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Heart of a Fighter

A pregnancy is normally a time of great expectation for most couples. But for Wesley and Lisa Richardson of Ceres, the news that their baby's heart hadn't fully developed at 20 weeks prompted a flood of worries as doctors to suggest an abortion as their best option.

February 20, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Not just anything goes into blue recycling Toters

Virtually nobody questions what they may place in a garbage can. After all, trash is trash. But knowing what to place in the blue recycling waste container requires some extra thought.

February 13, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Evelyn Edwards finds charity work is good therapy

Evelyn Edwards has learned during her 85 years on the planet that some of the most rewarding moments in life are the times of helping others.

February 13, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Concealed weapons permits

As national leaders and law enforcement officials across the country talk about possible controversial gun control legislation, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson has renewed his commitment to seeing that law-abiding citizens are able to defend themselves.

February 05, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Locals attend President Obama's inauguration

Two Ceres women and a Hughson couple were among those who gathered on the west side of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 21 for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

January 29, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Ceres teen won't cheer life on the sidelines

Instead of allowing wheelchair confinement to rule her life, Mariah Mercer is not waiting to live.

January 29, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Top school classified employees bestowed honors

Top classified school employees from Ceres, Hughson, Keyes and the rest of the county are being honored for their roles in making schools run smoothly from day to day so children may receive the best education they can.

January 22, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Denham brings books to Sinclear School

Sinclear Elementary had a special visitor Wednesday morning.

January 15, 2013 | Dale Butler | Regional News

Valley woman on a roll with sweepstakes

Mariah Vitoria doesn't consider herself lucky.

January 08, 2013 | Sabra Stafford | Regional News

DeMartini adds '50's diner to ranch car collection

About the only thing missing from the '50's diner set up in Jim DeMartini's rural Ceres almond orchard is a crowd. But give the farmer and county supervisor enough time and crowds will come - probably with poodle skirts and men with greased back pompadours.

December 18, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Mobilizing the Third World

Over and over, Lonny Davis has witnessed a heart-breaking sight in Third World nations: men, women and children crawling on dirt roads as they make their way to free wheelchairs he and other Rotarians have brought. However, their dire situation does a 180 degree turn when they receive a device - once discarded in America and refurbished - that gives them dignity through mobility.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Civic groups saluted in Chamber mixer of holiday cheer

A collection of community organizations was spotlighted in a Ceres Chamber of Commerce mixer of good company, ample food and holiday cheer on Friday.

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Meals on Wheels provides nutritious lunches to seniors

Seniors who are 60 years of age or older have an opportunity to not only get a nutritious meal but a chance to socialize with others at congregate meal sites scattered throughout San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Stuffed animal collecting on

A collection effort is being organized by a downtown Ceres business that will ultimately place stuffed animals into the hands of all 46 residents at the Hale Aloha Convalescent Hospital in Ceres.

November 27, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Regional News

Cherise Azevedo receives American Farmer degree

Each year the National FFA organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to FFA through their desire to develop leadership potential, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. That honor, the American FFA degree, is bestowed on select individuals.

November 27, 2012 | | Regional News

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