Hammond wins Valley’s Got Talent

Crooner Ryan Hammond’s cover of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” stole the show – and judges’ hearts – at the 2015 Valley’s Got Talent competition Saturday at Modesto’s Gallo Center for the Arts.

New owner for longtime Modesto tile business

Home remodeling, which went wild before the big real estate crash that started in 2008, is back in a big way. Folks are reimagining their kitchens, redoing their bathrooms, fixing up their master suites.

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Downey High coach Jeremy Plaa talks to Modesto Bee sports writer James Burns about his team's Week 0 victory over Pitman. (James Burns/jburns@modbee.com)