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$10,000 worth of items stolen from Modesto fire station break-in


Burglars stole $10,000 worth of items from a Modesto area fire station, according to Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy Anthony Bejaran .

Bejaran said deputies responded to a report of a commercial burglary at a Woodland fire station near Morse Road and Woodlane Avenue at 5 p.m.

Several thousand dollars worth of firefighting equipment was stolen, including items from the inside of a fire truck, Bejaran said.

There was no information on the suspect available, and no surveillance video.

Anyone with information can contact Stanislaus Sheriff's Department at 209-525-7114

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Delta College's Fashion Program presents the Nearly New Sale on Friday, April 10th

Delta College's Fashion Program presents the Nearly New Sale on Friday, April 10th

It’s time once again for the Nearly New Sale, produced by the Fashion Program at San Joaquin Delta College. This is not your ordinary sale!

The sale features mostly brand new merchandise at bargain-basement prices, as low as $1. The sale is set for on Friday, April 10th 2015 from 10 am – 4 pm in Danner Hall on the Delta College campus in Stockton.

The Nearly New Sale has become a favorite among regular customers who have scouted prestigious brands, which in past sales have included True Religion, Joe’s Jeans, William Rast, Levi’s, I.N.C. and others. Shoe brands have included Nine West, Franco Sarto, Chanel, Adrienne Vittadini, and Coach. The inventory varies as the donations come in throughout the year from a variety of resources.

Modesto offers incentives to grow downtown

Modesto offers incentives to grow downtown

MODESTO — For years cities throughout the Central Valley have used a host of strategies to lure business to their downtown cores. Modesto joined that growing group of municipalities in January when it announced a package of incentive programs aimed at convincing new businesses to start and established businesses to expand.

“When you are trying to attract business to the county, the downtown is like your living room,” said David White, CEO of the economic development organization Stanislaus Business Alliance.

He said that as the largest city in Stanislaus County, Modesto is in a unique position to be a showcase for the county at large.

“I believe downtown Modesto is the most important economic driver in Stanislaus County,” said White. “The reason I say that is because downtown Modesto is what people see and what drives the brand. Right now there is a perception of safety issues and vagrancy.”... Read More

RV dealership raises money for United Way

RV dealership raises money for United Way

TURLOCK — Best RV Center in Turlock donated $14,000 to United Way chapters throughout Northern and Central California during a fundraising drive in January. The donations were made based on sales for that month with $100 donated for each RV sold.

United Way employees and volunteers were on site at the dealership’s 5340 Taylor Ct. location every Saturday to promote, thank and inform customers about the event.

The dealership sold 140 recreational vehicles. The United Way of Stanislaus County received $9,600 of the total. The rest of the funds were split among United Way agencies in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Merced and Fresno counties... Read More

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What it takes now to buy your first house

What it takes now to buy your first house

By MICHAEL BLOWER
Central Valley Assoc. of Realtors

The Central Valley real estate market is hot right now, providing more available lower-priced properties for first-time home buyers. However, no matter what market you are in, purchasing a home for the first time can be daunting for anyone.

Sure, it’s easy to dream about that perfect home and ride around looking at neighborhoods, attending open houses and making wish lists about the features you want. But the actual commitment and work involved to take the dream to reality can stop prospective buyers in their tracks. Where do you start? What’s really involved? How can you protect yourself? And in today’s competitive market, how do you end up with the winning bid?... Read More

Orchard removal business hot when water is scarce


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STOCKTON - G and F Orchard Removal is one of those businesses that gets very busy when water is scarce in the Central Valley. Growers choosing to save younger orchards will have older orchards taken out when water restrictions are tight.

"You can see a lot of them have bud failure, no leaves, they're in stress mode. It takes a toll on trees for future use as well," Stanislaus County walnut and almond grower Paul Wenger said.

Modesto fire responds to overturned tanker on Highway 99


UPDATE: At 11:10 a.m. Caltrans tweeted that the lanes had been cleared.


EARLIER:
Modesto Fire Department tweeted Monday morning that fire crews were responding to an overturned tanker that was carrying a whey product.

The tanker overturned on Highway 99 & Kansas Avenue.