew? Maybe because it's a Southern dish and not seen on many menus. It's a stew filled with vegetables and lots of meat. In fact, that's the major distinguishing factor, lots of shredded meat, making it really thick. It's also a great recipe because you can do it in a slow cooker. 

Another interesting fact is that it was often made with small game such as squirrel, rabbit, and possum. But for those not into game, you can use chicken and pork. For the one pictured here, I used a rabbit and some chicken together. You can also alter the vegetables and the type of beans. I don't like lima beans and so I used cannelini beans instead. 

This recipe was perfect for me to use another bag of Tasteful Selections ruby red potatoes. They are the perfect size for this stew.


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Modesto police convince man wielding sword to surrender

Modesto police convinced a man, who was wielding a sword in the bed of a truck, to surrender Wednesday morning, according to Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Grave.

Grave said the department received a call at 7:04 a.m. about a man wielding a sword behind the transportation center on 8th Street. Officers arrived to find the man standing in the bed of a truck holding a sword.

Officers negotiated with the man for about an hour before they got him to surrender, said Grave.

There was information given on if the man will face charges or not.

Modesto flood prevention not a hit with neighbors

Public work officials in Stanislaus County would like to think they're solving flood-related problems in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto. Residents claim the effort has created new problems.

"That was my parking spot before. All the neighbors got cars everywhere, with no room to park," resident Jose Cortez said.

The county is about 80 percent finished building swales (small ditches) in front of hundreds of homes in this unincorporated area of southwest Modesto.

"A swale is a dirt shoulder, graded down to hold water, rain water," pubic works director Matt Machado said.

Some residents said the new ditchs have eliminated parking because they're so deep.

"It doesn't look right. Can't park in front of your own yard. Don't think it's right," Larry Hernandez said.

But Machado said it's the best solution for a neighborhood that often floods.

Oak Valley Community Bank hires new vice president

Oak Valley Community Bank hires new vice president

OAKDALE — Oak Valley Community Bank has hired Teddi Lowry as its vice president and business development officer, the bank announced.

Lowry will work at the McHenry branch in Modesto to drive business development and growth in the Modesto area.

She has worked in banking for 34 years and has strong ties in the community.

She  is currently a member of SEAPA Safe Banking and a former Learning Quest-Stanislaus Literacy Center board member... Read More